Iconic buildings in Harrogate to be spectacularly lit up for two nights as a spectacular new festival is launched
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Visitors and locals alike will be able to see Harrogate in a completely different light in March as Harrogate International Festivals help bring the Beam lights festival to town.
The event will illuminate some of Harrogate’s most iconic buildings and green spaces using lighting beams and projections to transform the architecture and landscape.
Taking place on March 15 and 16, a number of landmark spaces, including Crescent Gardens and the War Memorial, will be dramatically illuminated by the internationally-renowned Leeds-based artist and lighting designer James Bawn.
Locals and visitors will be able to explore the town’s streets and watch the light artworks come to life - as they enjoy Harrogate’s renowned retail and hospitality businesses along the way.
Business owners are being encouraged to get involved by creating their own lights and putting them on display in their windows to enhance the trail.
The event, led by the arts charity and supported by North Yorkshire Council, Visit North Yorkshire and Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID), is free for everyone.
Matthew Chapman, Harrogate BID Manager, said: "With anticipated increased footfall and spend for our members, a new and unique Harrogate experience delivering our public objective of being a vibrant town we cannot wait to see Beam come to fruition.”
The switch-on for Beam follows on from the success of a number of other large-scale outdoor events in Harrogate in recent years, including the Fire Garden and the post-covid Fire & Light Festival.
Fiona Movley, Chair of the Future 50 Appeal, said: “We are excited to light up our town as part of Harrogate International Festivals Future 50 Appeal and shine a light on the creative talent we have in our region.”
Coun Simon Myers, North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for culture, arts and housing, said: "Large events like this are an opportunity to celebrate the spaces which we live and work in and enjoy, and Beam is sure to present the town in a brand new light.”
More information at: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/