Festival grand opening lights up town centre

A galaxy far, far away is set to land in Warrington’s Cultural Quarter this weekend to welcome in a series of fantastic family events. 

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival plans to immerse Queens Gardens in a blaze of light and colour tomorrow night as this year’s space-themed Contemporary Arts Festival makes its striking debut.

Presenting the town’s very first Light Night, this unmissable launch event is set to introduce Warrington families to a collection of world-class art and performance displays, from giant, light-up musical instruments to engaging street performers.

Leah Biddle, Cultural Manager at Culture Warrington – the charity that runs Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Pyramid and Parr Hall – said: “We’re so excited to be hosting Warrington’s very first Light Night outside Parr Hall. All the team have been working so hard to make this a truly memorable evening and we feel so privileged to be collaborating with such high-calibre acts.

“Our aim for this year’s Contemporary Arts Festival is to make it as accessible, inclusive and as family-friendly as possible and we’re confident that this exciting programme ticks every single box!

“I look forward to welcoming you all to our grand opening tomorrow evening!”

What to expect this Light Night

When :

Friday 4 October, 5.30pm – 10.30pm


Queens Gardens, Warrington

Dress code:

To double the fun, Culture Warrington is challenging Warrington families to the ultimate fancy dress competition. Simply dress up in your wackiest space-inspired costume and post your most creative photo on social media using the hashtags #WarringtonMoon and #WarringtonArtsFest19. The winner will win a family ticket to this year’s panto Cinderella!

What not to miss:

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, 6 – 10pm, Parr Hall, FREE. 
Haven’t got your ticket yet? there will be a small allocation available on the night so come along and join the queue.

2Faced Dance Company presents Moon
5pm – Sensory Touch Tour (for visually impaired)
5.30pm – performance of Moon

One installation that is guaranteed to catch visitors’ eyes is Squidsoup’s magical Submergence – a fully immersive, fully accessible, walk-through experience featuring thousands of suspended lights. Presenting a number of different cycles, each emitting its own character or mood, this mesmerising piece invites visitors to interpret it in their own unique way and to lose themselves in a blur of colour.

Another key piece is Illumaphonium, a multi-player, musical, illuminated sculpture. Consisting of more than 100 glowing chime bars, this remarkable installation is fully responsive to touch and presents ever-changing patterns of light and sound.

The Kazimier
Completing this extraordinary trilogy of light and sound installations is The Kazimier, a Liverpool-based company specialising in interdisciplinary multimedia shows.

Introducing the Sound House, The Kazimier promises to take visitors on a musical journey through a range of sonic landscapes that are synchronised to spellbinding laser beams and custom lighting to create a truly meditative effect.

Wandering among these three installations will be a group of street performers interacting with the crowds, from the captivating Astro Alien dance duo to actors from Ludovico Studio – led by Darren Jeffries, best known for his role as OB on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

Late opening at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery: (6-8PM) FREE
This is the public’s first chance to see this year’s open exhibition and place their vote in the public choice award. Last year’s winner Marie Jones solo show Let’s Get Stuck in Traffic! also opens to the public.

Food and Drink

A mouthwatering range of food and drink will also be available on the night, including pizza, tapas, Thai and delicious desserts!

Where to park 

Parking is available at the Pyramid Arts Centre car park and various streets surrounding queens gardens offers free parking all night

Alternatively Golden Square shopping centre is in easy walking distance: https://www.gswarrington.com/your-visit/#parking

Travel by train/ bus 

Parr Hall and Queens Gardens (Palmyra Square WA1 1JN)  are in walking distance of both central and Bank Quay train and central bus stations. Keep an eye out for our Light night volunteers who can direct you.

When else can I see the moon?

Saturday 5 October, 10am -12 noon, Parr Hall

Sunday 6 October, 5-7pm, Parr Hall

Tuesday 8 October, 3-5pm, Parr Hall

Thursday 10 October, 3.30-7pm, Parr Hall

Sunday 13 October: 10am – 12pm, Parr Hall

To find out more about this year’s Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival programme click here