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Leicester city centre will be the host of an amazing new light Festival in March, with some brand new interactive art installations. There will be seven different art installations across the city centre which will interact with members of the public through different sensors ranging from light levels, temperature and even data via the internet. 

Alongside some of the already seen art installations, the festival is bringing 3 never-before-seen pieces which have been commissioned especially for this festival. These include an installation called Shadowdance which apparently converts the shadows of members of the public into towering silhouettes of light. 

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One that is bound to bring in the crowds is Wave-Field. This features eight illuminated see-saws that will activate when people play on them, and Unexpected Connection by Northampton’s  Eccentric Events which is intended to bring people together in an interactive LED light tunnel.

Another piece is one named Youth Culture and will feature a large statue of a young person which will “reflect audience interaction” using cameras and screens built into the construct. 

The creators of the festival appear to have aptly named it, as the city centre is expected to be lit-up during this grand spectacle with people being able to partake in the festival for free.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “Light Up Leicester will bring together acclaimed works by international artists with three brand new installations that will be shown for the first time here in Leicester.

“Each of the pieces will encourage people to interact with them – and each of these illuminated works will help transform the night-time ambience in Leicester city centre during the four days of the festival.

“We’re very grateful to Arts Council England and BID Leicester for supporting this event, and we look forward to working with our partners to deliver what should be a very special festival in Leicester in March.”

The festival is expected to bring visitors from around the country to experience the spectacle, and get involved with these interactive pieces. 

It will run from the 5th-8th March 2020 and is being funded by Arts Council England, Leicester City Council, and BID Leicester. 


By Sam Ellison

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