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Stunning spectacle set to light up Leeds

Cirque Bijou Umbrella Project. Courtesy of Gravity Fields


Tens of thousands of people are set to flock to this October’s incredible Light Night Leeds as the city centre is transformed into a dazzling sea of colour, light and sound.

The breath-taking annual arts spectacular returns on October 5 and 6, and will see more than 60 illuminated installations light up some of Leeds’s most famous landmarks.

This year’s event celebrates the people of Leeds, paying tribute to some of the individuals and communities which have helped shape the story of the city.
Performers from Leeds West Indian Carnival, which this summer celebrated its 50th anniversary, will help kicks-start the celebrations, taking part in a flamboyant parade which will weave its way through the city centre on October 5.
The beautiful spectacle will see them take their place alongside stunning LED umbrellas from artists Cirque Bijou, lanterns and stilt walkers from Handmade Parade and spectacular drummers Spark!

Other highlights will include a mesmerising digital arts display projected across the front of Leeds Civic Hall, created by leading artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio which will explore the history and heritage of Leeds.

Their unique creation will feature dynamic images and figures from the worlds of entertainment, sports and engineering accompanied by music from local artists and bands.

This year’s Light Night Leeds will also include more events to fire the imaginations of younger visitors than ever before.

The city’s historic Kirkgate Market will be giving children and young people the chance to play in a life-sized, interactive game zone inspired by classic arcade games including Space Invaders and Tetris.

The exciting Actual Reality Arcade will challenge them to use their bodies and brains to take on 12 games and activities, which will also include tandem skiing and Marble Madness..

And Thought Bubble will be transforming the crypt underneath Leeds Town Hall into a mysterious, enchanted forest where explorers can find their way around using flashlights and cryptic messages.

Visitors will also get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to compose a unique symphony on Leeds Town Hall’s magnificent 160-year-old organ, using only the power of their minds.

Artist Marcus Lyall’s installation, entitled On Your Wavelength: Pulling Out all the Stops will use specialist equipment to bring participants’ thoughts life in the form of an extraordinary display of light and sounds, played through the gigantic organ’s 6,500 antique pipes.

Other unmissable events will include an illuminated light maze at Granary Wharf, a series of giant lamps along the length of Briggate, presented in association with LeedsBid, and a magnificent recreation of the moon which will hover above the water at Leeds Dock.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “There really is nothing like the atmosphere on Light Night and the sheer colour and creativity of the imaginative installations which transform our city each year is genuinely awe-inspiring.

“Light Night Leeds is one the biggest, best and brightest occasions on our city’s calendar and brings together 80,000 people to experience something truly unique and unforgettable.

“It also makes a powerful statement about what culture means to Leeds and how much a successful bid to be European Capital of Culture has the capacity to unlock even more of Leeds’s vast cultural potential.”

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The Spark! drummers who will take part in this yea's Light Night parade. Credit Dan Brady