Who We Are

First Light Festival is a community gathering that warmly welcomes those from down the road and across the world to celebrate a unique place at a very special time: the first sunrise of midsummer in the UK’s most easterly town.

The festival is organised by First Light Festival Community Interest Company (CIC), a not-for-profit organisation based in Lowestoft that aims to shine a spotlight on our incredible part of the world, and the wealth of talent and creativity that exists here.

Alongside the festival, we oversee a year-round programme of arts and events that includes the running of East Point Pavilion on Lowestoft’s seafront, and a number of projects across East Suffolk. As of November 2022, we are proud to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

First Light is created for, with and by the community: our Steering Group is made up of 14 local organisations, and guides our work. Each year, hundreds of local volunteers help us bring South Beach alive, and for 2023 we will work with all the schools and colleges in our area on creative projects in the run up to the festival. We work hand in hand with the local authorities to make sure that our impact spreads as widely and as positively as possible.

Read 2023 Festival Report

Meet the Team
First Light Festival CIC