Light Up Leicester is back in March, lighting up the city with a series of fantastic installations.

Shining a light on the city, Light Up Leicester will see the city streets filled with illuminated interactive artworks as part of this free four-day festival. Following huge success in 2020, this year promises to be even bigger and better than before.

In its second edition, this year’s festival will include impressive, large-scale projects from some of the world’s most exciting and renowned artists. These awe-inspiring illuminations will form a trail of 9 light-based installations, which will be placed around the city centre for visitors to discover, be immersed by, and enjoy.

In addition to the light installations there are other ways that you can get involved with the festival.

Lighting The Way

You can get your hands on 1 of 400 home kits, designed to help you explore how art and technology work today, and have some fun making things in the process. You’ll be able to order these kits online, or why not get involved in one of the workshops taking place as part of Light Up Leicester? Learn about Junk Modelling or Interactive Lighting and you’ll get a kit to take home at the end of the session. Fight out more on the Light Up Leicester website.

Visit The Light Cafe

During Light Up Leicester, Beta X (72 Church Gate) will transform into The Light Cafe, a venue showing light works by local artists Andy Harper & Leonie DuBarry-Gurr, Joe Moran, Paul Mazzitelli, Tony Coleman, and Sean Clark. The Light Café will also be hosting light sculptures made by pupils at local schools who have been involved in Lighting The Way, plus a gallery of pictures of work made in the workshops and by people at home.

Ride around the artworks

You can grab a £5 credit for Leicester’s e-bike scheme so you can explore the trail by bike. These will be available for the first 200 applicants via the Ride On UK app, using the code LUL2022. Keep an eye out for more details.

Join a guided group

Guided group rides will also be taking place during Light Up Leicester. Rides will be for all abilities and will include rickshaw rides and accessible bikes for those with additional access needs.

Taking place across 4 days, Light Up Leicester is the perfect excuse to go out and explore the city with your family, friends or loved ones. For all of the information on the event, including maps with full art locations, please visit the Light Up Leicester website.

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