Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Battersea Power Station is generating power again. By which we mean it’s reopened as a space to welcome visitors in the thousands to hang out, drink, eat, shop, and enjoy lots of different events.
One event that has long been a feature of the site, even when it was shut, is the Battersea Power Station Light Festival, an annual free event that douses the area in bright colour in a bid to kick away the cobwebs of the wintry nights. The light festival returned in January, when nights were long and hope was low. It was a much-needed antidote to the dark and gloomy winter. But it’s still around, and we’re still loving it, because the nights are still plenty long enough to need some respite!
What light installations can I expect to see?
The Battersea Power Station Light Festival features eight spectacular installations on display from internationally renowned artists and curated alongside Light Art Collection – their largest collection so far!
Saunter up towards the Grade II* listed power station and you’ll greeted by a sea of light. There’s an enlarged bath plug (Badstop by Atelier Haute Cuisine, sized up traffic light figures (Strangers In The Light by Victor Engbers and Ina Smits), and even illuminated laundry (Neighborhood by Sergey Kim). It’s a bright and colourful display, sure to distract you from the cold and the dark of the early winter months.
If you’ve been to the lights festival at Battersea Power Station before, you might also see some familiar work, with the return of installations including Eternal Sundown by Mads Vegas, which is back for a third year to show off its 140 filtered fluorescent tubes.
Here’s a full list of every light display running at Battersea Power Station:
- Badstop by Atelier Haute Cuisine (UK debut)
- End Over End by Studio Vertigo (London debut)
- Moonburn by Stichting Barstow (UK debut)
- Strangers in the Light by Victor Engbers and Ina Smits (UK debut)
- Rotifers by Nicole Banowetz (UK debut)
- Neighborhood by Sergey Kim (London debut)
- My Light is Your Light by Alaa Minawi
- Eternal Sundown by Mads Vegas
And here’s a peek at what we saw when we visited!
Checking out Battersea Power Station
After being bowled over by all the lights, you can traipse around the newly revamped Power Station, pop in to see a film during Oscar Season at the cinema, ride the giant glass lift, take advantage of the early year sales at the shops and, of course, have a bite to eat at favourites including Roti King, Queen Of Crepes, Street Pizza and many more.
The light festival will stick around until March 5, taking us through the winter until it’s nearly time for the clocks to go forward. Read more about the free light festival here.
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