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Southend LuminoCity set to light up the City once again in 2023

Following an incredibly successful launch in 2022, Southend LuminoCity is set to return next year and will be brightening up February half term from 16-18 February 2023.

Still in the early planning stages, Southend-on-Sea City Council and Southend Tourism Partnership are working together to bring back the hugely successful light festival, which saw over 200,000 visitors attend.

For Southend LuminoCity 2023, Southend Tourism Partnership are looking to work with local emerging light artists to produce new, unique installations that will wow festivalgoers and showcase our City’s creative talent. Artists will be asked to submit proposals for bold and innovative designs to be produced to compliment the City’s architecture and infrastructure. Further details on this call for artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture and tourism, said: “I am thrilled to announce the return of Southend LuminoCity. Despite the worst storm to hit Southend in thirty years, this year’s festival was fantastic and was a much-needed boost to the City’s economy.

“We are keen to showcase the incredible artistic talent we have locally, and I’m looking forward to seeing the High Street alive with installations and happy families enjoying an evening out.”

Jacqui Dallimore, chair of the Southend Tourism Partnership, said: “Southend LuminoCity brought thousands of visitors to our City and we can’t wait to replicate the success next year. Working with local artists to design an installation will show Southend’s flourishing creative talent whilst instilling a sense of civic pride.”

Further information regarding the festival, including details of the 2023 installations, sponsorship packages and artist call out will be released soon via


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