Bright sparks of creativity will illuminate Leeds when darkness falls on Friday.
More than 30 venues across the city centre will open their doors to host over 50 art events for Leeds City Council’s annual celebration of the city’s diverse talents at Light Night 2013.
Everything from street theatre, light installations, performances, music and storytelling will take over seven key areas of the city centre in a circus-themed celebration from 5pm until late.
Leeds’s landmark museums, galleries and open space at Millennium Square, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Briggate and Boar Lane, Quarry Hill and the University of Leeds will showcase talent for all ages.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s lead member for leisure, said: “I can’t wait to see some of our city centre’s most recognised buildings and open spaces hosting a wide-range of unique events.”
The centre-piece of this year’s event is the ‘Momentous’ light installation by artist group Illuminos, which will transform Leeds Civic Hall into a giant animated clock in homage to clock maker William Potts.
The eye-catching display will light up the landmark for three successive nights starting on Thursday, while the Phase Revival: An Optical Harmonica light show takes place at Leeds City Museum and Left Bank Leeds’s Narnia Experience Taster is performed in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre.
Light Night will also see The Sea Interludes show at the Howard Assembly Rooms. The short film featuring images of boats on the northern seas will be accompanied by the music of Benjamin Britten and produced by Opera North.
Leeds Town Hall will also give visitors the chance to view its Victorian prison cells.
Coun Yeadon added: “I would recommend to anyone wishing to take part in Light Night to look at the programme before hand and plan their route around the city centre so they don’t miss out on any of the great performances.”
Visit: www.lightnightleeds.co.uk for the full programme, all events are free but some require booking.
SHINING AND SHADOWS
The Light Night 2013 centre-piece ‘Momentous’ light installation will shine on Leeds Civic Hall, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, to feature an enormous animated ticking William Potts clock.
Leeds Central Library will host 30-minute ‘Circus Serenades’ from 6pm to 9.30pm. The show brings together a classical choir and circus acts in a bright display.
Millennium Square will feature ‘Dancer in a Box’, where performers’s moving silhouettes are cast on to two sides of a fabric box during five-minute shows, from 5.30pm to 10pm.
Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds will host ‘Pablo Fanque Returns’, which will feature artefacts and displays about the UK’s first black circus master, who is buried in the university’s campus.
Holy Trinity Church, in Boar Lane, will see new and upcoming musicians display their abilities at the Arts@Trinity Music Festival, from 6pm to midnight.