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Street Theatre

The LightPool Festival is over for 2016 – and what a spectacular time we had! For six nights, Blackpool’s town centre transformed into an arena of light and fire with more than thirty amazing art installations and street performance.

Captain Kronos returned to planet Earth to share his message of light and love before Compagnie Bilbobasso danced a sultry Argentine tango in the flames.

Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners kept us toe-tapping with their New Orleans funeral band playing 90s club classics after Billy the ‘bat-dog’ won the LumiDogs grand finale in high pooch couture.

The final two nights of the festival  lit up the town and made it LOUD. Les Commandos Percu were a raw, primal team of exceptionally skilled drummers who rocked out in edgy style. For the finale of the LightPool Festival, Blackpool favourites Spark! by Worldbeaters Music led an explosive processional through the town to a firework-laden performance accompanied by pa-Boom!

It was fantastic to see visitors and local people alike joining in on the fun and participating in this new aspect of Blackpool’s treasured Illuminations season.

Art Installations

LightPool Festival saw more than thirty illuminated art installations appeare throughout the town as part of an illuminated walking trail to guide visitors and locals alike on a tour of some of Blackpool’s most iconic buildings.

From twelve, twelve foot illuminated pillars that responded to human interaction (Mads Christensen’s Cathedral of Mirrors) to the loneliest bench in town (Elisa Artesero’s I Waited), the LightPool Festival brought many colourful and engaging pieces of meaningful art into our town for all to enjoy.

Thank you to Darren Nelson, Dave Nelson and Claire Griffiths Photography – our official LightPool Festival photographers.