Explore Lancaster in new light

There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the city centre in new and exciting ways during the Light Up Lancaster festival on November 5 and 6.

While Lancaster BID encourages residents and visitors to follow its shop windows trail launched at the festival, Lancaster University promises a warm welcome to its Exploration Zone at The Storey.

Last year, when Light Up Lancaster couldn’t go ahead owing to lockdown restrictions, Lancaster BID piloted Keep The Light On where various city centre shops hosted light art.

For 2021, BID is supporting a shop windows trail featuring light art installations by local artists which visitors can spot around town.

The artists involved are Hannah Fox and her Midnight Feast; Ludus Dance’s Imagination Dancing; More Music’s Free Your Mind; Kira Zhigalina with Nebulae and Rose Atherton’s A Bird in the Hand.

Their work can be discovered at Ethel & Em and Analogue in New Street; an empty pharmacy in Dalton Square, the former William Hill bookmakers in Common Garden Street and a unit in Marketgate.

Over at The Storey, Lancaster University’s new Exploration Zone invites explorers of all ages to try a range of interactive and hands-on activities including a tour of the night sky, creating a light show, learning about light festivals worldwide and getting to grips with quantum physics through the cube and wall of randomness.

It will be open on November 5 from 5-10pm and November 6 from 2-4.30pm and 5-7.30pm.

Professor Dame Sue Black, Lancaster University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Engagement, said: “Light Up Lancaster allows the university to bring our world-changing research to life and showcase the work of our amazing academics.

“We’re very proud to be participating and sponsoring Light Up Lancaster which is just one of the ways that the university engages with the local community.”

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