West End Lights

Lincoln West End Lights is one night in the year when we turn the front of our houses into film screens and light up the streets with images, moving shadows and short films to delight and enchant residents and surprised passersby.

It started on a cold winter’s night in December 2010. The West End of Lincoln was unusually quiet. Its streets closed to traffic because of a deep covering of snow but from nine houses lights shone out into the winter’s night. Those who braved the ice and cold saw an angel flying in York Avenue and a Lincolnshire Boggart hiding his treasures in Moor Street.

In 2011 films, shadow plays, lanterns and words glowed from 26 houses. Families collected on corners to watch shoals of fish dancing, stories unfolding before them and fleeting images from Lincoln’s past appear and melt away.

West End Lights 2020 is going to be different

Unfortunately, Lincoln West End Lights cannot take place in its usual shape and form this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Lincoln currently being in Tier 4 of government restrictions. An event that lives from people coming together to marvel at the illuminated west end this one night of the year simply is too risky to take place in the current situation. However, as we are all hungry for some lights of hope and joy, we want to encourage the great people of the Lincoln west end to still illuminate this year’s January with their creativity, positivity and ideas. Not just for one night, but for this month. Maybe scale down your installations, just leave your Christmas lights on for longer, shine some colours into the night, put up your projection if you still can at some evenings, decorate your window with messages of hope and gratitude. Let’s make this month bright, and put a smile on dwellers of the west end who go about their safe walks around our neighbourhood.

A brief introduction of Lincoln West End Lights, recorded in 2017 by the University of Lincoln’s Student Life Team.

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