Friday 22 February - free event

(Booking required for some events, see below)

See Oldham in a new light and explore Oldham town centre as our late-night arts festival returns for a third year.

Follow the ‘trail of light’ from Oldham Parish Church through to Parliament Square and on to Gallery Oldham to see all the wondrous events, happenings and installations.

Here’s a full list of events as part of Illuminate:


Family Lantern Making Sessions at Gallery Oldham

Get involved and take part in the Illuminate parade by making your very own lantern. Dates of the workshops include;

  • Saturday 9 February, 10am–4pm
  • Saturday 16 February, 10am–4pm
  • Wednesday 20 February, 10am–4pm
  • Thursday 21 February, 10am–4pm

Book your free place via Eventbrite:

Illuminate Parade, 6pm

A carnival procession of light from Gallery Oldham to the Old Town Hall, led by Global Grooves and a sea of handmade community lanterns.

Illuminos, 6-9pm at the Old Town Hall

See the Old Town Hall transformed with an amazing light spectacular marking 50 years of giant leaps since the historic moon landings. Acclaimed visual artists Illuminos have been working with local people to create a new 3D projection that celebrates and commemorates our link to the Moon, outer space and technology.

The Celestial Sound Cloud, 6-9pm at Oldham Parish Church

Interact with stars in distant galaxies and make the planets sing as you dance beneath the giant Celestial Sound Cloud. This interactive digital sound and light sculpture by Pif-Paf Theatre will be suspended in the stunning and ethereal setting of the historic Oldham Parish Church.

Crypt by Candlelight, 6-8.30pm (Every half-hour) at Oldham Parish Church

Take a guided tour of the church crypt - the burial home of the famous Oldham Giant. Booking essential so please book your free place via Eventbrite:

Illumaphonim, 9pm at Parliament Square

Make the Illumaphonium chime and interact with this dynamic and interactive, multi-sensory sculpture. Created by musician and inventor Michael Davis, the Illumaphonium consists of more than 100 illuminated chime bars, each of which respond to touch, to create a fun music-making experience.

Project Phoenix, 6–9pm at Parliament Square

Global Grooves present a brand new collection of illuminated creations. Parliament Square will come alive with glowing gastropods, Bollywood inspired gigantes and futuristic robot stilt walkers.

Cirque Bijou, 6–8pm at Parliament Square

The Umbrella Project is Cirque Bijou’s choreographed performance piece that features LED umbrellas to create a glowingly beautiful spectacle. Featuring members of the local community this choreographed performance of dance, light and movement will pop up across the town centre.

Sentinel, 6–9pm at Oldham Library

Sentinel is a captivating multi-sensory journey through the present and future effects of global warming.
A soundtrack of synths and drum machines, created and composed by Richard Evans, accompanied by Valentina D’efilippo’s stunning visuals, create a layered perspective on our planet’s most urgent issue.

Library by Light, 6–9pm at Oldham Library

Get creative with illuminated activities and crafts in the Library foyer.

Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory, 6–9pm at Gallery Oldham

Wander through the gardens and witness a vista of flames and chemical reactions made all the more exciting through an evocative and informative soundscape. Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory is a stunning interactive environment with ingenious fire installations for audiences of all ages.

Gallery Lates, 6–9pm at Gallery Oldham

Explore our current exhibitions as the Gallery opens late for Illuminate. Take part in free illuminated arts and crafts in the foyer and enjoy live music at Naked Bean café.

A Love Letter to Oldham, 6–9pm at Gallery Oldham<

Write your own love letter to the town with creative arts organisation Arc.

For more information on Illuminate please call 0161 770 3070. Remember to also share your pictures with us on social media using #LoveOldham