First Light Festival

The Festival

A 24-hour multi-arts festival in a beautiful coastal setting. Celebrating one cycle of midsummer sun setting and rising over the beach in Britain’s most easterly town, and inspired by our relationship with the sea, sun, moon, stars, time and tides.

Creativity, arts, science, music, sport, theatre.

Solstice Weekend

The idea

Lowestoft is the most easterly town in the UK. This means that every morning the very first light of day hits this sandy Suffolk beach first before spreading its warmth across the country. So what better place could there be to come together to celebrate the solstice – the height of summer and the depths of winter, changing tides, changing seasons and changing constellations – than this stunning natural setting?

From rolling sand dunes and moonlit sea, to grassy gardens and a traditional British seaside promenade, this is a festival that celebrates a unique position in time and space in a beautiful natural environment.

Winter solstice 2020

First Light Festival presents ‘Winter Solstice’ an invitation to stay in good heart and look to the new year.

As the year turns, the winter solstice heralds the restarting cycle of the seasons, reminding us that winter is not forever and life continues. Although it marks the shortest day, the solstice is also a time for renewal. As ‘Wheel’, our specially commissioned poem by George Szirtes reminds us: ‘Always preparing itself, the future sets out for the distant shore, all its lights burning’. The First Light community will be reunited virtually, to enjoy music, dance, art and storytelling – as we dream of being together on the beach next summer.

Winter Solstice

How Night Came from the Sea

How Night Came from the Sea

Wonderful Beast, the theatre company of myths, legends, folk and fairy tales, partners with First Light Festival to present ‘How Night Came from the Sea’.
Dusk Dance

Dusk Dance

Set against the falling night time sky over the North sea, choreographer Rosemary Lee’s Dusk Dance is inspired by the folk traditions of men dancing together on the winter solstice, the seasonal and earthly cycles that shape us and the vibrancy and sensitivity of the young dancers.
The Light Returns

The Light Returns

Composed by Lowestoft folk hero, John Ward, 'The Light Returns' is a celebration of First Light’s themes of day and night, the sea and the elements and the history and future of Lowestoft.
Wheel

Wheel

Designed by artist John Christie working with Lowestoft based metal fabricator Richard Paine of My Metal Fabrications and Halesworth based pyrotechnics company Shell Shock, Wheel is an 18ft pyrotechnic installation that, with fire and light evokes a wheel of time.
Early risers

Early risers

Join us on the shortest day of the year to watch the sunrise over Lowestoft’s beautiful South Beach – the most easterly point in the UK!
Create

Create

A magical workshop with artist Sue Brinkhurst to get you in the festive spirit!

Welcome to Lowestoft: the UK’s most easterly town