One of Leeds city’s biggest is set to return this week. Leeds Light Night 2023 promises to be two nights of illuminating fun – with tons of awe-inspiring displays for visitors to enjoy.
Leeds’ landmarks are set to be lit up once again with a stunning immersive display with several light shows taking place across the city centre – and is set to attract tens of thousands to the city for the limited-time event.
The annual light show, which has been running since 2005, transforms Leeds’s most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces with spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national, and international artists.
Areas such as Millenium Square, Briggate, The Headrow, and more will be included for Leeds Light Night 2023, promising to makeover the popular areas into a spectacle of light, with each place having its own unique installations that will keep you busy for hours.
When is Leeds Light Night 2023?
Set to unfold over two consecutive nights on October 12th and 13th, this cultural extravaganza will showcase more than 50 captivating art installations, painting a canvas of artistic brilliance across the creative city.
The event promises to be suitable for kids and grown-ups alike.
In its impressive 19th year, the event embraces the theme “Future Dreaming,” drawing inspiration from LEEDS 2023. International artists will contribute pieces that envision the future of Leeds and the world at large.
Where is the light show around Leeds?
Among the anticipated highlights is the awe-inspiring ‘Evanescent,’ hosted by Leeds Dock and The Royal Armouries. Crafted by the Australian design studio Atelier Sisu, this towering artwork, standing at over eight metres, invites visitors to step into a realm of giant, illuminated bubbles, accompanied by an enchanting soundscape.
Leeds Civic Hall, an iconic venue, will see the return of “Theatre of Illumination” by artist Will Simpson – a crowd-favourite projection from past Light Night events. This digital marvel, replete with 3D optical illusions and projection mapping, coupled with a captivating soundtrack, promises a voyage through time and space.
At Trinity Leeds, Yorkshire Circus will astound audiences with “Portals,” an acrobatic performance inside an illuminated wheel. Meanwhile, Park Square will host the magical installation “Enchanted Glade,” a co-production with the British Library, transporting visitors back in time to the ancient forest of Leodis – a tranquil glade adorned with glowing flowers, fairies, and mystical stone circles.
Collaborations with LEEDS 2023 and the Empire of the Kingdom of the Netherlands bring forth exceptional works by Netherlands-based artists – Studio Toer and Jonas Vorwerk. Creative studio NOVAK will also join in with a unique activation titled “Making A Stand” in City Square.
The Tetley will feature “Emergence,” a new large-scale sculpture by artists Harriet Lumby and Alan Hayes, incorporating moving light and an original soundscape by the NYX: electronic drone choir—a spectacle sponsored by Aire Park.
While the free-to-attend two-day event generally is made up of a lot of light use, this year, efforts have been made to enhance energy efficiency, encouraging artists to utilize energy-efficient equipment in their installations.
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s deputy leader and executive member for economy, culture and education, said: “The stunning spectacle of Light Night is always one of the most anticipated occasions in our city’s events calendar, bringing tens of thousands of people together to enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience.
“It also exemplifies the very best of culture in Leeds, celebrating the power of the arts to engage and inspire while reinventing some of the city’s most celebrated and best-loved locations.
“Light Night also plays a huge part in supporting our local businesses and economy, generating important footfall and inward investment. As we continue to celebrate our landmark LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture, I’m sure this year’s event will be one to remember.”
In addition to the city centre, events will also grace areas outside the core, including Harehills, Chapeltown, Meanwood, and Burley.
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