Light Night is an annual multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on one Friday night in October. It’s an amazing and unique opportunity to explore Leeds with your friends and family, as we shine a light on the city, providing people of all ages with a night to remember. This year we are celebrating our 11th annual festival. For one night only the city centre will come alive with spectacular light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances. Many of the city’s arts organisations and public buildings will be opening their doors late into the night as artists transform spaces into exciting temporary showcases of their work. Bring your friends and family along to experience a fantastic festival atmosphere, navigate your way around over 50 different events across the city centre, and sample some delicious street food. As darkness falls, come and see the city of Leeds in a new light!
Our new website will be launched in early September with full details of our 2015 programme. In the meantime please watch this space for latest news, opportunities and artist call outs, and take a look around this site to see what happened in 2014.
Light Night is produced by the Arts Development Team at Leeds City Council in partnership with many organisations and individuals from across the city.
Light Night Needs You! There are lots of ways to get involved with Light Night Leeds. Keep an eye out for current opportunities here and on our social media pages.
Light Night is offering two exciting internships for the 2015 festival.
Social Media Co-ordinator - click here to read more information and complete your application
Volunteer Co-ordinator - click here to read more information and complete your application
The deadline for submissions is Thursday 30th July.
The deadline for proposals for this year's festival has now passed.
Light Night relies on many volunteers to help things running smoothly and to create a great festival atmosphere. Click here to find out more about the roles on offer and complete your application. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1st September.
We’re on the lookout for exciting Street Food vans for Light Night 2015. We have various pitches available around the city centre 6-11pm on Friday 9th July for a fee of £200+VAT. Last year our vans did a roaring trade and many sold out of food, so book early to avoid disappointment! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We want your feedback on our 10th anniversary Light Night event!
The Light Night Rider is a great way to get between the different events.
Other venues across Leeds are getting into the Light Night spirit and offering exciting events on Friday 3rd October.
The Light Night Free Event Guide is now available to download packed with all the information you need for a great night.
Akeelah Bertram: Chorus. We cast a spotlight on returning Light Night 2013 artist Akeelah Bertram. Fresh from a group show in Berlin, an award winning 2013 (The Passey Prize in Art, The Vantage Art Prize with Adam Young and FUAM Graduate Art Prize) and a recent residency in London, Akeelah dropped in to Light Night Towers to tell us about this year’s exciting project.
'How the Light Gets In' is a creative writing workshop where participants can explore the ways in which words can and cannot lead us through the dark – both the literal dark of the nighttime and the winter months and other, internal and metaphorical forms of darkness. There will be a series of creative exercises, as well as a chance to share ideas and any work produced during the workshop. These workshops will feed into an interactive storytelling installation of the same name at Light Night Leeds, which participants will be encouraged to attend.
We caught up with Matt from Leeds Hackspace to talk about a giant light emitting programmed interactive cube , the power of 'people and technology', Art and a world of ‘black boxes’…
Greetings LightNighters, we’re pleased to bring you the first in our Shien series. First up: HairStory a large scale project developed and created by artist and performer Lydia Cottrell. We took the chance to catch up with Lydia and find out more about the project…
Volunteer recruitment has now closed.