Project Description

In a partnership between ArtReach, BID Leicester and Leicester City Council, Light Up Leicester drew approximately 206,000 people to the city from 5th – 8th March.

The City Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby delivered a speech alongside BID Leicester’s Simon Jenner, digital artist Sean Clark and Executive Producer, Sam Javid at the launch event held at LCB Depot.

ArtReach specially commissioned three new artworks which were hosted with four previously displayed installations. Together, they formed a trail that people could follow, or visit each individually.

Shadowdance was an interactive installation by Huddersfield-based Impossible Arts, which transformed people’s shadows into gigantic colourful silhouettes and featured in many photoshoots over the 4 days. Premiering in Jubilee Square, ‘Unexpected Connection’ by Eccentric Events of Northampton brought people together in an interactive LED tunnel, while Leicester-based Mateus Domingos created ‘Traces’ for the hubbub of Leicester Market.

From Quays Culture, in Manchester, was Stanza’s striking ‘Youth Culture’ – a 3-metre high sculpture of a youth that reflects audience interaction, thanks to its in-built cameras, screens and technology.

‘Wave-Field’, which featured eight, interactive, illuminated see-saws that are activated when people play on them was placed on Humberstone Gate.

Deepa Mann-Kler’s work took over Silver Street as she took inspiration from the global phenomenon of shoe-tossing to create ‘Shoefiti’.

Squid Soup’s Wave, initially commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral, consisted of some five hundred individual suspended orbs, which create an unforgettable walk through immersive experience. 500 points of light, 500 voices, interconnected using Internet of Things technology and acting in choreographed harmony, this stunning work was a huge hit!

Elsewhere, Dr Sean Clark ran a ‘Connectedness Clinic’, for local artists and residents to learn how to make connected and interactive artworks of their own throughout the Festival. But ahead of the main event, several local schools had a go at creating their own illuminated artworks to be displayed at Bean Gaming Café to inspire others.

See highlights from the event weekend in the film and gallery below.