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We Shine Portsmouth!

Witness Portsmouth shine once again this Winter

Victoria Park Rainbow by Elliot McRae

Victoria Park Rainbow by Elliot McRae

Following a successful launch last year, Portsmouth Creates is bringing back popular event, where visitors can see local and national artists light up the city for 3 nights of art and light installations. Visitors can brighten up their winter by wrapping up warm and soaking up the sights as the streets and buildings of Portsmouth are illuminated with art across the city.


We’re thrilled to announce, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will make a captivating centre piece as the impressive seven-metre wide floating moon lights up the church and immerses audiences with its detailed 120dpi NASA imagery and a surround sound composed by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram. Cork Midsummer Festival, UK, 2017

The churchyard will also have plenty to see with giant colourful We Rise sculptures and more!

In addition, visitors will be treated to two new zones – Hilsea and Paulsgrove as part of Portsmouth Creates efforts to bring art to all corners of the city. Witness the chalk cliffs at Paulsgrove lit up with a series of laser shows from community and dance groups and join the fun on our interactive stage. Alexandra Park in Hilsea will be transformed into a magical destination with a large scale interactive projection by award winning multimedia design studio Limbic Cinema complimented by light installations designed by local artists.

Due to popular demand, visitors will once again be given the rare opportunity to visit Victoria Park after-dark and be enchanted by a series of illuminated art pieces including a fairy garden, bug lanterns and curious creatures giving the park a magical atmosphere. Visitors will also be able to see Unfurl by Air Giants, a dreamscape of interactive gentle giant robots made from fabric and air which tower up to 5 metres high. Nature, art and technology have combined to create something spectacular.


To add to this there will be huge painted murals, large scale light installations, dance performances, a lantern parade from Fratton Big Local, celebrations at the Commercial Road Christmas light switch on and much more to see as visitors stroll across the city.

The We Create Market will be making a comeback with its Christmas edition! Brimming with talented local makers, designers, and artists the popular pop up market well known for utilising urban spaces will return to Pitt Street/The Old Sainsbury’s building near Commercial Road. Open for late night Christmas shopping, it’s the perfect place to stop and shop local!



Art & Light Festival Details:

  • Thursday 17th – Friday 18th – Saturday 19th – November 2022
  • 5pm – 9pm
  • Entrance fee: FREE
  • Suitable for the whole family


Get the date in your diary, and we’ll see you at We Shine Portsmouth!


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