When: Fri 24th November to Sun 26th November

Time: 18.30 to 22.00

Marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, this event takes on a stunning new location in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard on Nov 24-26. For the first time ever, the former victualling yard will be lit up with dazzling light installations, immersive visual art and light projections, being linked to the Barbican through the travelling of light.

Projections will start at approx 6.30pm and will be repeated hourly, and the show will be followed by performances.  

You can take part in a mass participation light performance using Xylobands, a wearable light up wristband which is synchronised to music. It is £2 per person to participate*, and we'd suggest arriving early to collect your Xyloband (and dont forget to return them when you leave as they will not operate outside of the performance area). 

There are also workshops taking place including:

Mini Mapping

Thurs 23 and Fri 24 November, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm

Working alongside The Media Workshop, participants will create mini loop-able projection-mapped installations that will be displayed in various locations throughout Illuminate. Muybridge, zeotropes, flick-books and cinemagraphs will inform the development of short looped animations, which will be mapped onto selected locations. 


Coding with Light Workshop (5+)

Thurs 23 and Fri 24 November, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm

Plymouth College of Art present a fun workshop playing with coding and light! Using starter kits, participants will be taught how to connect wires and components to Arduino circuit boards. No soldering will be necessary as the wires are directly inserted into circuit blocks and boards. Participants will be taught to write and link code, creating a wide range of possibilities involving the use of LCD displays, light sensors and LEDs. No prior knowledge of coding is necessary but basic use of computers is recommended. All materials and equipment will be provided. 


Reflective T-Shirt Printing Workshop (5+) 

Sat 25 and Sun 26 November, 10-12noon , 1 to 3pm, 3 to 5pm

During this fun workshop delivered by Rosie Drake-Amery of Native Makers and Plymouth College of Art,  you will design and decorate your own reflective T-shirt using decorative textile techniques. You will be shown how to print using garment vinyl to create a reflective motif. Blank T-shirts will be provided, please wear closed toe shoes. No prior textiles experience is required. Delivered by Plymouth College of Art. 


Parking is very limited and some parking areas will be closed off due to the event so please consider alternative transport…walking or bike riding, taking the ferry or bus. Why not come lit up!

Why not come over early and have some supper at the yard…
*Subject to availability