Midas powers Lightopia Festival

Midas is the power behind Ian Xiang’s Lightopia in London, a festival featuring 47 groups of Chinese lantern installations, one million LEDs, projection mapping, acrobats, musicians and much more.

The first time a Western design company has worked with Chinese manufacturers to build a set like this, tailored to UK audiences, Lightopia was spawned at the Edinburgh Diwali in October last year before moving to Manchester ahead of the festive window.

With different USPs in each location, the festival made its London debut at Chiswick House and Gardens in 2020 where it runs through to March.

Midas, the temporary power specialist, provided power services to the event’s organiser, making use of the venue’s house power network around the site, and added three ULSD 100kVA, two 45 kVA sets and eight tower lights.

Dave Noble, managing director at Midas, comments: “We know Chiswick House and Gardens well and it’s a real pleasure to be there again, driving such an original event, with creative director Ian Xiang and his team.”

Ben Whur, founding partner at Proud Events, Lightopia’s production company, says: “This tour is the first time I’ve worked with Midas, a company recommended to me by a number of other suppliers.

“It’s not just about best price, it’s quality of service too and Midas’ experience, expertise and input makes a real difference to the event we deliver.

“The LED draw is very small but, like any organiser in year one, we’re looking to improve everything, from the build to emissions, so we’re talking to Midas about incorporating LPG sets next time.”

Lightopia has a five-year contract at Chiswick House and Gardens and, with meetings at three more venues outside London pending, Xiang and company plan to grow the festival and keep it shining.

Midas has provided for a range of profile clients including the BBC, Jockey Club Live, Forestry Commission, Hull (European City of Culture), ITV, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, National Trust and Sky.