Battersea Power Station’s annual Light Festival has returned brighter and more interactive than ever before with a couple of new surprises for 2024!
A free light art trail for all to enjoy, explore seven light art installations 25th January – 25th February 2024 from British and international artists, a number of which are making their UK or London debut. Shining bright both inside and outside the Power Station, many of the installations will offer more than just a visual experience, enhanced with soundscapes and interactive elements that respond to movement and more. From a giant diamond and illuminated butterflies, to a playable light piano and cycling light battle, there is lots to explore! The installations will be lit daily from 8am – 11pm.
There is also a whole host of family-friendly workshops, live entertainment and music throughout the festival, including live weeknight performances on the ‘Light Piano 1.5’ installation. Over the weekends enjoy live ‘glow shows’ from specialist LED performers, plus a Silent Disco will be held in Turbine Hall B for the first time on 16th February – tickets now on sale here. Plus, visitors will have a chance to win a fantastic luxury holiday to Langkawi for a family of four, courtesy of Malaysia Airlines and The Danna – just look out for the special QR codes located at each Light Festival piece.
With over 140 shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues now open, Battersea Power Station is the perfect place to make a day of it. Refuel at a choice of over 50 restaurants, cafes and bars and continue the evening with some retail therapy, enjoy some friendly competition at Bounce and Birdies or relax with one of the latest blockbusters at The Cinema in The Power Station.
Opening hours: 11am – 4pm
Location: Upper Ground, North, Turbine Hall B
Here for two weekends only Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th February & Saturday 17th – 18th February, become fully immersed in our Light Festival and get your face painted with bright and neon colours. We’ll even be doing special dragon face painting to celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday 10th February.
Opening hours: 11am – 4pm
Location: Power of Place, Boiler House North, Ground Floor
Get your dancing shoes on and your creative juices flowing to celebrate our Light Festival with a range of workshops taking place this half term, between Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th February.
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th February
• We are hosting a full weekend of workshops celebrating Lunar New Year, and the year of the dragon. Whether you want to learn the traditional dragon dance or design your own dragon paper puppet, there is something to discover during this cultural celebration.
Monday 12th February & Thursday 15th – Friday 16th February
• With a range of unique light themed workshops to choose from, ranging from LED Hula Hoop Disco and creating your own stained glass window butterfly, you won’t be stuck for choice with something to do this half-term.
Wednesday 14th February
• We are bringing all the love to Battersea Power Station on Wednesday 14th February with a day full of valentines day themed workshops.
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February
• Gluegang are bringing their infamous workshops to the Power Station with two brand new and exciting events. Join us for an enchanting experience that promises to captivate both young and old alike. Create your own butterfly world or get your glow on with our luminous slime making workshop.
• Looking for somewhere to grab a quick drink during your visit? Battersea Power Station has a great selection of bars and restaurants offering de-LIGHT-ful happy hour offers.
• To celebrate the Light Festival, Battersea Brewery is excited to unveil their exclusive DIPA beer, ‘Ultralight Beam.’ Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try this delicious brew.
• Visit Control Room B in The Power Station, Turbine Hall B for their newly created, ‘Lights On, Lights Off’ cocktail. The vodka, peach, green apple and cranberry delight is served in a lightbulb shaped glass, and is a fun way to start or end your Light Festival experience.
• Why not drop into Fiume, our riverside Italian restaurant located in Circus West Village, and enjoy their exclusive Lumos cocktail as part of your aperitivo.
• As a way to see out this year’s Light Festival, book the Blackout Dinner at JOIA taking place on 21st February. For the first time, the restaurant will be plunged into darkness, lit only by candles, the London skyline and the iconic Battersea Power Station chimneys. Enjoy dramatic views and Portuguese dishes showcasing Henrique Sa Pessoa’s vibrant, unique and fresh take on traditional plates, for £95pp.
Butterfly Effect by Masamichi Shimada – located in the water feature in Circus West Village
Six gigantic butterflies have landed on the surface of the land or the water. The butterflies rise and fall with the movement of their bright blue glow against the dark night. With his artwork Butterfly Effect, Masamichi Shimada attempts to portray how something as delicate as a butterfly can possess such immense power. The artist emphasises that even though problems and challenges are seemingly big, a small act from one person can make all the difference.
LightPiano by Arion de Munck and Mark Ridder (London debut) – located in Turbine Hall B inside the Power Station
LightPiano 1.5 was inspired by the question ‘how can music and image become one?’. The cubes placed in this spatial composition are connected to the keys of the piano, meaning that LightPiano 1.5 can be regarded as both a work of art and an instrument. In this installation the sound of the piano is being mobilised and visualised, allowing the audience not only to play the piano but also to play the light.
Singularity by Squidsoup – located in Power Station Park by the Power Station’s north entrance
Singularity is a monolithic suspended sphere of abstract and dynamic light and movement. Squidsoup’s Singularity represents a hypothetical technological singularity, an imagined point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilisation.
C/C by Angela Chong (UK debut) – located on Electric Boulevard next to Battersea Park Road
C/C is an interactive sculpture that lights up in the dark and can be used as a bench. During the day, the work creates various shadows only to transform into a colourful lightshow during the evening. Angela Chong, wanted to use the property of a material and create a sculpture which functions as a seat for the public. Made from thick sheets of transparent acrylic, this installation uses coloured LED lights that reflect in the material and change colours in a rhythmic and dynamic way.
Lightbattle III by Venividimultiplex (London debut) – located in Malaysia Square by the Power Station’s south entrance
Lightbattle III lets visitors experience the Dutch cultural heritage of cycling in a completely different way. In two interactive arches of light, three bicycles face each other from opposite sides. Visitors are invited to ride one of the bicycles and compete with the other contestants. Based on the speed with which the competitors are cycling, the light slowly intensifies the colours of the arch. Let the battle begin!
Cloudy Lanterns by Mad Rhizome (UK debut) – located on the Upper Ground Level of Electric Boulevard
Cloudy Lanterns is a light art installation with floating geometric matrixes that immerse themselves in the urban space by illuminating their diffuse and crystalline glow. These clouds, consisting of a thousand coloured crystals, interrupt the ordinary landscape and force the passing crowds to stand still, raise their eyes and be amazed by the interplay of light, form and personal thoughts and interpretations.
Large Diamond by Freerk Wilbers (UK debut) – located in Turbine Hall A inside the Power Station
Large Diamond is a part of a series of Motives. These works by Dutch artist Freerk Wilbers are the result of the balance of two opposing forces. One is scientific in nature, the other is organic. The special material of the diamonds can bend and reflect light. As the diamond rotates, the light shimmers, oscillates and dances. Receiving light from the environment, it gives it back in the form of reflections, mirror images, spots of light and little rainbows that dance around the space.
Travelling to Battersea Power Station for the Light Festival couldn’t be easier with the Zone 1 Battersea Power Station Underground station bringing the riverside neighbourhood within 15 minutes of the West End and the City. Battersea Power Station also has its very own Uber Boat by Thames Clippers pier and is a 15-minute journey from Embankment, 20 minutes from Blackfriars, 30 minutes from Putney and 40 minutes from Canary Wharf. The riverside neighbourhood is easily accessible by bus, bike, car and train too. Find out more here.
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