15 Family Friendly Things To Do On Leeds Light Night 2019!
Light Night takes place across Leeds on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October 2019, 6pm-11pm. There are a number of activities and installations that are particularly child-friendly that we’ve listed below.
El Carramato’s Big Dancers which will take part in the opening parade of Light Night Leeds 2019
1. LAUNCH EVENT – ‘‘When Dreams Run Wild’ Illuminated Parade – The Lantern Company (UK) and Various Artists
See what happens when your dreams leave behind their night time duties and take a walk before your very eyes!
Listen to the whoops of the Northern Rascals’ monsters chased by the Spark! LED drummers, dance along with El Carramato’s Big Dancers swinging above the crowds, and sing with Picto Facto’s giant Lampadophores as they chatter and twirl.
Follow this pageant of imagination as it transforms the streets of Leeds into a fantastical waking dream and an explosion of music and light.
Thursday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. THE HEADROW ZONE.
2. Wave Field
The family-friendly, interactive installation, entitled Wave-Field, will give visitors the chance to team up and create their own unique patterns and harmonies.
Encouraging people to participate and play together, each of the seesaws will burst into sound when set in motion, transforming the area into an urban playground filled with an array of different lights and sounds.
Wave-Filed, which will see giant, illuminates seesaws installed at Victoria Leeds
3. Light Night at the Library – Various Artists (UK)
Leeds Central Library will be brimming with family-friendly activities on Light Night including ‘If You Go Down to the Woods’ by Wrongsemble, an interactive fairy-tale adventure in the Children’s Library, and Micro:bit Fireflies, an installation of hundreds of digital fireflies made by Code Clubs from across Leeds.
Chill out in The Sanctuary, a sensory installation in Room 700, listen to On This Island by Ursula Holden-Gill, and see animations by Artlink West Yorkshire.
Head to the Drawing Room to encounter Flow, an animated anamorphic installation created by animator Rozi Fuller, kinetic sculptor Jim Bond and adults with learning disabilities from Naburn Court. These dynamic moving animations of the body are projected onto five screens within a 3D structure, aligning to form a figure pulsing with vibrant colour and movement.
Friday, 6 pm – 9.30 pm. TOWN HALL ZONE.
4. Light Knights – Handmade Parade (UK)
The Royal Armouries is well known for its knights in shining armour but you’ve never seen anything like this before. Imagine 12-foot high illuminated armoured knights battling in the dark outside the national museum of arms and. Charge down to Leeds Dock to witness a clash of giants.
Thursday & Friday, 6 pm – 11 pm, events run for 10 minutes every half hour. SOUTH BANK ZONE.
5. Talk to the Skies – ITHACA Studio (UK)
Talk to the Skies, is an interactive, collaborative light and sound installation. Are you Red, Green or Blue? Pick a colour, take up a position and talk. See your voice converted into light and sound pulses that rocket across the ground and up into space. When all three colours come together things start to get really interesting. Talk to the skies. Join together and see the magic of communication.
Thursday & Friday, 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm. TOWN HALL ZONE.
6. Tales of The Mesmerist – Northern Rascals (UK)
Tales of The Mesmerist whisks the audience away into another world, an enchanted forest where creatures wander, appearing from the shadows to take you on a magical journey of adventure, mischief and friendship. Here in the land of the ‘spellbindingly absurd’, we meet two wide-eyed creatures whose stability is rocked when a new Mesmerist wanders into their lives… At times comedic, at others poignant, this family-friendly show uses a mixture of dance, clowning and stunning optical illusions to explore the importance of friendship, meeting new friends and accepting the change they bring into our everyday lives.
The popular Light Night Silent Disco is back! Come and have a boogie under the disco ball at our family-friendly event at Kirkgate Market.
Everyone gets their own wireless LED headphones to choose which channel they listen to and how loud it is. Under 18s can even have a go at DJing with the support of DJ School UK tutors (with no one listening in!). Dance like no-one is watching!
Thursday & Friday, 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm. VICTORIA ZONE.
8. Lightbattle X – VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX (The Netherlands)
In celebration of a fantastic year of sport in Leeds and playing host to world-class cycling events such as UCI Road World Championships, the Tour de Yorkshire and the World Triathlon Series, come and take part in a unique light cycling challenge!
Lightbattle X exists of two crossed arches made of thousands of LED lights, and on each of the four sides a bicycle challenges the visitor to step on and take part in the Lightbattle. By pedalling hard, participants will push their own beam of light to the middle as fast as possible in an attempt to defeat their opponents. Come down to the event space on Briggate and challenge your family, friends, colleagues or a stranger!
Returning to Light Night, the popular Heofon Light Maze is an immersive light installation by Ben Busche, Brut Deluxe, and manufactured by Ilmex S.A in collaboration with ARRO Lighting. A maze based on a triangular geometry and built with 2.5m high panels of acrylic glass, the panels reflect or shift light rays along the entire colour range of a rainbow while the spectator moves in the installation. On the outer perimeter, the panels are covered with a mirror film converting the interior in an infinity room – a unique cosmos of overlapping light patterns and constantly changing colours.
Join Cirque Bijou in their 20th anniversary year as they deliver another aerial spectacular for Light Night Leeds.
Delighted to be returning to Trinity Leeds for the third year running, they welcome you as darkness falls and they light the skies with The Flying Violinist, spinning and dancing in a mesmeric colour-changing LED dress. Cirque Bijou create cutting edge live performance that pushes the boundaries of contemporary circus, street theatre and spectacle.
Thursday & Friday, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8:30pm and 9.30pm. BRIGGATE ZONE.
11. Spark! – Worldbeaters Music (UK)
Are you ready to be immersed in a spectacle of rhythm and colour?
Spark! is a world-class street theatre show that combines high impact drumming with kaleidoscopic lighting design. The ethereal characters use captivating and dramatic music to interact playfully with the crowd; leading spectators on a spellbinding journey.
Thursday, 9.30pm, Friday, 6pm and 8.30pm. BRIGGATE ZONE
12. Stick-Stok – The Teatime Company (The Netherlands)
Stick-Stok is an ode to modern society.
Echoing the endless ticking of a clock, Stick-Stok uses a blend of dance, circus and Chinese pole artistry to observe a restless world and our constant battle to jump further, move faster and try to catch up with time itself.
Thursday & Friday, 6.30pm, 8pm & 9.30pm (30mins). STATION ZONE.
13. Brothers and Sisters – Ron Haselden (UK)
A unique series of routines that combine multiple hoops with fierce roller-skate moves. Symoné is an international circus artist who has taken over stages around the world, known for cleverly combining skillsets in feel-good routines, she’ll have you shaking your hips along with her.
Thursday & Friday, 7 – 11 pm. ARENA ZONE
14. Shadow Theatre – Simon Warner (UK)
Create and save your own silhouette scenes and portraits with photographer Simon Warner. Cut out your own shapes, or use our props to pose, laugh, or tell your own story on the screen. We will take photos of your creations to upload for a memento of Light Night.
Thursday & Friday 6 – 11 pm. SOUTH BANK ZONE
15. Fire ‘n’ Light – Yorkshire Circus Collective (UK)
Fire has captivated mankind throughout history. Something beautiful yet powerful, it is a source of both warmth and destruction. The Yorkshire Circus Collective is here to amaze and entertain with slick fire twirling, exquisite fire dancing and perilous tricks that will astound anyone lucky to observe what they have in store for when the sun goes down.
Help keep Light Night Leeds a free event by purchasing an official festival guide for just £2.
The guide is essential in getting the most out of your Light Night experience. It features everything you need to know about what’s happening on 10 and 11 October, with full-colour maps and information about every artwork and interactive event.
All proceeds from the sales of the festival guides go directly into supporting the event and help to keep it free to attend.