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Lichfield Cathedral lit up for festive light show

The sounds and lights of the festive season have been displayed in vivid colour at Lichfield Cathedral.

STAFFORD COPYRIGHT TIM STURGESS Express & Star ......... 16/12/19   Lichfield Cathedral,the Cathedral Illuminated is becoming part of an annual tradition for thousands of people and in 2019, the artisitic collaboration, Luxmuralis, will transform Lichfield Cathedral inside and out using stunning sound and light projections..This year’s show is called ‘The Beginning’ and will build on the 2019 themes of ‘Journeys through Space, Light and Time’. It promises to be a stunning experience for all the whole family and the perfect start to the Christmas season.   ...

Thousands of people have visited the church to view "The Cathedral Illuminated", the cathedral's annual sound and light projection show.

The show, which is in its fifth year, has a different theme every year, with this year’s show being called "The Beginning"

The show builds on the cathedral's 2019 themes of "Journeys through Space, Light and Time" to tell the story of Christmas.

The illuminations are being produced by the artisitic collaboration, Luxmuralis, who have transformed Lichfield Cathedral inside and out using stunning sound and light projections.

Visitors to the cathedral have been treated to projections of the Christmas message in the palace and west front of the cathedral.

The light show also paid tribute to Notre-Dame Cathedral, showing a display of the rose windows which remained intact after the devastating fire in April.

Vicky Osborn, senior marketing manager at Lichfield Cathedral, spoke about the reaction from a Canon from Notre-Dame who had been invited to view the illuminations.

The three spires of the medieval cathedral carry the vivid colour of the illuminations

She said: "In his limited English, he described the show as 'magnificent' and was hugely touched by our gesture.

"We did this display in solidarity to show that cathedrals are old buildings in need of protecting.

"What happened at Notre-Dame is a stark reminder of how this type of beauty needs maintaining."

Those attending have been treated to a full range of lights and sounds inside and outside the cathedral

The illuminations have become a tradition at the cathedral, with attendees describing it as a place to get away from the rush of Christmas.

Vicky spoke about the number of people who had attended who had never been to the cathedral before.

She said: "It amazes me how many people come here who never normally visit the cathedral.

The birth of Christ features as part of the show

"It's great for us as we want to become a community hub and bring the cathedral back to what it used to be as a space for all."

The Cathedral Illuminated runs until Saturday, December 21 at Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield

For more informational and to buy tickets, click here.