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Leeds will be host to more than 50 events across the city centre, including spectacular light installations, vibrant street entertainment, and dance and drama performances. With plenty going on outside as well as in some of the city’s most iconic buildings, there will be something for everyone to enjoy no matter what the weather.

For the first time, this year’s festival will take place over two nights – Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October.

Thursday 06th October 2016
Start Time:
6:00 PM
End Time:
10:00 PM
Leeds City Centre

Thursday night offers lots for families to enjoy, including a triathlon-themed procession with a Lantern Parade, Light Night Ride and Light Night art runs. The lantern parade will begin at 7.30pm at the top of Briggate and work through the pedestrian area of the city centre, before joining the illuminated cyclists and runners on the Headrow for the finale at Victoria Gardens at 8.30pm.

Other highlights include 90 giant glowing dandelions to walk amongst in Merrion Gardens, and the launch of the festival centrepiece The Phoenix in the Stone – a dazzling display which will see an enormous illuminated phoenix spread its wings across the front of the Civic Hall in Millennium Square.

Friday night visitors will also get the chance to see the Phoenix in the Stone, as well as experiencing an extended programme of installations and events including The Falls – a 100ft digital waterfall on the front of Queens Hotel, and Today – a music and light spectacular at Trinity. Plus, see Fire and Ice sculptures, have a go at painting with water at Waterlight Graffiti; and watch the specially commissioned light dance, Compound, with Leeds’ dance organisations at Northern Ballet.

Free water taxis will be taking visitors on a short boat ride to Leeds Dock where they’ll be able to see Light Water, Dark Sky – an installation of 6,000 pulsating lights floating in the middle of the dock, plus a special late night opening at The Tetley with a range of activities as part of the festival.

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