Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October 2021 – the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival.
Go to https://whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight/all-events to see all that is happening across 10 zones.
This year Light Night Leeds will be taking some projects out of the city centre and bringing #ArtintheDark into different local areas and communities around Leeds. Kirkstall – Holbeck – Chapeltown – Woodhouse
The spectacular wonders of the natural world will come to life on the streets of Leeds for Light Night 2021
The hugely popular cultural showpiece will see a breath-taking programme of illuminated artworks take over well-known landmarks and locations across Leeds city centre on October 14 and 15.
Under the banner Back to Nature, this year’s event will be themed around nature and the environment, with artists from around the world creating pieces reflecting everything from the spectacular diversity of the animal kingdom to the beauty of trees and plants and even the unstoppable power of the weather.
The event will also encourage visitors to think about their own impact on the environment and how we can all play a part in combatting climate change and supporting the planet’s precious and fragile ecosystems.
Highlights this year will include the chance to catch digital lightning bolts, cast from the front of Leeds Civic Hall thanks to artist Seb Lee-Delisle, and the opportunity to take control of a circle of futuristic monoliths on Millennium Square with Canadian studios Jack World and Ottomata.
French artists Pitaya’s light sculpture at Leeds Dock will recreate a giant, endangered marine mammal in a powerful message about biodiversity, while Leeds Town Hall’s Victoria Hall will be hosting a captivating combination of light, music and performance created by artist Richard Evans exploring the critical issue of climate change.
And on Queen Square Luke Jerram’s remarkably accurate large-scale replica of the Earth, made with detailed NASA imagery, will remind visitors of the Earth’s precarious beauty.
This year’s Light Night will mark a return to a more familiar format after COVID-19 restrictions meant that last year’s events were socially distanced or enjoyed remotely. The 2021 programme has been modified to allow for additional safety measures but will still feature more than 40 installations and artworks spread across ten different zones, many supported by local businesses.