Waltham Forest is being bathed in light tonight and it looks incredible

Rosemary Waugh
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Rosemary Waugh
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Welcome to the Forest’, the huge public party celebrating Waltham Forest as London’s Borough of Culture 2019, kicks off tonight (Friday January 11) with the unveiling of two massive art installations and a winter carnival. Running across the weekend, the event sees the area along Forest Road transformed with lights, music, film and audio recordings. Anyone can go along and join in the fun, but to get you in the mood here are five of the best photos giving a hint of what to see:

Waltham Forest Town Hall is the site of a new film by artists Greenaway and Greenaway in collaboration with Talvin Singh, Mercury Prize-winning musician and producer.

The projections include the faces of more than 1,000 Waltham Forest residents and have been created with students at Leyton Sixth Form College. 

The themes of this year’s Borough of Culture are Radicals, Makers and Fellowship. Creatives from across the borough are getting involved, including local favourite God’s Own Junkyard, the brains behind the neon-lit winter carnival taking place along Forest Road.

In the centre of Lloyd Park partygoers can find 'Nest', a massive light installation from Marshmallow Laser Fest.

‘Nest’ features a soundscape created by composer Erland Cooper and 1,000 singers from local school and choirs.

All in, you can expect an evening of bright and beautiful displays primed to banish the January blues. So jump on the Vicotria Line and enter the Forest…

To find out more about Welcome to the Forest, Jan 11-13, click here.

For more ideas of things to do in London this weekend, check out Time Out’s handpicked guide here

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