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City Gears Up For Light Night

All sorts of venues are getting involved in this week's event

Written by . Published on October 4th 2011.

City Gears Up For Light Night

SOME of Leeds’ best loved venues will host weird and wonderful happenings as part of the city's Light Night.

Details for this year’s events on Friday October 7 have now been released by organisers Leeds City Council, with more than 70 free events taking place at over 40 locations in and around the city centre from 5pm til 11pm.

“Light Night continues to get better each year, with more and more venues and artists getting involved."

Now in its seventh year, Light Night aims to encourage residents and visitors to see their city and famous buildings from very different perspectives through a range of often surreal public performances, light shows and displays.

Leeds was the first UK city to host its own Light Night, following on from the success of similar events held in Paris and Amsterdam.

Among the highlights this year are two Shakespearean performances of Othello at the University of Leeds and Titania’s Dream by Opera North at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds Grand Theatre, complete with a magical maze, echoing images and beautiful music.

A further challenge to the senses comes at West Riding House, where ‘The Tunnel’ will see visitors travel through a stunning interactive installation, while The Carriageworks in Millennium Square will act as a beacon for information on the night, as well as featuring a display of illuminated umbrellas.

Leeds Town Hall will be a focal point for the event, with a sneak preview of this year’s Leeds International Film Festival taking place in the Victoria Hall followed by a showing of silent film classic Nosferatu, with live organ accompaniment by Simon Lindley.

The town hall will also feature a display of animations by the Quay Brothers, offering a glimpse into the minds of the high-profile American artists who will be putting on a spectacular show in Leeds next summer as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Leeds Festival Chorus will be singing a selection of haunting motets on the steps of the town hall, while a different musical style will see classic William Blake poetry recited through hip hop outside FAB Café on Woodhouse Lane.

The ever-popular tours of the Leeds Town Hall clocktower will also be taking place, as well as guided walks around the city centre where the group may encounter the work of the ‘guerilla knitting group’, who will be leaving their trademark displays on show at various locations and on lampposts.

The guide for this year’s event is now available at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk, giving details of each activity as well as how the city centre will be split into four sections for Light Night, with attractions on offer in the academic, civic, retail and south side elements.

“Light Night continues to get better each year, with more and more venues and artists getting involved which is great to see," says Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie.

“This year’s event again features a wide variety of performances and activities for people of all ages to enjoy so we look forward to seeing lots of people taking the chance to see the city centre in a very different light and having a great time.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Picture by Tricky at flickr.com

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