Illuminate light festival is a powerful immersive experience, offering audiences beautiful projection mapping; playful light art installations; joyous performances and myriad opportunities to engage, participate and make. With light art created by artists, technologists, designers, architects, performers and children alike, the festival responds directly to the core values of Mayflower 400: Freedom, Humanity, Imagination, and Future.
In 2018, Plymouth’s Illuminate event saw the Royal William Yard transformed by interactive artworks, projections and light-art installations. Works were created by local, national and international artists, alongside students from Plymouth College of Art, the University of Plymouth and local school children. The festival welcomed 28,000 visitors across the 4 days of the event.
Illuminate forms part of the wider Mayflower 400 programme and will go on to lead a national moment during Thanksgiving celebrations in November 2019 and 2020, to connect Mayflower partner destinations across the UK and internationally.
Plymouth is a city of incredibly talented makers and a vibrant and growing cultural scene, with a plethora of creative opportunities. The team behind Illuminate was established by the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Real Ideas Organisation and Plymouth Culture, in response to the city’s growing creative and digital sector; to celebrate local talent and to create collaborative cultural experiences and opportunities that develop and recognise talent.