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


News and Opportunities


The Essen Light Festival are looking for light art that is sustainable in order to make their festival even Greener. Read on for more information or visit their website to apply: The Essen Light Festival is getting even greener: in 2019, the light festival, with the support of Lumen in Art B.V., will be awarding […]


Lyon Festival of Lights 2019 are calling out for projects to be a part of the event this year. The Deadline to submit proposals is 13 May 2019. Read on for info from their callout or visit their website for full details and to apply!  Would you like to be a part of the artistic programme […]

Jyväskylä City of Light 2019 – Open call for artists

Jyväskylä’s City of Light Festival is inviting artists, to submit proposals for their 2019 event by 15th April 2019. Read on for info from their callout or visit their website for full details and to apply!  Artists are invited to propose temporary light installations for the next edition of the City of Light festival in Jyväskylä, […]

Opportunity: Lumo Light Festival, Oulu seeking proposals!

Lumo Light Festival Oulu is inviting artists, designers, light artists and lighting professionals as well as students and institutions to submit their proposals for the 2019 event by March 25th. Read on for info from their callout or visit their website for full details and to apply!  Lumo Light Festival Oulu, now organised for the […]

OPPORTUNITY: St.Petersburg International Festival of Light Art is calling for proposals!

St Petersburg International Festival of Light Arts is looking for proposals. Read on for info from their callout or visit their website for full details!   Dear friends! St.Petersburg International Festival of Light Art “Light Nights” in Gatchina calling for proposals!   The festival will take place on 17 – 18 August 2019 in Gatchina Park near […]

Introducing: Our Shine 2018 Artists

SHINE is an emerging artist commissioning programme delivered in collaboration by Light up the North partners. The programme aims to support emerging artists in creating new digital artwork or performances for light festivals and provides bespoke mentoring and training for participants. 2018 was the third year the programme has been delivered. Below is some information […]

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