Light Up Poole 

The amazing thing about light art is that it’s immediately accessible and engaging to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It can instantly demystify the arts (and many aspects of technology), start a discussion, take people in many directions. It’s immersive and impactful, a shared, community experience that creates great talking points and a real buzz leading to deeper engagement with artists’ creative processes and sources of inspiration.

Light Up Poole is made possible by the ambition that drives our artists and the collaboration at every level of our operation between numerous organisations and individuals who share a passionate commitment to arts innovation, to arts access for all, and to our shared community in Poole.

From our first festival start-up in 2018, enjoyed by 20,000+ visitors, LUP then welcomed audiences  54,326 in 2020. We are recognised on the international map of light festivals meaning we can share our success and experiences way beyond Dorset and take work created here in Poole to festivals around the world too.

Light Up Poole is produced by Audacious and funded by Arts Council England, BCP Council and Poole BID. In 2020, 38 partners and sponsors collaborated to ensure that LUP continues to introduce accessible, innovative light art to Poole and Dorset’s cultural landscape and creates a truly impactful community experience.