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A network of light festivals across the North of England

Light Up The North


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.


Light Night Leeds

Light Night Leeds

12-13 October 2023

Light Up Lancaster

LightUp Lancaster

2-4 November 2023


BD:Is LiT Bradford

3-4 November 2023

Lumiere Durham

Lumiere Durham

16-19 November 2023

Light Night Wigan & Leigh

Light Night Wigan & Leigh

16-18 November 2023

Light Up Wakefield

Wakefield Light Up

17-19 November 2023
Pontefract Castle Light Up: 24-25 November 2023

Barnsley Bright Nights

Barnsley Bright Nights

24-25 November 2023.

Nightfall Middlesborough

Nightfall Middlesborough

29 Nov - 3 December 2023

Lightwaves 2021

Lightwaves Salford

7-10 December 2023

Illuminate Oldham

Illuminate Oldham

24 February 2024

Light Night Worcester

Light Night Worcester

14-15 February 2024

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Newcastle Cathedral

11-13 April 2023

Light Up Leicester

Light Up Leicester

Back in 2025


Back in 2024

Latest News

Freelance Brief Strategic Lead

We wish to appoint a new Strategic Lead to work with us to continue to grow and develop the network consolidating the extremely successful growth in our membership, co-commissioning and partnership working in 2022.

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SHINE Light Up The North

SHINE Artists 2023

Light up the North is pleased to welcome the artists Axolotl and Stevie Thompson to our SHINE programme.

The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at a number of Light Up The North festivals. The artists were selected through an open-call process and will be awarded bursaries of up to £10,000 to realise their new artwork.

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Light Night Worcester

Artistic Programmer – Light Night Worcester 2024

We are seeking a creative individual or organisation to manage and programme Light Night Worcester 2024. We want to build on previous Light Nights to deliver a high-quality artistic programme with an inspiring range of artforms, installations and performances and an integrated community engagement programme.

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  • 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