Light Night 2023

Illuminate your imagination at Nottingham’s Light Night

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 February 2023 | 5-10pm | Nottingham City Centre | FREE

Nottingham's Light Night is back in 2023 as one of the best free events. A series of awe-inspiring installations will transform Nottingham, and let you see the city like never before. 

New for Light Night 2023!

Nottingham city centre will be illuminated with stunning interactive and captivating light installations by renowned artists from around the world between Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February 2023. Many of them have never been seen in the city before.

Plan your exploration of the city centre ahead of time, head to the App Store or Google Play to search for the FREE Nottingham Light Night app which features everything you need to know about what’s happening, with a map and information about every artwork and interactive event.

There will also be a small number of printed guides available from the *Tourist Information Centre on Smithy Row and at key locations on the day. Alternatively, you can download the map here

*Please note the Tourist Information Centre will stay open until 7pm on Friday 3 February.

Here's a small taste of what you can expect at this year's Light Night:

Pulse

Pulse

Pulse
Old Market Square
Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 10pm

Old Market Square will come alive with Pulse, a large-scale installation exploring the perspectives of audio-visual perception. Designed by creative team Loop, this tightly synced and choreographed journey for all ages features 14,400 individually programmable LEDs, stretched around several 4.5m diameter walk-through mirrored rings.

Evanescent
Sneinton Market Square
Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 10pm

An immersive light and sound environment that aims to capture the concept of ephemerality and transience in a visual form: the bubble. The artwork was inspired during the COVID-19 pandemic when the world stopped and everything we took for granted started to disappear. 

This art-chitecture connects audiences with their environment and is designed to be truly inclusive, appealing to our universal playfulness and childlike wonder.

Evanescent

Evanescent

Neon Dogs

Neon Dogs

Neon Dogs
St Peter’s Gate
Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 10pm

Inspired by balloon dogs at children’s parties, this joyful collection of neon dogs is sure to make people of all ages smile.

Urban Explorers: SUB:VERSION 
The Contemporary
Friday and Saturday 6pm - 9pm

Tom Dale's UBX-SRGE annual dance project, integrating professionals with youth dancers from across Nottinghamshire, working in partnership with Inspire Youth Arts. 

Celebrating light, choreography and electronic music SUB:VERSION will bring the audience directly into the performance space for a new kind of interactive viewing experience. A dynamic lighting design will enable the audience to move to designated areas and enjoy this unique dance and light event from an array of perspectives. The boundaries between performer and audience will shift as the performance and viewing spaces literally change shape, creating spaces within spaces.

Urban Explorers. Photo Credit: Jake Osborne

Urban Explorers. Photo Credit: Jake Osborne

The Nectary

The Nectary

The Nectary
Carrington Street
Friday and Saturday 4.30pm - 10.30pm

The Nectary invites visitors to immerse themselves in nature and hear 'the hum of the earth' as they mimic a pollinating insect, visiting six huge glowing flowers handcrafted from recycled packaging materials.

Each flower is filled with the sounds of pollinating insects, which were captured through research into a new way of monitoring insects called 'bioacoustics' conducted at the University of Leeds. Created by Leeds-based artist Alison Smith and Dr Chris Hassall.

Inspire Youth Arts: Re-Move
St Mary’s Church
Friday and Saturday 6pm - 10pm

Inspire Youth Arts, working with visual artist Rebecca Smith and composer/sound designer CJ Mirra, have co-created this year's installation ‘Re-Move’ with young people across Nottinghamshire. 

The piece is created with input and sound recordings from Dr Tom Vickers, who over the last 15 years has used a focus on borders and racism to examine how exploitation, oppression and resistance operate across fields including employment, volunteering, social work, social care and the media. Using an evolving loop of intricate light, sound and music, Re-Move is an engaging and abstract reflection on the journeys taken by those affected.

Puppet Pop-Ups

Puppet Pop-Ups

City Arts: Illuminated Puppet Pop-Ups
Lister Gate
Friday 5pm - 9.30pm and Saturday 8pm - 9.30pm

On the hour, for 30 minutes, watch a glowing Light Night performance by giant puppets. The Green Parrot is a magic mechanical parrot puppet created with older people in Nottingham care homes, working with artists Tony Mason and Jessica Kemp. 

The Dancing Flamingos are a flock of flamingo puppets designed by artist Alison Denholm. Built around shop mobility scooters, the birds allow less-mobile people to take part in carnival parades.

Plus more....

Plan your visit

It's in Nottingham offers inspiration to help plan your trip into the city this Light Night - check out our directory of places to eat, drink or stay.

Plan your journey - there are reduced single fares on NCT buses between January and March 2023, thanks to a government-funded Help for Households initiative, as well as a Grouprider ticket which covers up to 5 people for £7 (there has to be at least 1 adult (aged 19 or over) and no more than two adults).

NET also offers a Grouprider ticket for 1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children for £8, Monday - Friday after 4pm and at weekends.

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