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Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square from 12 November 2021 to 4 January 2022

The nights are getting colder, the Christmas songs are beginning to annoy in shops and the smell of Bratwurst and mulled wine is in the air. These are the unmistakable signs that Christmas is around the corner and London will be looking forward to some Xmas cheer after the difficult last couple of years.

The Christmas market is quite a late addition to the festivities in Trafalgar Square which has long been the centre of Christmas celebrations.

The Christmas Market in Trafalgar Square is based on the German Christmas markets that have gained popularity in the UK over the last 20 years. The history of Christmas markets in Europe and especially Germany go back to medieval times but the UK and London have had their everyday markets for centuries.

From the 1980s, thousands of people from the UK would visit the German Christmas markets in Germany until enterprising stall holders and event organisers transferred the idea into the UK.

The markets offers food, drink and seasonal gifts from attractive from open-air stalls,

German sausages sizzle in big pans, Gingerbread and German cakes are popular

and you can drink gluehwein or lager in freezing conditions.

Another attraction is that these markets in London are often situated in picturesque locations like Trafalgar Square with a backdrop of the National Gallery.

Trafalgar Square is known for ‘The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree’ which is usually a Norwegian spruce over 20 metres high and 50 to 60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo years, in advance. The tree is felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participate. It is brought to the UK by sea, then completes its journey by lorry. It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion.

The lighting ceremony of the tree, takes place in Trafalgar Square at the beginning of December each year. The 25-metre high tree is a gift from the people of Norway to London, in thanks for Britain’s support in World War II. This historic tradition has happened every year since 1947 and signals the countdown to Christmas in London.

The is also a Blessing of the crib ceremony and carol singing in Trafalgar Square in December.

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Review: Lord Mayor’s Show 2021 in the City of London – 13th November 2021

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the oldest and most important traditions of London, its origins go back to 1215 when King John was in trouble with his Barons, he looked to the City of London for support. In 1215 the King was persuaded to issue a Royal Charter that allowed the City of London to elect its own Mayor, but there was an important condition. Every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. The Lord Mayor has now made the journey for 800 years, despite plagues and fires and countless wars, and more recently Covid to pledged his (and her) loyalty to 34 kings and queens of England.

For the next few hundred years, the Lord Mayor of London was by far the grandest position to which a commoner could aspire, and the Mayor’s journey was the celebrity spectacle of its day. Over the centuries it grew so splendid and so popular that by the 16th century it was known everywhere as the Lord Mayor’s Show. It features in the plays of Shakespeare, the diaries of Pepys and in the pantomime story of Dick Whittington, who was the Mayor of London three times. In the 20th century the Lord Mayor’s Show was the first outside event ever to be broadcast live and it still attracts a TV audience of millions.

The modern Lord Mayor’s procession is a direct descendant of that first journey to Westminster. The state coach is 250 years old and the show features the City’s businesses, Livery Companies, charities, Her Majesty’s Forces, the City Police and Londoners from all walks of life who come together to enjoy a celebration of the City’s ancient power and prosperity.

This is a procession unlike any other in the world: The 2021 Lord Mayor’s Procession included full-size model elephants, Japanese drummers, a horse-drawn bus, the tallest fire engine in Europe and the Lord Mayor’s State Coach, the oldest ceremonial vehicle in the world still in regular use.

The procession sets off from Mansion House at 11am and was led off by The Band of The Grenadier Guards and the Band of The Coldstream Guards which are two of the oldest military bands.

Some of the highlights of the procession include: China Chamber of Commerce in the UK

Representatives of the modern Livery Companies.

The Bank of England’s float.

Next came, Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London. They first walked at the head of the Lord Mayor’s procession around five hundred years ago.

The many bands provide the music.

The procession marks the first public engagement for the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Vincent Keaveny. Mr Keaveny, the 693rd Lord Mayor, travelled to the Royal Courts to swear allegiance to the Crown before taking up his role.

The new Lord Mayor is followed by the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers which is a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company who provide a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City.

The procession lasted for around an hour long and reached the Royal Courts at around 12.30. The return leg left Temple Place at 1.10pm and the tail of the procession arrived back at Mansion House at 2.30.

This eclectic procession is one of the great free shows of the London year, although part of a long tradition, the emphasis is always about fun and spectacle. With marching bands, military personnel, horses, carriages, colourful floats and much more. The Lord Mayor’s Show is one parade that you are never sure what you are going to see next. The dry weather bought out crowds who after enforced lockdowns returned to enjoy the procession.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship in Greenwich

Just before the beginning start of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship has arrived and will be spending a few days in Greenwich in London.

The 129m-long ship has spent the past year in trials around the British coast preparing for its first ocean voyage to Antarctica in November. The vessel will deliver supplies to the UK’s main scientific base, at Rothera, and other stations around the Southern Ocean.

The Attenborough built by Cammell Laird is a Polar Class 4 icebreaker and cost £200m to build. It has a helipad, cranes and equipment to deploy minisubs and other ocean-survey and sampling machinery. The ship is considered one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world.

The ship is the first British polar research ship to feature a moon pool – a vertical shaft running through the vessel, open to both the air and sea. Using the moon pool, scientific equipment can be deployed and recovered through the centre of the hull. This is easier and safer than deploying equipment over the side in the polar oceans’ rough seas. The ship also has a number of built-in laboratories.

The new polar ship will operate year-round. She will spend the northern summer supporting Arctic research cruises and the austral summer in Antarctica carrying out research programmes and bringing people and supplies to research stations.

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Ghosts and Murder – Haunting Tales by Charles Dickens on 31 October 2021

This Hallowe’en, the Charles Dickens Museum will present performances of three chilling tales by Charles Dickens, including a story that Dickens himself was afraid to perform. Livestreamed by candlelight, actor Dominic Gerrard, renowned for his one-man performances of A Christmas Carol, will bring the stories chillingly to life, as he makes his way through Dickens’s Georgian townhouse after dark.

In the notorious ‘Sikes and Nancy’, Nancy is followed at night over London Bridge, wrongly accused of betraying Sikes’ gang and confronted by Bill Sikes himself. Dickens’s brutal and tragic episode horrified his readers, shocked audiences whenever he performed it and still resonates powerfully today.

While passages from the novel featured in the hugely popular public readings that Dickens began in 1853, it was not until his 1868 farewell tour that Dickens introduced the brutal scene into his repertoire. Dickens was so concerned about the ferocious violence that he gathered a group of friends and critics to see him perform it, so he could view the effect on his audience.In the end, ‘Sikes and Nancy’ became Dickens’s most popular reading, and he revelled in its impact.

Among the other tales to be performed by Dominic Gerrard are The Ghost in the Bride’s Chamber, which follows a young traveller seeking shelter for the night. Arriving at an inn, young Arthur Holliday learns the horrifying truth of what lurks there. This is one of Dickens’s more rarely-performed ghost stories, packed with masterful suspense and humour.

And in The Signalman, a strange figure lurks at the mouth of a tunnel. Each time it appears, a terrible tragedy occurs on the line. Written only a year after Dickens himself survived the Staplehurst Rail Crash, the story finds the author grappling with his trauma, his conflicted feelings of fear and wonder at the new railways, and a desperate yearning to know in advance where danger lies.

Event Information

Ghosts and Murder – Haunting Tales by Charles Dickens

Date: 31 October 2021 at 6pm. Tickets: £15 per device via dickensmuseum.com

More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City

The Museum’s current special exhibition explores OIiver Twist in the house in which it was written. More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City reveals the characters, events, places and personal tales of triumph and tragedy that inspired and shaped the novel that made Charles Dickens a household name across the world. The exhibition’s run has been extended until 13 March 2022. Exhibits include a page from Dickens’s original handwritten manuscript, unseen letters from Dickens, sketches and illustrations of Fagin – on display for the first time – and the previously-unseen lockets exchanged by Dickens and his sister-in-law.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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February 2021 Online Events at the Charles Dickens Museum

Although the museum is still closed, the Charles Dickens Museum has a couple of events for Dickens lovers in February. They feature
Happy Birthday Mr Dickens! – a special birthday celebration this Sunday with Miriam Margolyes and Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Say Cheese! – a family exploration of Dickens’s photographs and portraits.

Photograph by Prudence Upton

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR DICKENS!

This Sunday, 7 February, actress Miriam Margolyes and writer and great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, will celebrate Dickens’s birthday along with the Charles Dickens Museum. The duo will throw a birthday party – via Zoom – looking at Dickens’s novels and letters and discovering how he celebrated his birthday. Miriam will also perform some of her favourite moments from her critically acclaimed show, Dickens’s Women.

EVENT INFORMATION
Happy Birthday Mr Dickens! takes place on Sunday 7 February at 7pm GMT and is joinable from all over the world. To book, please visit here 

This is a live event. Zoom is required to take part. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to registrants the day before the event. 

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is an author, art historian, travel writer, public speaker and great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens.

Oxford born, Miriam Margolyes is a veteran of stage and screen. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993 for Oliver Twist. Miriam is also a Dickens enthusiast and long-time patron and supporter of the Charles Dickens Museum.

SAY CHEESE!

A new online family session for young people aged between 11 and 14. If you think that our obsession with capturing endless images of ourselves is a modern- day phenomenon then think again! Join the Museum’s Education Team to find out more about Dickens’s preoccupation with
appearance. Investigate the Museum’s portraits and photographs, look closely at some of Dickens’ most visual character descriptions and have a go at making your very own self-portrait.

EVENT INFORMATION
Sessions run from 11am-12pm from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February.
Tickets £5 (includes session and art pack).
To book, please visit here
Please note that an adult to be in the room throughout the session and we are not able to take bookings from adults not accompanying a young person. Zoom is required to take part. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed in advance. 

The Charles Dickens Museum is at the Bloomsbury townhouse into which Dickens moved with his young family in 1837. 48 Doughty Street, Dickens’s only surviving London house, is where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, completed The Pickwick Papers and began Barnaby Rudge.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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Christmas at Charles Dickens Museum 2020

One of the highlights of Christmas in London is a visit the Charles Dickens Museum at no. 48 Doughty Street, Dickens’s only surviving London house. The Museum carries on the traditional Dickensian Christmas with holly and ivy decking the halls, beautiful Victorian decorations throughout the house and a whole host of other festive surprises.

One hundred and seventy-seven years ago, in November 1843, Charles Dickens was writing A Christmas Carol, a book that changed Christmas. Since 1843, the book has never been out of print and remains firmly fixed as an important ingredient of Christmas.

With pandemic restrictions in place, the Christmas celebrations at the Charles Dickens Museum this year will be very different with limited access to no. 48 Doughty Street and a special set of online events celebrating Dickens and Christmas.

48 Doughty Street is the London residence where Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, completed The Pickwick Papers and began Barnaby Rudge. As well as the historic rooms and the collections that feature throughout, the current exhibition Technicolour Dickens: The Living Image of Charles Dickens brings visitors closer than ever before to the real Charles Dickens. It reveals Dickens as he actually was, explores the enduring power of his image and culminates in a new, vivid suite of colour photographic portraits.

From Thursday 3 December, it is hoped that visitors to the Museum will follow in Dickens’s footsteps as they savour the sights, sounds and scents of the rooms where he lived and worked.

As the house is dressed for Christmas, the Museum will also display a number of previously unseen items from its collection, which both underline Dickens’s love of the season and also act as a progress report on the writing of A Christmas Carol.

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2020

Lucinda Hawksley on Dickens and Christmas

Join Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and discover what Christmas was really like in the 19th century. Find out how Charles Dickens and his own family celebrated Christmas, and how Dickens’s stories helped to influence the way we celebrate today. Using the research for her book, Dickens and Christmas, Lucinda will talk about the ways in which the festive season changed during her great-great-great-grandfather’s lifetime – from 1812-1870 – and how his Christmas writing captured the public imagination, and began a renewed fervour for all things Christmas.

Date: Sunday 13th December; 5.30pm; £8; Via Zoom.

Christmas Housemaid Tour

Step back in time to Christmas 1838; Dickens and his young family are out enjoying the festivities and during their absence, the housemaid is up to no good…While they are attending a Christmas Ball at the home of Ms Burdett-Coutts, their housemaid takes a break from her many duties and invites you to step through the original door of 48 Doughty Street and discover the secrets of the esteemed young writer and his growing family. Follow in the footsteps of the celebrated young author as you enjoy an exclusive tour of Dickens’s ‘house in town’ filled with festive greenery and authentic Victorian fayre.

Date: Tuesday 15th December 7pm and Sunday 19th December 11am & 4pm; £12; Via Zoom followed by live Q&A.

Dominic Gerrard’s A Christmas Carol

Experience this celebrated production of A Christmas Carol online from inside Dickens’ London home. Filmed this year by candlelight, this beautiful, haunting, adaptation will follow Scrooge through the very rooms where Dickens lived and wrote. Featuring puppetry and a Christmas soundscape, this magical, site-specific performance will transport you through a shifting scenery of decorated spaces, as Scrooge travels with the ghosts that have been sent to reclaim him. According to Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, ‘It’s the perfect way to begin your Christmas’.

Dates: Thursday 17th December 7pm, Sunday 20th December 2pm and Thursday 31st December 7pm; £15; Via Zoom Includes Pre-recorded performance and live Q&A

A Dickens Family Christmas

A family Zoom call with a difference. Join the extended Dickens family as they share memories from generations past and discuss all the vital ingredients of a Dickens family Christmas. We’ll learn which Victorian traditions have stood the test of time and the modern traditions that have been adopted by the family. The event includes a bonus as the family shows how to blend the perfect Smoking Bishop.

Date: Tuesday 22nd December; 7.30pm; £15; Via Zoom Live

Unabridged A Christmas Carol by Dominic Gerrard

Join us on Zoom for a special live reading of Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol. No cuts and no revisions! Every beat of Scrooge’s Christmas will be told as Dickens first conceived it, in the winter of 1843. Read in real time, by acclaimed actor Dominic Gerrard, this story will haunt your house pleasantly as you sit by the fire; wrap presents; or make your last-minute Christmas preparations! Book early for this rare chance to experience the full magic and power of Dickens’ words and their bright, cheerful influence on all of us.

Date: Wednesday 23rd December; 3-7pm; Pay What You Can – Tickets from £10; Via Zoom live

MUSEUM INFORMATION

The Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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Christmas Crafts Workshops at Severndroog Castle – 28 and 29 November 2020

Severndroog Castle continues its series of online events and activities with Christmas Crafts Workshops to get you in the festive mood.

Local Greenwich makers and Severndroog regulars: Janey Jones and Happy by Harper will be running interactive Zoom workshops for online Christmas Craft Workshops.

Both workshops are suitable for anyone 18+, no experience necessary. Workshop tickets include kits mailed out to you via Royal Mail, so you will ready to get hands-on with making.

Candle-making online workshop – Saturday 28 November 2020 Sarah Harper founder of ethical homeware brand, Happy by Harper, will guide you through making your own lovely Christmas scented candle.

Very limited places, so book early here 

Pop-up Christmas cards online workshop – Sunday 29 November 2020 Learn all the tricks of the trade to make your own lovely pop-up Christmas cards with Janey Jones, local artist and professional prop-maker for venues such as the Royal Opera House. Limited places, so book early here

For more details and other offers, go to the Severndroog website here

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Severndroog Online Fest from 29 August to 5 September 2020

Across the week of 29 August to 5 September, the Severndroog Online Fest will feature more than 40 online performances, workshops, demonstrations, stories and talks. The Fest reflects and celebrates the community in and around Severndroog Castle, exploring aspects of the castle including its rich history, location and stories. There will be opportunities to get involved and be entertained and inspired by the daily programme.

One of the highlights of the Severndroog Fest will be a series of live music sets filmed in and around the castle from local musicians Gillywood, Maria Wade, Phil Veacock, Dave Warren and Jess De Giudici, plus songs from Severndroog favourites Razamataz, opera singer Tamara Stein, and young voices Daisy Veacock and Ramya Thiyagarajan.

Photograph by Wayne Foskett

Get involved with Art and Craft masterclasses, demonstrations and workshops from Janey Jones, Fiona Veacock, Sarah Harper, Rob Hayes, Pragya Kumar and Mary Jane Baxter, while photographer Wayne Foskett will transform the castle into a camera obscura. There will be Literature and Storytelling from Eltham Arts and Tea Dance for Little People will be introducing you to stories of the trolls of Castle Wood. Reflecting the location in the wood, Wellness and Nature features in the Fest including from Kallie Schut, Severndroog Trustee and yoga teacher, who will lead a yoga class and gong bath.

Ben Newell is back with the Big Severndroog Online Quiz, Severndroog volunteer Ian Small will give a daily talk from the castle, plus volunteers and trustees will lead sessions.

Local organisations Eltham Arts, Made in Greenwich, Friends of Queenscroft Park, the Blackheath Society, Friends of Oxleas Woodlands and more will feature in the Severndroog Fest.

Severndroog Fest is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich through the Community Arts Fund and sponsored by Save the Dog Productions.

For more details and other offers, go to the Severndroog website here

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A special treat for Mother’s Day Weekend at Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle is hosting a unique afternoon tea experience on Mother’s Day weekend. Not only will attendees be delighted by culinary goodies, but they’ll also be able to enjoy a trip to the viewing platform at the top of the Castle, which boasts some of the most spectacular panoramic viewsover London and the surrounding counties.

A special 30-minute guided group tour of the two main rooms of the Castle will start at 13:30, where visitors will learn about Sir William and Lady James, the building’s uses over the years and the campaign to save the Castle.

Afternoon Tea will then be served in the historic Lady James Room, with views of the surrounding ancient woodland through the gothic windows. Food will be provided by onsite Terrace Catering under the direction of head chef, Christopher Hackett, who shares a passion for creating memorable dining experiences at Severndroog. He was ‘Young Chef of the Year’ in 2008 and runner up for the BBC2 show ‘The Restaurant’, working alongside Raymond Blanc, and has worked in some of the finest restaurants in London, including Fat Duck, Bluebird and The Savoy.

A set menu afternoon tea will be served at 14:15 to include a selection of sandwiches, scones with preserve and clotted cream, a selection of homemade cakes, a pot of tea, plus a glass of bubbly!

Details:
Saturday 21st March 2020 at 13:30 – 16:30 GMT
At Severndroog Castle. Castlewood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT
Ticket Prices: Tickets are £25 per person + booking fee; each ticket includes a guided tour, access to the viewing
platform and an afternoon tea. Pre-booking required. Limited availability.

Book tickets on Eventbrite: Here

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Review: Winter Lights 2020 in Canary Wharf – 16 to 25 January 2020

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Canary Wharf is best known for being one of London’s main financial district but has one of the largest collections of public art in Europe. Throughout the year it has a series of festivals and events, one of Canary Wharf’s most popular festivals is the Winter Lights Festival.

The Winter Lights festival returns for a sixth year attracting some of the most imaginative light artists from around the world to create spectacular artworks, installations and interactive experiences.

The festival attracts large crowds and provides plenty of entertainment for all the family.

1: Mi-E Dor De Tine by Daisler Association, Middle Dock
This romantic message declares “I miss you”. Whilst there is no perfect translation, this is the closest adaptation for this Romanian saying. It refers to a deeper meaning about longing or missing someone.

Romania

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2: Bit.fall by Julius Popp, Chancellor Passage
An ever-changing cascade of words created by thousands of falling illuminated water droplets. The words are derived from a number of live news sources including The Times, The Guardian and the BBC News.

Germany

3: The Clew by OTTOTTO, Cubitt Steps
Made from 100 circles of red light, The Clew is a beautiful structure created around the Cubitt Steps Bridge.

Portugal

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4: Liquid Sound by Entertainment Effects, Cabot Square
Once again, the much-loved fountain in Cabot Square has a makeover for Winter Lights with a display of music and light.

UK

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5: Absorbed by Light by Gali May Lucas, Cabot Square
Take a seat in between the three figures of Absorbed by Light, designed by the British Gali May Lucas and executed by Berlin-based sculptor Karoline Hinz.
Experience how it feels to be next to the characters on the bench.

UK

6: Sky on Earth by UAII Studio, Columbus Courtyard
This atmospheric UK premiere is inspired by the experience of a night flight over storm clouds. Columbus Courtyard will be transformed into an electrifying life sized cloud made of foam.

Czech Republic

7: Time & Tide by Paul & Pute, Columbus Courtyard
Time & Tide, with its hourglass design and colours inspired by nature, reminds us of the urgency of halting the plastic pollution of our oceans.

UK / Thailand

8: Shish-ka-buoy by Angus Muir Design, Westferry Circus
This fun installation is equally interesting by day as it is under the cover of darkness; during daylight hours, the large cluster landlocked six metre tall buoys absorb the light and give off a magical glow.
By night, thousands of LEDs inside create a whirl of colours and spherical gradients in this installation made from fully recyclable polyethylene marine buoys.

New Zealand

9: Lactolight by Lactolight, Westferry Circus
7,344 recycled plastic milk bottles become individual pixels in a giant low-res video screen. Programmed light depicting colours and patterns combined with a custom built soundscape gives you an overall sensory experience.

UK

10: Stratum by Studio Chevalvert, Westferry Circus
Stratum is an interactive installation made up of 92 illuminated metal totems. Visitors are invited to move their hand over the sensor to trigger movement in the artwork.

France

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11: Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design, Wren Landing
Mountain of Light is a monolithic installation, towering to a height of four meters and brought to life by a dramatic repertoire of lighting effects that begin with subtle changes in shade and culminate in an intense mash up of colours.

New Zealand

12: Ditto by Ithaca Studio, Wren Landing
A column of light repeating infinitely above and below the audience. Enter the space and experience light and sound swirling around overhead and underfoot trailing into infinity and creating beautiful reflections and colours in both daytime and evening.

UK

13: Luma Paint Light Graffiti by Lichtfaktor and Bomber Graffiti, Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Create your own unique light painting!
In 2008 Lichtfaktor developed the first real time Light Painting Software. It works on any object, from cars to buildings, transforming almost any object into a living paint canvas so you can create stunning paintings in just a few seconds.

Germany

14: Aquatics by Philipp Artus, Crossrail Place, Level -1, Quayside
Animated water creatures swim and dive around each other in this mesmerizing and delightful interactive light installation.

Germany

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15: Desire by UxU Studio, Crossrail Place, Level -1, Quayside
Desire is a playful, sensual design that at first glance looks like giant, red lips. From the side, the image of the lips disappears, and you see a heartbeat instead – a heart beating faster with strong desires.

Taiwan

16: Constellations by Studio Joanie Lemercier, North Dock, viewing point at Crossrail Place, Level -1 Quayside
Making its London debut, Joanie Lemercier’s Constellations takes us on a trip through space with visuals projected onto a giant water screen with an electronic soundscapes by producer Paul Jebanasam.

France / Belgium

17: Seed of Life by Amberlights, Canada Place, Level -1, outside Waitrose
Enter the Seed of Life and discover a metallic rainbow spectrum of colours created by reflections and refractions from the natural elements of the daylight.

UK

18: Lightbench by LBO Lichtbank, Canada Square Park
A firm Canary Wharf favourite, our ten stunning light benches, form part of the permanent art collection.
Germany
Location 18 on our Winter Lights map

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19: Neon Tree by Hawthorn, Canada Square Park
Neon flex will transform a tree into a striking sculpture in the heart of Canada Square Park. This colourful display will shine subtly by day and dazzle by night.

UK

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20: The Bra Tree, Canada Square Park
Drawing inspiration from a tradition on the American ski slopes of throwing your bra onto a tree, Canary Wharf will host their own special illuminated version.

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21: Affinity by Amigo & Amigo and S1T2, Montgomery Square
Affinity is an immersive, interactive light sculpture inspired by the dazzling complexity and connectivity of the human brain.

Australia

22: Pools of Light, Jubilee Park
The ponds at Jubilee Park are getting a makeover for Winter Lights. See them transformed by thousands of colourful illumined orbs, weaving a stunning stream of light and sound through the park.

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23: Squiggle by Angus Muir Design, Jubilee Park
Squiggle is a winding mass of 450 metres of digital neon tubing twisting and turning to fill Jubilee Park. This unique sensory journey is created by the artist’s innovative manipulation of space and sense.

New Zealand

24: 16 bits by Parker Heyl, Jubilee Place
Parker Heyl has a mechanical engineering and robotics background and is interested in kinetic sculpture for live performance.The installation was developed as part of the Analog Future project at the Interactive Architecture Lab at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

USA

25: Chromatic Play by Tine Bech Studio, Jubilee Park
These fun, illuminated sculptures invite you to interact with them. Each glowing creature has alien-like antennae fitted with interactive sensors, so when a visitor is in close proximity their presence is detected and the colours begin to change.

Denmark

26: SASHA Trees by ADAM DecoLight, Ten Bank Street Park
Ten Bank Street becomes a magical winterscape as this new park is illuminated with glowing fir trees. The striking neon colours of the trees create a fantastic contrast with the surrounding buildings.

Estonia

Behind many of the installations are serious intentions to raise awareness of environment and social issues. On a cold  winter evening, a walk around the festival will brighten the spirits and with lots of food and drink options is a fun evening out.

Canary Wharf Winter Lights Festival

16th to 25th January 4-10 pm
Throughout Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
London
FREE

For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website here

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