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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 nine 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

Lightwaves 2021

Lightwaves Salford

7-10 December 2023

Illuminate Oldham

Illuminate, Oldham

18 February 2023

Illuminate Oldham

Bradford

18 February 2023

Light Up Wakefield

Light Up Wakefield

16-27 November 2022 (incl. Wakefield City Centre 18-20 Nov)

Light Night Worcester

Light Night Worcester

22-23 February 2023

Light Up Leicester

Light Up Leicester

Back in 2024

Crewe

Back in 2024

Newcastle Cathedral

18 February 2023

Latest News

Brilliant 2023

BRILLIANT national commissioning scheme is live

Artichoke is inviting anyone aged 18+ to submit their bright idea for new light works for Lumiere 2023. The UK’s light art biennial will take place from 16-19 November 2023 in Durham. Sponsored by locally-owned firm EMG Solicitors Limited, BRILLIANT gives up to six individuals the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside UK and internationally-renowned artists. 

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Bradford Light Art Projects

BD:is LiT 2023 New Light Art Projects

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council in partnership with Bradford 2025, The Leap and The National Science and Media Museum to fund the creation of innovative new light art projects and installations to take place across the District as part of BD:is LiT 2023.

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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

Partners

Arts Council England