Festival of Light returns to Southampton

THE Festival of Light has been brought back to Southampton, showing an array of patterns and colours projected over the city’s historic city walls.

Westquay hosted the Festival of Light again this year, where visitors could see amazing light installations whilst walking through the Esplanade.

The theme of the festival is ‘Enchanted Forest’, which was inspired by the vast greenery and woodland across Hampshire.

The Festival of Light visits Southampton again this year
The Festival of Light visits Southampton again this year

Showcases began each day at 6pm, running throughout the evening everyday from February 9th – 18th.

Some of the displays include an ‘Illumaphonium’ – a multi-player musical sculpture; ‘Aboreal’ – a projection mapping set in a mystical forest; and ‘Bloom’ – five hundred spheres of lights, each on a stalk and bobbing gently in the wind.

 

This display follows on from last year’s ‘Festival of Light’ which also included a series of breath-taking digitial projections and light installations that could track body movements.

A series of different light installations were scattered across the Esplanade
A series of different light installations were scattered across the Esplanade

Westquay General Manager, Andy Collyer, said: “The Festival of Light 2017 was a spectacular event. This year we wanted to create something that would be as visually striking.”

Photos of the event can be viewed online by either using the hashtag #LetLightInWQ or #WestquayLights.

by Sophie Squires (@squires_sophie), Savannah Smith (@Smithh1311A), Zornitsa Voutchkova(@zornitsaav) and Katy Howard (@kj_photog)