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Blackpool Tower Projections

This year, The Blackpool Tower Projections will run exclusively between 3 September and 3 January and will once again transform The Blackpool Tower into a sea of light, colour and sound. 

From festive-filled stories to sci-fi projections that will catapult you to another world. these digital-mapped shows are a mesmerising treat for the eyes. All the projections are yet to be revealed for 2021, but here are a few you can expect to see:

Astral Dreams - 3 September, 2021 - 3 January, 2022

Astral Dreams is a stunning laser-mapped show, transforming The Blackpool Tower with five high-powered lasers.

The colourful projection has been created by Blackpool-born international designer Jack Irving, who is best known for creating wildly theatrical outfits for Lady Gaga. Local producer, George Cornes, has also composed a musical accompaniment to support the impressive laser show.

The show is a journey through light and sound, and a depiction of the abstract visions we have when we dream. The Astral Dreams project has brought together a group of artistic-minded people to construct a laser show unlike anything Blackpool has ever seen before - with original musical scores and tailored laser programming to give a unique experience to those who attend.

Take your place on the Comedy Carpet directly opposite and enjoy the free-to-view spectacle.

Astral Dreams Blackpool Illuminations 2021

Down The Rabbit Hole - 3 September - 19 December 2021

Down the Rabbit Hole tells the story of an astronaut exploring new worlds. The show explores a fantasy based loosely upon a remarkable mission of determination and ambition. This experience draws the audience into worlds without gravity: beautiful, fantastic and full of uncertainty.

This incredible show was created by Czech-based digital art collective The Macula, an award-winning company formed in 2007. The team have dazzled audiences throughout Europe with their shows, gaining great acclaim in the UK with Luminous Flux to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Liverpool’s Liver Building.

Down the rabbit hole Blackpool Tower projection

Chasing Stars - 3 September - 19 December 2021

Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio created three of our LightPool projection shows, the newest of which is Chasing Stars, based on the pioneering work of European Space Agency (ESA).

The eight-minute galactic tour has been designed to entertain and inspire the next generation of astronauts and engineers.

In collaboration with Dr. Nick Lister of the Lawrence House Astronomy & Space Science Centre, the team visited Rossall School in Fleetwood, asking them to imagine what it would be like to live in space. Their ideas and drawing have been incorporated into the show.

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Enchanted Blackpool - 3 September - 19 December 2021

Enchanted Blackpool was created by Cecile Llewelyn-Bowen, the daughter of Illuminations Curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Cecile is a film-maker and brought to life designs created by her father in this show.

A flurry of cute characters and lavish backdrops delight the show’s main character, a woman who has wandered into this magical world as she journeys from under the sea to the opulent Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Other projections include:

Sooty - 3 September - 19 December 2021

The Sooty Projection Show is a short film celebrating Sooty’s 70th Birthday with an introduction from Sooty himself! We can’t wait to see Sooty and friends on The Blackpool Tower!

Roll up, roll up for Circus250! 3 September - 19 December 2021

The Circus 250 Projection show is celebrating the vast history of circus and, more specifically, The Blackpool Tower Circus. The show will focus on fond memories, sensational acts and larger than life characters from past and present which have inspired entertainment in Blackpool and the rest of the world.

History of Blackpool - 3 September - 19 December 2021

This projection mapping show takes you through a nostalgic journey of Blackpool's time gone by. 

Dance - 3 September - 19 December 2021

The projection mapping show celebrates the history of dance in Blackpool. Join in on the Comedy Carpet!

More details on the festive projections coming soon.