21 May 2021 5pm – Late

LightNight at Central Library

17:00 – 23:00

Liverpool Central Library

NB: This event is from our 2020 calendar.

Liverpool Central Library
William Brown Street
L3 8EW

0151 233 3069

Access info & map

Discover, Ground Floor

In Harmony (Family Friendly) 17:00

Launched in February 2009, In Harmony Liverpool uses orchestral music making to provide opportunities to the children of North Liverpool. Come and enjoy!

Flight Night 101 Workshop 17:00-22:00

Can over 100 birds be hatched and take wing over the course of an evening? For this ritual, using his Liverpool Liver Birds poetic picture book to guide him, artist Ali Harwood will begin by drawing the first bird featured on the front cover and continue – page by page – until feathered creature 101 is done. From the Somali ostrich to the marvellous spatuletail, these original works will be gifted to visitors during LightNight as part of the ceremony. In this family-friendly event, why not join in and draw your own winged creation, too?

Rubbish Shakespeare (Family Friendly) 18:00, 18:45 & 19:30

Fairies. Goblins. Donkeys. Water pistols?!? Mankind’s oldest rituals: courtship, marriage and the theatre itself are sent-up by Rubbish Shakespeare Company through three madcap pop-up scenes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This isn’t your granddaddy’s Shakespeare – this is Rubbish Shakespeare!

Liverpool Phoenix Voices (Family Friendly) 20:30

Aiming to dispel the myth that high quality singing has to be performed in a formal way. Liverpool Phoenix Voices show the various rituals choirs establish i.e. how they dress, or the process of coming onto stage. Enjoy the contrast of seeing the same pieces performed twice with different rituals.

Are ya dancin’? Coz we’re askin’! (Family Friendly) 21:05 — 22:30

Pick up some swing dance moves courtesy of Mersey Swing between 21:05 — 21:45 and you’ll be Lindy Hopping and doing the Charleston in no time! Then from 21:45 — 22:30 dance the night away to the biggest sounds from the hottest swing bands of the jazz era. Mersey Swing CIC run several classes each week celebrating the golden era of swing. merseyswing.com

Atrium, Ground Floor

Liverpool Community Choir (Family Friendly) 19:30 — 20:30

Performing again in one of their favourite venues with a new repetoire including ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Shallow’ and ‘One Day More’.

Dave and Danielle Flynn (Family Friendly) 20:30 — 21:30

Father and daughter duo performing songs about rituals in families and relationships.

Picton Reading Room, First Floor & Outside

Pachamama 20:00 — 21:30

A multi-disciplinary performance by LUMA Creations with street arts, circus, dance and music, Pachamama is a journey of redemption ending in a cleansing ritual that brings back the goodness of Mother Earth.

Pachamama has been in hiding since the earth began to crumble. Now the four elements Earth, Fire, Air and Water, represented by four performance groups, must reconnect.

20:00 — 20:45 Four elemental performance groups process from Picton Reading Room to their locations and stand prepared for Pachamama to call them to her altar – – Earth – Inside Central Library
– Fire – Outside the World Museum
– Air – St John’s Gardens
– Water – Steble Fountain

21:00 — 21:30 Pachamama calls the four groups to her altar outside Central Library for a final performance.

Performers from Freefall Circus, La Bomba Women Drummers, DrumClash, Makefest and many more are brought together by LUMA Creations in partnership with Liverpool Central Library.

PORTALS 20:30 — 23:00

A Portal has opened. A mysterious glowing disc appears in the grand Picton Reading Room, inviting people to play. PORTALS is a mesmerizing interactive experience for all ages and abilities, allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns through movement and colour.

Hornby Library, First Floor

Southport Strings (Family Friendly) 18:30 — 19:00 & 20:00 — 20:30

A sensational string collaboration performing folk music from the UK, Scandinavia and Europe.

Torquemada: In the Mind of the Inquisitor 21:00 — 22:00

Matteo Borrini, principal lecturer at LJMU and president of the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, will introduce you to the rituals and practice of medieval witchcraft, witch-hunting and Inquisition. An interactive show that will inform as well as providing a thrilling experience! Matteo Borrini’s Cabinet of Curiosities will be in the Oak Room from 18:00.

First Floor

Scottie Rd Writers 20:00 — 23:00

Scottie Road Writers bring to life original short stories & poems, based around this year’s theme of ‘ritual’. The readings promise to be both entertaining & thought provoking; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll wonder at the breadth of imagination of this talented group. ? ?

Fourth Floor

Not Just Arts Collective: Shadowplay 18:00 — 23:00

Liverpool’s Not Just Arts Collective host a night featuring a pop-up gallery, procession, storytelling, music, poetry and Morris dancing, exploring how in uncertain times we look to find new meanings in old symbols. An artwork will be created during the evening which will be ritually destroyed at 22:00.

Artists include Robert Harris, Eleanor Rees, Andy Johnson, Matthew Edwards, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Mal, Dino, Claire Rice, Sue Povall, Antoinette, Beatnik X and Heartsong Willow.