Arts Council funding helps secure even brighter Christmas Light Festival 2015

Published: Monday, 12th October 2015

Oxford City Council has secured £15,000 from the Arts Council to help fund this year’s Christmas Light Festival, which will take place between 20 and 22 November.

The money will help the festival deliver a spectacular light projection finale to the lantern procession in Broad Street on Friday 20 November 2015.

The procession itself will start in New Inn Hall Street, weaving its way through the city centre and featuring 240 young people from eight of the city’s primary schools.

The pupils taking part will build the lanterns using recycled materials during two half-day workshops in October and November. Residents can help by donating plastic bottles at St Aldate’s Chambers, opposite the Town Hall.

The Arts Council funding will also pay for:

  • A light and sound trail around the city from Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM). The organisation will bring some of the UK’s leading light and sound artists to create audio visual installations across the city.
  • A Dancin’ Oxford stage in Gloucester Green hosting live performances from local groups on the Friday evening after the lantern procession finale.

The Christmas Light Festival weekend will see a multitude of free activities and events across Oxford’s best loved venues and spaces reflecting the festival’s theme of ‘Light and Energy’. On the Saturday and Sunday there will also be a Christmas Market in Broad Street offering stocking fillers and festive delights.

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival is produced by Oxford City Council and Ian Nolan Events in partnership with Oxford’s Cultural Organisations, on behalf of communities across the city.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Sports and Events, said: “I am thrilled that Oxford City Council has been able to secure £15,000 funding from the Arts Council.

“The Christmas Light Festival is a highlight of the year for many and tens of thousands of people have attended in previous years.

“Thanks to this funding, this year looks like it could be one of the best ever.”

For more information, visit the Oxford's Christmas website, or follow @OXChristmas or #OxLightFest15 on Twitter.