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Monday, November 15

Illuminate returns for 2021 bringing magical light art and immersive digital installations from 15 to 28 November.

Led by Real Ideas Organisation, Plymouth’s much loved annual light art event last took place in November 2019 and despite attempts to run it in November 2020 and February 2021, COVID restrictions and lockdowns prevented it taking place.

Much has changed in the two years since the event last ran so it feels only right that Illuminate changes too. In the world we’re now living in we can’t continue with a large-scale event of 50,000 visitors that packed Royal William Yard. Instead with are creating a two-week programme, mostly in and around Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard and at the Market Hall in Devonport of light art, installations and immersive experiences for everyone to enjoy as well as a host of workshops and sessions for people to participate in.

Given the fragile state of our world and environment, Illuminate will also reflect on and respond to COP26 with a focus on the Climate Crisis, exploring what it means to each of us and how we can all  contribute to making change happen.

This year will also see greater focus on commissioning work from British creatives and local artists to support the cultural sector, which was so hard hit during the pandemic and to creating participative activities for children and people of all ages.

To help run the event safely, Illuminate will be managed through free tickets to ensure social distancing and COVID regulations can be observed. Free tickets will be released in early October – stay tuned to Illuminate socials for more details. 

Book you tickets HERE.

Upcoming events

Monday, May 27
Untitled design (2)
A special two hour event after hours that allows families and people with autism and other sensory needs to enjoy our exhibits without the noise and distraction.
Tuesday, May 28
Untitled (1000 × 800 px) (87)
A major touring exhibition exploring South Asian miniature paintings.
Thursday, May 30
At The Box Plymouth this winter season
Thursday, May 30
Sea Shanties and Pasties! (1)
A heady mix of cutting-edge performances showcasing spontaneity, poetic visions, absurd electronics, fetish, grief and embodied expressions of resistance.

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