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E-Luminate Festival

Friday 9 – Wednesday 14 Feb 2018         


‘Colour is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.’ Monet


COLOUR and light will bathe the city centre in February when e-Luminate Cambridge Festival once again returns to enchant, entrance, fascinate and inform. As day turns to night, see Cambridge’s most iconic buildings drawn from the darkness and transformed by an array of breathtaking light-art installations, created by some of Europe’s leading artists.

Now regarded as one of the region’s most popular events, the festival of light, organised by charity Cambridge Live, attracts thousands to Cambridge each winter to see the dazzling light installations over the course of six exceptional evenings and take part in a host of events. The festival offers the public a truly unique winter spectacle as ephemeral light art designs play with the richness and diversity of the urban landscape, transforming everyday buildings and spaces into something magical for a few short hours.

Managing Director of Cambridge Live Steve Bagnall said: ‘This festival is something that all of us at Cambridge Live are very proud to be a part of it. It is a spectacular event, bathing some of the historic buildings of our beautiful city in light.  It allows people to experience the city in a whole new way with plenty of opportunities for everyone to explore light and colour by taking part in our programme of workshops and events.’

With ‘Colour’ as this year’s central theme, Artistic Director, Alessandra Caggiano has invited British art historian and BAFTA-nominated broadcaster Dr James Fox to be 2018’s Guest Curator. A familiar and popular figure presenting arts programmes on BBC, CNN and Sky Arts, Dr James Fox is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and has published widely on many aspects of modern art.

Colour illuminates our world. Humans can see millions of different hues, and our lives would not be the same without them. Colour helps us understand our environment, communicate our emotions, and create meaning. It’s a powerful tool for artists and designers. But to see colour, there needs to be light.

Dr James Fox said: ‘I’ve been dazzled and delighted by e-Luminate Cambridge since it started in 2013. It floods Cambridge with light at a dark time of the year, and makes us see this beautiful city with fresh eyes. I am therefore delighted to be working with Alessandra in curating the 2018 Festival. Together we will explore a subject very close to my heart: colour. We’ll explore the complex relationship between light and colour from various perspectives, combining art, science, and technology.’

Other events to look out for during the six-day city festival include talks, workshops, experimental Wine Tasting sessions and the return of the popular Trail of Light walks through Cambridge Colleges and the Glow Games in collaboration with the Sports Team at Cambridge City Council.

Visit website for more information: cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/e-luminate

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