The 2017 Festival's theme is 'Play'

Dates: Fri 10 - Wed 15 February 2017
Venues across the city, including Cambridge Corn Exchange and Guildhalls

The theme for the 2017 e-Luminate Cambridge Festival will be ‘Play’, a theme which enhances the Festival’s uniquely interactive, fun and playful nature.

e-Luminate Cambridge is a contemporary arts festival for a city at the forefront of technological research, offering the opportunity for residents and visitors to discover the richness and diversity of the city’s iconic buildings and public spaces in a new light. The 2017 Festival will again be taking place in venues across the city, and will include for the first time an innovative conference in the Corn Exchange and Guildhalls.

Festival Director Alessandra Caggiano is curating the 2017 Festival with Pat Kane, a writer, curator and researcher. Since he published The Play Ethic in 2004, much of Kane’s work has focused on the themes of play, creativity and innovation, including his role as founding creator of Nesta’s FutureFest event and curation of its PLAY strand. The combination of their experience promises to make this year’s ‘Play of Light’ Festival particularly imaginative, memorable and stimulating.

Alessandra Caggiano said “I am particularly excited about the theme of ‘Play’ as it allows us to shine a light onto two very important aspects of Cambridge which we had not yet fully engaged with in previous editions: gaming and sports. Be prepared to have some serious fun at next year’s e-Luminate Cambridge Festival!”


Friday 10 February | 6.30pm
Market Square
Friday 10 February | 8pm
Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sunday 12th February | 5pm
Cambridge Guildhall (Small Hall)
Sunday 12th February 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Cambridge Guildhall (Small Hall)
Monday 13th February
Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhalls
Wednesday 15th February | 6pm & 8pm
The Olive Grove