Relive the excitement of past Light Night events. Find out more about the last three editions of the festival by viewing the event brochures and galleries of selected images.
Light Night Leeds returned with a spectacular 13th edition in October 2017. Approximately 80,000 people attended over 60 events on the theme of ‘The City and its People’, kicking off with an Illuminated Night Carnival Parade starring Leeds West Indian Carnival. Highlights of this year’s event included an Aerial Circus in Trinity Leeds, and Lampounette, a series of huge desk lamps along Briggate.
POP, a collection of projection mapped mannequins, and ‘On Your Wavelength’ a mind controlled audio visual experience, transformed Leeds Town Hall. Several of the city’s other majestic buildings were animated through video mapping and light installations including ‘Beating Heart’ on the Platform Building at Leeds Station, ‘Harlequin’ on the Queens Hotel, and ‘Out of the Aire’ on Leeds Civic Hall.
Light Night Leeds returned for the 12th year in October 2016. Held over two nights for the first time, approximately 70,000 people attended over 50 events on the theme of ‘The Elements’, kicking off with an amazing Light Triathlon. 90 giant glowing dandelions appeared in Merrion Gardens, and some of the city’s iconic buildings were transformed by impressive video mapping work including a huge waterfall on the Queens Hotel, and a giant mythical bird taking flight across the front of Leeds Civic Hall.
Light, Arts, Cities
In 2016 Light Night Leeds & The Light Up the North network hosted an international symposium ‘Light, Arts, Cities’ at the Carriageworks Theatre. Speakers included light artists, curators, programmers, academics and festival producers from the UK and Europe, examining four key themes: place, artist, audience and sustainability.
In 2015 approximately 60,000 people attended over 60 events across the city centre including the launch of British Art Show 8 at Leeds Art Gallery. The varied programme on the theme of ‘Light’ included ‘Pulse’, a contemporary aerial circus which took over Briggate, ‘The Seventh Wave’ by Leeds Hackspace which saw Trinity Leeds’ roof transformed into a dramatic weather scape, and an enormous whale appeared in the River Aire courtesy of an amazing light and water projection by LCI.