UK’s Only Free Beach Festival Announces 2023 Programme

First Light Festival credit Mykola Romanovsky (1)

After a triumphant weekend in 2022, Lowestoft’s free summer solstice
celebration will return for 2023. Inspired by Lowestoft’s location as the most
Easterly part of the country and therefore the first to receive sunlight, the festival
programme has been curated to celebrate the cycles of the sun with events taking
place throughout the weekend from sunrise to sundown.

The celebration aims to champion Lowestoft as a burgeoning creative hub, providing a fresh perspective of the town as a growing, rich cultural tourist destination by showcasing and supporting new talent within the local community, alongside a full programme of events and
activations to engage and excite First Light Festival is the UK’s only free beach



DJ Paulette 2022’s Winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 Lifetime
Achievement Award

DJ Luke Una Cult club culture pioneer and one half of iconic duo,
The Unabombers

Jembaa Groove 2023 SXSWapproved, Berlinbased 7piece band

Eliza Carthy Folk legend (presented by FolkEast).

First Light also features a strong showcase of local and emerging talent, and a
diverse line up of East Anglia’s foremost DJs.

FIRST WORD Comedy, spoken word and performances curated by
acclaimed poet Luke Wright. Highlights include:

Linton Kwesi Johnson World renowned reggae poet and
recording artist

Josie Long Multiawardwinning comedian and television panel
show regular

Joelle Taylor 2022 TS Elliotprize winning poet

Caleb Femi Former Young People’s Laureate, director (BBC,
Channel 4, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton) and poet

Harry Baker World Poetry Slam Champion

Jasmine Gardosi Birmingham Poet Laureate and winner of the
OutSpoken Prize for Poetry

Robin Ince will headline a special evening event at The Seagull

Extending the celebrations until dawn will be an extraordinary shoreside gathering
featuring new collaborative commissions, music and free communal feast
as the sun rises

To shine a light on future talent, young and local musicians have been
invited to play  New Dawn and Playbreak open calls.

Crosssector collaboration with Natural History Museum, Cefas, University of East Anglia, and Suffolk Wildlife Trust will promote the latest in climate research through an accessible programme of talks and activities.

The Festival will also showcase three newlycommissioned works involving many local primary and secondary schools, artists from across the region and a choir of over 100 debuting new works from acclaimed theatre company HighTide. Also for 2023, a
partnership with Historic England & Emergency Exit Arts, ‘Hi! Street Fest’, sees Lowestoft selected to launch the project.

The festival opens 12pm noon to sundown (9.30pm) on Saturday
and from 10am 4pm on Sunday, with a dawn sunrise programme of arts from
3.30am on Sunday morning. Additional latenight events will take the celebration to several different Lowestoft venues.

“We’re thrilled to announce our 2023 dates, along with exciting news on some of our
upcoming projects. We hope that everyone in Lowestoft will have the chance to get involved
with this year’s First Light, whether that is contributing to our parade, playing on a stage
or soaking up the festival atmosphere and all it has to offer.”
Genevieve Christie, CEO of First Light Festival CIC