Scene is set for 10th Light Night in Leeds

Light Night Leeds at the Civic Hall.
Light Night Leeds at the Civic Hall.
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Leeds is set to shine as over 50 events brighten up the city for Light Night.

A ghost tram on The Headrow, light projections on the Civic Hall and zombies at Trinity Leeds are just some of the attractions on offer this year.

The annual event, which runs from 5pm to 10pm tomorrow, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is set to be the biggest yet, with a list of museums, galleries and shopping centres taking part.

Steve Manthorp, Light Night programmer, said: “We’re really proud that Light Night 2014 has the most exciting line-up of installations and events ever, from spectacular large-scale projections to quirky small-scale performances.

“The emphasis this year on Leeds’ emerging young talents has given Light Night renewed energy and imagination.”

The city centre will be split into eight entertainment zones – Millennium Square; Leeds Town Hall; Quarry Hill; Victoria Gardens; The Headrow; Briggate; the Leeds arena and the university zone.

Highlights include the Theatre of Illumination at Leeds Civic Hall, which will see the building lit up in an array of colours.

Meanwhile the University of Leeds will host a sound and light installation called ‘Chorus’, with ghost stories performed in the Brotherton Library.

The Ghost Tram will bring a horse-drawn tram back to Briggate with passengers from a bygone era, while Nick Kidd’s Squishy Sculpture Park at Trinity Leeds offers something different, with a fun take on British Modernist sculpture.

Stargazers can also get involved with the Leeds Young Astronomers Club at the Corn Exchange, and Leeds College of Art will host a story-telling light projection at its Vernon Street site.

Abbe Robinson, Light Night producer and programmer, said: “Our 10th Light Night festival is an amazing opportunity to showcase the wide range of arts and culture on offer in Leeds, and a great way for local people and visitors to experience the city in a different and exciting way.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “Light Night is one of the highlights of the Leeds calendar of events.”

A free bus service will also be run throughout the evening.

For more information and a complete Light Night guide, visit or follow @LightNightLeeds on Twitter.

Light Night Leeds is organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individuals across the city, and is supported by Arts Council England.

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