In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London, January 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

Running until Sat 26th Jan 2019 and now in its fifth year, the London Winter Lights festival showcases state-of-the-art light technology in a series of interactive and responsive artworks, installations and experiences.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

The good news is that the festival is free – just hop off the tube at Canary Wharf and get stuck in – but the bad news is that it was even busier than I visited two years ago.

See my 2017 review here: Winter Lights festival in Canary Wharf: crowds, selfies galore and disappointment).

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

Once again the thronging, smartphone-snapping masses made it difficult to enjoy many of the exhibits, with people walking into each other as they tried to view the show through their smartphone screen.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

The Prismatica installation let people spin around illuminated giant prisms.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

‘Angels of Freedom,’ by the Oge Collective.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

Submergence by Squidsoup was my favourite. A large, immersive, walkthrough light experience featured 24,000 individual suspended lights that pulsed and changed colour in waves.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

The huge crowds made it very difficult to appreciate the ‘Colour Moves’ piece in the Adams Plaza Bridge.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

Putting your hands on the sensors altered the colours of this illuminated bench

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

Oskar Krajewski’s ‘Recyclism’ installation.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

Martin Richman’s permanent installation of more than 500 illuminated acrylic rods installed in a water channel.

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

In photos: Winter Lights festival at Canary Wharf, London - Jan 2019

More info: Winter Lights website.

Canary Wharf, London – runs until Sat 26th Jan 2019.