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The Northern Lights come to Bradford

Bradford is Lit – a new light festival being held across the District will see the Northern Lights come to Bradford.

A series of light installations will offer an alternative to Bonfire night on 5 and 6 November. Borealis, an artwork created by Dan Acher, will bring the magic of the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis to Bradford in an incredible display that will light up the night sky.

The festival will see nine bespoke commissions take over the streets of Bradford, alongside two nationally recognised commissions that will visit Yorkshire for the first time.

On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November, from 5pm – 10pm, City Park will become a Nordic wonder-land thanks to the Borealis display.

The historic Wool Exchange will also be transformed, with a projection-artwork by Illuminos, entrancing audiences with a colourful winter-themed show titled When the Clocks Go Back, Count Sheep.

Bradford Cathedral will be re-imagined with Light Organ, by artists Adam Glatherine and Akeelah Bertram, with technologist Simon Fletcher, as the Cathedral’s electronic organ is transformed by a visual and sound experience which will take visitors on a journey through one of the region’s most beautiful buildings.

Local artists Cecil Green Arts will bring the streets to life with their giant, light-up puppets and Mythical Beasts, which will move through the city centre, bringing light to unusual spaces.

As well as the city centre programme, Bradford is #LiT will present a series of pop-up installations across the District through the winter months, including: Al Asma Ul Husna by the Muslim Women’s Council and The Leap, whose light creations will illuminate Leeds Road; Spin Me a Yarn by Lucy McDonnell, a large, luminous ball of wool which will appear in Haworth and is inspired by Bradford’s heritage as the ‘Wool Capital of the World’; There Are Brighter Days Ahead by Bradford-born artist Nathan Evans, which will light up the windows of Keighley Creative with a typography installation designed to inspire optimism and bring a calming moment to the world.

Mythic Beasts, Cecil Green Arts. Photo by David Enyori.

Borealis, Dan Archer. Photo by David Solm Novatech.

Mythic Beasts, Cecil Green Arts. Photo by David Enyori.

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