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.