Arena Zone

Merrion Gardens - Queen Square - First Direct Arena

28. Gaia - Luke Jerram (UK)

14 and 15 October 2021 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm


Gaia by Luke Jerram

Gaia is a stunning replica of our planet, created using 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface. The large-scale sculpture by artist Luke Jerram provides an incredible opportunity to view Earth as it might be seen from space, it all its beauty and fragility, floating in three dimensions. A reminder of how precious our planet is and how we must protect it for future generations.

Queen Square, LS2 8AJ

29. Light Show - First Direct Arena

14 and 15 October 2021 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm


Light Show - First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena has been hosting exciting live music, comedy, spectacular entertainment shows and sporting events since it opened in 2013. In honour of Light Night Leeds 2021, the Arena will be glowing in beautiful colours for our Back to Nature theme.

First Direct Arena, Clay Pit Lane, LS2 8BY

30. Entwined Light - Antoniya Stoitsova and Nicolo Bencini

14 and 15 October 2021 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm


Entwined Light by Antoniya Stoitsova and Nicolo Bencini

Entwined Light tells the story of the ever-evolving relationship between the artificial and the natural through form and light. The exoskeleton is a symbol of the man-made, while the photoluminescent thread, powered by the sun, is an expression of the natural. Taking inspiration from bioluminescence in nature, the installation demonstrates alternative methods of generating light by using the properties of photoluminescent materials. While the threads are soft in colour during the day, they activate in vivid blue and pink at night through a network of solar powered UV lights. Passively charged by external light, the threads change colour and continue to glow when the lights are switched off.

Part of the SHINE Emerging Artist programme.

Merrion Gardens, Merrion St, LS2 8NG