3 January 2024

Light Festival Returns To Battersea Power Station To Brighten Up Winter Nights

Battersea Power Station’s free-to-attend Light Festival is returning to the riverside neighbourhood this January and February and will be more interactive than ever before

Seven spectacular installations from British and international artists will be on display inside and outside the Power Station with three making their UK debut and two making their London debut

With over 140 shops, bars, restaurants and leisure venues now open at Battersea Power Station, visitors can make a whole evening out of the Light Festival and enjoy a selection of special brand offers

Battersea Power Station’s annual Light Festival is returning bigger and brighter than ever before to illuminate the winter evenings between 25th January 25th February 2024. The free-to-attend event will feature seven spectacular pieces of artwork from British and international artists. Shining bright and with more interactive pieces for visitors to enjoy, the installations will be on display inside the iconic London landmark and around the surrounding riverside neighbourhood. Three of the light installations, including Large Diamond by Freerk Wilbers, will be making their UK debut and two pieces will be making their London debut.

This year, many of the light installations will offer more than just a visual experience for festival-goers, enhanced with soundscapes and interactive elements that respond to visitors’ movements. For example, LightPiano by Arion de Munck and Mark Ridder in Turbine Hall B questions how sound and light can become one as visitors are able to simultaneously play a piano and play with light resulting in a special kind of instrument that resonates with ears, eyes and heart. There will also be a schedule of musicians showcasing their skills on the piece on Monday to Wednesday evenings throughout the festival, with fun themes such as The Best of Movie Soundtracks.

Lightbattle III by Venividimultiplex located in Malaysia Square encourages visitors to step inside two arches of light and take part in a cycling competition, with the ultimate winner awarded with a flood of colourful light.

Making its UK debut at Battersea Power Station, Large Diamond by Dutch artist, Freerk Wilbers, is a moving installation which consists of 183 diamond-shape pieces of special reflective material. On display in the Power Station’s Turbine Hall A during the Light Festival, the light falling through the diamonds will create sparkling reflections on the beautiful Art Deco features of the space for visitors to enjoy.

Simon Murphy, CEO at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:

“The Light Festival is one of our most popular events at Battersea Power Station and we are excited to see it return with even more interactive pieces for visitors to enjoy in January and February. With the Power Station’s strong cultural history, it is important that we continue this tradition, and we are thrilled to be working with some of the leading light artists from around the globe to create a festival which brightens up the riverside neighbourhood and helps to put a smile on our visitors’ faces during the dark winter months.”

The great mix of cafes, bars and restaurants now open at Battersea Power Station will have special menus and offers to celebrate the return of the Light Festival, plus take-away options to enjoy as visitors wander around the installations such as hot drinks and sweet treats from TOZI Counter, Paris Baguette and Crosstown. For those looking to refuel after exploring everything the festival has to offer, there is so much to choose from including warming Indian dishes at the newly opened Dishoom, over 13 cuisines from around the globe at Arcade Food Hall or a glass of fizz accompanied by a charcuterie board at Searcys Champagne Bar.

Once refuelled, continue the evening with some retail therapy at the British and international brands now open at the riverside neighbourhood, enjoy some friendly competition at Bounce Ping Pong or relax with one of the latest blockbusters at The Cinema in The Power Station. A full list of shops, bars and restaurants open at Battersea Power Station can be found here – www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk/retailers/

There will also be family-friendly workshops, live entertainment and music throughout the Light Festival, including the live weeknight performances on installation, LightPiano. Visitors will also be able to enjoy live ‘glow shows’ throughout the festival from specialist LED performers, and Silent Discos will be held in Turbine Hall B for the first time, with further information and tickets to be released soon. Plus, visitors will have a chance to win a fantastic trip to Langkawi for four people courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. More details on the competition will be shared on Battersea Power Station’s website and social channels shortly (see link/handle below).

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.

To discover more on the Light Festival at Battersea Power Station, please visit https://bpwrstn.com/light-festival-2024