Thornton Heath gets switched on to festival of light

Thornton Heath will stage part of the London-wide Lumiere Festival next month.

Trumble Gardens on Brigstock Road will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland on Saturday January 27, with pieces on display that will previously have been a part of the Lumiere event in the city centre.

The lights event coincides with the second staging of the CR7 arts, crafts and food market, and there will be dance and music performances in the evening.

The last Lumiere event in central London saw light installations in Piccadilly, King’s Cross and Trafalgar Square attracting an estimated 1.3million visitors.

For 2018 it returns over four nights between January 18 and 21 with works exhibited both north and south of the Thames. Covent Garden, Victoria and the South Bank and Waterloo have been added as new destinations. Thornton Heath will be the final stop for parts of the show.

Announcing the 2018 festival, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said, “I’m particularly pleased that this year we are organising community projects in outer London boroughs to ensure as many Londoners as possible can get involved with this world-class event.”

Lanterns which are going on display in Leicester Square will make an appearance in Croydon

“The Thornton Heath light festival will provide an opportunity to see a version of Leicester Square’s Nightlife commission. This is being created by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company for Leicester Square Gardens, and is supported by Croydon Council,” the council said in a press release, which suggests that there is some cost involved. “It will celebrate the wonders of the natural world, creating a wild space in the heart of the city.”

Lanterns from the Leicester Square will be moved to the Thornton Heath light festival, including foxes, badgers, robins and squirrels alongside butterflies and giant flowers. In addition, the Croydon Partnership – that is, Westfield and Hammerson, the companies behind the long-promised £1.4billion redevelopment of Croydon town centre – is backing a series of illuminated festoons made from recycled bottles that will form another part of the overall London spectacle before being brought back to Croydon.

“This is the first time parts of Lumiere London will be travelling to an outer London borough and we expect it to attract thousands of people to Thornton Heath to see the lighting spectacular,” said Timothy Godfrey, the Labour councillor in charge of culture, lights and stuff at the council.

For more information about Lumiere London, click here.

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