Almost 100,000 people turn up to see Bristol illuminated for city's first ever light festival

Almost 100,000 people flocked to Bristol this weekend to see the city illuminated for its first ever light festival.

From 5pm on Friday 28 February seven light installations popped up across six city-centre locations.

The displays were curated by both local and international artists.

Organisers estimate the turnout was nearly 100,000 people.

Castle Bridge was transformed into 'Pink Enchantment' by a former UWE graduate. Credit: Andre Pattenden

This year's four-day event was the first edition of a three-year series organised by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID).

People got the opportunity to experience several interactive displays, placed along a trail through the city.

'Wildlife on the Waterfront' was projected onto the Arnolfini to share the stories of people and wildlife in Uganda. Credit: Andre Pattenden


One of the sculptures raised awareness of single-use plastics.

Artist Jack Wimperis - who brought two installations to the festival - filled thousands of recycled milk bottles with LED lights as part of his 'MilkBottle' project.

This installation was made to draw attention to the use of single-use plastics. Credit: Andre Pattenden

The festival will return in 2021.