The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and arts charity Artichoke, the leading UK producer of art in the public realm, are ready to illuminate London once again with the return of the capital’s largest arts festival, Lumiere London 2018.
Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre are among the first landmark locations to be revealed. New artworks are announced in the key festival areas of London’s West End, King’s Cross, South Bank and Waterloo and for the first time, the festival will also work in outer London boroughs to engage communities in the creation of new artworks, making this extraordinary cultural event one that will benefit all Londoners.
Commissioned by the Mayor of London and produced by Artichoke, Lumiere London is a free–to-attend event, with major support from London & Partners, King’s Cross and the West End. Additional support will be provided by a host of partners and funders including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wellcome, The Fitzrovia Partnership and South Bank and Waterloo BIDs.
Building on the phenomenal success of Lumiere London 2016, which was attended by 1.3 million people over four nights, the ground-breaking festival returns with a bigger footprint stretching across both sides of the River Thames.
Festival destinations will include King’s Cross and London’s West End (including Carnaby, Leicester Square, Mayfair, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Seven Dials, St James’s and St James’s Market), with Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo added as new destinations for 2018.
More than 40 UK and international artists will transform the city into a vast nocturnal outdoor exhibition space, offering audiences new and surprising perspectives on the capital’s districts, streets and iconic architecture. The festival, which is designed to lift the spirits in the dark days of winter, will welcome millions to the capital and reinforce London’s position as the leading global cultural capital, open to all.