Step into the Aire Park Dream at Light Night Leeds
- Start the Light Night experience at the Tetley Brewery site for a first look at the much-anticipated Aire Park district
- Dream Trees will take to the streets of Leeds celebrating the 500 new trees that will flourish in the city-centre park
- Vastint UK is offering reduced, £2 parking for Light Night visitors at The Brewery Long Stay
Flooding Hunslet Stray with a colourful and immersive light installation, ‘Pleasance’ by Novak is a 35-metre long street projection that will be a highlight of this year’s Light Night Leeds. Hosted by headline sponsors Vastint UK, the multi-sensory, animated light sequence is inspired by its forthcoming development: Aire Park.
Projected onto the street directly in front of the iconic Tetley Brewery building, the family-friendly installation has a bold and colourful design with visuals and sounds inspired by the hundreds of new trees, acres of green space, new homes, offices, restaurants and cafes that will bring the South Bank to life.
Andrew Cobden, Managing Director of Vastint UK, said: “After considerable, thoughtful planning, we’re excited to finally offer the people of Leeds the opportunity to quite literally step into the Aire Park experience at Light Night Leeds. Pleasance will pay homage to South Bank’s tailoring and industrial heritage, the significance of River Aire, and celebrate the bustling district that Aire Park will bring to the centre of Leeds. Inspired by nature and the 8.6 acres of park at the heart of Aire Park, Pleasance will give a feel for the vibrant and energetic environment that is set to encompass the former Tetley Brewery site.”
An all-purpose district with a central city park at its heart, Aire Park will be a place for everyone, where people gather for events, meet for evening meals or grab an early morning coffee. Aire Park will be a phased development, with the first stage of construction due to commence mid-2020.
Good things come in trees
Walking, talking Dream Trees will take root through the streets of Leeds as Vastint UK celebrates the introduction of 500 new trees in Aire Park.
Look out for the Aire Park trees in the Light Night opening parade and throughout both nights of the event.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “There is huge anticipation for the development of Aire Park, a district that will open up the city and reconnect the North and South of Leeds. We’re pleased that Light Night will set the stage for Vastint UK to share a first glimpse of the transformation of the South Bank with a multi-sensory experience that everyone can enjoy.”
‘Pleasance’ features designs by textile designer, Hazel Dunn, and a multi-channel soundscape by artist and composer, Ed Carter.
The 15th annual Light Night Leeds will take place on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October, with a stunning programme of more than 60 impressive installations and performances by artists from across the world.
The Tetley building is also welcoming visitors at Light Night with unique art events, including a Shadow Theatre workshop and two interactive installations, ‘Return’ by Akeelah Bertam and ‘The Happiness Sum’ by Jemma Wood. Mio wood-fired pizza and Tetley’s own barbecue will also be available on site.
For more information on Vastint UK, please visit: www.vastint.eu/uk/.
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About Vastint UK:
Vastint UK is a real estate organisation that creates large-scale, mixed-use neighbourhoods balancing working, living and leisure spaces.
All developments are designed to complement and add long-term value to local communities.
Established in 2010, Vastint UK has schemes in London (Sugar House Island), Leeds (Aire Park and Cardiff (along the Embankment).
Vastint UK is part of the international real estate organisation, Vastint, which has more than 25 years of experience developing and managing properties and commercial real estate. Vastint is active across Europe including in 14 different countries.
NOVAK are a creative studio producing innovative and ambitious art and design projects. NOVAK specialises in motion design and immersive experiences, encompassing projection mapping, art and museum installations, stage visuals for music artists and video accompaniments for theatre and dance performances.
NOVAK has presented work throughout the world and at some of the most highly regarded arts festivals, including the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere (London, Durham and Derry-Londonderry) and the internationally renowned Singapore Night Festival.
About The Tetley:
The Tetley is a pioneering centre for contemporary art, located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. From the heart of Leeds’ South Bank, The Tetley creates a platform for amazing emerging artists, presents breathtaking free exhibitions and helps communities and young people in Leeds find their creative voice.
The Tetley is supported by Arts Council England, Carlsberg UK, Leeds City Council, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.