WinterLight Festival


Through Fusion, community artists worked with local schools to create beautiful lanterns for a procession through the city centre as part of the WinterLight festival in Bonn Square on Friday 28th November 2008.

WinterLight Festival


WinterLight is a festival of winter events which happened from mid November to early January across Oxfordshire, many of which incorporate candlelight, fire or illuminations.


One of the highlights of Oxford’s WinterLight in 2008 was a spectacular outdoor event that celebrated the reopening of Bonn Square featuring music, street theatre and dance. 


The wonderful French brass band Les Grooms create a special musical fanfare that brought the new square to life, followed by an illuminated procession through the city centre featuring giant lanterns, schools groups and live musicians. 


Rounding it all off was street theatre with pyrotechnic company Walk the Plank who transformed Broad Street with ‘awe and wonder’ from space heralding the start of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.


28th November also marked the switch on of the city’s Christmas Lights and the Christmas Tree in Broad Street.


WinterLight Oxford 2008 was supported by Arts Council England, Oxford City Council, Berman Guedes Stretton, First Great Western, Oxford Bus Company, Oxfordshire County Council and The Big Bang.