Giant moon artwork takes centre-stage at Light Up Lancaster

October 29, 2019

A giant image of the moon's surface will be beamed onto the stunning architecture of Lancaster Priory Church as part of this weekend's Light Up Lancaster festival.

Light Up Lancaster - which includes the annual Lancaster fireworks spectacular on Saturday (November 2) - marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the moment that Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin first set foot on the moon.

So the 'Museum of the Moon' artwork by Luke Jerram at the Priory will take centre-stage.

With a diameter of seven metres, the artwork features high definition NASA imagery of the moon’s surface. 

Inside the church, spectators will be able to enjoy a fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight with an enveloping soundscape by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winner Dan Jones.

Further highlights of Light Up Lancaster include Lightscape by top-notch Italian arts company, mammasONica.  

Lightscape is an immersive multi-layered experience whilst creating a luminous landscape throughout the captivating setting of Lancaster Castle.

Families will also be able to drop into the Lancaster Library to enjoy Lancaster University’s Family Zone across the weekend with workshops, exhibits and interactive experiences and to witness some of the world-changing research taking place at the university.

Once again, Light Up Lancaster will culminate with a superb festival finale on Saturday when fireworks are launched from the grounds of Lancaster Castle. 

Free wristbands for the firework official areas at Giant Axe and Quay Meadow are available to order now from the festival website

Light Up Lancaster artworks can be seen from 5.30pm to 10pm on Friday, November 1 and 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday, November 2.

Lancaster Fireworks Display will be at 8pm on the Saturday, November 2.

The festival transforms the streets, gardens and historical venues of Lancaster with two days of light and art by international and local artists illuminating the city’s heritage buildings, public spaces and community corners.

Working in partnership with Lancaster BID and Lancaster Arts City, the city council will be offering families the perfect opportunity to take a magical evening stroll through the historic city of Lancaster and see the City Museum, Market Square, The Storey, Maritime Museum and Judges’ Lodgings in sparkling splendour.

Julie Brown, artistic director of Light Up Lancaster, will chat to Denise Cooper on Beyond Radio this Thursday (October 31) from 10am.