Lights On Stratford: Winter Festival of Lights
Lights on Stratford will light up this winter starting December 16, 2022 through to January 27, 2023 from 5:00pm-10:00pm nightly.
Cost: Free to the public and designed to be safely enjoyed with on-site staff.
Launched in 2020 during the pandemic, the award-winning Lights On Stratford annual winter festival will once again transform Stratford’s heritage downtown core and park system with luminous art and interactive light installations. Visit LightsOnStratford.ca for full details.
The Lights On Stratford 2022/23 theme is REKINDLE – “relight (a fire) or revive (something that has been lost).” As we emerge from another year of having to stay home, missing our friends, family and favourite places; the importance of rekindling a sense of joy, wonder and community has never been greater.
Market Square will be brought to life with internationally-renowned artist Jen Lewin’s THE POOL – a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with light when activated by touch. Inspired by Australian tidal pools, Lewin developed mesh-networked technology and code to bring this experience around the world. Visitors can activate any of the 100 large circular pads that respond to walking, dancing, jumping, or playing – encouraging participation in an ever-changing composition.
Tom Patterson Island will be aglow with the Canadian premiere of AFFINITY – an interactive light sculpture that depicts the dazzling complexity and connectivity of the human brain and our relationship with memories.
The Festival will also feature new Made-in-Stratford light displays along the Light Trail, connecting Market Square to Tom Patterson Island, including LightWall, a new and original interactive display on the west facade of 70 Ontario Street that is comprised of a series of 25′ tall LED pixel banners that will project from the heritage building with a stunning display of colour and movement, but also incorporates the ability for people to speak into nearby microphones that will impact the light display in real-time.
And good news for all those that were unable to take in the Tom Patterson Theatre display from the inaugural 2020 Lights On Stratford, when the pandemic caused it to be closed early due to Provincial stay-at-home travel restrictions.
As in previous years, storefronts and locations throughout the City will be lit up with unique displays and experiences.
Stratford is home to some of the world’s best artists, lighting designers, props builders and creative minds. Lights On Stratford harnesses this precious resource of local talent, crafting a truly unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
Come see Stratford in a different light!
Find more information about Lights on Stratford here!