Light Night set to arrive in Leeds next month

Caption: More than 30 venues in the city centre will open their doors as part of Light Night 2013.

As darkness falls, Leeds will once again become a hub of fun and unique entertainment as Light Night arrives in the city next month.

From 5pm until late on Friday 4th October, more than 30 venues across the city centre will open their doors to host over 50 art events for Light Night 2013.

In what promises to be a night to remember, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Leeds and its distinctive areas and landmarks, as a light is shined on the city. Light Night 2013 opens the doors of museums, galleries, theatres, and open space; showcasing a vibrant mix of events for all ages. On offer will be street theatre, light installations, performances and music, and storytelling 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.

The theme for this year’s event is the circus and will include a spectacular light installation “Momentous” by international artist group Illuminos. As part of their work, Illuminos will transform the Civic Hall into a giant traditional clock that celebrates the work of renowned Leeds Clockmaker William Potts.

Other highlights to this year’s Light Night 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 opportunity 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 year’s event will offer something for everyone and especially families.

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

"Light Night is an event that always captures the imagination, and this year there will again be a brilliant programme on offer for visitors of all ages and especially families to enjoy.

"This will include the chance to see Momentous, which promises to be a fantastic focal point for all the activities on offer, as the Civic Hall is changed spectacularly into a giant traditional clock for the night.

"The buzz that is created by Light Night in the city centre as people move from venue to venue really is something special, and I am looking forward to seeing what is in store this year."

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