Artists and regeneration experts from across Europe joined 7,000 visitors to descend on south Birmingham for the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival.
Public arts organisation WERK, on behalf of Bournville College, has developed the two-day festival as part of a wider long-term site-specific art project for the area.
The idea behind WERK's light and art festival takes its inspiration from Lyon's famous Fête des Lumières, Lumiere Durham and the redevelopment of Leipzig's cotton mill, Spinnerei, a ten-hectare site used today by art galleries, events, studios and restaurants.
The event also aimed to highlight some of the regeneration which is taking place across nearly 500 acres of land in Longbridge, a town once dominated by the MG Rover factory prior to its collapse in 2005.
Organisers are hoping to make it an annual celebration of the history of the town and highlight its bright future.
Above is a gallery of images from the event and click through to read Jon Perks' preview of the event.
Norman Cave, principal of Bournville College, said: "It was a fantastic event and achieved just what it set out to do - bring people together in this new public space to celebrate, participate and enjoy the free activities and events. We look forward to next year being even bigger and better."
The festival theme of 'Back to the Future' was developed by Birmingham-based artists Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman and commissioned by WERK.
Collectively, they brought together 28 artists from across the globe - as well as from Birmingham itself- whose work responded to the past, present and future imagining of Longbridge.
Claire Farrell, director of WERK, added: "The atmosphere was wonderful and the response to this first festival has been incredible - both from local community groups coming together to be part the event, as well as the thousands who came on Saturday to enjoy the events and installations."
The Longbridge Light Festival was preceded by the Tran-si-tion international conference at Bournville College Conference Centre whose keynote speakers included artist Daan Roosegaarde from Rotterdam, Jean-Francois Zurawik, director of Fête des Lumières in Lyon and Glenn Howells, director of Glenn Howells Architects in Birmingham.