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24th November, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 27th November, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

From 24th to 26th November, the Royal William Yard will be lit up with light installations, immersive visual art and light projections. As well as the main event on Friday 24th, this fantastic three day light festival will include an array of wonderful workshops such as the Reflective T-Shirt Printing Workshop, where using decorative textile techniques attendees will create a reflective garment motif. We can’t think of a more perfect location for the festival, with the yard’s historic buildings making the perfect backdrop for the illuminations.

The following details were provided by the event organisers, for full details click here to be taken to their website. Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, has grown for 2017, and taken on a new location in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard.

Plymouth will see Royal William Yard illuminated by design, art and inspiration inspired by the values of Mayflower 400; freedom, humanity, imagination and future. The four day event will start with a civic reception on Thursday 23rd November where the Lord Mayor along with representatives from Mayflower 400 will board a boat near to the Mayflower Steps and journey by water to Royal William Yard.

The following images were provided by the fantastic team at Onshore Media.

Emily Handslip, Director of Urban Splash said:

Charles Hackett, Chief Executive of Mayflower 400 said:

Light projections have been designed and mapped by The Media Workshop and Plymouth College of Art, who as part of the European funded project Euranim, will be working in collaboration with animation students from across France, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark and Finland.

Light Art installations and visual pieces will also form part of the event, created by the staff and students from the University of Plymouth’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, led by Professor Chris Bennewith who was formerly Creative Director for Wellington’s LUX Light Festival in New Zealand and has worked both in the UK and internationally on major light events.

Professor Chris Bennewith, Head of School Art, Design and Architecture of University of Plymouth said:


24th November, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
27th November, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
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