Video: Light Night Leeds seeks ambitious artist for 2017 centrepiece

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Innovative artists are being given the opportunity to produce a spectacular new light and sound display for one of the city’s biggest cultural showpieces.

Organisers of this year’s Light Night Leeds are calling for creative ideas for an ambitious video mapping piece, which will be projected onto Leeds Civic Hall in front of huge crowds.

The Queens Hotel is lit up for the 2016 event.

The Queens Hotel is lit up for the 2016 event.

Taking place on October 5 and 6, the event will feature more than 40 innovative artworks celebrating the theme People and the City.

Leesd City Council leader Judith Blake said: “Each year Light Night becomes bigger, better and more imaginative, with tens of thousands of people and families coming into the city centre for an unforgettable collective experience.

“This incredible event is also a shining example of the unique capacity which culture has to bring people together and the integral role it plays in life in Leeds.

“We’re very proud to be a city that embraces creativity and artistic innovation and Light Night is a perfect celebration of that passion as well as the outstanding talent of the arts community.”

We’re very proud to be a city that embraces creativity and artistic innovation.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake

The civic hall projection, which will be the 2017 festival’s centrepiece, could include anything from different people’s experiences of living and working in the city to prominent figures from Leeds’s past and present.

It follows an incredible clockwork creation in 2013, the pulsating Theatre of Illumination in 2014 and last year’s mesmerising Phoenix in the Stone.

Coun Blake said: “In previous years, the Leeds Civic Hall projection has been nothing short of sensational, captivating the crowds on Millennium Square and giving us all some unforgettable memories and I’m sure this year will be no exception.”

Light Night is organised by the council’s arts development team and is supported by Arts Council England and LeedsBID (Business Improvement District).

Gracie Murray, eight, from Oakwood, looks at the Dandelions lights at Merrion Gardens last year.

Gracie Murray, eight, from Oakwood, looks at the Dandelions lights at Merrion Gardens last year.

Submissions for this year’s Leeds Civic Hall projection must be made by 5pm on June 15.

Click here for more details and to apply online.

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