Light night extravaganza returns with Wigan Borough set to impress

Light night extravaganza returns with Wigan Borough set to impress

Wigan Borough is set to impress as a series of free cultural events illuminate the winter months.

In Wigan town centre, a free family light festival which will display the work of local, national and international artists – with input from borough residents - is set to return to Wigan Pier for two nights next month.

The installation will take place 18 and 19 November with a trail of artworks and performances along the canal network leading up to Wigan Pier.

Visitors will see one of the borough’s historic buildings lit up with large-scale installations from celebrated international artist Liz West, where 765 mirrors made of coloured acrylic will fill and reflect the location in a myriad of new and colourful ways and columns of light will change visitors’ perception of colour.

In Leigh, the Turnpike Gallery is set to become home to mesmerising exhibition ‘Geometric Light’ from acclaimed artist Zarah Hussain from 15 October – with the artist delivering a talk on her work that day.

The exhibition will include a wall-based installation of 54 light boxes filled with programmable LEDs, a projected animation and a piece of art which focuses on ‘breath’.

On 19 November, a community lantern parade in partnership with Leigh Carnival will take place featuring performances from WigLe dance.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “Light Night Wigan and Leigh is set to be a brilliant experience with stunning light displays of artwork, one of which will be created in partnership with over 750 of our residents.

“The free event in Wigan Town Centre is suitable for all the family, and we can’t wait to see everyone there and enjoying it.

“This year is even more special as Wigan Council joins the Light Up The North network alongside established light festivals like the Lightpool festival in Blackpool and Lumiere Durham.”

All of the artworks will focus on themes of joy, hope and our planet, with the show being curated and produced by creative duo, Things That Go On Things.

Jude Jagger, Co-Artistic Director at Things That Go On Things, added: “We are delighted to be returning to Wigan Borough, after the success of last year's event.

“The creativity shown by the local residents of the borough has been extraordinary and we can't wait for them to be able to see their work as part of Light Night Wigan and Leigh!"

The light trail event is free but ticketed. Tickets will go on general sale from Friday, October 14 and can be booked through Eventbrite - Light Night Trail (external link).

You can book ticket’s to Zarah Hussain’s talk.

Posted on Friday 14th October 2022

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