Europe’s largest lantern and light festival launches in Manchester this winter

Taking place at Heaton Park, Manchester’s largest historic park and Europe’s largest municipal park, Lightopia is a brand new, immersive and visually-dramatic lantern and light festival, that aims to fuse beautiful art installations with human experience. 

The very first of its kind in the UK and Europe, Lightopia is an exploration of light, movement and form, beautifully captivating the senses with unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns, installations and incredible lasers with water-screen multimedia shows, destined to create unforgettable memories and provide alternative family fun throughout the festival season. 

Guests will be welcomed to the world of Lightopia, an otherworldly experience of light, harmony and festivity, through six key interactive installations. Each installation is universally communicable, all united with the theme of harmony. As guests travel through the festival, they will be fully immersed into the Lightopia narrative, exploring nature and human experiences through each design, transporting eventgoers into a spiritual society through careful artistic intervention.  

Transporting guests to new worlds of expression and emotion, the installations throughoutare designed by critically acclaimed Ava Moradi, a contemporary artist who has exhibited and created art and installations revolving around light and design internationally for over 10 years. 

Installations include, The Love Gate, Tree of Life, Elysian Field, S-Harmony, The Flower Road, Happy Valley, Two Moons Eagle and many more, symbolising various experiences throughout life and humanity. An iconic Manchester Light Bees installation symbolises community, brightness and personal power, representing the amazing sense of unity and solidarity within Manchester. Guests can follow the bee to discover further destinations. 

Lightopia will open to the public from the 21st November to the 31st December 2019. The ticketed event will also include live entertainment, such as acrobatic performances, local musicians and family rides available to enjoy every night. There will also be a host of food and refreshment options available for all taste-buds to enjoy.

Ian Xiang, founder and creative director of Lightopia, said: “Lightopia Festival aims to revive and reinterpret the senses, carrying the audience into a different world of expression and emotion through beautiful light designs and interactive installations. It is a world built upon captivating experiences, there is no ordinary at Lightopia! 

“We are incredibly excited to introduce the festival, not just to the community of Manchester, but to the UK, and hope the values learnt throughout the journey are carried forward into the everyday lives of each of our visitors. See the light and join us at Lightopia.” 

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