To get you ready for the big night, here’s our guide to just some of the many highlights taking place across the city, including events in the Creative Quarter. There’s everything from burlesque and art to parades and giant wheels so this is definitely a night in Nottingham not to be missed!
Wheel of Light
One of the highlights this year is the Wheel of Nottingham, in the Old Market Square from Saturday 28 January to Sunday 12 March. On Light Night, it will be transformed into the Wheel of Light with a special light show consisting of complex patterns created with 75,000 bulbs.
Light Night Photo Wall
Send Nottingham City Council your Light Night photos and after entries close on 17 February you’ll be able to view all the entries and vote for your favourite. The winner will get their photo framed plus a prize – with winners announced on 17 March.
Nottingham in Fashion
It’s in Nottingham will be warming up for Nottingham Fashion Week 2017 with a pop-up catwalk in Bridlesmith Gate from 5.30-8pm on Light Night – featuring models wearing illuminated, artist-designed outfits and hourly flash mob performances by LED dancers at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm outside Hugo Boss. Ambassadors will be giving out glow stick flags and leaflets to promote Nottingham in Fashion throughout the night. It’s in Nottingham has commissioned fashion label, Complex Simplicity, to handcraft three outfits for the event – all featuring show-stopping light-up embellishments. Nottingham in Fashion will take place on 24 & 25 March including free fashion shows at The Council House and pop-up events across the city.
Shining The Light on Homelessness
Emmanuel House on Goosegate are holding a special event for Light Night from 6.30-9.30pm called Shining The Light on Homelessness. A Light Night installation will be on show alongside a performance from the Belters Choir. Emmanuel House will be open to the public for refreshments, with their charity shop also offering a late night shopping experience. The event is also a chance to meet those involved with Emmanuel House and talk to them first hand.
Light Night Mash Up, Sneinton Market
Join Sneinton Community Traders on Sneinton Market Square for DIY family fun this Light Night. There’ll be opening at 5pm with DJ Boi. Unleash your inner diva on karaoke, bring your hoops and cycles and join in with the fun. At 6pm the Peacock Parade (see below) will enter the square with lanterns and puppets. Hot food is an absolute must as any Light Night veteran will tell you and you’ll be able to tuck into delicious gourmet burgers courtesy of the Secret Burger Club, plus beer and cider, from the Sneinton Market bar. From 8pm, it’s lights down for the grown-ups, with the Friday Social for Light Night complete with music and the bar. Get your card stamped on the Sneinton Trail at Sneinton Market Square, William Booth Museum (see below) and Dance4 (see below) for a chance to win prizes in Sneinton Community Traders’ prize draw. You’ll also be able to visit The Avenues Open Studios and the Light Night Boom Boom Cabaret on Gedling Street (see below).
The Curious? Peacock Parade, Sneinton Market
Shake a feather and join the Peacock Parade with the Curious? team at Sneinton Market Avenues. There’ll be parading illuminated lanterns and puppets around the Avenues on Light Night, with the main parade leaving the Curious? studios at 6pm. The City Arts puppets will be on walkabout throughout the evening and the Curious? Studios (Units 20 & 21, Avenue B) will be open all evening for ‘creative investigations. There’ll be demonstrations of free-machine embroidery by Sarah Sewell of Wildgoose Designs (Unit 21 from 5-9pm) together with a selection of work to view and buy, produced in Sneinton Market Avenues by the Curious team – Sarah Manton, paper cutter extraordinaire, Jess Kemp – silk painter & carnival creator and Sarah Sewell – textile artist.
Local artists open their doors, Sneinton Market
Artists Hannah Sawtell, Helena Tyce and Corrina Rothwell will be opening up their studio spaces to the public on Light Night – for your chance to view and buy Light Night related work, limited edition prints, cards and more. Come down to Units 32 & 34, Avenue C, Sneinton Market from 5pm-9pm.
Jewellery-making workshop – The Shop at Sneinton Market
Drop in to The Shop at Sneinton Market for a jewellery-making workshop with Bden Glass. The event costs £12 for an hour of expert tutelage with all materials included. Plus of course you can take away your piece of handmade jewellery at the end of the session! Kids and grown-ups welcome.
Nottingham Trent University Student Exhibition, Sneinton Market
We’re very excited that second year students studying BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion (FCP) at Nottingham Trent University have chosen to host two amazing exhibitions at Sneinton Market Avenues in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter from 10th-13th February at Unit 37. What’s really special is that some of the students blog regularly for the Creative Quarter in their spare time, so we’re really looking forward to seeing and supporting their work! There are two exhibitions under the banner Notions of Identity – FCP x Fred Perry – Subculture Uncovered and FCP x Dance4 – Embodied: Creating Curiosity. The joint exhibitions are the culmination of six weeks’ work – where students were asked to explore notions of identity, contextualised by either Fred Perry or Dance4. If you come along, you’ll be able to view the students’ group photographic images and their individual accompanying zines.
Light Night Boom Boom Cabaret, Sneinton Market
For Light Night, Sneinton Market’s Minor Oak will transform into Club Nuit Blanche featuring aerial wonders, mystifying magic and alluring beauties – for a night of fantastic fun brought to you by Greta Von Tease, Stunt Girl Productions, Circus Hub, Sue La Roux and Roy Bond. There’ll also be enchanting bespoke cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Book your place for burlesque, comedy, magic, fire and light! Dress code: dapper and delectable. Over 18s only.
One BC, Sneinton Market
Fashion legends One BC are inviting you to join them for Light Night from 6pm-9pm – for fashion, animation, music collaborations and more! Click the link below to catch their video from last year’s Light Night…for a taste of what’s in store.
Hockley and the Lace Market
Head to the Galleries of Justice Museum from 5.30-6.30pm for a sing-song led by the Nottingham People’s Choir, followed by market stalls in the museum from 6pm-10pm and the Nottingham Clarion Choir from 7-7.30pm – singing celebration and protest songs about democratic change, human rights and environmental issues. There’ll also be an illuminated recycled race track with electric toy cars in Lace Market Square from 6-9pm; the chance to learn all about the making of theatre and the current play in rehearsal at the Lace Market Theatre from 6.30-11pm; family activities at Nottingham Contemporary and Broadway; Light Night at St Mary’s from 6-10pm including live choral music, family activities, refreshments and art installations; Luminous at Debbie Bryan from 5pm-10pm including UV face-painting, origami, gorgeous gifts, hot food and drink, fab cocktails and beer; a mystical, magical lighting display at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre from 7-9.45pm plus tea and cake on sale; light installations and an illuminated craft market at NCN Lace Market Gallery from 4-9pm; a Light Night special at Rough Trade from 7-11pm including live electronic music; a light and design exhibition at Dezigne on Goose Gate from 3-8pm; and last but not least – a silent disco outside the National Ice Centre including coloured headphones and a bar!
The Galleries of Justice Museum & The City of Caves
Following last year’s hugely popular event which saw 13,000 people take to High Pavement, the Galleries of Justice Museum will once again host a Light Night event from 5.30-10pm on Friday 10th February. High Pavement will be lined with a selection of food stalls, with delicious delights including BBQ, Nigerian, Jacket Potatoes and a variety of special sausages, while arts and crafts stalls will fill the museum’s Edwardian Police Station.
Sound and Vision, Cobden Chambers
THiNK in Cobden Chambers are holding a homage to Bowie and Eno for Light Night from 6-9pm, with light projections, lava lamps, science busking and confuserphones – as part of Nottingham’s Festival of Science and Curiosity 2017.
Light Night at City Arts & Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Hockley
City Arts will be open for Light Night from 6-9.30pm including an illuminated window installation by Raphael Daden, live music from sea shanty masters Higgs Bosun and hot drinks. Nottingham Writers’ Studio are open from 7.30-10.30pm with ‘Light and Dark’ poetry from DIY Poets plus live acoustic music (£3).
Dance4 Open House, Sneinton
Dance4’s International Centre for Choreography will be open for Light Night from 4.30-8.30pm – join them for a warm drink and a look around their world-class dance studios, plus the chance to see the youth company in action.
Fun at the Museum, Sneinton
The William Booth Birthplace Museum’s candle-lit tours are selling out fast but you can still head there on Light Night from 4-8.30pm for live music, light sculptures by artist Anna Roebuck, children’s craft activities and refreshments – plus the chance to visit the candle-lit churchyard at St Stephen’s with St Alban’s, across the road on Dale Street. Call 0115 979 3464 to book tours.