#LightUp success across the district

12/01/2021, PR-9785

​Wakefield Council is thanking partners who ensured the Christmas lights shone brightly across the district over the festive period as part of #LightUp.

#LightUp was a celebration of light-inspired activities and initiatives which ran between 17 November and 5 January and in addition to the usual Christmas lights, saw 15 venues in Wakefield city centre, South Elmsall, Pontefract, Castleford, Airedale, Ossett, Hemsworth, Featherstone, Overton and South Kirkby lit up to celebrate Christmas, including The Hepworth and National Coal Mining Museum.

There were also seven stained glass windows which appeared in The Ridings Shopping Centre, Pontefract Library, Castleford Indoor Market, Airedale Library, Hemsworth Library, South Elmsall Library and Featherstone Library.

Local residents were also encouraged to #LightUp their own homes, businesses and communities and pictures were shared online throughout November and December.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "#LightUp was a fantastic alternative to the usual switch on events, which I know many people missed, and it really helped to give the district that festive spirit.

"The venues which were lit up and the stained glass windows looked really impressive and I hope it brought some cheer to everyone in what I know was a very difficult time."

Five local organisations were involved in lighting up the district for Christmas, including Neon Workshops, CAPA College and Backstage Academy.

Atmosphere Productions is a Wakefield-based provider of production design and management services to the arts, including live music, theatre, corporate and special events. Over the past few years their work has taken them further and further away from home, working on productions across Europe and Asia.

Jordan McMahon, Production Manager of Atmosphere Productions, said: "It was a pleasure to be involved in lighting iconic sites such as Wakefield Cathedral with its beautiful architecture and stained glass windows, the National Coal Mining Museum with its interesting towering structures and buildings, and The Hepworth Wakefield with its fabulous gardens. We loved having the opportunity to light up buildings across our home district and shine some light and colour at the end of such a dark and dull year!"

Barnsley-based Innovation Productions have worked on projects worldwide, lighting Theatre, TV, Rock and Roll and Architectural projects. Their mix of theatrical and modern looks are the choice of top artists such as Elton John for custom designed private engagements and one off concert and TV spectaculars along with other top artists.

Andrew Pygot, Lighting Designer for Innovation Productions, said: "Within the design we wanted to include bright Christmas colour combinations but also highlight the features that make these buildings the landmarks they are. We were extremely pleased with the results and loved the feedback we were receiving from the visitors at each location."

Look back at all the images from #LightUp at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/events-and-culture/events/Light-Up