What is Illuminate?

Illuminate is a light-art festival showcasing a spectacular display of light-based art installations, projections and live performances.

Enjoy a host of workshops, installations, performances and immerisve experiences offering various opportunities for families and children to take part in activities or simply to wonder at the incredible illuminations lighting up Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard and Market Hall in Devonport.

Is Illuminate free?

General admission tickets to Illuminate at Ocean Studios are free of charge, however to see light art installations at Market Hall an immersive experience or other event situated at the building must be booked. Illuminate events at Market Hall incur a small cost, as do creative workshops at Ocean Studios.

Are dogs allowed?

Responsible dog owners are welcome at the festival however at Market Hall, dogs are not permitted inside the immersive dome.

When considering whether to bring your dog please remember that it is an event with bright lights and sound.

Will there be strobes and flashing imagery?

Yes there will be, some pieces also include projections and bright lights.

I have mobility issues, where can I find information on disabled access?

Please see our Travel information page for details and our accessibility page for further information on disabled access.

Photography / Video

Please note that we will have professional photographers and videographers documenting the event. By attending illuminate, you agree for your photo and any video footage to be used for our marketing materials and channels.


We’re working hard to deliver a safe and accessible event for all.

With this in mind we are asking visitors to Illuminate to pre-book their free tickets. Additionally we ask that those that are able to, to please wear a face covering when entering the building and moving around the space.

Please also make use of the hand sanitiser stations and social distance yourself from others.

Thank you for your understanding