Stunning Winter Lights Festival Will Illuminate Canary Wharf For 12 Days This January

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Turns out lights aren’t just for Christmas… First we saw Syon Park transformed into an enchanted woodland, then Kew Gardens received a magical makeover and now, there’s just no stopping the illuminations. Not one, but FOUR London locations will be flooded with light next week at Lumiere London and as if that wasn’t enough brightness, we’ve now been told that Canary Wharf will also be celebrating its very own festival of light from January 11 until the 22.

alaa minawi – my light is your light Janus van den Eijenden

Winter Lights 2016 will see a host of artists from across the globe showcasing spectacular structures, sculptures and experiences, all using light as their medium. One installation (pictured above) by Palestinian artist alaa minawi, explores the pain and suffering of Syrian refugees, with the light symbolising both harshness and also a tinge of hope.

Aether and Hemera – On the Wings of Freedom

Highlights include an 18-foot-tall alien (lol), a digitally powered waterfall and butterflies made from light. Julius Popp’s ‘bit.fall’ (pictured below) channels live news streams and displays the most common words in a stunning cascading waterfall. Imagine the Instagrams of that one!

Julius Popp – bit.fall

The festival is totally free to enter and will be open every evening from 4pm – 11pm until the 22 January. For obvious reasons, it’s best explored after sunset. Trust us, you’ll never have seen Canary Wharf looking so beautiful. Goodbye winter blues.

For more information, visit canarywharf.com 

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