October’s Light Night Leeds

By September 27, 2016

Art & Photography. Leeds.

Photo credit: Carl Milner

Photo credit: Carl Milner

Light Night Leeds will illuminate the city again this October with an incredible programme of more than 50 free events. There’ll be world-class artists, premieres, and a host of new commissions from both international and local artists. You’ll see Leeds’s incredible architecture as you’ve never seen it before. This year, the city will celebrate for two nights, on October 6th and 7th, so there really is no excuse to miss it.

The centre piece of this year’s programme is a new commission, ‘The Phoenix in the Stone’, created by brothers Rob and Matt Vale. Their company, Illuminos, was behind the hugely popular Momentous display for 2014’s Light Night. The pair are working with a specialist team to incorporate special effects, high powered projectors, speakers, and music by award-winning composer John Rea. The giant projection piece will represent the coming together of the four elemental forces of earth, water, air and fire, symbolising the different parts of Yorkshire working together. Let’s all just pause for a second and appreciate how lucky we are to have such great events happening right here in the heart of our city!

Other new works include ‘The Falls’, a 100ft digital waterfall which will be projected onto the Queens’ Hotel, and Belgium artist Tom Dekyvere’s ‘Apparatus Florius’, which is set to illuminate one of the major public squares—Park Square—with a light installation. Key events including a triathlon-themed procession with a beautiful water-inspired lantern parade, a trail of cyclists adorned with lights, and ‘The Indestructible Reef’, a series of glowing sculptures by artist Alison M Smith, created using recycled materials crafted to mimic organic forms.

Light Night Leeds is organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the LeedsBID (Business Improvement District) and supported by Arts Council England. All Light Night Leeds events are free to attend, but some may require advance booking. For more details, visit the website.