Light Night projections look to make striking impression

Caption: The haunting image 'The Others' by Shanaz Gulzar will appear on Millennium Square on Light Night

Striking projections onto two major Leeds landmarks will be among the must-see attractions as Light Night takes over the city centre this Friday.

Among the weird and wonderful events and activities taking place from 5:30pm until late on Friday 5 October in a celebration of creativity and talent in the city, two large-scale ambitious projections are sure to catch the eye.

The first is Jane Wood’s ‘Evanescence’, which will see a black and white projection of a woman’s torso appear on the tower on the technology building of Leeds Metropolitan University. The hands and arms will slowly reach out to welcome the audience before returning to rest by her side.

The second projection will appear directly onto Millennium Square and is entitled ‘The Others’ by Shanaz Gulzar. Reflecting the theme of this year’s Light Night which is ‘Dead of Night’, the projection will appear to be rising from below the surface and will echo imagined creatures which appear in dreams and nightmares.

The projections are two of more than 50 attractions and activities taking place at venues and locations across the city centre. 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.

Full details including the map and programme plus the Light Night Leeds 2012 Trail can now be seen at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk. Smartphone users will also be able to make use of the LightNightLeeds browser-based application which gives details of every project and event, performance times and links directly to a map showing the locations.

The app can be accessed from the Light Night website www.lightnightleeds.co.uk or directly from app.lightnightleeds.co.uk.

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

“Another Light Night is upon us and we are looking forward to another night in Leeds where you will see things you are guaranteed you will not see on any other night of the year.

“Light Night continues to get bigger every year and it would be great as in previous years to see lots of families and people of all ages coming along to enjoy all the events and activities going on.”

For more information about the event visit www.lightnightleeds.co.uk or 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.


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Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,

Leeds City Council,Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk