Let there be light! Tickets to Sarum Lights go on sale

Salisbury Cathedral's popular Sarum Lights is returning to our Traditional Original city this November.

The light and music spectacular will take place during the final week of the of the UN Climate Summit (COP26), because of that, this years celebration will be themed around the wonders of Heaven and Earth.

Sarum Lights: Heaven and Earth, created by artist Peter Walker and composer David Harper of Luxmuralis, will open on Tuesday 9 November and runs until Saturday 13 November.

As dusk falls, visitors are invited to make their way around an astonishing series of abstract displays that transport them from sunrise to sunset, immersed in the beauty of planet earth and the universe.

Inspired by a passage in Genesis, the 40-minute display takes as its starting point the moment when God invites Abraham to look up at the stars and reflect on his legacy:

He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15.5

The show will once again be created by Luxamarali, the team behind the 2020 event. Using sound and music, they will hope to capture the viewer’s imagination and remind us what an amazing world we live in.

Peter Walker Artistic Director of Luxmuralis said: “The show reimagines life on our planet in a single 24-hour period and I hope that, whilst immersed in the light and sound, people will also find the space to reflect on their own lives, human existence and the creation of the earth and our universe. I hope it also provokes some thoughts about the ecology and the beauty of the world around us, and our impact on it.”

As well as the main light spectacular, there will be a community project and installation in the North Transept exploring the role we all play in protecting the earth. Based around Edward Lorenz’s butterfly effect – the theory that small things can create a major effect - an installation of butterflies provides a visual representation of our individual impact on our planet. Community groups and individuals can get involved by making their own butterflies on which they write their pledges to protect our earth and hopes for the future. These will then be hung so visitors entering the Cathedral can see them.

Canon Robert Titley, Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral and who leads the Cathedral’s visual arts programme: “As the nations of the world gather for November’s climate summit in Glasgow, the ravishing sights and sounds of Sarum Lights show us what is at stake. Our universe is gloriously bigger than we can comprehend, and our corner of it is equally glorious – but also fragile. We hope visitors to this ancient wonder of a building will come away from Heaven and Earth wondering at God’s creation and wanting to care for it better.”

The light show comes at an important time for the Cathedral. It leads the way for the season of Advent and the upcoming Darkness to Light processions, which look forward to the birth of Christ with renewed hope, but it also marks the end of a year in which our community have seen the impact of climate change and the pandemic. It also ends the year in which Salisbury has become the first Cathedral to achieve the A Rocha Eco Church Gold Award - another step towards its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2023.

Tickets to Sarum Lights have now gone on sale. You can find them by clicking here.

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