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Parades, play and emotions at Light Night 2020

Date published: 11 Feb 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

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We had a wonderful time at Nottingham Light Night 2020. For the first time the event took place over two days, Friday 7th & Saturday 8th February. City Arts produced two parades for the event, and pop-up carnival performances throughout the city. Back at our building in Hockley, we opened our doors for fun family-friendly workshops and a special art installation.

The Illuminated Carnival

With support from EMCCAN and Nottingham Carnival, we put out a carnival parade of specially illuminated award-winning local troupes. They include Inspire Urself, Can Samba, Zodiac All Stars and the Brazillian Cultural Centre.

‘When the tears fall’

Working with artists Amelia Daiz and Alma Solarte-Tobon, young people taking part in our Express Yourself project designed and created a stunning art installation.

Express Yourself helps people age 13 -17 learn new creative skills and build confidence and self-esteem. Their atmospheric installation in our secret garden took people on a journey through different moods and emotions.

The Light Night Lantern Parade

On the Saturday, community groups from across Nottingham embarked on a stunning illuminated procession.

It featured lanterns made by Nottingham WI, Meander Theatre, William Booth Primary, Greenway Community Centre, the 92nd Nottingham Scout Group and people who attended family-friendly lantern workshops at City Arts.

Artists Jessica Kemp and Bryony McCombie-Smith & Nikki Charlesworth created giant lantern artworks for the event.

Family Friendly Workshops

At our building in Hockley we ran workshops at both ends of the technological spectrum. On Friday, visitors were able to enter a world of virtual reality and paint lightscapes using Google Tilt Brush. On Saturday, we used coloured cellophane sheets and an overhead projector to fill the room with colour.


Thank you to everyone one who took part in, supported and attended our Light Night events. And thanks to Nottingham City Council for funding them. See you next year!