The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has just provided a sneak preview of some of the artists and installations for Lumiere London 2018, the capital’s largest arts festival, which returns to London from 18 - 21 January 2018.
The National Theatre and Westminster Abbey and are amongst the first landmark locations to be revealed. Digital artist Ulf Langheinrich will present OSC-L that will transform the National Theatre’s fly tower into a glowing monument that will stand out as a transcendent beacon along South Bank’s skyline. Designed to react with the brutalist design of Denys Lasdun’s building, OSC-L will both animate and liquify the appearance of the hard concrete shape of the National Theatre.
Building on the phenomenal success of Lumiere London 2016, which was attended by 1.3 million people over four nights, the ground-breaking festival returns with a bigger footprint stretching across both sides of the river and it is free.
More than 40 UK and international artists will transform the city into a vast nocturnal outdoor exhibition space, offering audiences new and surprising perspectives on London’s districts, streets and iconic architecture. The festival, which is designed to lift the spirits in the dark days of winter, will welcome millions to the capital and reinforce London’s position as the leading global cultural capital, open to all.
Nic Durston, CEO of the South Bank BID, said: “We are delighted that South Bank will be participating in Lumiere 2018. As the cultural heart of London, South Bank is synonymous with art and creativity. It’s home to some of the world’s most important arts and cultural organisations, internationally famous visitor attractions, and has a diverse range of leading hotels, restaurants and bars. South Bank is a neighbourhood that appeals to all Londoners, and to tourists and visitors from all over the globe. All will be equally welcome for Lumiere in January 2018.”
South Bank BID will be organising talks by the artists and walks around the installations, keep an eye on our website and Twitter for more details.