Leeds gets ready to turn to the dark side on Light Night

Caption: Impossible Arts' 'Light Weight Orb' will be one of the must-see attractions at this year's Light Night (mandatory photo credit: Kippa Mathews)

Venues across Leeds will be showing off their dark side for an evening of unique entertainment next month as the annual Light Night takes place.

Running from 5:30pm until late on Friday 5 October, Light Night Leeds 2012 will see more than 50 exhibitions, performances, installations, light projections and events showcasing artistic talent at venues and locations across the city centre.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Dead of Night’, as will be reflected in the Victorian jail cells of Leeds Town Hall by Melvin Moti’s The Prisoner’s Cinema presented by Pavilion, which describes the hallucinations suffered by prisoners in pitch-black confinement. Similarly, Arts and Minds’ Creatures of the Night will explore insomnia through an interactive exploration of nocturnal wildlife.

The city centre will be split into four key areas for Light Night: Leeds Town Hall and Victoria Gardens, Millennium Square, the universities and Quarry Hill.

Leading venues and organisations such as Leeds Town Hall, Central Library, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance will be among those taking part, while there will also be many events happening in the streets and public spaces.

One such activity will be ‘Aerockbics’ below the steps of Leeds Town Hall, where anyone can join in zombie aerobics sessions, while Papergirl Leeds will be leading a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed bicycle procession distributing free artwork.

Organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individuals from across the city, Light Night in Leeds is now in its eighth year, with every activity being open to all with some particularly suited to children and young families. All those attending are encouraged to wear fancy dress reflecting the ‘Dead of Night’ theme.

Events and activities begin at 5:30pm and run until 12 midnight, with the peak time for attractions from 7-9.30pm while there will also be street food available throughout the evening.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Light Night has become a very popular event each year in Leeds, with part of the appeal being the surprise factor of audiences not knowing what to expect. It is great to see the streets and cultural venues of Leeds full of people and especially families enjoying themselves on a Friday night, so we look forward to seeing what Light Night has in store for us again this year.”

Full details including the map and programme plus the Light Night Leeds 2012 Trail can now be seen at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk

For more information about the event email arts@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 224 3523.

Notes to editors:

Some Light Night events must be booked online in advance, and because some of them are in small or confined spaces, audiences may have to queue.


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,

Senior communications officer,

Leeds City Council,

Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk