Lumen Lite 2021

Lumen Lite 2021

Introducing ‘Lumen Lite’ a self-guided illuminated trail around Crewe Town Centre over 16 evenings.

This year we are doing things differently. After the disappointment of last year’s lockdown leading to the cancellation of Lumen Crewe’s Night of Lights, we have joined forces with the team behind Blackpool Illuminations to develop a family-focused illuminated arts trail around Crewe Town Centre. 

From 26th November – Sunday 12th December 2021

5pm – 9pm


Wrap up warm and venture into Crewe Town Centre for an out of this world twilight adventure! Visitors will be able to download a Lumen Lite trail map before setting off on a journey of discovery, meeting Moon Folk, seeking out astronauts, and stumbling across a TARDIS along the way.

Download your foldable Lumen Lite 2021 trail map and guide here!


View the digital view trail map and guide here!


If you've visited Lumen Lite 2021, please tell us what you think by filling in this short survey (there's a chance to win one of two £100 One4All gift cards!) :


The artworks:

The Moon Folk projection

The Moon Folk by GSMD (Municipal Buildings)

This stunning projection follows a group of curious animals on a journey of discovery. The 5 minute sequence features a collection of charming, fantasy animals that begin their lives in a ridged monotone that gradually explore their world and their friendships, bringing light and colour into their lives.

The various creatures work together and explore a variety of landscapes and environments formed by the illusion of the shifting architecture of the building, helping each other to overcome the challenges the face and find happiness.

This work is influenced in its style by shadow puppetry and traditional carnival costumes. The story is simple and charming, appropriate for all audiences to enjoy!



Tardis and Municipal by PR

Tardis: photo by Peter Robinson

Dr. Who TARDIS by Lightworks (Memorial Square)

Encounter a replica of the famous TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) from the BBC TV Series Dr. Who. The perfect photo opportunity for sci-fi fans!



Aqulaux Credit Visit Blackpool

Aqualux: Photo Credit Visit Blackpool

Aqualux by Phil Holmes (Lyceum Square)

An 8mtr by 3mtr creative lighting installation composed of 48 unfilled water containers, which typically hold 1,000 litres of water each, specially adapted to create a stunning, transportable and eco friendly light feature to raise the importance of water.

Did you know the average person uses the same amount of water these containers hold within the space of a year? And that’s only at home! Our great grandparents managed with only three containers. Aqualux is an eye opening feature with an educational twist, so make sure you catch a glimpse of it.



Spaceman by Peter Robinson

Spaceman: photo by Peter Robinson

Spaceman by Alan Cockroft (Christ Church)

Originally designed for the Blackpool Illuminations Space Age road section by Alan Cockcroft in 1970. Get up close and personal with a giant interpretation from the famous moon landing over 50 years ago – it's out of this world!


Exponential and Christ Church by PR

Exponential: photo by Peter Robinson

Exponential by Lucid Creates (Christ Church)

A kaleidoscopic audio responsive installation with an immersive soundscape, surprise reflections and an ever-changing swirling core...

Exponential is a kaleidoscopic installation which explores the power of group action through light and sound and offers an opportunity for self reflection and discussion around our impact on the planet and society.

Each side of the cube has a sensor which is triggered when someone approaches. When a sensor is triggered, one of four layers of sound & light begins! The full lighting show is created when all four are activated.


Crewe Light boxes on display on Victoria Street

We Love Crewe Light Boxes by the Crewe & District Archive (Victoria Street)

Step back in time and discover Crewe Carnival from 1900–1990s. Thanks to the Crewe and District Archive for sharing their amazing Crewe Carnival photography collection. Also features finalists from the We Love Crewe photography competition.


Forests of the Future and Christchurch by PR

Forests of the Future: photo by Peter Robinson

Forest of the Future by Lorna Ella (Christ Church)

‘Forest of the Future’ is a light installation concept comprised of fifteen small-scale trees, depicting a miniature forest.

Focusing on connecting people and nature, specifically the next generation of people (children) and forests, ‘Forest of the Future’ is a unique, interactive installation to be experienced by all. This concept is also a subtle, family friendly way of sharing environmental issues, specifically the growing need for more woodland/forests to combat climate change and habitat loss.

A Lumen Lightlab commission.


Chorus by Peter Robinson

Chorus: photo by Peter Robinson

Chorus by Ray Lee and Simon Chatterton (Crewe South Cheshire Magistrates Court)

On display from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 November only

Chorus: a monumental installation of kinetic sound sculptures.

Towering above the audience a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches creating a pulsating, harmonic drone, singing out a hypnotic siren call to all those present. Red lights at the end of the arms create the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies, or of planets in motion, like mesmerising orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole, ‘a sticky flux’, that is both uplifting and transfixing.

Chorus aims to bring a contemporary music and visual art spectacle to a very wide audience. Chorus was shortlisted for the 2014 BASCA British Composer of the Year award for sonic art.

Watch Chorus in action here:



Panto-Land stained glass window

Panto-land by Lightworks (Lyceum Theatre)

It's behind you! Actually, it's in front of you!

The stained-glass window gracing Lyceum Theatre depicts popular Pantomime characters recognising the much-loved traditional festive shows that have been staged at Lyceum Theatre over the years.

How many characters can you spot from everyone’s favourite pantomimes?


Luminate artwork

Luminate by young people from Crewe through the Luminate Youth Project (Crewe Market Hall)

On display Wednesdays to Sundays

This digital light display has been designed and created by young people from Crewe aged between 11 and 16. They’ve developed creative, digital and arts skills, through the Luminate Youth project in partnership with Mako Create – and the Luminate display is the stunning result!

The audience is able to interact and control the light art experience - have a go yourself.


And Then I Slipped Credit Visit Blackpool

And then I slipped by idontloveyouanymore (Crewe Market Hall)

On display Wednesdays to Sundays

Be enchanted by this rippling, illuminated waterfall. Inspired by the waterfalls of classic children's films such as the Jungle Book and the Lion King, this artwork plays with the idea of falling into the power of your own imagination...



Lumen Lite programme announcements will be made via our Facebook (@CreweTownCouncil) and Twitter (@CreweTCouncil) pages, give us a follow and keep updated…

Lumen2019 projection photo Pete Robinson
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