Artists and performers are set to illuminate the city centre on Saturday at Sheffield’s first Light Night running from 4pm to 9.30pm.
More than 30 artists are running events and workshops across the city centre. The Grand Opening will be at the Millennium Gallery at 4pm, with music and dance from Concord Youth Music and there will be an array of things to both see and do right through to the the Grand Finale in the Peace Gardens at 9.30pm when the public will be invited to light a candle and place it on a huge outline of the world to celebrate the end of the evening.
In the meantime an intricate aerial rope act will take place in the Winter Garden and the Magic Lantern Film Club will lead people on an exploration of some of Sheffield’s coolest hidden places in a journey of light and shadows
There will also be an opportunity to recycle old clothes and get a whole new wardrobe for £3 at a charity clothes swap at Lush on Fargate, raising money for Art in the Park, organisers of the event..
The Montgomery on Surrey Street will house a paint pouring workshop and a mixed media exhibition for the lost and found.
People can have a go at Laughter Yoga in the Winter Garden or dance at an open jam session at Hype Dance Studios on Earl Street.
Those who prefer something less physical can make their own vegetable pop star with Madame Zucchini at Barkers Pool, create a bug trail with artist Charlie Hill or relax in a Quiet Patch of giant crochet pumpkins.
Postcards from Florence by Christopher Hall and Alexander Kelly of Third Angel is an entertaining and moving 10-minute fiilm about touching and humorous postcards sent from a father to his four-year-old son. It is showing on a loop in the World Cultures section of the Central Lending Library between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
Rooted in Steel will merge the barriers between contemporary visual, auditory and conceptual art with a creative and interactive community exhibition at CADS in Shalesmoor..
There will be comedy in Carver Street, kitsch and Mexican art in Chapel Walk and some of the best UK street dance in Barkers Pool.
The night is part of Sheffield’s Summer Saturdays initiative to enliven the city centre, with funding from Sheffield City Council.
After 2013’s pilot year, the aim is to run it next year on a larger scale across the city, much like nights already happening in Leeds and Liverpool.
Time and venues are still being finalised, but from 2pm on Saturday people can collect a map and timetable at the Art in the Park information tent in the Peace Gardens or check out www.artinthepark.org.uk/lightnight.