Leeds BID supports Leeds Light Night

More than 50,000 visitors will converge on Leeds city centre on Friday and have a whale of a time thanks in no small part to Leeds Business Improvement District
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Let There Be Light

More than 50,000 visitors will converge on Leeds city centre on Friday and have a whale of a time thanks in no small part to Leeds Business Improvement District. The sky above the city will dazzle, glow and twinkle for the 11th Leeds Light Night.

One of the highlights of this year’s event is a water display on the north banks of the river Aire in the Calls area supported by Leeds BID.  The centre piece of this display is a unique whale animation which will glimmer with life and light up the galaxy.

It will add an extra dimension to Leeds Light Night embracing the popular Calls area for the first time thanks to Leeds BID enhancing what has become one of the most widely anticipated events of the evening calendar in the city.

Leeds BID was determined to back this new feature to showcase the city’s vibrant creative sector by adding a brilliant extra show and feature to Leeds Light Night.

The much-loved event showcases Leeds at its finest and attracts visitors from all over the country.

The arts and light festival features more than 60 free events at 10 different areas in the city centre.  As well as scintillating light displays there are film, dance, music, theatre and street performances and free access to arts venues that many people might not otherwise ever visit.

The festival started in 2005 and has grown massively over the years. It is part of Lighting Up The North – seven light festivals that take place in seven cities across the North of England.

This year’s events are even more special because 2015 is UNESCO International Year of Light. The festivals are all about the creative use of light in art, culture, nature, science and technology and people can join guided trails or do their own trail with the help of a  special map.

“This event is one of the highlights in the Leeds city centre calendar and we are thrilled to have funded such a unique part of it. The city centre will be buzzing on the night and people will be enjoying themselves and spending money in the city which is good for everyone. Events like Leeds Light Night encourage all business sectors within the city to raise their game and help raise the profile of the city which is one of our aims,” says marketing director  Martin Dickson.

The event is organised by Leeds City Council and sponsored by The Arts Council as well as Leeds BID.