As part of Croydon council’s cultural programme and in support of its bid for Croydon to be named London’s first Borough of Culture, the Thornton Heath Light Festival will transform Trumble Gardens into an illuminated wonderland.
Taking place on Saturday 27th January the gardens on Brigstock Road will be adorned with a selection of displays from the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere London 2018.
Commissioned by the Mayor of London, the festival’s artwork which is currently placed around the capital, will reimagine London's architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition for four nights.
Some of the colourful displays will then move to the Thornton Heath festival, which will be a celebration of the natural world. The festival will be made up of over 100 lanterns, with designs including foxes, giant flowers, badgers and hedgehogs.
Londoners will have a further opportunity to see a version of the extraordinary nightlife commission planned for Leicester Square, that has been created by Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company.
The festival will also feature a series of illuminated festoons made from recycled bottles by local volunteers, that will form another part of the overall London spectacle before being brought to Croydon.
In order to prepare the exhibitions for the event, Trumble Gardens will close to general park users from 9am Thursday 25th January until 5pm on Monday 29th January, and there will also be no parking within the gardens during this period.
The event will coincide with the second CR7 market which will operate from the forecourt at Ambassador House between 12pm and 6pm before relocating to Trumble Gardens for the night-time market and light festival between 4pm and 9pm. As well as the market’s food, drink, arts and crafts stalls, there will also be performances of singing, dance and spoken word showcasing the finest local talent.
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport said: “We are delighted to be part of London Lumiere 2018 and I’m particularly excited to see the display of chandeliers created by local residents.
“Croydon is the only borough outside of the main festival, to be showcasing some of the West End exhibits as part of our own festival in Thornton Heath, a real vote of confidence in our bid to be named the Borough of Culture 2019.”
Thornton Heath Light festival and the CR7 night-time market are taking place on Saturday 27th January between 4pm and 9pm.
Both are free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance. To book your free ticket visit https://thlf2018.eventbrite.com/?aff=CC