Light Night Stoke-on-Trent

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  • Date: 31st January 2019 - 2nd February 2019 (Every day)
  • Location: Burslem
  • Cost: Free

Watch the city glisten and glow as Light Night Stoke-on-Trent magnificently transforms Burslem Town Centre over three evenings this January.

Join us and see the cityscape illuminated as world-class projections light up heritage buildings, illuminated musical parades set the streets aglow and vibrant artworks ignite corners of the town. 

Light Night Stoke-on-Trent builds on the energy, momentum and pride generated by Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, and is a free, evening event for the whole city and beyond taking place over three nights in Burslem Town Centre.

Sense of Unity by Dundu and Worldbeaters 

As dusk falls in Burslem Town Centre gather with your friends and neighbours and join us on a glowing, musical procession through the night in search of two puppets… 
Illuminated against the darkening sky and steered by a team of five skilled puppeteers breathing life into the figures as you meet them, discover Baby Dundu and gentle Giant Dundu in this captivating, unfolding promenade story about the journey from birth to adulthood. 
Performed to the world-inspired, high-energy live music of percussion ensemble Worldbeaters and their LED drums, be part of a moving and spirited night-time procession presented as part of the very first Light Night Stoke-on-Trent.
Sense of Unity is a collaboration between specialist German outdoor puppeteers, Dundu and renowned UK percussion ensemble, Worldbeaters. Produced by Activate Performing Arts, funded by Arts Council England through Coasters Touring Network and developed on Newbury Corn Exchange’s 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space.

Stoke-on-Trent Illuminated: On Shining Wings by Illuminos 

Holding sway over the fortunes of Burslem from the top of the Old Burslem Town Hall, witness the dramatic story of goddess Nike unfold against the brickwork in magical large-scale projection On Shining Wings.  
Daughter of a river and the god of warcraft, see how war and water come together to produce Nike, goddess of strength, speed and victory.
One of four stunning animated projections which will illuminate pieces of Stoke-on-Trent history in Burslem. Especially commissioned for Light Night Stoke-on-Trent from renowned projection experts, Illuminos.
Discover the other projections in Stoke-on-Trent Illuminated:

  • The Most Powerful Weapon
  • Ghosts of The Leopard
  • Settling in Stoke-on-Trent

 Tickets are not required. 

Two north Staffordshire companies have been awarded commissions for Light Night Stoke-on-Trent.

They are Filament Projects with Extra Yarn and The Social Agency with Hours Of Darkness.

These local companies will make brand new work for Light Night, in collaboration with the SOT Cultural Champs.

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Delivered by Appetite in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Cultural Forum.

Match funded by Arts Council England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 

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The Light Night Challenge

In collaboration with Up For Arts, a partnership between Voluntary Arts and BBC Radio Stoke, we’re challenging families, individuals, businesses and schools across Stoke-on-Trent to light up the city this January in the countdown to the first Light Night Stoke-on-Trent. We want to see the whole city glowing and you taking part.
Whether through one of our artist workshops or with a DIY kit, create your very own piece of illuminated art and light up your window! Encourage your neighbour, your street and your whole town to do so, shout about it with #LightUpSOT and let’s see if we can get the whole city lit up.

Make your own illuminated porcelain bunting with local artist Alice Thatcher in our special workshops. Workshops are free and take place in libraries during January. 

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Pick up your free Light Night Challenge kit from libraries and other venues throughout the city. The kit shows you how to make your very own Light Night tea-light holder designed by a local artist. Display it in your window, share your pics using #LightUpStoke and encourage your neighbours to take part.
Kits can be picked up from the following places from Monday, January 14:

Got a community group or business that would like to take on the challenge?

Email to express your interest and find out more 

Whether you’re using leftover Christmas decorations or getting creative, light up your window however ever you can.
Share a picture on social media using #LightUpStoke and see if you can get your street, your town and then the whole city lit up.