Luminate Southampton

We support the event programming and delivery for Hammerson’s Westquay across the center and newly created public plaza, the Esplanade. Our teams work on Event Feasibility, Creative Production through to Event Health & Safety, Live Event and Technical Production to create events that complement the space and drive footfall.


We Are Placemaking produced the opening events for Westquay, launching ‘Luminate Southampton’, a spectacular light show, which included two weekends full of entertainment in the Esplanade.


Event Management

Event Production

Technical Production Management

Health & Safety Consultancy

Creative Production Management


A winter LED parade saw an array of LED drummers, snow queens, polar bears light installations, handmade lanterns and LED umbrellas parade through the city ending in Esplanade at Westquay.

This was then followed by a digital mapping show onto the historic city walls showcasing Southampton’s history from the 1400s right through to the present day.

This included scenes of the Titanic, the digital age and reference to Tim Berners Lee who invented the World Wide Web

The display marked a world first for this kind of digital mapping with new high brightness and low power laser projection technology being debuted by QED Productions.

“We’re achieving several world firsts here, and we certainly need to as the projection surface is a 1,000 year old wall situated in the most brightly lit of city centre locations.  We’ve never projected at this large scale with such high levels of ambient lighting, so being able to deploy the world’s highest brightness low power projectors was the key to its success.  To give a sense of scale of the challenge we’re actually outputting the same amount of light that we previously used to projection map an entire island.”

Luminate Southampton was covered by Event Magazine