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LIGHT UP THE NORTH

A network of light festivals across the North of England

Light Up The North

About

Light up the North (LUTN) is a network of northern light festivals which have come together to share their collective expertise to support both the development of the partner festivals and the wider sector. Through regional, national and international networking and collaboration LUTN nurtures artistic ambition through artist and producer development, co-commissioning and joint fundraising.

The capacity and depth of cultural practice within the network enables LUTN to support emerging artists, explore technical innovations and create aspirational work to deliver a compelling offer for audiences.

Festivals

Barnsley Bright Nights

Barnsley Bright Nights

22-23 November 2024

BD:Is LiT

BD:Is LiT Bradford

Returns 2025

Illuminate Oldham

Illuminate Oldham

20-21 February 2025

Light Night Leeds

Light Night Leeds

24-25 October 2024

Light Night Wigan & Leigh

Light Night Wigan & Leigh

22-24 November 2024

Light Up Lancaster

LightUp Lancaster

7-9 November 2024

Light Up Wakefield

Wakefield Light Up

15-17 November 2024

Lightwaves 2021

Lightwaves Salford

5-8 December 2024

Lumiere Durham

Lumiere Durham

Returns 2025

Awakening - Hull

The Awakening

22-23 March 2025

Latest News

Spark 2023

SPARK – Artist Programme 2024

Ten artists, selected through an open call, will each be awarded bursaries of £300 to participate in the SPARK programme, with additional funds of up to £800 each, allocated to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to attend Light Night Wigan & Light Up Lancaster, where the programme of activity will take place.

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Aims

  • Support emerging artists and explore ways to co-commission and showcase new work through initiatives such as Light Lab.
  • Collaborate to share knowledge and expertise across the cultural sector.
  • Develop partnerships with other festivals around the world to help build and share audiences and support artist mobility and development.
  • Develop a recognisable festival brand with a reputation for best practice in the North of England