Light Night Leeds will return in a much more familiar form later this year.
Like many big events around Leeds and beyond the coronavirus pandemic influenced how Light Night Leeds could be presented last year.
Running under the theme Back to Nature, the event running all across Leeds city centre will celebrate some of the world’s natural wonders. It will be taking place on Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15.
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Artists from around the world will be creating pieces reflecting everything from the spectacular diversity of the animal kingdom to the beauty of trees and plants and even the unstoppable power of the weather.
The event will also encourage visitors to think about their own impact on the environment and how we can all play a part in combating climate change and supporting the planet’s precious and fragile ecosystems.
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Highlights this year will include the chance to catch digital lightning bolts, cast from the front of Leeds Civic Hall thanks to artist Seb Lee-Delisle, and the opportunity to take control of a circle of futuristic monoliths on Millennium Square with Canadian studios Jack World and Ottomata.
French artists Pitaya’s light sculpture at Leeds Dock will recreate a giant, endangered marine mammal in a powerful message about biodiversity, while Leeds Town Hall’s Victoria Hall will be hosting a captivating combination of light, music and performance created by artist Richard Evans exploring the critical issue of climate change.
And on Queen Square Luke Jerram’s large-scale replica of the Earth, made with detailed NASA imagery, will remind visitors of the Earth’s precarious beauty.
Due to covid, he 2021 Light Night Leeds programme has been modified to allow for additional safety measures but will still feature more than 40 installations and artworks spread across 10 different zones.
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education, said: “Light Night really is a one-of-a-kind event symbolising everything that makes culture in Leeds so completely unique and special.
“It’s inspiring to know that this year’s installations will be carrying such a powerful message, encouraging all of us to consider our impact on the planet and what we can each do to make Leeds a cleaner and greener place.
“Light Night will also have added significance this year, coming after such an incredibly challenging time for the city. We’re thrilled to be welcoming visitors back in person this year to safely enjoy what we hope will be the start of much brighter days to come.”
We’ll bring you more details about the Light Night Leeds programme when they’re released.
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