When: 4th October 2013 from 5pm
Where: Across Leeds city centre
£: Free but some events need to be booked in advance
What is it?
Over 30 venues across the city centre in Leeds will open their doors to host over 50 art events for Light Night 2013.
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Leeds and its distinctive areas and landmarks, as a light is shined on the city. Light Night 2013 opens the doors of museums, galleries and theatres, showcasing a vibrant mix of events for all ages.
On offer will be street theatre, light installations, performances and music, and storytelling as the city centre is split into seven key areas: Millennium Square, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Briggate and Boar Lane, Quarry Hill and the University of Leeds.
The theme for this year’s event is the circus and will include a spectacular light installation, Momentous, by international artist group Illuminos. As part of their work, Illuminos will transform the Civic Hall into a giant traditional clock that celebrates the work of renowned Leeds Clockmaker William Potts.
Other highlights include, Phase Revival: An Optical Harmonica, an amazing light installation at Leeds City Museum, fusing art and science; accompanied by a mathematically devised musical score. The Narnia Experience Taster is produced by Left Bank Leeds and performed in Trinity Shopping Centre. There will be a special opportunity to visit Mr Tumnus’ and his friends in a prelude to the performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in November.
There will also be the opportunity to see The Sea Interludes at the Howard Assembly Room, a short film with images of boats on the northern seas, accompanied by the powerful music of Benjamin Britten and produced by Opera North. Leeds Town Hall, meanwhile, will provide visitors with the opportunity to take a look at the Victorian prison cells in the building.
Organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individuals across the city, this year’s event aims to offer something for everyone, especially families.
More info: Visit lightnightleeds.co.uk to see the full programme of events.