Everything you need to know about Nottingham Light Night – Friday & Saturday in the City
It’s the return of Light Night tonight – Friday February 4th and Saturday with free family-friendly activities throughout the city center, giving locals and visitors alike the chance to explore the ‘Rebel City’ after the nightfall.
There are over 50 stunning light installations and attractions created by local artists, performers, students and community groups.
This year’s highlights include two pieces to St Mary’s In the Lace Market: In the park will be The story of the bees which is a magical sound and light installation, inspired by curious myths and extraordinary facts about the behavior of bees and the nature of their collective intelligence.
The interior of the church will be states of matter. This commission explores the different states of water, from ice to steam, through this immersive light and sound installation that will invade the entire church. The piece questions our fragile relationship with water, while examining its natural cycle.
In the heart of the city of Old Market Square, Nonsuch Studios presents Rebel Heart – A wall of sound, light and projection that speaks to the power of change and shares the need for rebels from all walks of life.
Live music performances in Place de la Trinité on Fridays include, a song with the fun chorus (6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.) while they sing popular songs. They are followed by Voiceless choir (7pm – 7:45pm) Up-and-coming Rebel-themed classics. The last slot goes to Laefer Saxophone Quartet (8pm – 8.30pm) – who will then perform in a late show at the Royal Concert Hall. At Saturdaywe dare you not to smile like Nottingham Ukulele Orchestra travels to Trinity Square with performances at 6-6.45pm and 7.15-8pm.
Nottingham Artist’s facility is guaranteed to be a great site for mood shots. Raphael Daden who created Thinking words on Lister Gate – a series of neon signs, giving messages of positivity and reflection. Part commissioned by Nottingham Light Night, two new Rebel City themed signs have been created. ONCE A REBEL – a quote by Nottingham filmmaker Alan Sillitoe from his work Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. And FEAR LESS relates to the fearless attitude of the Luddites in the city of Nottingham.
Having seen more than its share of rebels…Nottingham Castle with the production company AndNow presents fire gardenwhere visitors can watch the grounds come alive with an unparalleled fire show, evoking the spirit of many rebellions, riots and royal feuds that have taken place over the past thousand years. Although this free ticket event is now sold out, some rides will be accepted at night. At the statue of Robin Hood, Seeley School created beautiful lanterns by decorating recycled glass jars. Glass jars create a blaze of color and symbolize a glimmer of hope get out of this difficult period, lift people’s spirits.
As always, Hockley will be bursting with creativity. CMYRGB at The Carousel is a workshop alongside an interactive exhibition. Entrants will produce artwork in CMY colors on one of Nottingham’s rebellious past themes. While you’re there, you may see The dragon and its guardian during a City Arts walkabout, as she roams the streets of Hockley in search of the battlefield. This enchanting and realistic dragon puppet accompanies his faithful guardian who hopes to one day become a true knight. Performances take place every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
More than Nottingham Contemporarytake it Hopepunk large-scale textile banners inspired by a recognition of Nottingham’s unique historical heritage of protest, as well as a projection of future aspirations by and for the city’s young people. There is also a dance performance by URBN X: SSR which is the annual youth dance project of the Tom Dale Company – Urban Explorers. The company works in partnership with Inspire Youth Arts. Four youth dance groups will perform alongside professional dancers combining visual art, projection and integrated dance celebrating movement and technology. This free, ticketed event is now sold out, but check to see if there are night rides.
Light Night at Sneinton Market is presented to you in carnival style with a Brazilian Carnival Parade of Lights around the avenues of Sneinton Market on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday there is Samba, Capoeira and Soca dance workshops at the dance studio of the Brazilian Cultural Center, Unit 18 Sneinton Market. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the markets every evening will include laser light shows, live UV graffiti, food, drink, music and the remarkable “Head of Fire” – a sculpture filled with 150 kg of sustainably produced charcoal that burns for approximately 5 hours. It stands over 2 meters tall and is surrounded by large candles with equal burn time radiating heat and light.
Organized by Nottingham City Council and sponsored by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the organization behind It’s in Nottingham; the event is also supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England, part of the funding available nationally from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – The Welcome Back Fund, community groups and places in the city.
The best way to plan your party is to download the app which has the latest activity information. There is a free download for either Apple Where android. The app lists activities by day and hour, but you can also filter by categories. An interactive map will also point you in the direction of activities and facilities near you, and you can give feedback on what you saw. The app also features a “roaring” augmented reality with a chance to get a photo with the left lion of the Council House – Leo.
Nottingham Visitor Center will be open until 7:30 p.m. both nights for up-to-date Light Night information, to collect an event map, or for help downloading the official event app. You can also donate for future installations led by the Light Night community.
Moreover, the Light night market will be on Long Row / Smithy Row from 10am to 10pm with a handpicked selection of Nottingham’s best street food and independent traders.
People visiting the city for Light Night are asked to continue to take measures to protect themselves from Covid-19.
Although restrictions are easing, virus cases remain high in Nottingham and so people should still consider what they can do to reduce the spread of Covid.
The advice remains to do a quick lateral flow test at home before going out, continue to wear a mask in busy indoor spaces – especially on public transport – and get vaccinated.
The asymptomatic test team will have a mobile unit at Light Night, both days between 10 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on both days. The unit will be located on Smithy Row.
Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council said, “I’m thrilled that Light Night, after last year’s cancellation, can once again open up the city and provide fun and warmth on two winter evenings. It’s a great free event, especially for families with young children. I can’t wait to see our proud Rebel City come out strong.
Alex Flint, Managing Director of Nottingham Business Improvement (BID), the sponsors of Nottingham Light Night said: “Light Night has been a huge success over the past few years. Each has been designed to build on the previous one and provide unique and innovative experiences for our communities and downtown visitors. After such a long period of uncertainty, we are delighted to support the event again and look forward to seeing the city light up again on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th February. The event attracts a large number of individuals and families, which is a huge advantage for businesses in the BID area. »
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