Cecil Green Arts parade with the Bradford Boar

Bradford is #LiT this November

Bradford is #LiT is a district-wide festival of light, which culminates on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November 2021 in Bradford city centre. Working with an outstanding group of local and national artists, the festival will bring Bradford to life with a bespoke programme of 25 unique light installations, whilst providing a fun, alternative family offer this Bonfire Night weekend. Bradford is #LiT promises to transform the city using art and light to celebrate Bradford’s rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture.

Scroll to discover more about the Bradford is #LiT programme!

Bradford city centre, 5 & 6 November:

5pm - 10pm | City Park
Borealis brings the magical mystery of the Northern Lights to Bradford’s City Park, using layers of light and particle clouds to create the illusion. This incredible installation, by artist Dan Acher, has mesmerized audiences and the media across Australia, Europe and Japan, and comes to the North of England for the first time. Throughout the ages, we have attributed countless legends to the celestial phenomenon. Today, this immersive experience inspires awe by creating something that shouldn’t, by all accounts, be there and that is bigger than any one of us, reminding us that we are all, indeed, in this together.
Future Cargo
Shows at 6pm & 8.30pm | University of Bradford
A truck arrives from an unknown location loaded with a mystery shipment. As the sides roll up a strange and unstoppable process is set into motion. Future Cargo is the latest outdoor work by Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg, created with longstanding collaborators, Hannah Clark (set and costume), Ben & Max Ringham (music and sound) and Malcolm Rippeth (lighting design). Future Cargo is a sci-fi dance show performed in a 40 foot haulage truck and, like all Requardt & Rosenberg’s shows, it delivers the delicate integrity of a deeply intimate experience within a large-scale dance spectacle. Audio description is available. Get tickets: www.theatreinthemill.com/future-cargo/
The Wool Exchange

5pm - 8.30pm |The Wool Exchange

This mesmerising artwork by Illuminos will use light projection to transform the historic Wool Exchange into a vast, colourful, winter clock, filled with a curious collection of woollen items. As the clock chimes, time begins to turn backwards and the items in the machinery start to unravel, with threads flying outwards until - in a cacophony of bleating - sheep begin to leap and bounce down the tower, chewing on the machinery in a magical celebration of light and sound.

Lotus Flower

4pm - 7pm | The Broadway

Nutkhut presents the ethereal Lotus Flower. Associated with the Goddess Lakshmi, the Lotus Flower symbolises enlightenment and will illuminate and inspire audiences with its majestic and enchanting presence. Pop in to the Broadway Bradford to experience this beautiful and unique light-sculpture.

Bradford Cathedral

10am - 9pm | Bradford Cathedral

Visit the spectacular Bradford Cathedral, re-imagined by artists Akeelah Bertram and Adam Glatherine with technologist Simon Fletcher. This interactive, visual and sound experience will transform the Cathedral’s organ into 44 responsive light-organ ‘pipes’, visualising its sound in a vibrant array of colour. Light Organ is a site specific celebration of the Cathedrals unique history, invigorating its diverse architecture with a responsive light display.


4pm - 00am | North Parade

Lightweave is a woven installation of light cables and ribbon, using macramé techniques on a huge scale to transform the exterior of 20-24 North Parade. The piece was devised by local artist, Alison Smith, to celebrate the benefits of making for wellbeing, bringing light and colour in times of darkness.

Child smiling in front of puppets


The Bradford Boar
5.30pm & 7.30pm
Roaming from the Wool Exchange to Speakers Corner

Rombald the Giant
7pm & 9pm
Bottom of Ivegate

The Cottingley Fairies
6.15 & 8.15
Roaming from North Parade to Tyrell Street

Neon Henna

5pm - 9pm | City Park

Henna designs like no henna you have seen before, and all absolutely FREE! With an array of colours to choose from, get yourself an eye catching nighttime look. The paints dry quickly on the skin and last all night. Simply wash off with water. The paints are designed for the body, are non-toxic and cosmetically certified. Not suitable for under 3’s.

Bradford Stories Bus

Join the Bradford Stories Bus as they park up on Market Street, bringing story time, breakdancing, poetry and much more for all the family. Meet the Literacy Champions, try your hand at breakdancing with Bradford's own Bboy superstar Lloyd 'Tranquil' Thompson, take the mic with poet Shareena Lee Satti, or just relax and read a book! Click here for session times and booking information.

In a New Light

5pm - 10pm | Kirkgate

In a New Light is the latest installation by artistic duo Walter & Zoniel which will take over a currently empty shop front on Kirkgate. Utilising a colourful cascade of repurposed car headlights, controlled by motion sensors, passers by are invited to play with the light installation by waving, moving, or dancing in front of it.

In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

5pm - 10pm | Ivegate

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder is a series of photographic light boxes by artist Shanaz Gulzar. Inspired by the beauty of Ivegate, the images explore the concept of beauty as we each individually see it, featuring close-up shots of detritus and things that are often considered ugly, until you look closer to discover their beauty.

Nero's Ices

5pm - 10pm | Kirkgate

Get a luxury bonfire inspired dessert, a hot chocolate or a coffee, from Nero's Ices, a food and light installation by Bloomin' Buds Theatre Company. Be transported back to the late 1800s, when Guisseppi Nero came to England and set up his own ice cream business, Nero's Ices. Experience the story in this audio and a light spectacular.

Across the District: 

Tapestry Arts Chimney

Tapestry Arts, Tong
25 Oct - 08 Nov

Paying homage to Bradford’s past glories and future success, Tapestry of Light will illuminate the iconic red brick chimney of what was once a mill and is now home to Tapestry Arts on Factory Street. During the night, the chimney will be transformed into a giant piece of art, using modern day lighting technology to project a radiant palette of colour and movement onto the historic building.

Light in the Balance

Bingley Arts Centre
03 - 06 Nov | 5pm - 9pm

Light in the Balance by Axiom Live is an audio-visual installation set to transform the woodland outside Bingley Arts Centre, scattering beams of light through the bare branches of the trees and surrounding foliage to create a mesmerising moving canvas of light and shadows. A fully immersive audio-visual experience will be created using light beams, mirror balls and haze with an accompanying soundscape.

Keighley library

Keighley Library
05 & 06 Nov | 5.30pm - 9.30pm

Artist Steve Manthorp will illuminate the exterior of Keighley Library with an imaginative projection artwork inspired by the library's archives and collections. Using a mixture of archival imagery of Keighley and illustrations and images from books, Treasures will create a moving banner of imagery that showcases the building’s incredible architecture and re-connects audiences to the treasures held within.

Light up ball of wool

Haworth Parish Church
02 - 08 Nov | 4.30pm - 9.30pm

Bradford’s rich history in wool and textile manufacture once led to Bradford gaining the title “Wool Capital of the World”. Spin Me a Yarn by Studio Vertigo is a large luminous ball of wool that is discovered by viewers who follow the trail of the yarn to reach the ball. A light-hearted and playful artwork that is accessible for all and provides a vibrant and colourful experience.

The Stanza Stones
06 Nov | 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Ilkley Literature Festival have joined forces with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to revisit the Stanza Stones collaboration. The new project reimagines them as a film, combining light projections with video and stunning time-lapse photography.
Filmed during lockdown in early 2021, the new work takes the six poems – Mist, Beck, Snow, Rain, Puddle and Dew – and transposes them to new locations around Ilkley, including the Cow and Calf, White Wells Spa and the Ilkley Manor House.
Brighter Bradford

Keighley Cavendish Street
25 Oct - 12 Nov | 5pm - 00am

Brighter Bradford is a colourful illuminated typography installation by artist Nathan Evans, and inspired by the rich industrial history of the region. Brighter Bradford will shine a positive, hopeful message from Keighley and across the district, playfully provoking a calming moment of thought, self reflection, reassurance and optimism for the future.

Window Wonderland
05 - 06 November

Keighley Creative are on a mission to Light Up Keighley this winter as part of Window Wanderland. Book onto a creative workshop, or collect a do-it-yourself craft pack from Keighley Creative to help you create your very own window art. Display your creations at home on Bonfire Night weekend, 05 - 06 November, or get them to Keighley Creative for display in their gallery window.
Go to www.windowwanderland.com to find out more or contact @KeighleyCreative on Facebook.

The Peace Artistes

Shipley & Saltaire
13 Nov | 4pm - 5.30pm

A narrow boat and a band, lit in the dark, on the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

On Saturday 13th November, at dusk, much loved local streetband The Peace Artistes will sail their floating musical installation from Shipley, through Saltaire, to Hirst Wood and back again.

Don't miss this musical narrow boat as it travels along the canal, filling your evening with music and light.