Light Night Leeds 2014

Light Night returns to Leeds on Friday 3 October, with the University offering a wide range of activities to watch and take part in on the night.


The city wide event is celebrating its tenth year, with five of its exhibitions featured on campus. The Parkinson Building will host two events between 6pm and 10pm on Friday evening.

2013’s Friends of University Art and Music (FUAM) prize winner Akeelah Bertram will showcase her work in a multi-sensory exhibition which focuses on the emotion and spirit of World War One. The Leeds-based artist has created a site-specific sound and light installation within Parkinson Court, immediately outside the gallery to fit in with the University’s Legacies of War centenary project.

The Brotherton Library will also host a World War One event. 'Ghost Stories' will feature drama students bringing the personal letters and memorabilia from the Liddle Collection to life. The Liddle collection contains objects belonging to over 4,000 people who lived during the First World War. Local grammar schools will also perform music of the era on the night.

More music will be performed in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, with a performance by a Leeds-based jazz group. The Mak Kahn Trio will perform music from the great American songbook, with spin on compositions by Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Jimmy Van-Heusen. The trio will perform three times over the evening at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

The School of Physics and Astronomy has planned an evening of interaction with their LightTAG event. LightTAG fuses art with science, allowing participants to create their own pieces of media art while learning the science behind light and photography. Visitors can create images using LED lights and long-exposure camera settings, and take their creations home. The LightTAG eventis in the Banham Theatre in the Michael Sadler Building from 5pm to 10pm.

Stage@Leeds is putting on three performances of a 40 minute dance-theatre piece called Digital Narcissus. One actor, one dancer, one performer and a live illustrator will explore the narcissistic behaviour of contemporary society through the art of dance. The performances will run at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm.

Information for all the free campus exhibitons, plus city-wide events can be found on the Light Night Leeds website.

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