Press Release

Digital fireworks spectacular to lend virtual bang to Leicester's new 'Light the Night' outdoor festival

Wed 6th November, 2013 @ 2:36pm by phoenix

Digital fireworks spectacular to lend virtual bang to Leicester's new 'Light the Night' outdoor festival

Following Leicester’s traditional Christmas lights switch-on, local and international artists will be lighting up the streets of the city’s Cultural Quarter with a spectacular free festival of light - including a huge digital fireworks display and stunning animations projected onto the sides of buildings.

Inspired by Leicester’s UK City of Culture 2017 bid theme of illumination, Light the Night is a free outdoor festival taking place on Sunday 17 November, from 3.30pm until late.

The festival has been put together by Phoenix cinema and art centre, Leicester’s Cultural Quarter Business Association (CQBA) and artists’ collective Creative Manifesto. It has also been supported by other organisations in the Cultural Quarter - Curve, NCP, Chutney Ivy and Datanext.

From 5pm onwards – straight after the Christmas lights switch-on in Humberstone Gate West - buildings along Halford Street will become a gigantic canvas upon which artists will bring to life a toy factory and stunning Christmas animations using the latest projection-mapping techniques.

PixelPyros will wow visitors to Orton Square from 5.30pm – 8pm with a digital fireworks display using state-of-the-art projectors and lasers beamed onto a massive 60-foot wide screen. Audiences can get up close with digital art by touching bright orbs of light on the screen to trigger multi-coloured rockets. The creator of PixelPyros, BAFTA-award-winning Seb Lee-Delisle, explains:

“At most firework displays, it’s the qualified pyrotechnicians that get to have all the fun. PixelPyros turns that on its head and actually relies on the audience to make it happen. Come down and help us make our event go off with a digital bang!”

Music will be in the air from a little earlier in the day – from 3.30pm and into the evening - with Hothouse 2007 - a selection of the region’s most promising young musicians tipped for success by 2017. Soloists and duos will perform in Curve’s cafe; up-and-coming young bands will play in The Exchange bar. There will also be entertainers in the streets on the night.

As part of the festival, children will get a chance to meet Santa and see Santa is Coming to Leicester - the delightful play adapted from the children’s book - at Hansom Hall, Leicester’s Adult Education Centre on Wellington Street. Shows will run hourly from 12noon to 3pm on the day of Light the Night and every Sunday up until Christmas.

Prior to the event, on Saturday 9th September, local artists will host workshops at Phoenix, giving visitors the chance to create their own lights using Perspex and LEDs, to be displayed for Light the Night.
John Rance, CEO of Phoenix said: “Bringing this kind of work to the streets of Leicester will inspire and entertain people who might never have stepped inside an art gallery before. It’s a brilliant opportunity to showcase the city’s appetite for culture.”

Cassie Soulsby, Chair CQBA, said, “Light the Night is a great addition to Leicester, making the annual Christmas lights switch-on an even more spectacular day. It also offers visitors the chance to look at the city’s Cultural Quarter in a whole new light, and see for themselves Leicester’s potential as a candidate for UK City of Culture 2017!”
Jed Spittle of Creative Manifesto said, “This event enables us to showcase the talents of Leicester’s actors, musicians, visual artists, animators, VJs, digital artists and street performers all in one extravaganza. It’s so great to have the opportunity to show what can be achieved through connecting a network of muti-disciplined creatives with funders and the wider business community.”

For a full run down of Light the Night’s programme visit

About Phoenix
Phoenix is a multi-screen cinema, digital art gallery and café bar in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Phoenix is a registered charity which aims to bring inspirational film and art to all. More information is at Phoenix is on Twitter @PhoenixLeic and on

About the Cultural Quarter Business Association (CQBA)
The Cultural Quarter Business Association exists to represent the interests of businesses based in Leicester’s newly developed Cultural Quarter. They are at the forefront of developing the Cultural Quarter as a place to do business and their aim is to influence the economic prosperity of the area.

About Creative Manifesto
Creative Manifesto is a grass roots artist collective committed to providing opportunities for creative practitioners working in any media to learn, teach and share by realising projects together. Creative Manifesto is a vehicle for small groups to create big things.


No comments yet... why not be the first?

Leave a comment