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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

21-22 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

Latest News

Calls for SHINE 2024 - Polyrythms by Axolotle

SHINE and SPARK 2024 press release

From our recent open calls, Light up the North (LUTN) festivals have invested £48K to develop 12 new and emerging light artists who are part of our 2024 talent development programmes: SHINE and SPARK.

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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