21 May 2021 5pm – Late

We’re so excited to announce the first part of this year’s LightNight programme – our seven new commissions!

All responding to the festival theme of ‘ritual’, this year’s artists are covering everything from dancing to death, marriage to memorials, looking at personal and cultural rituals from across the globe and closer to home. We’ve also got an incredible new venue, as one of the works will transform the underground of Moorfields train station into an immersive sound and light installation.

We’ll be revealing the programme in its entirety on 16 April, but in the meantime you can order your festival guide or merch packs from our shop. All sales of festival guides go towards supporting the festival and keeping our events free!

And don’t forget to let us know you’re coming (and invite your friends) at the official Facebook event page here.

Híbridos: The Spirits of Brazil – Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon 

Filmmakers Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon have been researching rituals across Brazil for the past four years. For LightNight, they’re showing the results of this research with Híbridos: The Spirits of Brazil, an immersive multi-screen film installation at Victoria Gallery & Museum.The film explores the world of these diverse sacred ceremonies, breaking down the distance between viewer and subject and guiding us through a realm of movement, dance and pulsating music.

Ad Finitum: The Invisible Choir — Rory Ballantyne

In the Lady Chapel at Liverpool Cathedral, composer and musician Rory Ballantyne presents an atmospheric concert of new choral arrangements that will take you on a journey through uplifting and emotional pop, rock, ancient folk, classical and experimental music that explores ideas around death and dying. The concert is followed by a Death Café, where everyone is welcome to share their thoughts and perspectives on death in a friendly setting – with cake!

Bido100 and Merseyrail present RITUAL 2.0 

Set in the subterranean tunnels of Moorfields Station, RITUAL 2.0 is a large-scale audio-visual installation, developed by artist Sam Wiehl with an accompanying soundtrack mix by Forest Swords. Marking the launch of bido100! the project encourages us to consider a creative future based on Artificial Intelligence.

The Great British Baraat — Movema & Bombay Baja Brass Band

Milapfest and Movema join forces for a joyous celebration of the ritual of Indian marriage, the Baarat; an exuberant outdoor wedding ritual culminating in a Milni, the meeting of two families. In a unique mass street-dance take on this ritual Movema, local dancers and Milap favourite the Bombay Baja Brass Band will meet on Church Street and combine what they do best – music and dance!

Demolition Memorial Keepsake — anti-cool

Liverpool based Japanese artist anti-cool presents a multi-screen video and sculpture installation at Bluecoat exploring memorial objects. Inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, anti-cool has staged ceremonial burnings of objects that hold negative memories, brought forward by local people, and will present the personal histories behind these chosen objects on the night.

The Peaks & Troughs of Modern Rituals — Richie Moment

Richie Moment’s new light sculptures, installed on the East Portico Steps of St George’s Hall, are shrines to the popular culture we gobble up on a daily basis. Whilst their bright colours celebrate convenience food, celebrity and the days of TV on demand, they also hide a darker meaning: How much of a good thing is too much of a good thing?

Donna Summer Fever — Projectile Vomit

Be part of a modern-day pagan ritual at Constellations, as Liverpool artist group Projectile Vomit marking seven years since the passing of disco queen Donna Summer. Their audio-visual shrine acts as a focus for our collective disco energies and induce ‘Donna Summer Fever’ to appease Donna, guarantee good weather in the months ahead and a bountiful harvest for 2019.