Light Night to celebrate 10th anniversary in Leeds

An artist impression of Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired.
An artist impression of Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired.
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Light Night is taking over the city again next month as the ‘Art in the Dark’ phenomenon celebrates its 10th anniversary in Leeds.

On Friday October 3 from 5pm the streets and buildings of Leeds City Centre will come alive with over 50 free art events and street performances for all ages.

Highlights this year include the Civic Hall being transformed into a Theatre of Illumination - a digital spectacle of light and sound which will propel the building into the next century with the explosive energy of a firework display. Commissioned by Leeds Inspired, and created by Leeds based Omni Pictures, optical illusions and projection mapping will combine to create an ultramodern white light show with surround-sound. Other exciting events include Body Remixer on Victoria Gardens, a fun take on the playground game “Head, Body, Tails” recreated for the digital age, the return of the popular Emett Machines to the Merrion Centre, and Opera North’s performance of a beautiful love song from Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.

Many of the city centre’s museums, galleries, universities, shopping centres, theatres and open spaces will open their doors for Light Night, each with different forms of entertainment on offer as the city is split into eight zones – Millennium Square, Town Hall, Quarry Hill, Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Briggate, Arena and the University zone.

This year, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Light Night is proud to be supporting and showcasing work by new and emerging artists through the SHINE programme. Work includes Anna Politiko’s Ghost Tram, which brings a horse drawn tram back to Briggate and populates it with passengers from a bygone age, and Nick Kidd’s Squishy Sculpture Park, a fun take on British Modernist sculpture created from entirely from fabric.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “Light Night is fantastic event in Leeds, and it is great to have it return for its 10th year in the city.

“This year there will be plenty of street entertainment and street food to complement the many and varied events happening right across the city centre.

“Civic Hall will once again be transformed by a light installation - The Theatre of Illumination looks to be one not to miss with optical illusions and sounds combining to create an amazing show.”

Keep up to date with all the confirmed artists for Light Night at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk and follow the team @LightNightLeeds via #artinthedark and at facebook.com/lightnightleeds