Light Night will be returning for another year on the 5th February 2016 to provide an alternative Friday night for Nottingham residents.

Organisers have enlisted the support of over 50 businesses and performers around the city centre with the hope of encouraging a more accommodating evening of cultural activities for the whole community, all based around the theme of ‘light’.

Nottingham’s cultural heritage is set to be celebrated, with many museums and folk story tellers taking part. However, with Chinese New Year also on the horizon, this time of year may well be remembered as a celebration of the city’s cultural diversity.

With free entry to the majority of its events, Light Night may prove to be a less expensive option than the more typical Friday evening of expensive drinks or costly cinema tickets.

“The best thing is I can visit places that would usually be too expensive for me”

Tom Wocial, a second year Physics with Astronomy student, plans to attend. He told Impact: “Usually people will go out drinking on a Friday night or stay in and watch Netflix. Light Night gives them a third option. And the best thing is that I can visit places that would usually be too expensive for me”.

The council has promised a wide variety of choice for students and families alike. Nottingham Castle has guaranteed free entry to its illuminated grounds and exhibits whilst entry to Galleries of Justice is also free. St. Peter’s Church will host the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra, as well as an array of young musicians, all free to the public.

Nottingham City Council’s Arts and Culture Officer, Sharon Scaniglia, has expressed her hope that Light Night “will capture people’s imagination regardless of their age”.

“People love to be part of Light Night because it gives them the opportunity to try something new”

She continued: “People love to be part of Light Night because it gives them the opportunity to try something new”.

“There’s something for everybody”, co-organiser of the event Hannah Stoddart added, referring to the variety of cultural activities on offer.

She also encouraged University of Nottingham students to attend, as “the city’s vibrant student population is part of what makes Nottingham so great”.

Hugo Whittaker

Image: Ian.plumb via Flickr

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