About

Light up the North (LUTN) is a network of seven northern light festivals which have come together to share their collective expertise to support both the development of the partner festivals and the wider sector. Through regional, national and international networking and collaboration LUTN nurtures artistic ambition through artist and producer development, co-commissioning and joint fundraising. The capacity and depth of cultural practice within the network enables LUTN to support emerging artists, explore technical innovations and create aspirational work to deliver a compelling offer for audiences. Supported by Arts Council England. 

The Network Aims to:

  • Support emerging artists and explore ways to co-commission and showcase new work through initiatives such as Light Lab.
  • Collaborate to share knowledge and expertise across the cultural sector.

  • Develop partnerships with other festivals around the world to help build and share audiences and support artist mobility and development.

  • Develop a recognisable festival brand with a reputation for best practice in the North of England

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News

Lumiere Conference returns to Durham for 2017

It’s well into November which means it’s almost time for Lumiere. As always, the event will be taking place in Durham 16-19 November. You can find out all about this year’s festival here. 2017 also sees the return of the Lumiere conference which will take place on Friday 17 November and be hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County […]

Enchanted Parks has a Trailer!

NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council’s popular after-dark arts adventure in the atmospheric setting of Saltwell Park is making a welcome return this festive season. This year we have a trailer! Check it out below – This year’s event tells the enchanting story of Ursula Wailes, the eldest daughter of William Wailes and heiress to the […]

Introducing: Light Lab

With public funding from Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, the Light Up The North network ran its first Light Lab in Blackpool, between March and June 2017. LUTN members nominated seven light artists who met together for two residential seminars, ten weeks apart, to develop new light work and respond to creative briefs […]

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Light up the North would love to hear from you.  Please use the contact form to get in touch.

If you would like to contact one of our festivals directly, use one of the links below to email them.

illuminating York | Light Night Leeds | Light up Lancaster | Lumiere | Lightpool | Quays Culture | Enchanted Parks