The UK’s only FREE digital light festival: Lightwaves at MediaCity

Quays Culture, pioneers of outdoor digital arts and cultural events, has formed an international partnership with Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, in charge of Montreal’s premiere arts and entertainment district.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 3 December 2018

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Together they will co-commission a bold new, large-scale digital art display entitled Spectrum, to premiere at Quays Culture’s Lightwaves 2018; the UK’s only FREE digital light festival. The festival showcases an inspiring programme of digital light art.

Quays Culture was brought together by The Quays Partnership and is managed by The Lowry to animate the public space at Salford Quays: Home of MediaCityUK and provide visitors with an artistic and cultural offer.

The Artistic Programme is made possible by funding from Arts Council England and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities, and support from The Quays, The Lowry, Peel | MediaCityUK and Salford City Council.bited in Montreal.

Following an open call for proposals from UK and Quebec (Canada) based artists; Montreal based collaborative, HUB Studio have been selected to create the major new artwork Spectrum, to be revealed in December 2018 at Salford Quays.

Hub Studio, a multimedia studio in Montreal, will assign multi-disciplinary artists from its studio to be the creative figureheads responsible for this new commission. This new art commission for Lightwaves 2018 will sit within the studio’s creative ethos to ‘bring people together to create meaningful experiences, through the crossroads of arts, design and technology.’

Spectrum is an interactive installation that invites audiences to talk to the artwork to trigger illumination of the chain of large hoops of light. The idea is to encourage people to engage with the installation, to activate lights and sounds that travel from one side of the artwork to the other. Spectrum illuminates how we ourselves communicate, and how we decode data with multiple sensors.

Quays Culture delivers outdoor arts and cultural events, combining the latest in digital and cutting-edge technology with the vision of world-class artists throughout the year. Its work ranges from the intimate to the monumental, acting as a series of interventions and invitations to the public realm.

More information on the project can be found at


Lightwaves Festival
Friday 7th December- Sunday 16th December
@The Lowry, Salford Quays

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000