• Sarah Bloodworth

Don’t Miss the return of Light Night Leeds “Back to Nature” with the Powerful “Climate Clock”

The Leeds community and surrounding areas are always excited for Light Night, where the city celebrates culture and art surrounded by fantastic light displays. This year’s “Back to Nature” theme is particularly illuminating as Leeds continues its pro-environmental activism and education.

Light Night Leeds takes place on October 14 and 15 and will take place in locations all across the city center from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.

You won’t want to miss the displays this year, which are all surrounding pieces that reflect nature, the environment, wildlife, and unpredictable weather. We’re excited that Leeds has taken the initiative to use this opportunity to remind visitors of the importance of discussing our collective environmental impact, and what we can do to improve conditions for both us and the other life on this planet. Interestingly, Leeds is one of the UK's greenest cities, with two thirds of it being classified as rural green space.

“It’s inspiring to know that this year’s installations will be carrying such a powerful message, encouraging all of us to consider our impact on the planet and what we can each do to make Leeds a cleaner and greener place.” - Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education

The Climate Clock in Leeds will make its debut at Light Night this year. The display, presented in partnership with Leeds Big Climate Conversation, melds art, science, technology, and grassroots organising to communicate the message: we need to act now, because we’re running out of time.

The clock counts down the critical time window for us to reach zero emissions and tracks our progress on achieving the transition to a safe climate future. The display started in New York in September 2020, and now Climate Clocks have sprung up across the world from Koreo to Glasgow - all reminding us that we have an urgent need to do something now.

Light night will also include a light sculpture of a giant, endangered marine mammal at Leeds Dock by French artists Pitaya. Leeds Town Hall’s Victoria Hall will feature a light and music show by Richard Evans centered on the climate crisis. And on Queen Square, you can’t miss Luke Jerram’s incredible, large-scale replica of the Earth, made with detailed NASA imagery. If anything, this display will remind us all what we’re fighting for.

The 2021 programme overall will feature more than 40 installations and artworks spread across ten different zones, many supported by local businesses. Showing up is a great way to support your local community, as Light Night generates millions of pounds for the local economy and supports city centre retail, leisure and hospitality venues as well as local artists.

See you there!

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