For its second coming the bright and bold city centre festival Love Light Norwich returns 17-19 February 2022.
In a free after-dark celebration, Norwich once again turns into a stunning night-time attraction following its inaugural festival in 2020. For 2022 there will be 17 artworks from local, national, and internationally renowned artists, 9 special events, and 7 emerging artists producing brand new work. With art installations, projections, performance and a procession, some works, and events will also be participatory meaning festival goers can become part of the artworks themselves!
DeafPLUR by VJ Outlaw and Shaun Prickimage is an installation celebrating Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. Created from submissions by local people, who have submitted audio files and photos of BSL signing. Working within the local community of d/Deaf/Usher and hearing people the artists present a Love Light Norwich first- a playful visual and audio laser show.
Whilst at The Celestial Sound Cloud from Pif-Paf visitors create interactive sound and light just by moving beneath the suspended installation. With every movement shifting light sequences and vocal harmonies are conjured.
Feel free to chat to artist Nikola Dicke - Mobile Light-Graffiti, suggesting themes and content for her live sketches which are then projected onto the beautiful 14th century façade of The Halls.
In CYCLES – a new piece of outdoor theatre created by Norwich Puppet Theatre in collaboration with our local migrant theatre, audiences are able to pause and start the performance, controlling the pace of this unique outdoor theatre.
Catch a performance of LightHaus by KlangHaus- an immersive journey through saturated colour, pitch darkness and blinding light with multiple performances each evening including autism friendly/relaxed shows at 4.30pm.
Flagship events mean visitors are encouraged to enjoy the festival across multiple evenings. On Friday 18th, pimp your bike up in lights for Glow Ride- a family friendly bike ride through Chapelfield Gardens, and on Saturday 19th don’t miss the River of Love Procession as it flows through Norwich giving everybody the chance to admire the carnival-style parade.
There will also be the Love City Food Trail with more than 30 hospitality businesses across Norwich creating love inspired dishes and drinks in honour of the festival – available day and night. Watch out for neon ‘LOVE’ signs in windows.
Sustainability is a big part of Love Light Norwich with all the installations having been made as energy efficient as possible. Environmental impact was considered when works were commissioned and wherever possible mains power will be used instead of generators. All LEDs are low energy and streetlights will be turned off or have their brightness reduced to save power and reduce light pollution. The festival is also encouraging sustainable travel. Spurring people to cycle or walk to Norwich, or use trains, buses and Park and Ride to get here, with the furthest two artworks less than a mile apart.
Stefan Gurney, executive director, Norwich Business Improvement District said:
“We’re delighted to be able to present Love Light Norwich for a second time, especially during these times. The event has been organised with COVID-19 security in mind with the majority of the festival taking place outside with lots of space in between installations. We give thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers who also make this happen.
“However, this festival couldn’t take place without funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and without the funding from the EXPERIENCE project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme led by Norfolk County Council –huge thanks to them all.”
Nikola Dicke, artist, said “After a period of little international face-to-face interaction, I'm really excited to be spending 3 days at Love Light Festival Norwich. I am looking forward to talking to the festival visitors and seeing what ideas they contribute for me to include in my Live-Light-Drawings.”
Love Light Norwich is brought to you by Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from the EXPERIENCE project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme led by Norfolk County Council, and with support from Norwich City Council. The Forum, Cycling UK, and FSG Signs & Graphics are leading sponsors for Love Light Norwich, with Norwich Theatre, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich Cathedral and ARK also sponsoring.