Dazzling light night set for Leeds

Leeds Civic Hall lit up during last year's Light Night
Leeds Civic Hall lit up during last year's Light Night
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Light Night will be taking over Leeds again next month as the ‘Art in the Dark’ phenomenon celebrates its 10th anniversary in the city

From 5pm on Friday October 3, the streets and buildings of Leeds city centre will come alive with more than 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 events include Body Remixer on Victoria Gardens, a fun take on the playground game ‘Head, Body, Tails’ recreated for the digital age. Many of the city centre’s museums, galleries, universities, shopping centres, theatres and open spaces will open their doors for Light Night.

Each will offer different forms of entertainment 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 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.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon of Leeds City Council, said: “Light Night is a 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.”

Visit www.lightnightleeds.co.uk or facebook.com/lightnightleeds.

** Volunteers are being sought to ensure Light Night 2014 events are illuminating experiences.

Anyone who can help is asked to visit website www.lightnightleeds.co.uk for details on how to get involved.

The website also provides details on all artists who will be taking part in Light Night events across the city.

Information is also available by following on Twitter @LightNightLeeds via #artinthedark and at facebook.com/lightnightleeds

Light Night Leeds is organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individual across the city.

It is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

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