About the Festival
Festival of lights Leeds, also known as Light Night, is a yearly cultural event that started in October 2005.
Historically, it is based on Nuit Blanche with the idea to open cultural venues across Leeds late at night and host unusual events.
For its first year, a string quartet performed on top of the Town Hall clocktower. Some guests also participated in a treasure hunt at the Institute for Crazy Dancing.
The Light Night has become a global trend since 2005. After Leeds, other cities joined, including Hull, Bradford, and Sheffield in 2006.
Two years later, new cities hosted their own Light Night, and Birmingham is one. In 2009, the popularity of the light exhibition expanded. Thanks to Nottingham, Belfast, and Liverpool.
Year after year, the organizers always surprise its millions of fans from across the world. But for many years, it revolves around turning indoor and outdoor spaces into something people have never seen before.
Besides the captivating performances of talented artists, the festival of lights in Leeds showcases spectacular and stunning artworks. The light projections are large-scale. The installations are also extremely interactive.
In 2020, however, the light festival was a bit different. The skies above the city were illuminated by a large yet interactive laser display, giving everyone the chance to experience the light exhibition while minimizing the danger of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Light Night is visible even if you are a few miles away from the location. You will enjoy the pattern, movement, and colors of the display. For fans that were really too far during the event, they watched the light exhibition live using video streaming platforms at the comfort of their home.