Leeds Light Night* is back for its 15th year running. I was invited to the press evening to take a look at some of the 70 in total installations that are set out across 11 areas in Leeds city centre. You’ll notice many favourites coming back from previous years but there are also many new installations worth exploring. The overall theme of this year’s Light Night is Mind, Body and Spirit which all installations celebrate from everything between the human body’s intricacies to the landscapes of our dreams.
My favourite new installation that I’ve so far seen is the massive red heart on the steps of Town Hall. It’s a lot bigger than I though from seeing photos and also didn’t think it would be inflatable. It’s like a massive red balloon, and we know I love a balloon. There’s a smaller heart a stone throw away where two people at the time are encouraged to have their collective heart beat turned into a love song. Based on the BPM value calculated, ‘your’ love song is created and played. Too cute!
Inside Town Hall, in the big Victoria Hall you’ll find these massive glass soap bubbles or liquid water drops. They capture the surrounding light, which makes them glow and give optical illusions. I love these and wish all soap bubbles could be this big, how cool would that be?!
A returning favourite, and perhaps what makes Leeds Light Night, is the light installation on Civic Hall. This year by a polish artist with a visual called Telekinetic Rumours which takes you on a surrealistic journey exploring the complexity of energy between mind, body and soul. There are some really cool effects in this visual which plays with your mind. Definitely a mist see and to be honest, Leeds Light Night wouldn’t be the same without it.
I’m going to head down to Leeds Dock one of the nights to also check out ‘Voyage’ – interactive floating boat installation, ‘Reflections on the Water’ – making your own illuminated flower boat and ‘Shape of Light’ and ‘Spirit’ – both neon light installations.
Slap and Pickle at Assembly Underground
I’m not sure it’s possible to see all installations but it’s on for two nights (10 and 11 October) so if organised enough, it might be doable. I do recommend eating properly beforehand as Leeds Light Night involves a lot of walking. We popped into Assembly Underground before the press evening and tried Slap and Pickle’s October special: #HashtagHashbrown**. It’s part of Slap and Pickle’s ‘By Leeds For Leeds’ project where new burgers made by Leeds people are introduced.
I have never had a hash brown on a burger before and when I was heard of it, I was sceptical. I’m not a massive hash brown fan (sorry) but it actually works and fills you up. One burger without any sides is enough to keep you going all evening. Two 3oz smashed Swaledale beef patties with melted Edam cheese, smashed hash browns, ranch dressing, bbq sauce, lettuce and pickles. Enjoy till next month when a new collaboration takes over.
Have you been to Leeds Light Night before? Which installations are you excited to check out this weekend?
*I was kindly invited by Leeds Light Night for a preview of some of the installations. **Slap and Pickle kindly served us the burgers free of charge for a mention in this post.