A celebration of light, community and energy, we produced Little Light Nights in the autumn of 2015. We invited people to play with light, music, shadows, puppets and friends in the cobbled streets and city squares of Bradford, and the quiet tidal creeks and urban corners of London. This was a ground-breaking project over four different locations with interactive installations, live performances, a cosy bar and excellent tunes to keep toes tapping.
The programme of interventions, installations and events entertained and illuminated, presenting commissioned moving-image, performance and puppetry work from Bradford and London artists including Fabric Lenny, James Islip, Hilary Sleiman, Jonathan Hogg, Andy D’Cruz, Jean Mcewan, Lou Sumray and Chemaine Cooke. In Bradford, refreshments were provided by Bradford’s very own Sparrow Bar and The Record Cafe, and music from the No Hands Collective while at the A13 we had the delicious Davina’s Call Me Back Kitchen and tunes from DJ Sonic. In addition, we had unique local performances in each location including dhol drumming, Bollywood dancing, live hip hop and a 27 person strong techno drum orchestra!
The events were suitable for all ages and were entirely free. They took place at the following dates and times:
- Saturday 3rd October, 6-10pm – Oastler Square, Bradford, BD1 3SR
- Saturday 24th October, 6-10pm – Ivegate, Bradford, BD1 1SQ
- Saturday 21st November, 6-10pm – Bow Creek Ecology Park, London E16
- Saturday 28th November, 6-11pm – A13 Underpass, London, E16 1EQ
Little Light Nights was the evolution of Light Night Canning Town and The Electric Fireside. It was funded by Arts Council England, the Royal Docks Trust, Bouygues Development, the IALD and Countryside Developers. The project is part of The Brick Box’s Interchange series which seeks to foster cultural exchange between London and Bradford.