Love Light Norwich is a free,
taking place across Valentine’s weekend
With the theme of love and belonging, Love Light Norwich is taking steps to raise awareness about wellbeing, togetherness and community inclusion.
A series of events called Love Light Labs, taking place during the day on 13 February, powered by Aviva, invites local businesses and communities to explore a programme of events aiming to uncover solutions to help build a more socially connected city.
The festival features an illuminating trail of light artworks at night 13-15 Feb, 5.30-10.30pm. Included in this trail is Lamps of Love,powered by Jarrold, a special installation where members of the public are invited to help make a candle-lit labyrinth in the Cathedral Cloisters, for a small contribution of £3 (per candle). All proceeds go towards Norwich Street Aid who help to transform the lives of those who sleep rough.
Love Light Norwich will transform the city against a backdrop of Norwich’s celebrated medieval architecture and landmarks with light performances and artworks from international artists Bilbobasso (FRA), Projection Teknik (AUS) and Chih-Wei Chuang (TWN). The Festival also features The Valentine’s Parade where the weird and wonderful come together – French troubadours Picto Facto bring Lampadophores, a fantastical colourful world of inflatable characters with gleeful childish wonder, will be leading the Valentine’s Parade, curated by Tin House.
Love Light Norwich is free to attend and family friendly.
Love Light Norwich is brought to the city by Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) with funding from Arts Council England, Norwich City Council, The Forum Trust, Aviva and Jarrold.
Amor | Bilbobasso (FRA)
The Forum amphitheatre on Millennium Plain
Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February | 7pm
Amor is an explosive satire on married life, telling the story of a couple whose tenderness is starting to go sour. The smallest thing can lead to a blow-out – in fact everything ignites in their home! Cooking, laundry, vacuuming: activities and objects get caught in the ‘domestic’ and flame, smoke and sparks transform the everyday into a giant firecracker. Amor is a comedy, a fight, a duel; it’s unpredictable, a bit playful and a bit brutal. You’ll never bicker in the same way again!
Bilbobasso (FRA) are pioneers in outdoor street fire theatre and we’re very happy to welcome them from France for their first performance in Norwich. The show is suitable for all but makes reference to adult themes.
Lovebirds | Illuminos (UK, 2020)
The timeless tale of two lovebirds – Norwich Canaries – who sing and trill in their golden cages. Watch them escape in a feast of colour and light as we journey with them in spirals and song, before they return to a golden nest for two. The Castle’s iconic architecture becomes woven together through the dance of the canaries, and the timelessness of love through millennia.
Lighting up Love | Projection Teknik (AUS, 2020)
Norwich Cathedral, interior and façade
Australian award-winning projection duo Nick Azidis and Rose Staff will transform Norwich Cathedral both inside and outside the medieval building. UK-premiere, commissioned by Love Light Norwich.
Artworks & Installations (18 installations)
Lamps of Love
Norwich Cathedral Cloisters
Make your contribution to a candle-lit labyrinth in the magnificent Cathedral Cloisters. Powered by Jarrold. All proceeds will go to Norwich Street Aid. £3 per candle.
Halo | illumaphonium (UK, 2018)
Upper Green, Cathedral Close
12 sculptural towers of glowing haloes invite you to make music together.
Seed of Life + Opelescent | Amber Lights (UK, 2019, 2020)
The Garth and The Guntons Building, Norwich University of the Arts
Explore a kaleidoscope of colours surrounded by 13th century monastic remains. Continue on to The Guntons Building to find Opelescent, a UK premiere. Created by NUA alumnus Amber Stefani.
Happy Heads | Benoit+Bo (FRA/CHN, 2017)
Castle Street and London Street
French-Chinese visual artist duo present for the first time in the UK: two giant inflatable heads that show the architecture of contemporary love. UK premiere.
Featuring Picto Facto
Friday 14 February | 6pm
From Norwich Cathedral to The Forum
What’s the best Valentine’s gift? Each other! Let’s celebrate our shared humanity, the weird and wonderful; what makes us different and what brings us together. French troubadours Picto Facto bring Lampadophores, a fantastical colourful world of inflatable characters with gleeful childish wonder, will be leading the Valentine’sParade, curated by Tin House.
Gather at the Cathedral from 5.30pm. Open to all.
Proudly sponsored by Aviva
Picto Facto powered by Norwich City Council
FloodLight | The Neutrinos
Saturday 15 February | 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
The Crypt at The Halls – sold out
We conclude Love Light Norwich with Norwich’s own maverick art-rockers The Neutrinos, who have created a new show especially for the festival. The avant-garde quartet are teaming up with artist Sal Pittman and new men’s choir The Vital Spark to present FloodLight. The band will lead the audience from the shadows, through candlelight, to full illumination on an eerie and uplifting site-responsive sonic journey. With support from Norwich Arts Centre.
The show will be the closing event of the festival and is already sold out.
Love Light Labs, proudly sponsored by Aviva
Thursday 13 February | 12.30pm-5.30pm
OPEN, Bank Plain
To secure your FREE place follow the Eventbrite links at
Love Light Labs kicks off the festival with a day-time symposium on 13 February inviting individuals, local businesses and communities to come together to drive positive social change. Powered by Aviva, debates and discussions will shine a light on how innovation in Sharing, Light, Design and Health can help bring people together and explore opportunities to encourage social inclusion and a better- connected city for all. Love Light Labs forms part of a city-wide initiative, led by Aviva called #NorwichTogether to tackle loneliness.
Taking place at OPEN Norwich, the symposium will consist of a combination of inspiring keynote speakers as well as an opportunity to focus during four subject specific ‘labs’:
What does ‘Arts for Health’ mean in 2020? Natalie Jode, Executive Director, Creative Arts East will be hosting. Creative Arts East recently won a prestigious Royal Society for Public Health award for their creative programme ‘Our Day Out’, which tackles rural isolation and loneliness in older people.
This lab will be hosted by Linn Clabburn, New Anglia Enterprise Partnership. Linn will focus on how innovative businesses in Norfolk and Cambridge – within the Norwich/Cambridge Tech Corridor – are using light in interesting and vital ways to power social change and promote inclusion.
Marking the anniversary of Norwich becoming a ‘Sharing City’, this lab will be hosted by Kate Price, Neighbourhoods and Community Enabling Manager, Norwich City Council, and will focus on how a commitment to ‘sharing’ narrows the gaps between communities and makes people feel more engaged.
Hosted by Professor Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Design and Architecture NUA. This lab will focus on Design Thinking: What is it and how can we use it to support placemaking and encourage inclusivity in urban contexts?
Premier League Kicks | Glow in the dark tournament
Premier League Kicks targets young people who have previously proven difficult to reach and helps guide them towards a range of sporting activities, using football as the main engagement tool. To coincide with the festival, Norwich City Community Sports Foundation have created a special tournament – with glow in the dark kit – to make the match more interesting! These are 5-a-side football games for young people participating in the Premier League Kicks scheme.
Working with Norwich Theatre Royal, artist Hannah Broadway will be engaging with communities around Jenny Lind Housing Estate to make window displays in people’s front rooms. Anyone can take part and almost anything can count as a display: from a string of fairy lights to a band playing in the living room. As long as it’s family friendly, anything goes! All the displays are put onto a map for people to follow. This event is fun, creative, inclusive and gives the community an incentive to explore the neighbourhood on a dark winter’s evening and enjoy it in a whole new light.
LumiDogs is a community project inviting people and their dogs (in light up costumes) to participate in The Valentine’s Parade (14 February, LumiDogs Finale). Ahead of the Parade, participants will design and make a light up costume (free activity) for their dog at a special LumiDogs workshop. Participants can bring along their mutt to receive a doggy-jacket to keep them warm and enough lights for them to shine from Norwich to Norway. The best- dressed dog will receive the coveted Lumidogs crown and a selection of doggy treats!
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