A quick post about something that’s not happening – there’ll be no Light Night Art Runs 2018. Every year on Light Night Leeds, we work with Space2, local businesses and a team of amazing run leaders to bring movement to lead an Art Run that takes in all the installations. It’s always a spectacular event, that’s loads of fun for us to plan and even more for the 250 or so runners who take part, as they create art themselves, by bringing movement, fun and colour to the event. Noise too, we usually create a lot of noise. Maracas, whistles, singing, chanting – you name it, we noise it.
Runners dress in neon, get creative with glowing face paints and adorn themselves head to foot in super-bright glow sticks. Which is why it’s not happening this year. We spoke with the city council and our Art Run partners and decided that, given what we now all know about single use plastics, we need to find a new way to run the event without damaging the environment. After all, if we want to keep on running round this beautiful planet, we all need to do our bit to keep it that way.
Although we won’t be there, if you’re in town this week on 4th or 5th October, make the most of everything else Leeds Light Night 2018 has on offer. It’s great fun and for anyone who usually does the Art Run with us, at least you’ll get to take it at a steadier pace this year!
Leeds city council will be doing an environmental audit of Light Night 2018 and we’ll work with them to put on a spectacular, earth-friendly Art Run next year. It will be bigger and better than ever, with the added bonus that David Attenborough would approve. We’re looking into reflective tape and paints, LED light strips – anything that will make runners looks fabulous without loads of landfill waste at the end.
We know there must be loads of great bold, bright and beautiful products out there that we haven’t come across yet.
If you have any thoughts about what we could use to keep the run arty, fun and good for the planet, do please let us know and we’ll add them in to the mix!
Photo: Copyright Lizzie Coombes Photographer