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, forming part of the opening ceremony with other Illuminate events across the Mayflower destinations.

In 2018, the free event attracted people of all ages, with visitors in their early years joining those in their 90s, to watch, wonder, to create their own digital art through dancing, and some even found gold at the end of the Rainbow in the Dark.

It took place at Royal William Yard, with plans for 2019 to be bigger and more ambitious.

The festival was designed and delivered by Made in Plymouth CIC – a partnership between the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Culture – as part of the build up to the Mayflower commemorations in 2020.

Illuminate at Royal William Yard Plymouth

Claire Honey from the Real Ideas Organisation led the Illuminate project team, she said: “We’re thoroughly delighted, and a little overwhelmed, with the incredible response to Illuminate. This event has captured the hearts and minds of people in Plymouth who turned out in their tens of thousands to immerse themselves in Illuminate.

“This event really is a celebration of Plymouth; its historic buildings, the creative talent and vision in the city, and the digital innovation which is beginning to set us apart nationally and internationally – Illuminate is a platform to showcase this to the world.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this event possible – the artists whose mesmerising work created an unbelievable experience, the Made in Plymouth partners (RIO, University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth Culture), Urban Splash, Plymouth City Council, City College Plymouth. To JHAV and The Media Workshop, as well as everyone who visited and entered into our magical wonderland made of light.

“We can’t wait to get started on Illuminate 2019!”

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