Light festival coming to Harrogate next month
Last updated Feb 6, 2024
A light installation by James Bawn in Harrogate, in 2019. Pic: Richard Maude.

Some of Harrogate’s iconic landmarks and spaces will be lit up during a new light festival next month.

Beam, which will be presented by Harrogate International Festivals, will use a variety of lighting styles to transform and illuminate places around the town.

Leeds-based artist and lighting designer James Bawn will also use lighting beams and soundscapes to animate areas, including the cenotaph and Crescent Gardens, as part of the display.

Mr Bawn hosted a similar event in 2019, which used lighting to celebrate Harrogate’s spa town heritage.

The event is supported by Harrogate International Festival’s Future 50 appeal, North Yorkshire Council, Visit North Yorkshire and Harrogate Business Improvement District.

Matthew Chapman, manager of Harrogate BID, said it would be a “fantastic occasion”, adding:

“With anticipated increased footfall and spend for our members, a new and unique Harrogate experience delivering our objective of a vibrant town, we cannot wait to see Beam come to fruition and really put Harrogate on the map.”

Simon Myers, the council’s executive member for culture, arts and housing, said:

“Beam demonstrates the importance of free to attend events to animate our communities and ensure access to the arts for the widest possible audiences.

“Large events like this are an opportunity to celebrate the spaces which we live and work in and enjoy, and Beam is sure to present the town in a brand new light.”

Local businesses are encouraged to get creative and put up their own window lighting displays.

The event will take place on March 15 and 16, in the town centre, from dusk until 10pm.

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