Light is a powerful symbol. From darkness comes light. Lights On Stratford is an award-winning festival born in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Stratford is home to some of the world’s best artists, lighting designers, props builders and creative minds. Lights On Stratford harnesses this precious resource of local talent to craft a truly unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
This winter festival represents a lifeline for many of these local artists and theatre professionals.
And that’s just the beginning. The beacons of Stratford-made light sculptures, displays, exhibits and projections will attract and amaze visitors, who in turn will strengthen and grow a robust and diversified year round tourism economy. This will provide much-needed support to the myriad of Stratford businesses that help define the character of our city and rely on tourism for their survival.
The Lights On Stratford 2022/23 theme is REKINDLE – “relight (a fire) or revive (something that has been lost).” As we emerge from another year of having to stay home, missing our friends, family and favourite places; the importance of rekindling a sense of joy, wonder and community has never been greater.
Free to the public and designed to be safely enjoyed with physical distancing and on-site staff, the 3rd annual Lights On Stratford will light up this winter starting December 16th, 2022 through to January 27th, 2023.
Lights On Stratford is designed to be a high profile annual festival that delights thousands of local residents and visitors from throughout the region.
The 2021/22 festival safely welcomed over 80,000 people across the main light exhibits, despite pandemic restrictions in place at the time. According to the PwC economic impact report, Lights On Stratford generates over $5 million in economic benefits to the region.
As both an economic recovery initiative and a cultural attraction, Lights On Stratford is an impactful sponsorship opportunity with integrity, prestige and unique exposure for you and/or your organization.
Become a sponsor and help bridge our community to better times while bringing light and joy to Stratford this winter.