After its overwhelming success in 2015 LewesLight will take place in October this year with a series of activities and events during the week commencing the 10th and culminating with three days of illuminated installations in and around the town on the 14th – 16th October.
The festival investigates the potential light has to improve the environment and the spaces we occupy, as well as a greater understanding and interpretation of a place, its people and its history.
LewesLight is more than just some attractive lighting, design led it draws on the context of the town, its history and its people with installations that are not just informed by their context but also provide evocative and dramatic settings for narrative and story telling, discovering new places and new interpretations. This year we have a theme ‘The darker side of Lewes life’ investigating lesser known and sometimes darker or scandalous stories from the town’s past.
LewesLight is a community event – whilst delivered by some of the UKs leading lighting designers from architecture and performance as well as artists working with light, its routes are in the community. Our designers and artists all have local connections and the festival is partnered with the Sussex Downs College in Lewes as well as working with local schools and community groups. Education is important to LewesLight, as well as our work with SDC’s Production Arts, Digital Arts, History, Tourism and Marketing students, this year we are developing STEM workshops with local schools supported by Sussex University.
LewesLight is also interested in the environment. To celebrate the South Downs Dark Skies Reserve we will present an illuminated night walk on the Downs in association with the local Rangers, a family activity in the woodland of the Railway Land Nature Reserve, plus astronomy in collaboration with the South Downs National Park Authority.
LewesLight also aims to promote discussion and provide a forum to raise issues surrounding light and lighting. This year we are holding a one day conference on the 14th October – open to both professionals and the community we will investigate the social, economic and environmental benefits of lighting festivals and lighting within urban design in general. The day will include papers from architectural designers in the UK and Sweden as well as practitioners from theatre, performance and light art. It will also touch on the social history of lighting in line with our heritage theme.
Team of designers, artists and speakers this year includes: John Bullock, Shadow Cabinet, Paule Constable, Edwina Livesey, Graham Festenstein, Leora L Honeyman, Maggie Lambert, Neil Marsh, Alex May, Johan Moritz, Jai Morjaria, The team at Nulty+, Dan Oakley, Pedro Pinto, Paul Pyant, Eleni Shiarlis and Karen Van Creveld.
Supported by: The Institution of Lighting Professionals, Society of Light and Lighting, The International Association of Lighting Designers, Lewes Town Council. LewesLight is In partnership with Sussex Downs College.
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