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Bristol Light Festival Presents: Luminarium

Multi-sensory pop-up coming to Bristol’s College Green this August

14/07/2022

Luminarium is a fully accessible, multi-sensory pop-up coming to College Green on 4th – 14th August from 1-7pm daily, brought to the city by Bristol Light Festival.

Visitors are being invited to enter a world of wonder when the world-famous inflatable domes filled with natural light and colour visit the city this summer. Taking inspiration from natural forms, Islamic and Gothic cathedrals and modern architecture, the Luminarium is a sunlight-powered sensory experience featuring kaleidoscopic colours, domes, tunnels and pods.

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance, Governance and Performance

We're delighted to see the Luminarium arriving in the city in August. Culture and events form a key part of our city’s offering to those who choose to live, work and study here. Supporting the recovery of the sector through the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal Programme and bringing people into the city is providing a much-needed boost to local businesses after a difficult few years. We look forward to seeing communities from across the city and all walks of life enjoy this free-to-access activity on College Green.

An Instagrammers dream, this installation is truly designed for every member of the family and every age group. As a multi-sensory environment, it is also accessible for those with complex needs.

The free-to-enter and inflatable walk-in art experience, half the size of a football pitch, has travelled with other luminaria across 43 countries, hosting a total of more than 3 million visitors since being created by Alan Parkinson, designer and founder of Architects of Air, in 1992.

ALAN PARKINSON

We grew Architects of Air from a theatre project for people with learning disabilities. Inclusivity has remained at the heart of the work we do with each exhibition of Luminarium. It embraces all ages, all abilities, all cultures and communities. The residency at College Green this summer will be the first time a Luminarium has visited Bristol in 21 years and we can’t wait to see how people interact with the experience - it’s a truly unique response from each visitor

The Luminarium is fully wheelchair accessible, set across one level, and schools and organisations for children and adults with accessibility needs are being invited to join in the experience with quieter sessions available.

Luminarium by Architects of Air (AoA) is presented by Bristol Light Festival, delivered by Bristol City Centre BID, and supported by Arts Council England. It is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Street project.

Tickets are free for all and can be booked online in advance with walk-ups also available.

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Vicky Lee, Head of Bristol City Centre BID

The summer in Bristol is a wonderful time to be in the city centre and hosting the magical Luminarium will be a great boost for the businesses in the area. It will fill our city with colour and art and be a fantastic addition to the already bustling calendar of events and experiences for tourists and residents alike. We’re also looking forward to programming the experience with sessions from Bristol creatives to include music, poetry and even some yoga. We will be outreaching to communities across Bristol to invite them to enjoy this unique free experience.
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