The free one-night arts & culture festival

Friday 19th May is our eighth annual LightNight. It’s the city’s one night arts festival – a time for visitors of all ages to come along and see the city in a new light. Come along and join in with everything from large-scale light projections and live music to workshops and spoken word, art, crafts and theatre, street performance, walking tours, dancing and late-opening exhibitions, with over 100 free events.

A city centre-wide culture crawl, LightNight sees venues large and small, old and new stay open late to celebrate the incredible arts and culture on offer in Merseyside. Each year tens of thousands of people take the opportunity to try something new; see something different; step out of their comfort zone; or just spend time with friends and family.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘time’; the past, present and future, memory and the world we live in, as well as the influence of time on art, philosophy and scientific discovery.

LightNight is part of Museums at Night, the national festival of arts & culture that sees cultural spaces around the UK open late into the night.

Festival guides are available here or at venues across the city centre. A full list can be found here.

About Open Culture

Open Culture is a Liverpool-based social enterprise that has been producing LightNight since 2010.

We aim help people to get involved in the arts, and provide platforms for artists and creative organisations to showcase what they do. We want to inspire people to create culture, develop people’s knowledge of – and access to – cultural events and activities; persuade new audiences that the arts are great; increase engagement; help cultural organisations and individuals to showcase and promote themselves, and facilitate partnerships and collaborations to maximise Merseyside’s cultural offer.

We also have a lot of other projects happening in the city that you may have been along to, or even involved in – the Summer and Winter Arts Markets, Tickle the Ivories and the Snowflake Trail, and projects like Happy Older People, amongst many others.