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Lighting up London with the Lumiere light festival

18th January 2016

Lumiere London concluded yesterday with various news sources hailing the event a great success with traders also reporting a boost in sales from the increased numbers in footfall. Speakers Corner's very own Rebecca Matthews was there over the weekend who said, when asked. that she 'loved it!'.

 

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Run by Artichoke, a non profit public art group, it showcased large light based art works around Piccadilly, Regent St, Leicester Square and Westminster. This innovative event which included fixed and mobile (sometimes floating) artworks, started at dusk and finish at 10.30pm with roads being closed to accommodate the light show. The Artichoke website promised 'iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works'. 

 

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It proved to be so popular that the installations were turned off on Saturday evening at Kings Cross because of overcrowding, but despite this it has proved to be very popular with people looking for a lift in the dark and cold start to 2016. The Guardian reports that 'trade was up over 10% in some areas and footfall was up over 25% on the same time last year. Restaurateurs and bar owners reported the biggest boosts'. 

With this kind of interest and a sales boost, for what is a quiet time of the year, will ensure it will not be long before we see the likes of a similar event again.

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Photos provided by Rebecca M and Laura B.

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