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You Can See An Incredible Display Of The Northern Lights In London This Summer

Julie Freeman Julie Freeman - Staff Writer

Northern Lights in Greenwich: Dan Acher's art installation returns to London this summer

You won’t have to travel further than Greenwich to see the Northern Lights this summer.

Remember when the Northern Lights shone over the Tower of London a few years ago? No? Okay fine, it wasn’t the actual aurora borealis, but something that came pretty darn close to the real thing. If you missed the incredible moment, you’re in luck: the stunning ‘Borealis’ from renowned artist Dan Acher is once again returning to London, as part of this year’s Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF). You’ll find it at Greenwich’s historic Old Royal Naval College from August 30 – September 5, and we’ve tickets to the whole shebang here.

Acher’s art installation has wowed onlookers all over the world, recreating one of our planet’s natural phenomenons in places where it wouldn’t normally occur. It may not be quite the same experience as you’d get in Scandinavia or Alaska, but anyone who has ever dreamt of seeing the spectacular polar lights will love ‘Borealis’. Nab some tickets from Fever, and you’ll be able to join the ‘Borealis Lates’ that are being hosted in Greenwich’s magnificent Painted Hall, to enjoy this unforgettable space and enjoy a special Northern Lights-inspired cocktail.

After that, you’ll head outside to see the installation light up the night sky, filling the Lower Grand Square of the Old Royal Naval College with colour and light. The ‘Borealis Lates’ offer you the chance to see two incredible feats of artistic brilliance in the same night, so don’t pass up the chance to book your spot. The Lates offer sessions beginning at 7:30pm, 8pm, and 8:30pm, with each session including a showing of ‘Borealis’ 90 minutes after your entry time.

It’s all part of the wonderful Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, which is bringing two full weeks of cultural events to south-east London, including outdoor theatre performances and art installations. The festival celebrates our reconnection with the natural world post-pandemic, and what better way to do that than by marvelling at the beauty of the Northern Lights?