Architects of Air Luminarium
By Alan Parkinson
Green Dragon Square
Enter a world of wonder…
Lose yourself in a labyrinth of colour, shapes, and winding tunnels – Katena Luminarium is coming to Leicester’s Green Dragon Square!
A Luminarium is a sculpture people enter for an encounter with the phenomenon of light.
More than 3 million people in over 40 countries have enjoyed Alan Parkinson’s architectural installation. The Katena Luminarium is a mesmerising experience for children and adults alike.
With a stunning kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and subtle sounds, be prepared for an awe-inspiring experience like no other. As you step inside the the Luminarium, you’ll be moved by a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour as the daylight shines through. Complimented with a soundscape to enhance your experience, you’ll be transported to another world. Explore every twist and turn in the structure or find a comfortable space for contemplation… the choice is yours!
We have put measures in place to ensure a covid-safe environment for all visitors to the luminarium. The capacity of the structure will be controlled with advance ticket sales to maintain physical distancing, visitors should wear face masks unless exempt, and there will be a one-way system in place. The luminarium will be cleaned regularly and is extremely well ventillated, with air constantly flowing the structure.
Find all the event information below…
Wednesday 21 July: 12pm – 6pm (last admission)
Thursday 22 July: 12pm – 7pm (last admission)
Friday 23 July: 12pm – 6pm (last admission)
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July: 11am – 6pm (last admission)
The luminarium is suitable for all ages and fully accessible for wheelchair users. Whilst all visitors are welcome to attend the luminarium at all times, there are some specially scheduled sessions available for those who would like a more controlled environment.
- Accessible and dementia-friendly session: Thursday 22 July 12.15pm-1pm
- The luminarium will open later for an adults-only session: Thursday 22 July 6.15pm-7pm (last admission)
Ticketing & entry
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult (16+): £6
Concession: (Under 16, students, senior citizens, NHS workers and people in receipt of benefits) £4.50*
Under 2: free
Group (2 adults and 2 children): £16
*Please note that proof entitlement to concession will need to be presented on entry to the luminarium. Children under 16 years will only be admitted accompanied by an adult (1 adult for 4 children).
We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee entry to the luminarium, however a number will be held back for walk-up attendees. If advanced tickets for your preferred time are sold out you can still join the queue on site. Walk-up tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, by card payment only. The queue may close early in case of high attendance.
UPDATE 21 JULY: Advance tickets are sold out, but you can still attend the Luminarium and get a ticket on the day! Almost 50% of tickets have been held for walk-up attendees, but you may have to queue to gain access.
If you have any issues with purchasing tickets or receiving ticket confirmation, please contact the Box Office on 0116 4566812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance ticket holders should arrive at least 5 minutes before your chosen time, but no earlier than 10 minutes before the time indicated on the ticket to ensure queues are kept to a minimum for Covid-19 safety. Please note the 15 minute time slot listed on your ticket is the window in which you have priority access to enter the structure – your time inside the luminarium can extend this timeslot.
At all times, a small queue should still be expected.
Useful information for visitors
Visitors are required to leave their shoes in the luminarium reception area before entering. Small bags are permitted inside the structure, however larger bags will have to be left in the reception area. All belongings left are done so at the owners’ own risk.
What is a Luminarium?
A Luminarium is a sculpture you enter for an encounter with light. This immersive art installation has been likened to a labyrinth. Walking through will awaken all of the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Many people find the luminarium calming – a place for rest or meditation. Others are simply hypnotised by this amazing world of light and subtle and saturated hues.
Where is Green Dragon Square? What are my transport options?
Green Dragon Square is the public space behind Leicester Market. It is located between The Corn Exchange and the Knight & Garter pub.
The postcode is: Green Dragon Square, Leicester LE1 5HB
Click here for a link to the location on Google Maps.
We encourage you to travel to the event using public transport if possible – information on bus services and Park & Ride into the city centre can be found online here.
Information on car parks in the city centre can be found online here.
If you wish to ride your bike, there is a Bike Park located at Town Hall Square where you can securely park. Click here for more information.
You can also make use of the city’s new public e-bike scheme. Click here to find out more.
Who is a Luminarium for?
The Luminarium is suitable for all ages. It is a great option for a family day out, introducing younger children to artistic and cultural experiences in a public space.
The structure is fully accessible for wheelchair users, who are welcome to visit at all times. We are hosting dedicated accessible and dementia-friendly sessions for those who prefer a more controlled environment.
There is also an adults-only session taking place.
What should I expect from my visit?
On arrival at the site you will join one of two queues – advance tickets or walk-in. We reccommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee you can enter at your preferred time. The 15 minute time slot on advance tickets indicate the window in which you have priority access to the structure. If you plan to purchase walk-up tickets on the day, please note that only card payment is accepted.
On entry, you will be required to leave your shoes and any large bags in the reception area – smaller bags can be taken inside the structure. All belongings left at reception are done so at the owners’ risk.
Once inside you will be required to wear a face-mask, unless exempt. From there you can navigate the winding tunnels of the structure. There will be a one-way system in place to help channel visitors through the structure and maintain physical distancing.
Each visitor has their own way of exploring the structure – some like to see every twist and turn, whilst others prefer to find a spot to rest and contemplate. We encourage you to explore in your own way!
Is it Covid-safe?
We have put measures in place to ensure a safe environment for all visitors to the luminarium.
- We are encouraging advance ticket purchase so we can control numbers inside and outside the luminarium at all times, keeping to a covid-secure capacity that allows for physical distancing
- There will be 2 queues, separating ticket holders to walk-up customers and preventing long queuing times or crowds
- Walk up tickets will be available by card payment only
- Hand sanitiser will be available on site
- Once inside, you will be required to wear a face mask, unless exempt
- A one-way system will be in place, controlling how visitors navigate the structure to allow for physical distancing
- The structure will be cleaned regularly
- The structure is extremely well ventillated with air constantly flowing
Press Enquiries / Filming Requests
Alan Parkinson, the artist who created Luminaria, is available for remote interviews on request. Please contact email@example.com to arrange.
For access to the structure for professional filming and photography during public opening, please notify BID Leicester in advance – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01296 925082
Please note the structure is deflated each evening after closing, making the area unsuitable for live broadcast after 6.30pm.
Architects of Air’s Luminarium by Alan Parkinson is brought to you by BID Leicester and produced by Big Difference Company. Thanks to Colourbank carpets for their support. Find out more about Luminaria at architects-of-air.com