A FESTIVAL with a difference attracted scores of visitors to a town this weekend.

Landmarks across Lewes were bathed in original lighting displays for the annual Lewes Light Festival.

The castle, the high street, the brewery and a swimming pool were all lit up for the event, which took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Visitors were treated to a breathtaking series of displays created by artists and designers after darkness fell.

The festival highlighted the town’s industrial, commercial and trading past.

It also brought to life lesser known stories and the people who have transformed and influenced the town over the centuries.

The popular festival is now getting international recognition for being the only event of its kind in the world.

Festival director Graham Festenstein said it also demonstrated the impact lighting can have on public spaces.

He said each installation was inspired by the context of Lewes, and contributed to a narrative about the town, its history and its people.

Mr Festenstein said the festival showed a different way of story-telling to engage a wider audience, particularly younger people, in a stimulating and exciting way.

Lewes Light was born out of the Unesco International Year of Light 2015.

The aim was to connect with the diverse and creative people, organisations and businesses that give Lewes its identity and character.

The event was partnered with Sussex Downs College, with students from production arts and digital arts courses having a key role in the creation of some of the works.

Organisers also worked with ex-students and young people starting their careers by providing opportunities for hands-on experience.

Lewes Light also works with local schools and Sussex University.