We work together to design, create and produce experiences that bring magic to inspirational places and create lasting memories for the young and old alike.
Light Up Trails is the brainchild of Libby Battaglia and Lucinda Croft. Friends since school, the pair trained as dancers together and are serial encouragers of each other’s plans but had never worked together until – in the teeth of the pandemic – they raised some money to combine their shared passion for all things creative and collaborate in a new venture that would showcase light art to wider audiences. Their first project ‘Light Up Wiston’ last Christmas saw some 25,000 people visit and this year’s Light Up Trail, Christmas at Cowdray, is set to be even bigger and better.
The Event Director and Executive Producer, Libby Battaglia, is a hands-on producer with over 30 years’ experience managing large scale, high profile events around the world including Royal Caribbean Productions in Miami, MotivAction Plc in London, and the Disney Family Festival in Hyde Park to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Libby has spent the last five years producing light festivals and events along the south coast. She founded the www.lightuppoole.co.uk festival of light in Poole in 2018 and produced ‘Tower of Lights’ as part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme in 2020 where the residents created a like never before spectacular, turning the five towers into an illuminated community story for all the world to see.
Libby is shamelessly attached to her two dogs and enjoys nothing more than a walk along the beach preferably at dusk. She’s a music junkie, loves discovering new places and recipes to share with her husband Sebastiano, and their son, Luca.
Business Development Director, Lucinda Croft, started her working life in the entertainment industry but transitioned to business once becoming a parent. She took the helm of Dragons of Walton Street www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com and navigated it through the recession to have trading partners in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Moscow and an ecommerce site. Managing a team in London and Sussex was a great privilege. One of the highlights was creating the first child’s helicopter bed and co-designing Blossom tree wallpaper which is so like a mural on the wall. After 12 years with a committed team, she sold her shares and became creative director to focus on bringing to market some of the more extraordinary projects. While Lucinda was creative director she set up a charity called The Wholesome Warehouse www.thewholesomewarehouse.com in response to wanting to be able to respond to people when they are in a time of need and during Covid-19 this has grown to delivering food parcels from Pulborough all the way to Whitehawk in Brighton.
Lucinda adores dancing Ceroc with her husband, messing about in water with her children and being in the countryside.