First Light Festival

Summer Solstice

We are so very grateful for the support we've received from our partners, colleagues, funders and most importantly, the Lowestoft community, over the course of the last two years creating First Light and making our first year such a brilliant success.

We're heartbroken to have to cancel this year's festival, and aware of the impact that this global situation will have on all the talented performers, artists, makers and crew that were due to take part, but we're still working as First Light CIC to plan a programme of work later this year which will feed into next year's festival.

At the moment, the world feels like we're in limbo; stuck in the darkness between dusk and dawn, but there's good news - the sun always rises.

We know we'll all come together again on the beach, and until then let's all focus on doing what we can in our communities; looking after our people and our planet, until that pink glow starts to appear over the horizon once again.

Festival News

There won't be a First Light Festival in 2020, but we will be back. Watch this space…

The Idea

First Light Festival runs continuously across the summer solstice weekend, from midday on Saturday through to midday on Sunday.

Join us on Lowestoft South Beach through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars for a unique shared experience.

The Experience

This is a festival for thinkers, for dreamers and for fun-seekers.

Pick the brains of some of the world's top scientists, authors and broad-casters; dance on the sand to live music and DJs; watch films at our outdoor cinema; take a moment to yourself in the well being tipis and see site-specific installations, art and sculpture as you discover 24 hours of imaginative programming.

Summer solstice weekend


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As the most easterly point of the UK, Lowestoft is known as the Sunrise Coast. The festival site covers a stunning stretch of white sandy beach lined with colourful beach huts, extending onto the promenade and gardens above.

First Light Lowestoft
First Light Lowestoft
First Light Lowestoft