Picture took inside the tunnel at last year's light night.


Experience the magic of Nottingham and illuminate your imagination as the city centre comes alive with light-based installations, performances and activities at this year’s Light Night. Taking place on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February 2024, this event promises to light the city and bring warmth to the depths of winter.

Over 30 immersive and interactive light-based installations will be presented from Old Market Square to Binks Yard, and from Sneinton Market to Nottingham Castle.  The programme, which will be released later in January,  will include some exciting collaborations with local artists as well as national and international creators whose work has previously been shown in Manchester, Brighton and London’s Tate Britain.

Likely to welcome around 80,000 visitors, this year’s free after-dark event will no doubt surprise, delight, and illuminate imaginations with its stunning combination of light, colour, and performance. With many visitors enjoying the city’s bars and restaurants and taking the opportunity to stay over in the city, Nottingham Light Night also brings a boost to the city’s economy during one of the quieter months of the year.

Nottingham Light Night is produced by It’s in Nottingham – the city’s business improvement district and Nottingham City Council. The event is funded by It’s in Nottingham, the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cultural organisations across the city also support the event.

Using the handy It’s in Nottingham app visitors to Light Night can plan their visit and read more about the installations, as well as discover the wonderful retail and hospitality businesses in Nottingham city centre – with the app promoting offers and discounts in the city’s popular leisure venues. The It’s in Nottingham app is available to download free on the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

There will also be a number of printed guides available from the Tourist Information Centre and at key locations on the day.

Nottingham Light Night  is sure to illuminate everyone’s imagination. With stunning light-based displays for all ages to enjoy, whether it’s a low-cost family trip out, or for anyone eager to get the perfect shot for their Instagram. Look out for more information coming soon from It’s in Nottingham and partners.

Alex Flint, Chief Executive Officer of It’s in Nottingham, said:

“Nottingham Light Night has been growing in popularity over the years and has become a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar. It is a great way to experience Nottingham in a new and exciting way, and creates a lasting impression on those who attend.

“The event offers a range of unique and innovative experiences for the community and visitors to enjoy after-dark. It is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services to a wider audience, as well as contributing to the overall vibrant atmosphere of the event.”

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said:

“I’m delighted that Nottingham Light Night will be returning for its 16th year, once again offering a free and accessible cultural event across the city centre for everyone to enjoy. You can see impressive installations from national and international artists, using the latest technology, alongside performances and activities from Nottingham’s local creatives. Light Night will open up Nottingham’s fantastic spaces and venues after dark and celebrate our diverse city.”

It’s in Nottingham has teamed up with Visit Nottinghamshire to offer a chance for people to win a family weekend in Nottingham as part of the Light Night event. This initiative aims to promote Nottingham as a preferred tourist destination for visitors from outside the region.

Annette Thornley, Business Development Manager for Visit Nottinghamshire, added:

“We’re really proud to be partnering again with It’s in Nottingham for the Light Night stay competition. This is the second competition we’ve worked on together after the hugely successful Christmas stay competition back in November.

“As we saw from November’s collaboration, these competitions are a great way of promoting the region’s tourism offer and events. Light Night is a big celebration for Nottingham, bringing people into the city from across the region. We’re committed to working with partners such as It’s in Nottingham to promote these flagship events and boost tourism.”

Posted on 15 January 2024

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