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LuminoCity: Festival of Light

Over three dazzling nights during February Half Term, ten large-scale light installations from around the world transformed Southend, inviting residents and visitors to experience the city in a new light.

​Southend LuminoCity is just one of many amazing events throughout 2022 in celebration of our newly awarded City Status.

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With thousands of people flocking to the City and with social media content reaching nearly one million people, the council and the Southend Tourism Partnership are reflecting on the success of the incredible light festival which dazzled residents and visitors, despite the challenge of dealing with Storm Eunice.

Southend LuminoCity, Festival of Light, brought 10 awe-inspiring light installations from across the globe to the newly formed City of Southend-on-Sea from Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 September. The festival was funded through the Government’s Welcome Back fund and enabled the council and Southend Tourism Partnership to put on a show which enticed, amazed, and astounded the hundreds of thousands that visited the festival.

Festival organisers faced their fair share of challenges throughout, not least dealing with unprecedented winds which battered the City during Storm Eunice, which unfortunately meant that the festival was put on pause for one day. This did not stop the enthusiasm local people and visitors had for the festival, with thousands returning on Saturday night for the final showing.

Incredible figures show that over 200,000 people attended the event across the three days, highlighting the popularity of the festival to both residents and visitors. Social media content has gained a total reach of 965,000, with this number continuing to grow by the day.

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