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If December has taken its toll on your wallet and you are looking for something to lighten up the dark winter nights, then let me introduce you to the Winter Lights Festival 2018, which is taking place in Canary Wharf for the fourth consecutive year. After attending this annual event recently, I'm already a big fan. A medley of brightly coloured installations are scattered around London's business district, with sculptures of dodecahedrons mingling with abstract sculptures. Using state-of-the-art light technology, these are hard to miss. More than 30 sculptures, structures and installations are displayed around the area and all are completely free to visit, proving that lights aren't just for Christmas.
Installations include Venividimultiplex's 'Halo', a brilliant white halo which levitates in mid-air, 'Abstract', created by Collectif Coin, is designed to represent the passing of time, and Amber Stefani's 'Dazzling Dodecahedron' presents a full spectrum of colours. Many of the works are interactive and offer participants the opportunity to get up close to the pieces. Marcus Lyall's On Your Wavelength is "controlled by your mind", via an EEG headset. I passed up the opportunity to interact with this, mainly because I don't think my mind could stay focused enough.
The event is open from 5pm to 10pm and after sunset is the best time to enjoy the lights. When we went it was well-attended, probably because it provides a good opportunity to take a night-time walk around this part of London. It also provides an alternative (and addition) to the nearby Lumiere festival.
Believe me, you have never seen Canary Wharf look so gorgeous. A perfect tonic for the winter blues.