Light Night Leeds will have a range of projects and installations this year that you can participate in directly. Keep checking this section for updates!
Light Night is looking for members of the LGBT* community (and friends!) to take part in the Illuminated Night Carnival Parade
This year, Light Night Leeds is offering a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop with members of the contemporary circus company, Cirque Bijou, and the opportunity to take part in the
Illuminated Night Carnival Parade.
Participants will learn how to use Cirque Bijou's Illuminated Umbrellas, and will learn short routines/movement sequences to perform during the parade. You don't need to be a dancer - just enthusiastic! Inspired by the rainbow colours of the umbrellas, we are specifically looking for members of the LGBTQ+ community to take part.
During the parade you will be joined by some exciting art lanterns, drummers, dancers and performers from Leeds West Indian Carnival. It’s due to be our most exciting parade to date – and will no doubt be a really unique experience.
Participants will be expect to arrive at 4pm for a 2 hour workshop, and will then have a break before taking part in the parade at 7.30-8.30pm.
Please note that this workshop is for participants ages 16 and above only.
Participants will need to be able to hold up an umbrella for a sustained amount of time. If you have any queries about the workshop or parade, including access queries, please contact Sammy at
Sign up via our Eventbrite page. This opportunity is on a first come first served basis. You will receive an email notification confirming your place – there is also a waiting list.
Talking Heads: Tales from Quarry Hill
Can you help paint a sound picture of Quarry Hill?
Impossible Arts are looking for your stories, memories and opinions that can made into short sound bites for their Light Night Leeds project
Talking Heads: Tales from Quarry Hill.
On the 5th and 6th of October, three giant sculptural heads will talk about life in Quarry Hill. We want people from all backgrounds and ages to add their stories, songs or thoughts. We would like to record conversations, opinions, jokes and anecdotes. We want to hear about the range of activity, people and events - and what makes it a special place to work and visit.
Recording sessions will be conducted all day on
Tuesday 19th September at the
West Yorkshire Playhouse – Meeting Room 1
Can you spare some time to tell us an anecdote?
To participate, contact Chris on
07870 832185 or email
At Light Night this year, Shine artist Naifei Wu is creating
Storyteller #2 - an interactive installation where you could have your favourite memory or an unforgettable moment be narrated by an illuminated robot. Tell us about your favourite spot in Leeds city centre: a place where you had unforgettable memories, a street corner where you bumped into luck and inspiration, or a space loaded with sorrow and regret.
You may find an interactive robot, as the embodiment of you, installed at the specific place, glowing and telling your story to passersby during Light Night Leeds.
Share your story with us!
Lantern Making Workshops with Handmade Parade
This year Light Night Leeds is offering some fantastic workshops to make and decorate your own lantern to carry in the
Illuminated Night Carnival Parade which will launch the event in Leeds City Centre on Thursday 5th October.
All you need for the workshop is yourself and your creative flare! The workshops are free and people of all ages are welcome, although children must be accompanied by an adult who is willing to help them. Workshops are hosted by Handmade Parade – the makers of incredible bespoke lanterns, and the hosts of this year’s parade.
In addition to the workshop, you must be available to take part in the parade with your lantern on Thursday 5th October. Participants will gather at 6.30pm at
Leeds Town Hall to collect lanterns, with the parade starting at 7.30pm and finishing at approximately 8.30pm.
During the parade you will be joined by some exciting art lanterns, drummers, dancers and performers from Leeds West Indian Carnival. It’s due to be our most exciting parade to date, and will no doubt be a really unique experience.
All workshops are taking place in the Crypt at Leeds Town Hall. On the day of your workshop, please come to the Town Hall Reception.
Places are limited and can be booked through the following links:
Sunday 17th September 2017 // 10.30 - 16.30 (full day workshop)
Saturday 23rd September 2017 // 10:30 – 13:00
Saturday 23rd September 2017 // 14:00 – 16:30
Sunday 24th September 2017 // 10.30 – 13.00
Sunday 24th September 2017 // 14.00 – 16.30
For more information on Handmade Parade please visit @Hmadeparade on
Photo credit Handmade Parade and Ian Hodgson. Event credit to Handmade Parade artists Kerith Ogden and Ian Bromscombe.