Leicester Urban Observatory

Seeing Leicester in a different light

The incredible Light Up Leicester festival attracted hoards of people on Saturday night. The festival is a city-wide illuminated event displaying impressive, large-scale illuminated immersive artworks lighting up the streets from 3–6 March 2022. I made an impromptu visit with friends to see what the fuss was about. What an incredibly fun experience the organisers managed to arrange.

Not only did we see a fantastic array of artworks, but also several parts of Leicester city centre as the various light sculpture locations took us on a wayfinding journey around the city, taking in some of the best the city has to offer architecturally. Here’s a selection of some of the fantastic illuminations on display that I photographed.

It was incredible how those in attendance moved around the city so freely; a testimony to the great urban design work undertaken over the last decade that has transformed the place.

At one point I found myself staring at the floor, preoccupied with the quality of hard landscaping! There were lots of families, plenty of shops open, and places to eat and drink. It felt so safe and welcoming.

We all saw Leicester in a different light.

Light Up Leicester is delivered by Leicester City Council, ArtReach and BID Leicester. It has been made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England.

To see the full programme and how you can get involved head over to www.lightupleicester.com.

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