World-class festival set to light up Leicester

Leicester city centre will be lit up with amazing illuminated artworks in March as part of a brand new international festival.

Light Up Leicester will use seven large-scale installations interacting with people through sound, sensors, temperature or humidity levels. The festival will run between 5-8 March.

Most of the artworks that will be installed in Leicester in March have already enjoyed success in the UK and elsewhere, but three new pieces have been specially commissioned for the festival and will be shown in Leicester for the first time.

Shadowdance ­- an interactive installation by Huddersfield-based Impossible – will transform people’s shadows into gigantic colourful silhouettes. Unexpected Connection by Eccentric Events of Northampton will bring people together in an interactive LED tunnel. Leicester-based Mateus Domingo has created Traces – a piece that captures visitors’ ‘traces’, allowing them to leave their own mark on the illuminations.

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Also confirmed for the Leicester festival is Wave-Field, which features eight illuminated see-saws that are activated when people play on them, and Youth Culture – a 3-metre high sculpture of a youth that reflects audience interaction, thanks to its in-built cameras, screens and technology.

Together, the seven installations will create a stunning night-time spectacle in Leicester city centre that will be free for everyone to enjoy.

Simon Jenner, director of Leicester’s Business Improvement District, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to bring this festival to the city.”

“This is the first event of its kind in Leicester, and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors in March to spend time in the city and enjoy this free, four-day festival.”

Sam Javid, executive producer at ArtReach – the Leicester-based arts organisation that’s working with the council to deliver the festival – said: “As producers, it’s our job to bring artists and organisations together to create memorable and magical experiences. This new festival does just that – anyone in the city centre from 5–8 March will know something truly exceptional is happening.”

The festival is supported by funding from Arts Council England (£90,000), Leicester City Council (£25,000) and BID Leicester (£25,000).

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