First Light 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.
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.
Welcome to Lowestoft: the UK’s most easterly town