Birmingham's Eastside area is to be lit up next month as part of a major cultural festival.

About 60 lighting design students and professionals from across the world will be in Birmingham to light up buildings including the Custard Factory and the Viaduct from February 10 to 26.

The lighting will be designed at a series of workshops, at Island House in Eastside, which have been organised by the European Lighting Designers' Association.

The organisation chose Birmingham as the location for the festival because of its rich industrial heritage.

The main theme of the event is 'Celebrating the Past'.

People will be able to view the illuminations individually or take part in conducted tours.

The festival is part of the city council's Urban Fusion programme, a two-year cultural event featuring urban arts and performances.

The event will be launched with a major lighting conference at the new Matthew Boulton College building in Eastside.

Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, Coun John Alden (Con Har-borne), said: "Birmingham is a forward-looking, culture-rich city with a fascinating industrial past.

"To be selected as the showcase for this cutting-edge mix of art and technology really confirms us as a city of culture."

ELDA's Alison Ritter said: "This is the first ELDA workshop in the UK and it is exciting to be working on one of Europe's greatest regeneration sites, Birmingham Eastside."