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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

Enjoy the magic of light this winter at Lightwaves Festival, Salford Quays

Preview by Steve Cooke

Lightwaves 2023 invites you to explore a trail of dramatic light art installations that animate and transform the urban waterside environment around Salford Quays and MediaCity each winter.

Breaking Barriers, a Rochdale-based Production Company, are collaborating with renowned light artist Akeelah Bertram to create a light project to be presented at Lightwaves Festival this December.

The project was co-created with a women's group at Deeplish Community Centre, where the artists and women explored the importance of light, what light, and dark mean, and what comes to mind when we think about light. Their answers have influenced the piece that Akeelah is making and will be premiered at the festival this December.

Artistic Director Parvez Qadir says, "When we were asked to create a piece of light art work for the festival we were really excited, but we wanted to open out the project to our local communities to give them the opportunity to share their ideas and create a platform where their thoughts and conversations become reality. We can't wait to welcome them to the launch to see their piece light up the dark nights at Salford Quays."

Taking place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December, visitors of all ages can enjoy illuminated works from established as well as emerging artists, local and national, bringing a variety of different pieces; thought-provoking, surprising, and playful.

And as always Lightwaves is FREE – just turn up and enjoy!

Lightwaves Festival is part of the Quays Culture Programme, a partnership initiative with a mission to animate public spaces, bringing extraordinary art into the heart of the community for everyone to experience free of charge.

Highlights from last year can been found on

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