Salford Quays will be awash with colour in the lead up to Xmas as Lightwaves illuminates the area.

Produced by Greater Manchester arts organisation Quays Culture, Lightwaves will see landmarks glowing in areas like MediaCity and the Lowry Plaza using artistry by the international names, from German design collective GNI’s ‘Heartbeat’ creation to Massimo Uberti and Marco Pollice’s ‘Today I Love You’, which premiered at Amsterdam’s Light Festival last year. World renowned TV icons will join the party, such as Postman Pat, Noddy and Dr Who’s arch-nemeses, the Daleks.

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There are nine installations in all, including one floating on the River Irwell. For this, the public can control the coloured LEDs embedded in Aether & Hemera’s interactive origami boat matrix, pictured in the header. Closer to home, there are pieces by the SHINE emerging talent competition winners, Sam Sebbage, Edyta Masior and Fixed Grinn Collective, while filmmakers Chris Paul Daniels and Sam Meech (who established Moston’s Small Cinema project) are lined up to screen their cinematic creation.

Quays Culture have a history of producing high quality art installations that are free to access for the public. Their past Xmas and New Year commissions have included 2014’s Aeolian Light, the dangling LEDs that changed colour with movement, and 2012’s collaboration with the BBC’s archives to countdown to Xmas with big screen advert calendars. Other memorable projects include 2013’s Speed Of Light, with runners trailblazing colour by wearing LED-clad suits.


Lightwaves runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 December, 2016, and is free to attend at various locations across Salford Quays and MediaCity.

For more information, visit, or search the #Lightwaves16 hashtag.

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