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First Light Festival

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First Light Festival
non-stop 24 hours
Midday 22 June to Midday 23 June
First Light Festival
non-stop 24 hours
Midday 22 June to Midday 23 June
First Light Festival
non-stop 24 hours
Midday 22 June to Midday 23 June

The Festival

First Light Festival is a brand new FREE 24-hour multi-arts festival for the UK, celebrating Lowestoft as our most easterly town, where the first sunrise reaches the horizon every morning.

First Light Festival runs continuously across the summer solstice weekend, from midday on Saturday the 22nd of June, through to midday on Sunday the 23rd. Join us on Lowestoft South Beach through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars for a unique shared experience with music, dance, film, talks, walks, sports and workshops as well as the best local and regional food, drinks and produce. Our festival site extends out across the promenades and gardens to offer arts, activities and entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting.

The Location

Sitting at the most easterly point of the UK, Lowestoft is known as the Sunrise Coast, with a stunning stretch of white sandy, gently shelving beach, colourful, traditional beach huts and Victorian gardens.

Just a short stroll from the centre of the town and train station, with seafront hotels and restaurants, this historic stretch of coastline, is made for walking, running and family fun.

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What's On

Our full programme will be announced soon, but here’s a taster of some of the exciting events we’ve got planned: 

Talvin Singh

Talvin Singh

Celebrated tabla player and Mercury award-winning musician Talvin Singh opens the festival at noon with his unique mix of percussion and electronic music. He returns to the stage at sunrise to greet the dawn, with a performance of his renowned and evocative work ‘Light’.

Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson

Brilliantly eclectic BBC 6Music radio presenter and international club DJ Gilles Peterson will bring the best world-wide vibes to the beach for our sunset session. After dark, Peterson moves the party to the Aquarium at Claremont Pier, with a host of stellar DJs playing into the night.

Dance

Dance

Join us in a beach-based dance party curated by our partners Dance East. Expect a good old-fashioned Tea Dance, a new disco twist on an energetic ceilidh and a stomping Sunday morning for your little ones with Baby Loves to Boogie. Explore the sand dunes to find a brand new dance work featuring local dancers from 8 to 78, performing every hour for 24 hours.

Science

Science

Hands on demonstrations and thought provoking talks explore our deep sea, coast, tides and universe including with First Light global marine science partner Cefas.

Well-being

Well-being

Connect body and mind with the world around you with beach yoga, talks, therapies, massage, mindfulness, music…

Words

Words

Round the clock words and ideas from twilight tales and poetry for insomniacs, to new writing, sea sagas and Lowestoft noir.

Wild Beach Children’s Zone

Wild Beach Children’s Zone

Sand, shells, stones pebbles - get busy with the beach and play with nature’s treasure. Stories, dressing up, making and doing, we’ve got a wild beach just waiting for you.

Film + Art

Film + Art

First Light Film includes 24-hour long 'Night and Day the Arena Time Machine', new short films from Suffolk Short Film Festival plus a late night beach film screening. The best artists the East coast has to offer will take over beach huts, run workshops and make projections, and you can get involved too with workshops to paint, dye and carve with Lowestoft’s artists and artisans.

Night Market

Night Market

Enjoy the fruits of the East of England with the best regional producers in food, drink and hand crafted wares

First Light Festival on BBC6! Listen to co-founder Wayne Hemingway chat to Cerys Matthews about our exciting plans in Lowestoft this summer.

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