Lumiere London set to illuminate King’s Cross

Posted: Wednesday 6th January 2016

King’s Cross is set to illuminate the night sky, as it lights up with 11 large light installations, as part of Lumiere London, from the 14-17 January.

The full programme, which has just been announced, will transform King’s Cross into a canvas of colour and light, allowing visitors to explore the area through a trail of dazzling displays including one which allows visitors to participate through smartphone technology. King’s Cross has been chosen alongside London’s West End to host event which takes place across four evenings next week.

Developed by creative producers Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, Lumiere London will take place across King’s Cross; Mayfair and Grosvenor Square; Piccadilly, Regent Street, Leicester Square and St James’s; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

Visitors will be able to explore King’s Cross, its historic and new buildings and spaces through 11 installations and projected artworks. Free to attend, the festival forms part of the ongoing cultural programme at King’s Cross, which last year saw around 200,000 people visit the development.

The festival will include Circus of Light, a magical animation across the breadth of the repurposed Granary Building specially commissioned for the festival from Portuguese studio Ocubo, and Diver by Ron Haselden, a 17-metre light sculpture at the King’s Cross Pond Club. The full programme is viewable here.

Visitors will also be treated to Light Graffiti, an interactive installation that invites audiences to use torches on smartphones or any other source of light to hand to paint onto their surroundings, and Spectra-3, a living, sensing and moving light sculpture, attempting to connect with the people around it and with something far, far out there.

This selection of pioneering international artists who have been commissioned to create installations at Lumiere London at King’s Cross, add to the already impressive mix of culture and events hosted at King’s Cross, which in the past have included Varini’s Across the Building and Black Maria.

Lumiere London brightens up what is traditionally one of the quieter months of the year, by creating a sea of colour and activity, attracting Londoners and tourists alike into the heart of the capital. As well as the light installations, those visiting King’s Cross will be able to experience some of the best food the capital has to offer, as many of the restaurants on site put on dedicated Lumiere London inspired menus.

Lumiere London inspired food will also be on offer, at the Midnight Feast, in Lewis Cubitt Square from a host of food traders. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a ‘light’ aperitif in the Keller Bar, who will be serving up some warming cocktails for all to enjoy.

Visitors to King’s Cross are being encouraged to join the journey and explore the dazzling night-time gallery by foot, discovering parts of the capital for the first time and seeing familiar sights in a new light.

Speaking about what Lumiere London means to King’s Cross, Anna Strongman, King’s Cross, said;

“Over the last seven years we have transformed the 67 acre development into a vibrant mix of new and restored places and spaces, and this festival will allow us to show them off in the most spectacular way, by lighting a trail for visitors to explore King’s Cross and experience it like never before. We’re delighted to be hosting 11 Lumiere London installations, and look forward to welcoming friends and family alike.”

Support for the four-night event comes from founding partners King’s Cross, Atom Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Heart of London Business Alliance and, London & Partners, plus additional support from a host of partners and sponsors, including Westminster City Council.

There are easy walking routes between the exhibits and plenty of opportunities for visitors to stay and linger over a drink or a meal at the many top quality restaurants at King’s Cross, bringing the area to life during what is traditionally one of the quieter months of the year.

The full festival programme is attached and can be downloaded along with further details from: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/lumiere.

The festival map is also attached and available to download at www.visitlondon.com/lumiere and will be distributed to festival visitors at King’s Cross during the event.

The King’s Cross Visitor Centre will also be open during the event, offering up a helping hand, and some refreshments, for those popping in.

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