Festival Theme – ‘Home’

For LightNight 2020 we will consider Home as a concept, which could be explored through ideas about social identity, inequality, social exclusion and discrimination, human rights, psychogeography, the built environment, urbanism, Liverpool, community, displacement, migration, refugee experience, planet earth, biodiversity, climate change and environmental sustainability.

Everyone has a different experience of what Home means to them. Is home a pin on a map or does it exist in our hearts and minds?

The Earth nourishes and sustains humankind however, our survival very much depends on the state of the environment. With our fates so inextricably linked and both teetering on the edge of catastrophe, we must examine our often-indifferent relationship with our home planet.

Home is also the cities, town and villages where we live and the buildings within them. It’s the space where we sleep and keep our things, where we take care of ourselves and our families. We are connected to our home through memories, objects and familiarity: it is an intimate topography of the self. It’s a place of safety and security, where we can truly be ourselves and put down roots.

How does our home environment shape us? As younger generations reject traditional notions of home and family, whether through choice or necessity, what does the home of the future look like?

With homelessness in England rising and an enormous number of people around the world fleeing conflict, poverty and fighting oppression, we ask what does Home mean to those displaced and forced to seek refuge in new and unknown geographies?

Home isn’t just a physical dwelling with a lock on the door. Feeling at home is a sense of belonging. Communities, both real life and online, are built around common values and shared identities; creating a sense of connection to others, where you are valued and cared for. However, these social constructs also build invisible walls, dividing people and marginalising those of us that aren’t perceived as ‘fitting in’. We might have a house, but we might not feel at home; socially, culturally or even in our own body.

People can easily become marginalised based on superficial or cultural differences. We come up against barriers to feeling like we belong, and in our search for community, whether through homelessness, discrimination based on age, race, religion disability, gender, or sexuality or mental health. In the face of these barriers, we ask – where is home?