Illuminate Plymouth 2019

Illuminate Plymouth is a spectacular light-based festival that will help launch the Mayflower 400 anniversary year from the maritime city's historic waterfront in November 2019.

A series of dazzling installations and projections will make Plymouth shine ahead of the official commemorations, together with other Illuminate events across the Mayflower destinations.

Illuminate light festival will run from 28th November - 1st December from the festival centre at Royal William Yard, as well as light installations at the Barbican, the Waterfront and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.

Royal William Yard will be transformed, showcasing projections and light art installations from local, national and international artists to provide a vibrant, fun and inspiring experience for Plymouth’s citizens and visitors alike.


Illuminate Plymouth 2019 at Royal William Yard

The festival offers a host of workshops, installations, performances and projections with various opportunities for you to take part in activities or simply wonder at the spectacular illuminations.

This 4-day event will open the Mayflower 400 commemorations, and is inspired by the values of freedom, humanity, imagination, and future.

Illuminate Plymouth 2019 at Royal William Yard

Claire Honey, Project Manager for the festival, said: “In 2018, Illuminate stunned with incredible light installations, interactive artworks and spectacular projections from local, national and international artists.

"The festival was enjoyed by over 28,000 people across the four days. Now a multi-site festival we’re really excited to welcome new artists creating awe-inspiring light art to inspire visitors of all ages.”

Illuminate Plymouth 2019 at Royal William Yard

Illuminate will open the Mayflower 400 commemorations in November 2019 during Thanksgiving and close them in November 2020. The project is a signature event in the Mayflower 400 programme and connects the partner destinations across the UK and internationally.

Adrian Vinken OBE, Chair Mayflower 400 and Destination Plymouth, said: “Growing on the back of previous years’ festivals Illuminate has become a real highlight in Plymouth’s annual events calendar.

"It’s such a special event and we’re thrilled that this year it will act as the opening moment of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, not just in Plymouth but across the whole country.”

Illuminate Plymouth 2019 at Royal William Yard

This year’s festival hosts a variety of installations from local, national and international artists. Illuminate is proud to welcome back Spanish artist Xavi Bové, who will headline the 2019 festival with his piece ‘Tree of Memory’. The installation will transform the front of Mills Bakery through beautifully poignant projection mapping, into the centrepiece of the Yard.

Also returning to the festival is creative explorer Thomas Voillaume. Voillaume is returning for this year’s festival with an even more spectacular humanoid installation ‘DIVA’.

Other artists creating installations include ARCAAN Collective, Alison Pym, The Media Workshop, Mike Cobb from Highly Interactive, Illumaphonium ltd, BLAST ART, Ace Delos Santos, Ada Krzoska, Dan Sumner, Eliza Newman, Maisie Newman & Rowan Evans.

Full Illuminate 2019 line-up

Royal William Yard


Camouflage - Blast Art

Diva - Apach Creation - Thomas Voillaume

Immersive by Arcaan Collective

Escape - Ali Pym and The Media Workshop

Laser Halyard

Trinity - Ada Krzoska and Dan Sumner

Light Organ - Simon Honywill

Freedom Tunnel - Ace Delos Santos

Threshold: An Audiovisual Labyrinth - Eliza Newman

Illumaphonium - Michael Davis

Tree of Memory - Xavi Bove Studio & Onionlab

Regeneration - Nathaniel J. Hall

The Barbican


Her Voices - The Media Workshop

Trigger Stuff - Savinder Bual and Elena Blanco

Baitball - The Media Workshop

Signis - Mike Cobb, Highly Interactive

Mount Edgcumbe


Suspension - Ottomata Studio

Relic of Future Times - Thomas Voillaume

Past, Present & Future - Students from Plymouth College of Art

Illuminate Plymouth 2019 at Royal William Yard

Illuminate is a free event, open to families and people of all ages, which will run for 4 days at Royal William Yard with additional installations at the Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

To make travel easier for visitors to the festival, Cross Country Trains will be running an additional train back from Plymouth on the Thursday and Friday following the illuminations. Details are as follows:

Thursday 28 November

23.35: Plymouth to Newton Abbot (additional calling at Totnes)

Friday 29 November

23.30: Plymouth to Exeter St David's (additional calling at Totnes and Newton Abbot)

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