Festival of Light

This exciting launch event will not only kick start the Centenary celebration calendar but will also be an innovative engaging light festival to be enjoyed by all. With this type of festival becoming very popular in most large cities around the world, it makes sense to show off the beauty of WGC’s design using artistic light installations. One of our key objectives for this event is to involve the local community, schools, universities and artists, telling the story of our City’s history and embracing the future. The light installations will be located around the town centre, supporting local businesses and attracting people of all ages to get involved. 

NYE Closing Celebrations

The City centre will be transformed into a wonderful party venue, celebrating the end of a fantastic year of events and NYE with entertainment for all, from ballroom dancing, live bands and attractions to bring us all together. We plan to feature some of the highlights of the year’s achievements and give a huge thanks to all involved. A fireworks and laser show will see the new year in with high spirits and enlighten our future.

Other Launch & Finale News

The Launch & Finale Organising Team

Photo of Mariana Bitonte

Mariana Bitonte

Photo of Dr Malcolm Day

Malcolm Day


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