2018 Commissions

LightNight returns on Friday 18 May 2018, unlocking the doors of Liverpool’s best-loved arts, culture and heritage venues late into the night. A culture crawl like no other, visitors of all ages are invited to follow an unforgettable trail of events in celebration of the city’s year-round world-class cultural offer.

See places, spaces and people across the city come alive to celebrate Liverpool’s world-class cultural offer with one spectacular night of over 100 free performances, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and much more.

This year’s programme explores ‘Transformation’ and will look at changes that are happening around us; turbulent and political, personal and emotional, visible or invisible, as well as the transformation of our city over the last ten years.

The LightNight programme features seven new commissions alongside a huge programme of events and activities spread right across the city centre; read more about this year’s commissions, and the artists behind them, below.

In a world that has been irreversibly transformed by climate change, in Patrick Dineen’s The Last Polar Bear Waltz the last polar bear on Earth sings an aria in memory of the beautiful Arctic land he once knew.

Double D Divas introduces you to Dolly Twinkle and Dora Bella, the most exciting double act since Velma and Veronica (deceased) Kelly. Both are fighting to find their place in a world that takes no account of their singular talents or their particular disabilities. Expect singing, heartbreak, drag, slippers, and British Sign Language.

At Liverpool Cathedral, AV artist In Atoms will create an exclusive new installation, presented as a two-screen dialogue with an original musical score. Jayson Haebich’s installation explores the transformation of light by passing a laser through a special lens to break it into millions of component colours.

In Singing Mirror by Jack Wates and and Alex Mead, audiences will find themselves transformed in a series of projected kaleidoscopic patterns by a light and sound installation they can control by interacting with projected ‘mirrors’.

At the Albert Dock Tmesis Theatre present a highly visual and physical spectacle telling the story of human evolution.

Stanza is a site-specific light installation by artist John Elcock that will transform a device familiar to us in our daily encounters with the modern world into something altogether more enigmatic and less purposeful. Selected fragments of his published poetry will form the basis of the piece, in which a city street will become a place for poetry, reflection and illumination.

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