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Lumiere London comes to South Bank 18 – 21 January 2018

post-image 19th September 2017

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.