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Light collides with arts and imagination. The e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge embodies the rich heritage that our beloved city still holds, whilst adding a modern twist. The e-Luminate Festival is a series of artistic exhibitions revolving around lighting up some of the city’s most famous pieces of architecture. It truly is a wonderful experience and gives a whole new perspective on the way we see our city. The event holds infinite possibilities, and whilst it is a contemporary art event, it is also at the forefront of scientific and technological research. Discover Cambridge’s iconic buildings and public spaces in a new light.

The e-Luminate festival will be running from 9th February to 14th February, and the opening ceremony will be taking place at the Guildhall on Friday 9th from 6 pm. We’ve compiled some interesting facts about the cherished local festival below:

What’s on?

There’s a wide variety of events going on at the 2-week festival so be sure to get involved with at least one or two! A large number of events running are free, so there’s no excuse not to check them out!

9th February

  • e-Luminate presents Ordered Universe Talks
  • Bike Light Procession
  • e-Luminate Cambridge Festival Official Switch On
  • It’s What We Do Student Presentations

10th February

  • e-Luminate Cambridge Trail of Light
  • e-Luminate presents Wine Tasting Experience
  • e-Luminate presents Cambridge Colour Talk

11th February

  • e-Luminate presents Light Painting Workshop

12th February

  • e-Luminate Cambridge Trail of Light
  • e-Luminate presents Let’s Glow Cambridge: Glow Sports
  • e-Luminate presents Let’s Glow Cambridge: Glow Fitness

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Whatever day of the week that you choose to get out the house and dive into some culture at the e-Luminate Festival, why not drop by to our city centre restaurant in Cambridge, a fantastic array of choice from our gin menu. We know the festival attracts visitors from far and wide across the Cambridgeshire area, so why not book a stay at the Varsity Hotel? Call 01223 30 60 30 or check availability online.

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