Festival of Light and Sound
- Dates: 8–10, 15–23, 27–30 December
- Times: 5–8pm
- Price: free (with standard admission / Pass), no pre-booking required
Our dazzling Festival of Light and Sound sees the return of iy_project after its record-breaking success last year. Watch as Eden’s winter landscape is transformed with stunning new light projections, dramatic soundscapes and live music for 2017.
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A celebration of nature in light and music
Join us for an unforgettable display of light, music and colour as the Festival of Light and Sound returns. Step out onto the viewing platform and gaze in awe as dramatic lasers pierce through the darkness to create a canopy of light, illuminating Eden’s lush landscape.
'The music and the lights were absolutely perfect.'
'A magical, mesmerising mix of light and sound to lead us into the festive season.'
2017 visitor reviews
Make your way down to the Mediterranean Biome for a beautifully choreographed performance of music and light, as evocative soundscapes fill the air and plants are brought to life by a myriad of dancing light projections.
Programme of performances
- 5-5.30pm: Immersive soundscapse parts 1 and 2
- 5.30-6.30pm: Sound of Light ensemble live performance in the Citrus Grove
- 6.30-8pm: iy_project headline installation by Chris Levine, featuring immersive soundscapes by Robert Del Naja & Euan Dickinson, Nick Mulvey, Dave Clayton and Marco Perry
The Guardian has listed our festival as one of best outdoor activities for Christmas 2017, describing it as having 'more lasers than a Star Wars battle scene'!
'It was so atmospheric and exciting!'
'A lovely magical evening that we will remember for years to come.'
2017 visitor reviews
Explore the Rainforest at night
Step into the Rainforest Biome for a magical after-dark experience and the chance to catch a rare glimpse of the Rainforest by night from our 50-metre-high Lookout. You can also take part in craft workshops before the festivities kick off each evening.
You can even treat yourselves to a bottle of prosecco while you take in the show, or enjoy a warming mulled wine or cider with a snack from the bar inside the Med Biome. Find out more.
Dates and times
The Festival can be enjoyed at any time between 5pm and 8pm on the following dates:
- 8–10, 15–23, 27–30 December
All activities are included within an Eden Project ticket or Pass, and there is no need to book.
Win a £250 Eden Shop voucher!
We’re giving a £250 voucher for our onsite shop to the person who tweets or Instagrams the best photo of the show. To enter, just tag your tweets and posts with the hashtag #xmaslasercomp. The competition is open from 24 November to 30 December 2017 to UK residents aged 18 and over. See full terms and conditions here.
The artist and creative partners
Festival of Light and Sound features iy_project, a collaboration between the Eden Project, creative partners EdenLAB and renowned light artist Chris Levine. The installation has also been created in collaboration with Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack) and Euan Dickinson, alongside Mercury Prize nominated singer song-writer Nick Mulvey and top spatial audio artists and designers Dave Clayton and Marco Perry (Bjork) to create an original and entrancing soundscape.
Previous commissions of Chris Levine, Robert Del Naja, Euan Dickinson and Marco Perry premiered at the prestigious Dark Mofo festival in Hobart, Tasmania, in June to widespread public and critical acclaim with 300,000 people attending over 12 days. iy_project also staged headliner sound and light installations at Glastonbury 2016 and Wilderness festival, 2017. Read more about the collaboration.