Town Hall Zone

Victoria Gardens - Leeds Art Gallery - Central Library - Leeds Town Hall - Park Square

06. Tulip Fever - Blauwe Uur (The Netherlands)

14 and 15 October 2021 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm


Tulip Fever by Blauwe Uur

Tulip mania was a period during the Dutch 17th Century when prices for bulbs of the recently introduced and fashionable tulip flower reached extraordinarily high levels, and then dramatically collapsed. Tulip growers and traders published books showing the colourful varieties of tulips they were offering, and at the peak of tulip mania in 1637 some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled artisan.

Dutch artist collective Blauwe Uur have taken historical botanical prints of tulips from several libraries, special collections and museums in The Netherlands, the UK and USA as inspiration for this beautiful and immersive work. The projection on the façade of Leeds Art Gallery will be accompanied by a new composition by celebrated Dutch pianist and composer Martin Fondse, including several live performances throughout the evening.

The images used for this artwork are provided by the following organisations:

  • Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, NL
  • Wageningen University & Research – Library, Special Collections, NL
  • RKD, The Hague, NL
  • Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, USA
  • The Trustees of the British Museum, UK

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 Leeds Art Gallery, Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, LS1 3AA

07. Light Benches - Lichtbankobjekte (Germany)

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


Light Benches by Lichtbankobjekte - Photo Credit - Wayne Dai

These five beautiful Light Benches are permanent fixture in Victoria Gardens. Take a break (or a selfie) or have chat with someone new as they glow green to represent this year’s theme of Back to Nature.

Presented by Leeds BID.

 Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, LS1 3AA

08. Late Night Exhibition - Various Artists

15 October 2021 - Friday only, 6:30pm to 9:30pm


Late Night Exhibition - Various Artists - Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery will be celebrating Light Night with two special late-night openings. Come and explore the gallery’s new exhibitions and collection displays including the recently launched season of artist’s film and video Radical Reel: 40 Years of Moving Image including Harold Offeh’s Reading the Realness. As part of Light Night and to compliment Radical Reel, Melvin Moti’s mesmerising film The Eightfold Dot, which was recently acquired by Leeds Art Gallery and the University of Leeds, will be projected on the outer walls of the WH Bragg Building (Woodhouse Lane).

This is also the last chance to experience Leeds-based artist James Thompson’s immersive installation Spatial Drifts which closes on Saturday 16th October. Working with sculpture, digital media and performance, Thompson makes site specific installations in response to civic buildings to reveal and reimagine their complex histories.

Leeds Art Gallery, Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, LS1 3AA

09. Light Night at the Library - Various Artists

15 October 2021 - Friday only, 6:30pm to 9:30pm


Light Night at the Library - Various Artists

Leeds Central Library’s Ground Floor will be brimming with activities on Light Night. Relax in the chill-out sensory area, do some writing, get creative with craft activities or watch some family friendly digital theatre screenings!

 Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB

10. Climate Clock - Artist Firefly AV (UK)

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


Climate Clock by Firefly AV

The Climate Clock is one of the most dynamic climate campaigns in the world today, melding art, science, technology, and grassroots organising to get the world to #ActInTime. The clock counts down the critical time window for us to reach zero emissions and tracks our progress on achieving the transition to a safe climate future. Since its launch in New York in September 2020, Climate Clock teams have sprung up across the world from Chiapas to Kazakhstan, Korea to Glasgow, all helping to put this critical issue at the very forefront of our attention. Light Night presents a great opportunity for Leeds to join in the campaign.

Presented in partnership with Leeds Big Climate Conversation.

 Town Hall Forecourt, The Headrow, LS1 3AD

11. SENTINEL - Richard Evans (UK)

14 and 15 October 2021 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm, live performances at 18:30, 19:15, 20:00, 20:45, 21:30, 22:15 (15 mins)


SENTINEL by Richard Evans - Photo Credit - Jason Lock

Electronic music composer Richard Evans presents a segment of his spectacular audio visual show SENTINEL, inspired by the planet’s most urgent issue - climate change. An original soundtrack of analogue synths, electro-rhythms & live vocals accompanies data visualisations from award-winning artist Valentina D’efilippo, specially created video content and laser lighting. A captivating event in the stunning setting of Victoria Hall, which features the performers inside a cube surrounded by gauze screens.

Booking recommended

This is a free event but to guarantee entry please book tickets on the Leeds Tickets Hub:

Book tickets for SENTINELExternal link

Doors open 15 minutes before the show.

 Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD

12. Nature At Night - The Lantern Company and Roma Yagnik (UK)

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


Nature at Night by The Lantern Company and Roma Yagnik - Photo Credit - Matthew Andrews

Nature at Night is a commission by the British Library for Light Night Leeds 2021. An array of glowing lanterns, designed and created by The Lantern Company, will be displayed around Park Square and represent a range of wildlife from the UK. Two new lanterns have been specially made for Light Night; a Long- eared Owl and a Barn Owl. These have been inspired by images taken from the collections of the British Library, celebrating the traditional symbol of Leeds in the city where the UK’s national library has had a presence for over 60 years. The lanterns are accompanied by a specially commissioned soundscape by composer Roma Yagnik, made using recordings from the British Library’s Environmental and Nature sounds archive.

Commissioned in partnership with British Library.

 Park Square, LS1 2NU