Countdown to Light Night begins

Caption: Over 30 venues across the city centre will host events as part of Light Night.

The countdown to one of Leeds premier cultural events is now in its final week, as the city readies itself for the arrival of Light Night 2013.

In what will be a night of fun and entertainment, over 30 venues in the city centre will open their doors, as they host over 50 unique events this Friday (4) from 5pm until late.

Visitors will have the chance to enjoy a wide range and vibrant mix of events, 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.

Included on the night will be street theatre, light installations, performances and music, and storytelling as part of Light Night, which will be held in museums, galleries, theatres, and open space.

Events include a spectacular light installation "Momentous" by international artist group Illuminos, who will transform one of the city’s iconic buildings Leeds Civic Hall into a giant traditional clock that celebrates the work of renowned Leeds Clockmaker William Potts.

Other highlights in the programme 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 produced by Left Bank Leeds and performed in Trinity Shopping Centre, along with 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 chance to see The Sea Interludes at the Howard Assembly Rooms, a short film with images of boats on the northern seas and accompanied by the powerful music of Benjamin Britten and produced by Opera North, whilst Leeds Town Hall 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 individual across the city, this Friday’s Light Night is a fantastic evening for people of all ages, and especially families to enjoy.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"The programme for this year’s Light Night is again superb, and I can’t wait to see some of our city centre’s most recognised buildings and open spaces hosting a wide-range of unique events.

"There really is something for people of all ages to enjoy, with the centrepiece event being the spectacular transformation of Leeds Civic Hall into a giant traditional clock as part of ‘Momentous’ from Thursday for three nights.

"I would recommend to anyone wishing to take part in Light Night to look at the programme before hand and plan their route around the city centre so they don’t miss out on any of the great performances which are on offer."

Notes to editors:

A full programme of all the events is available at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk. All events are free, but some require booking, details are on the website along with information on transport.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk