Light Knights at Royal Armouries

Part of Leeds Light Night 2019

10th October - 6:00 pm - 11th October - 11:00 pm


We are well-known for our knights in shining armour but you’ve never seen anything like this before.

Imagine 12-foot high illuminated armoured knights battling in the dark outside the national museum of arms and armour. Charge down to Leeds Dock this Light Night to witness a clash of giants.

Kerith Ogden, Artistic Director of Handmade Parade, has been commissioned to create this light sculpture as part of Leeds Light Night 2019.

There will be performances on the hour and half hour between 6pm and 11pm.

The installation is supported by the Leeds Waterfront Enhancement Fund.

Leeds Light Night 2019

There will be several art installations and food outlets at Leeds Dock. Please see the Leeds Light Night 2019 website for full details of the programme of events.

Special viewing of a Burmese Manuscript of the Thadingyut Festival

This rare 19th-century Burmese manuscript, from the British Library’s collection, is on loan to the Royal Armouries until January, and especially for Light Night it will be available for public viewing until 10pm in the Oriental gallery, via the museum’s dockside entrance.

The manuscript shows a procession at the Thadingyut (October) festival. Buddhist festivals like Thadingyut, marking the end of Buddhist lent, are usually held immediately before the Loy Krathong celebration – originally the Thai version of Diwali with its roots in Thailand’s Hindu past before Buddhism was introduced. Loy Krathong is celebrated as a festival of lights across mainland Southeast Asia and South China.


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