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At a time of year when dark nights are set in and the twinkle of Christmas lights are a distant memory, there is a new bright light about to shine as the first Bristol Light Festival takes place in the city. 

From Thursday 27th February – Sunday 1st March, between 5pm-11pm, Bristol Light Festival will showcase renowned international light artists alongside Bristol talent across six carefully selected locations to create a trail through the city centre.  

Bristol Light Festival will illuminate some unexpected locations as well as some of the city’s well-trodden paths. At each location, visitors will be able to see, experience and play with light art installations that are visiting the South West for the first time as well as brand-new installations created exclusively for the Bristol Light Festival.

This is the first of a three-year series brought to you by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), supported by 760 local businesses, in partnership with Bristol City Council and The University of the West of England.  The Festival is being Curated and Produced by Bristol-based Creative Directors, Katherine Jewkes and Vashti Waite.

Everything is free to attend and open to all - We can’t wait to welcome you to explore Bristol through light.

Meet the team

Katherine Jewkes, Co-Director

Katherine Jewkes, Co-Director

Katherine is an award-winning Creative Director and Digital Producer, with over fifteen years experience of bringing adventurous ideas to life. As a Creative lead she’s designed experiences for clients including Twitter, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. As a Digital Producer she has worked for Battersea Arts Centre, Watershed and National Theatre Wales, and founded a new Digital Department at Manchester International Festival in 2016. 

Currently Freelance, she is Associé Numérique of Théâtre Du Châtelet, Paris - exploring new artistic initiatives and partnerships, Senior Associate at The Space - supporting UK Arts organisations to deliver Organisational Culture Change around technology adoption and innovation, and a Consultant at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.  Katherine is a resident of the Pervasive Media at Watershed and is proud to have adopted Bristol as her hometown.
Vashti Waite, Co-Director

Vashti Waite, Co-Director 

Vashti has over two decades of experience working across the cultural sectors and welcoming audiences at bespoke award winning events.

She is passionate about transforming spaces to create a unique experience for public, from circus spectaculars in abandoned buildings, to cultural festivals in the parks and fields. Each time, the aim is to reimagine a known location and leave an animated memory.

Previous clients include Cirque Bijou, In Between Time, 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Wembley Arena, Local Government’s, BBC, Unicorn Theatre and popular music festivals eg Glastonbury.

After 20 years working away, Vashti returned to her Bristol roots and is excited to animate Bristol with some playful installations in the winter months and is looking forward to exploring the city through light with her son.

Vicky Lee, Festival Lead

Vicky Lee, Festival Lead, BID

Vicky is the Bristol Light Festival lead for the City Centre Business Improvement District (BID).  With thirteen years’ experience of working within the events industry Vicky has gained considerable knowledge of successful place management and marketing.  Developing new events and initiatives to enhance the welcome and feel of the city has been Vicky’s responsibility since she joined the BID in early 2018.

Contact Vicky if you are a city centre business that would like to enhance their engagement with the Bristol Light Festival.