Light Night comes to Kirkstall Abbey: All the details you need to know

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Murmurations at Kirkstall Abbey

Lighting up the sky across Leeds City Centre for the last 17 years, Light Night is for the first time launching out of town – and coming to Kirkstall.

Light Night will transform the windows on the façade of Kirkstall Abbey, which will become a canvas for a projection-based exploration of starling murmurations. It aims to be a powerful reminder of the wonders of the natural world.

CEG, the developer behind Kirkstall Forge, has sponsored the Kirkstall Abbey projection. CEG strategic marketing manager Lucy Renshaw said: 

“For the first time, Kirkstall Abbey will become home to a spectacular Light Night artwork installation. Part of the Outside the Centre Zone, it will illuminate one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in the country.

“The team at Kirkstall Forge are delighted to be involved in this exciting event. I have no doubt the local community will enjoy the captivating performance art, as well as some creative family-friendly activities, contributing to the growing light installation in the Abbey grounds.” 

Light Night Leeds is the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival and transforms a variety of city locations with spectacular artworks and captivating performances. From large-scale light projects and interactive installations to music, dance and street theatre and all free-of-charge.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education, said:“Light Night really is a one-of-a-kind event symbolising everything that makes culture in Leeds so completely unique and special.

“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.”

The events take place on Thursday 14 and 15 October 2021 from 7pm until 10.30pm. Kirkstall Abbey is one of 10 exciting zones. More information is available here.


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