Festival of Light

Following the success of the 2017 and 2018 Festival of Light at Westquay, for 2019 We Are Placemaking were asked to produce the event across 3 locations with a brand new look and feel.

In 2017 and 2018, the festival included a new narrative each year for the digital mapping against the city walls, along with an interactive musical installation, a reflective LED maze, field of glowing spheres communicating between one another with a flow of coloured changing light, interactive light orbs and additional projections on the city walls. 2019 saw The Festival of Light across three key Hammerson locations in Southampton, Birmingham and Dublin.


This year we were asked to bring a new look and feel to the Festival of Light, especially as we were going to be travelling with the installations we needed to think about durability and to think about how guests could interact more with the installations. We researched a number of light artists and whittled it down to 5 installations for the festival, all that had some kind of playful interactive element to them.

Control No Control


Light Battle

Wave and

The Planetarium

Control No Control, Wave and Light Battle made it to all three locations Southampton, Birmingham and Dundrum. While The Planetarium and Sunrise were more bespoke to just the Southampton site.


Supplier sourcing & management

Event Production & management through build, break and live

Festival of Light Curation

Artistic Design

Health & Safety consultancy

Technical Production Management

Creative Production Management

Security Management


Results: 3rd Year

101,869 engagement footfall counts

Overall 2,367,171 impressions delivered on social media

Fully booked restaurants each evening around Westquay

Covered by The Telegraph, The Times Online and The Daily Echo Online


Results: 1st Year

66,912 engagement footfall counts

Covered by BBC Midlands News


Results: 1st Year

66,836 engagement footfall counts

1,000,000 social media impressions across all platforms

Covered by Lovin Dublin, and Here Ireland

Kathryn Malloch, Head of Customer Experience, said:

“Consumers are increasingly looking for unique and memorable experiences when they visit our flagship destinations, and that is what Festival of Light 2019 was all about. Events like this not only drive footfall, they also lead to increased sales for the brands in our destinations, and attract new shoppers who might not be frequent visitors. Festival of Light is just one part of the £2m experiential events programme we have planned for 2019. Exciting upcoming events include The Maze at Westquay, a 400m extravaganza with a hidden surprise at its centre.”