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Light Night Leeds started in 2005 and is an annual multi-arts and light festival which takes place in October at multiple venues across Leeds city centre.


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What is Light Night?


Leeds civic hallLight Night is a great opportunity for artists and arts organisations to change the dynamics or perceptions of the city centre at night, and the festival motivates people to “come to town” by offering different events, exhibitions and shows from a variety of artists and performers.  ​​

Light Night 2016 took place over two nights – Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. It was our 12th annual festival, showcasing an exciting free programme of artwork, indoor and outdoor, across the city centre. 



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Light Night is a celebratory night for the huge range of diverse and thriving creative activity taking place in Leeds all year round, and gives local people and visitors to the city free access to art and venues that they might not normally see.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ In 2015 approximately 60,000 visitors attended over 60 unique events across 30 different city centre venues.​


Light Night accepts submissions from a range of artists including professionals, students, graduates, and emerging / new artists. We want to show the diversity of work being made in the Leeds area, as well as inviting national and international artists to showcase their work in our city. Call outs for projects will be announced later in the year.




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Light Night Leeds is proud to be a member of Light up the North, a network of seven light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England.

If you love Light Night Leeds and would like to attend more light festivals, find out more about our partners’ events here:

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