Bristol Light Festival 2022: When it takes place and where displays will be across the city

It is hoped the show will help the city’s recovery with support for businesses

Bristol Light Festival returns this year with six world premier works - an opportunity to show the city as ‘vibrant, playful and creative’, say organisers.

The day and night-time show will illuminate the city from March 1 to 6, it has been announced today (January 20).

The works will be spread across the city centre with lights shone on landmarks in Park Street, Queen Square, Cabot Circus and College Green.

The show will be presented by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), along with the festival’s creative director Katherine Jewkes.

Social distancing will be encouraged and hand sanitisation stations will be available to use.

Where the works will be

- Bird spotting at St George’s Pub in Park Street and Temple Gardens - two nature inspired creations by audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde

- Somewhere over the rainbow at the equestrian statue in Queen Square - a colourful and immersive daylight installation by designers Toy Studo

Bristol Light Festival returns on March 1 this year - here’s a reminder of how the event looked two years ago (Credit: Andrea Pattenden)

- A waterfall of light outside the Left Handed Giant pub in Finzels Reach - a fountain of light and sound from the pub which will cascade into the river below

- Lucid creates at Cabot Circus - a kaleidoscopic mirrored cube and an immersive space where the audience can experience illusions with light

What organisers have said

Vicky Lee, head of the Bristol City BID, she she hoped the festival would play a part in the city’s recovery programme and support business.

She added: “We have selected locations to respond to key challenges in the city centre and will be using innovative ways to reduce anti-social behaviour and transform the streets into playful spaces for all.

Another display from the 2020 Bristol Light Festival - Pink Enchantment by Tine Bech (Credit: Andre Pattenden)

“The event will showcase Bristol as the vibrant, playful and creative city that we know and love.”

Ms Jewkes, the creative director, said: “We know that it’s been a difficult few years for many since our last edition at the start of 2020, and hope that our return shines a hopeful new light on the year to come.”

For more information, visit the event website here.