The nights have already drawn in and we’re all feeling quite autumnal. So, what better way to make the most of this time than discovering art in the dark? And at this year’s Light Up Leeds, you can do just that.
Over two nights, you can explore ten event zones full of colourful, inventive and inspirational installations and displays. There’ll be a mix of immersive and interactive experiences, illuminated artworks and late night gallery openings.
Lightworks to discover at the festival
So, where can you find the installations? They’ll be spread out across the city centre at Millennium Square, the Town Hall and along Briggate. Find bolts of lightening, a climate clock, hopeful messages and giant snails. Elsewhere, the Headrow zone takes in the Cathedral and Headrow House, and the Victoria zone takes in Kirkgate Market and the Victoria Quarter. Here, you can disco, spot large tentacles appearing from buildings and hear the hum of the earth.
Meanwhile, the Station zone will spread out to City Square, Wellington Place, Sovereign Square and Granary Wharf. Head here to discover laser shows, polar bears and digital playgrounds. Or, you can wander down to the waterfront at Leeds Dock, Armouries Square and The Tetley to find the South Bank zone. Spot Whale Ghosts and illuminated puppets or enjoy some activities with the family.
Further zones will host installations at the Arena and Quarry Hill, where immersive dance performances, candlelit services and photoluminescent threads can be found.
And this year, there’ll be a final zone outside of the city centre, taking in Kirkstall, Holbeck, Chapeltown and Woodhouse. Here, you’ll find Kirkstall Abbey’s windows illuminated with Murmurations and a moving installation, Mystery Bird.
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When: 14th & 15th October 2021
Where: Across Leeds city centre and surrounding area.
£: Free to attend with donations welcome. The festival guide costs £2
More info: whatson.leeds.gov.uk