5 Reasons to Get Excited for Love Light Norwich

5 Reasons to Get Excited for Love Light Norwich 2022

Norwich is set to light up this February with the return of Love Light Norwich – a 3-night free art festival. This is not one to miss – with stunning projections, amazing artworks, brilliant performance and more. Experience the City of Stories illuminated as you discover its iconic landmarks at night, transformed by enchanting installations. Plus, the Love City Food Trail will bring exciting new dishes at your favourite restaurants to the table too.

Perfect for families, friends wanting an excuse to meet up, or those looking to do something extra romantic to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And if you needed any more reasons to pop along to the festival, read on below for our top 5 reasons to get excited for Love Light Norwich!

Celestial Sound Cloud light installation, part of Love Light Norwich

Celestial Sound Cloud light installation, part of Love Light Norwich

1. Love Light Trail

Each night of the festival, you’ll be able to find fantastic installations across the city centre. So, grab a coat, get yourself a hot chocolate and start exploring! Stop off at Norwich Cathedral Green to see Elemental Marsh Ponies, fantastic fire sculptures conjuring stories of Norfolk’s lantern men on the marshes. Take some time to see Here is Home at St Andrew’s Plain, a moving piece combining outdoor theatre and light artistry, exploring migration. Or if you fancy something a little more out-there, an atmospheric performance combining music, colour and projections by art-rock mavericks KlangHaus could be what you’re looking for!

Performance times vary – find the full details on the Love Light Norwich website.

Projetions on Norwich Castle as part of Love Light Norwich

Norwich Castle lit up as part of Love Light Norwich 2020

2. River of Love Procession

Who doesn’t love a big, bright and bold parade? Starting at 6pm on the Saturday, and travelling from Norwich Cathedral to Millenium Plain, this amazing procession will feature a fleet of illuminated boats and more in an underwater spectacle. See if you can spot Ocho & Iso, giant illuminated puppets of deep-sea creatures who will be lighting up the streets in a dramatic duet as part of the parade, and around the city. Don’t miss this carnival-style parade, and the grand finale performed by The Garage.

Giant illuminated deep sea creature puppet, part of Love Light Norwich

Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of illuminated deep-sea creatures in the parade

3. Love City Food Trail

Treat yourself to a meal out after enjoying the fabulous light installations on display in the city. Restaurants, cafes, bars and market stalls across Norwich are participating in the Love City Food Trail, creating special love themed food dishes for you to enjoy. Look out for neon pink ‘love’ signs in windows of the participating restaurants. And – if you make your way to 6 participating restaurants and get your Love City Food Trail passport stamped, you’ll be entered into a prize draw!

Burger and chips at Cosy Club

Restaurants and cafes across Norwich are taking part in the Love City Food Trail

4. Love Light Events

If a stunning artwork trail throughout the city, a lively parade, and a fantastic food offering weren’t enough, there’s also a whole host of events and workshops taking place as part of the festival. There really is something for everyone!

True Stories Live: My Guiding Light takes place on Thursday from 7pm – 10pm at the National Centre for Writing. Hear stories brimming with light, told by the people of the city in front of a supportive audience.  This moving event celebrates the power of community and empathy, and the transformative power of truth. Tickets are pay what you can and should be booked in advance.

Or why not drop in to The Art of Courtly Love on Friday, 6.30pm – 9.30pm at the Museum of Norwich? Discover a modern twist on medieval courtship as you pen the perfect love letter, dance with Time Machine Disco and enjoy performance poetry.

Fancy something a bit more active? Join the Glow Ride in Chapelfield Gardens on Friday from 5.30pm – 7pm. This family friendly bike ride allows you to become part of the festival. Embellish your bike with illuminated decorations, and who knows – you may win the prize for the best dressed bike!

Arrive in Chapelfield Gardens at 5.45pm and you’ll be treated to a cycling themed performance too! Strictly Night Cycling combines silliness, laughter and pyrotechnic surprises to create an exhilarating dance performance…on bikes! It’s sure to wow you.

For the full programme of events, visit the Love Light Norwich website.

Strictly Night Cycling, a performance by the Bike Ballet Company

Strictly Night Cycling, a performance by the Bike Ballet Company

5. Emerging Artists

Love Light Norwich is the perfect excuse to discover something new. And there’s plenty to uncover with the next generation of emerging artists. All around the city you’ll find unexpected artwork designed to startle, amaze and fascinate. New installations, projections and more will be on show in the City of Stories from artists at the start of their careers – take a look and see the creativity and innovation of some of Norwich’s freshest talent from Norwich University of the Arts. Find out more about the artworks here.

neon sign reading all you need is love