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Escape the darkness with the Winter Lights Festival this January

Clarkes of London - Canary Wharf

January can seem like a bit of an anti-climax after all the celebrations in December, so make sure you have some plans in place to look forward to. A great option is the Winter Lights Festival in Canary Wharf, which is sure to chase away some of the darkness.

Light artists from across the world

More than 30 installations from global artists and designers will turn Canary Wharf into a stunning and unique outdoor arts space. Each of the pieces is entirely different, with everything from performance art to interactive sculptures represented.


Sonic Light Bubble

A six-metre wide sphere at Jubilee Plaza may look fairly inanimate, but as soon as you approach, it comes to life. Almost like a living, breathing organism, it pulsates, emits a mesmerising glow from 236 LED lights and starts to make a noise. It’s the work of Australia’s ENESS design studio and is not to be missed.


You don’t need to go all the way to the Arctic Circle to see the colours of the Aurora Borealis, as a cube in Cabot Place can get you pretty close. Inspired by the natural phenomenon, expect to be enveloped in the green and blue energy in Laurent Font’s latest creation.

Urban Patterns

Using the trees of Columbus Courtyard to ground it in the real world, Urban Patterns is a vibrant display of UV light. It is the brainchild of Poland’s Kasjo Studio and asks all sorts of questions about the built-up environment and how we interact with it.

On Your Wavelength

For something entirely different, place the EEG headset on and use your mind to control Marcus Lyall’s ingenious installation. You’ll see the music and light patterns change in response to your thoughts in what is a fascinating and slightly unnerving work of art. You’ll find it at Crossrail Place.

Luma Paint Light Graffiti

If you’ve ever had the urge to make your mark and take up graffiti painting, then now’s your chance. Using light instead of spray cans, along with object mapping, anything can become your canvas. From the wall in front of you to a car or piece of furniture, Germany’s Lichtfaktor puts you at the centre of the art.

What you need to know

The Winter Lights Festival is free to attend and the installations will be lit between 5pm and 10pm each evening. It will run from January 16th to 27th and you can save yourself the stresses of navigating public transport by hiring a coach for you and your family and friends.


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