Light Up the North National Conference
18 – 19th October

Event date: Thu, October 18, 2018

Hosted by the Lightpool Festival, the Light Up the North Network (LUTN) of leading northern light festivals presents its second national conference in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, 18-19th October 2018.

The conference aims to bring together funders, cultural businesses, artists and producers to explore and debate the creative economy, light art and festivals, alternative forms of finance in the sector and the social and environmental sustainability of our festivals and cities. Using light festivals as case studies, we will share expert insight as to their impact on audiences, local economy and cultural infrastructure development.

The conference will be a marketplace for artists and creative producers engaged with light to meet and share ideas. Through the Thursday and in the morning of the Friday we’ll be hosting structured networking sessions, to make the most out of the time we have together. We are also welcoming representatives from leading European light festivals.

With the Arts & Culture Finance Fair, you will develop an understanding of the possibilities for financing cultural activities beyond grant funding, learning how repayable finance can be used to drive forward creative and cultural ventures, creating ideas for new projects and collaborations.

Thursday 18 October (10am – 5pm)

10am: Registration
11am – 5pm: Conference and Arts & Culture Finance Fair
5pm: Networking reception
7pm: Light Odyssey presented by Lightpool Festival
(discounted tickets will be available for participants of the conference)

Friday 19 October (10am – 12pm)

10am: Facilitated networking for artists and
creative producers 
interested in light art and festivals

12pm: Conference ends