Leeds Light Night - 21 Events Happening around the city

Credit: Lizzie Coombes

Credit: Lizzie Coombes

Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on two nights on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October 2017.

Witness the city centre come alive with an exciting programme of spectacular projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances. As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light…

Credit: Steve Evans

Credit: Steve Evans

1. Out of the Aire. The facade of Leeds Civic Hall will be transformed once again for Light Night. Projection artist Ross Ashton is celebrating the people who have shaped the city, and their fascinating stories will emerge out of the River Aire’s flowing waters.

2. Hackspace Cubed. Originally commissioned for Light Night 2014, Hackspace Cubed returns to Leeds City Museum three years on. The giant 3D illuminated cube allows you to explore the relationship between digital and physical worlds, with intricate patterns that respond to your movement.

3. That’s Proper Leeds That! Head to Leeds Beckett’s Portland Building for something a little different. This show reveals the quirks of local dialect using recommendations from Light Night’s social media followers. Eeh bah gum, there’ll be a few you know.

4. Illumaphonium. St Peter’s Square will come alive with music and lights with Michael Davis’ multi-sensory 3.5 metre illuminated aluminium chime bars. It creates patterns of light and sound as it responds to your touch and all are invited to play it.

5. Light Night Ride – CityConnect. To kick Light Night off, there will be a huge cycle ride into Leeds on Thursday night along the Cycle Superhighway. But it isn’t just any old bike ride – cyclists and their bikes will be lit up with glow sticks as they make their way into the city.

6. Light Night Art Run. The annual curtain raiser sees 150 illuminated runners from across the city weave their way into Leeds on a 4-kilometre run through the crowds and installations, ending outside Leeds Town Hall.

7. Illuminated Night Carnival Parade. This after-dark parade will be a sea of colour, music and dancing as the West Indian Carnival works with Handmade Parade and special guests Cirque Bijou’s LED Umbrellas, DAZL and Spark! drummers to put on a one-off show.

8. Light Benches. Victoria Gardens have five new installations – they’re benches that light up and they’re permanent fixtures. Guides Nat and Matt will lead you on a tour of each, encouraging you to sit down with a stranger and indulge in a bit of silly conversation to see if you find out something new.

9. The Urban Forest at Night. Head to the University of Leeds campus to go on a calming urban forest trail. The autumnal trees will be lit up and you’ll learn all about their scientific and cultural significance to Leeds as you wander around them.

10. Green Light. Be a part of the art at Stage@Leeds as they celebrate the upcoming launch of the University of Leeds Sustainable Theatre Living Lab with Green Light. It’s a people powered sustainable light installation that will alter depending on your actions and behaviour.

11. Heofon Light Maze. See Granary Wharf transformed by Ben Bushe and Brut Delxue’s triangular geometry maze. As you walk through it, the acrylic glass panels will reflect and shift light rays along the entire spectrum of the rainbow. You’ll then enter an infinity room, which is a unique blend of light patterns and changing colours.

12. Beating Heart. The Platform building above Leeds Station has just been refurbished and Stuart Langley is going to light it up for Light Night. He’s projecting a pulsating heart onto the front of the building that towers above the city, reflecting the passion, life and energy of those who use the station every day.

13. Silent Disco. DJ School UK will put on an outdoor silent disco on the Friday night. They’re taking over Brewery Place and their resident DJs will spin the tunes through your LED headphones, which light up as you move. You might want to bring some glow sticks too…

14. Museum of the Moon. Head down to Leeds Dock for one of the most impressive installations of the festival – Luke Jerram’s 7-metre, internally-lit moon sculpture. It will cast ethereal blue lights over Leeds Dock, with a surround sound composition by award-winning composer Dan Jones.

15. Through the Glass. Leeds Dance Partnership and Leeds College of Music have teamed up to create a multi-sensory experience around St Peter’s Square. Expect live dance, projections and music from students and performers in an interactive event that’s perfect for all ages – you can even join in if you like.

16. Photokinetic. Carriageworks Theatre will host a new live performance piece from final year students at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. They’ve worked with dance artist Catarina Carvalho and renowned filmmaker Ravi Deepres to fuse together dance, light, film and sound to make a visually spectacular show.

17. Cirque Bijou’s Aerial Circus. Hanging from the eye-catching atrium of Trinity Leeds, world-class acrobats will spin, tumble and dance in the air above you. This contemporary aerial circus show from Cirque Bijou will see the glass roof lit up as the performers move – it’s a must-see.

18. Actual Reality Arcade. From piloting a spaceship across the galaxy to surviving an alien invasion, the Actual Reality Arcade is a life-sized game zone for all ages in Leeds Kirkgate Market. Inspired by classic arcade games, you’ll need your mind, body and imagination to come out on top in these retro, fun-packed challenges.

19. The Talking Lampposts. Two new lampposts are being installed on Briggate, but while they may look normal, they’re anything but. It’s only when you get up close to them that you’ll realise they’re a right pair of gossips, who have opinions on everything with the potential to make you laugh and cry.

20. Underworld. Opera North are getting involved on Friday night, with a performance at Howard Assembly Room. Based on Monteverdi’s 1609 opera, Underworld combines Orpheus’ song of loss and longing, ‘Possente Spirto’, with his lost wife’s whispering voices as they draw visitors into the unsettling limbo-like world of the River Styx.

21. Lampounette. A trip to Briggate for Light Night will leave you amazed. French artists TILT are putting you in the spotlight as they install a series of giant lamps all the way down Leeds’ most famous shopping street. They’re inspired by the world famous architect lamp.

Credit: Andy Lord

Credit: Andy Lord

For more information on Leeds Light Night 2017, visit the website here