Canary Wharf’s Beautiful Winter Lights Festival This Month Has Been Postponed

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

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Winter needn’t be dark and dull, and luckily we already have enjoyed plenty of Christmas lights displays and festive trails to light up the night.

Unfortunately, London’s Winter Lights festival – originally confirmed to return in January for its seventh year to bathe Canary Wharf in colour – has been postponed. Sadly, many artists partaking in the festival of light travel from all around the world, and difficulties in travel caused by Covid have led to this postponement. Let’s hope that come next winter, the stunning showcase of neon, LED, and everything illuminated will see light artists from around the world gather in London, to show what an unbridled imagination and state of the art light technology can do.

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Affinity, by Amigo & Amigo and S1T2, in January 2020. Photo: @canarywharflondon

Canary Wharf’s festival of light was set to be home to over 20 installations that dazzle you with light and colour, Winter Lights makes use of a good mix of new installations and old favourites, all of which play with perspective and one’s senses. Spectators would gaze upon much of the artwork from afar, and some pieces even allowed visitors to get up close for an even more immersive experience.

There is no word on whether the postponed even will keep the same order of play, but returning favourites were due to include Julius Popp’s illuminated droplets ‘bit.fall’, Heidi and Bernd Spiecker’s lit-up benches, Martin Richman’s colour-changing water installation ‘We Could Meet’, and ‘The Clew’ by Portuguese artists Ottotto, which would have seen 100 circles of red light framing the Cubitt Steps bridge.

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‘The Clew’ by Ottotto

Other 2022 highlights (that will hopefully be on the cards next year) include a life-size mammoth, a series of mirrored, luminescent pillars, and a giant, mesmerising projection wall. The even better news is that many of the pieces on display will be created with sustainability in mind, using recycled materials.

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‘Lightbenches’ by Heidi and Bernd Spiecker

You can find information of the event’s postponement on the Canary Wharf website.

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