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

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 […]

Workshop: Illuminos: Fill the Night with Light

Walk the Plank and Manchester City Council are collaborating on a series of Masterclasses from a series of professionals based around the theme of light, colour and texture. Details on the classes as a whole are further down the page, but of particular interest for Light artists/festivals is the following: ‘Fill the Night with Light […]

Light and the Creative Economy: Light Up the North National Conference In Partnership with Nesta

Venue: Winter Gardens Blackpool Dates: Thursday 18 & 19 October Cost: Free Register: register here Hosted by the Lightpool Festival, the Light Up the North Network (LUTN) of leading northern light festivals presents its second national conference in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, 18-19th October 2018, in partnership with innovation foundation Nesta. The conference aims […]

Opportunity: Be a part of Blackburn Festival of Light with Commissions opportunity from Blackburn Cotton Exchange

The Blackburn Cotton Exchange is looking for artists to collaborate with local young people on a project that combines digital energy with lighting up the Cotton Exchange. The piece will be a part of Blackburn Festival of Light. Details are as follows: ‘We are looking for an artist or artists to collaborate with a group […]

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