Light Up the North is a consortium that convenes seven light festivals that take place in the north of England; Illuminating York, Light Night Leeds, Light Up Lancaster, Lumiere, (Durham), Lightpool (Blackpool), Quays Culture (Salford) and Enchanted Parks (Gateshead).

The network exists to develop and share creative and  practical knowledge and expertise of the sector, whist also furthering artistic ambitions by exploring co commissioning and touring of work. The network seeks out and creates new partnerships at a local, regional, national and international level and develops and shares audiences across all the festivals.

The Light Up the North network is coordinated by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and meets regularly throughout the year. The network establishes relationships with other festivals and work nationally and internationally and is developing collaborative initiatives including symposiums and joint commissioning as well as their own distinctive light events.


Our Aims and Objectives

  • —  Enable critical discourse to create a shared understanding of measuring the quality of outdoor work
  • —  Enable critical discourse to create a shared understanding of commissioning new work
  • —  Build creative and practical knowledge
  • —  Build capacity
  • —  Develop new and share existing audiences
  • —  Further creative/artistic ambition, through co-commissioning and touring
  • —  Explore options for more sustainable models for commissioning and funding
  • —  Explore potential new partnerships, local, regional, national and international
  • —  Develop a distinctive festival brand and strength in best practice in the North of England



Introducing: Light Lab

With public funding from Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, the Light Up The North network ran its first Light Lab in Blackpool, between March and June 2017. LUTN members nominated seven light artists who met together for two residential seminars, ten weeks apart, to develop new light work and respond to creative briefs […]

Quays Culture Wins an Award!

It is always good to share some exciting news – our digital art commission HEART BEAT for our festival Lightwaves16 just won an international DARC award. This artwork was first exhibited at Salford Quays in December last year, and has since travelled to Jerusalem Light Festival and next goes to Sunderland Light Festival next month.  This was a co-commission […]

Light, Arts, Cities

The Light Up the North Network & Light Night Leeds invites you to an international symposium on Friday 7 October 2016 – Light, Art, Cities. The 2016 international symposium will be hosted by Leeds and will be over the Light Night Leeds festival, allowing delegates to attend the event and enjoy a light festival in […]

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Get in touch

Light up the North would love to hear from you.  Please use the contact form to get in touch.

If you would like to contact one of our festivals directly, use one of the links below to email them.

illuminating York | Light Night Leeds | Light up Lancaster | Lumiere | Lightpool | Quays Culture | Enchanted Parks