21 May 2021 5pm – Late

Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) is a multi strand program based at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. YEP encourages the young people who have joined this important and valuable scheme to see theatre in a new light by asking them to create many exciting experiences for different audiences.

For LightNight this year three YEP performers present Playful, three pieces of spoken word they have specially created exploring the playful things we miss from our childhood. It feels like play has been missing from all our lives for the last year, so the YEP members have chosen to look at ‘the joy, the exploration, the love, the creativity and the stories we imagine from nowhere as we play.’

Since its launch in 2012, YEP has provided opportunities for young people aged 14-25, no matter their circumstances. Most of YEP’s work is devised and has a political edge with shows including ‘Until They Kick us Out’, ‘The Environmentalists’ and ‘Crowd’. YEP young people are encouraged to put their voice into the world and really say what they want to say. They have recently performed scripted pieces such as ‘Road’ by Jim Cartwright and ‘Animal Farm’ at the Everyman Theatre. Previous YEP members are now applying to drama schools, bidding for funding for their own projects, gaining employment within the industry and joining with other groups locally and nationally to programme and create work. They’re the theatre makers of the future!

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

 

Image credit: Photograph by Brian Roberts

 

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LUX

Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

 

We invite you to play The Game. Choose to play a part or become a spectator. Choose to be a policeman, a politician, a criminal or a migrant.

This is a chance to play, to explore your beliefs, express ideas and reposition yourself in our capsule society.

Your challenge is to move around the board and play your role with honesty and integrity.

We challenge you through play to imagine the role of the other. Inspired by Augusto Boal’s forum theatre The Game, seeks to motivate and create an authentic space for dialogue, reflection and action, and all whilst having fun!

The Game was created and is presented by photographer and fine artist Ruth Dillon

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly
Age guidance: 12+

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

 

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Paint The Sky

Roll up, roll up for the Greatest Show on Great George Street. For one night only, step into a world of wonder, astonishment and fun for all the family. Join The Black-E Youth Circus and Mersey Swing for an evening of interactive Swingin’ Circus splendour.

18:00 Youth Circus Performance
18:30 Circus Workshop
19:15 Youth Circus and Mersey Swing Performance
19:30 Mersey Swing Charleston Taster
20:30 Mersey Swing Charleston Taster

The Black-E Youth Circus is a friendly, vibrant group, based in the Black-E’s wonderful main space. Sessions are a mixture of tutor-led teaching and independent learning. Our emphasis is on learning circus in a respectful, safe environment, with plenty of fun thrown in.

Mersey Swing CIC is a Social Enterprise based in The Black-E and is passionate about sharing the joy, excitement, and creativity of swing dancing. We focus on creating a positive, fun-filled and welcoming atmosphere where you can meet new people and learn some new dance moves along the way.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

Play, it’s how we make sense of the world. The Lantern Writers are delighted to be back for LightNight with Play Up, a selection of fun sized plays, performed live at the fabulous St. Luke’s Bombed out Church.

Think of the word play and what do you see? Is it a playground? A football pitch? Or maybe even a bedroom…. And what do you feel? Joy? Camaraderie? Or maybe you’re looking for revenge! Let us take you on a journey to all these places, because after all, play isn’t just for children.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults only
Age guidance: 14+

Social Media

Twitter: @lantern_writers
Facebook: @Lanternwriters2019
Instagram: @lanternwritersliv

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LUX

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

For LightNight 2021, Focal Studios, DefProc Engineering, Urban Workbench and Everyman & Playhouse Theatres have come together to create an original, interactive projection-mapped game called LUX specially created for St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out Church’.

LUX is an immersive augmented reality game and art installation that responds to the theme of Play by giving LightNight visitors the chance to interact with one of the city’s most iconic cultural venues through multi-sensory play.

Inside a futuristic control pod inspired by classic 80s sci-fi and retro-futuristic games, players will use contactless gesture controls to play with a wondrous virtual machine integrated into the architecture of St Luke’s tower, seeing the building come alive with light and energy as they progress. Racing against the clock, LUX will challenge players to apply creative problem solving skills in response to a dynamic environment, seeing how even mistakes and failure can lead to discovery and wonder. Each interaction with the projected visuals will reward the player with entrancing multi-sensory feedback through light, wind and bass generators inside the pod, offering a truly unique experience where they become the artist, controller and performer for the gathered audience.

This fully accessible and larger-than-life experience will leave a lasting impact on audiences and make users examine the role of immersive and augmented reality gaming in the physical world.

You can come along to watch, or book a ticket to play LUX yourself.

Player slots and audience capacity is limited due to COVID restrictions.

WARNING: This installation may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children
Age guidance: 5+

Social Media

Twitter: @focalstudiosltd
Facebook: @focalstudiosltd @stlukesbombedoutchurch
Instagram: @focalstudiosltd

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Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

When the writers of the Everyman Panto heard they were postponed in 2020, they decided to write something completely different. Something that would give them a challenge whilst remaining true to their unique style and ridiculously stupid brand of humour. So they wrote a comedy musical!

With Panto regulars, Adam Keast, Steph Hockley and Danny Burns on board, they set about writing songs that would make you laugh and rock your pants off. Based on a swashbuckling romp of an adventure that will have you poised on the edge of your seats “The Show Must Go On!’ a rocked up comedy musical promises a laughs a plenty.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly
Age guidance: 8+

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LUX

Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Playful

An interactive performance led by artist Abbie Bradshaw, using hula-hooping as a choreographic display focusing largely on the body, its movement, and how we move together.

Loosely directed by the artist, using audience participation to allow the relationship between the body and the object to remain spontaneous and natural. Abbie aims to engage the audience to take part in forming a symbiotic display with a similar aesthetic to a 1980s workout video. She uses sounds, body movement and objects to challenge our movements within the everyday.

You are invited to come along and watch, or take part in each of the 15-minute performances, which involves only hula-hooping led by the artist, in a group of 6 people working together to form a choreographic performance. This requires no expertise in using a hula-hoop but a general interest in using your body and objects as a tool.  There are 6 places for each session available, please book your place in advance. The performances will be filmed.

Session one 16:15 – 16:30
Session two 17:10 – 17:25
Session three 19:35 – 19:50

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults

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LUX

Play Up

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

 

Join Liverpool’s big mouth scouse singing sensation Filla Crack and some of the most stunning Drag Performers in the UK who will play, interact and delight the night away. Just outside Lush on Church Street we’ll have banging and energetic pop-up kikis. You’re all invited to come play!

During the day artist and designer Leo Soph Welton will be taking over the Lush store windows with a Homotopia mural, and what it says and looks like is decided by you! Visit Homotopia’s social media and send in your ideas around LGBTQIA visibility and identity in our city and Leo will react to your thoughts with some fabulous artwork.

Also, pop into the largest Lush in the world for more fun and a whole host of in store activities with a live DJ and our Lush players keeping the party going. There’s plenty to do, whether you fancy a coffee with a Queen in the Lush coffee shop, have your heart set on getting your make up done by one of Lush’s in store make-up artists or want to send a bath bomb down the newly installed bath bomb run. There’s something to satisfy all of your senses.

Can’t make it in person? At 20:45 a Premiere of Queer The City: Drag Cabaret will be broadcast on the Homotopia YouTube channel.

A Homotopia and LightNight Co-commission, supported by LUSH and Liverpool BID Company.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media

Twitter: @HomotopiaFest
Facebook: @LGBT.festival.liverpool
Instagram: @homotopiafest

Artists gathered in this venue employ different viewpoints and organisms to question, disrupt and explore what a human can be against a ‘neutral’ and universal designation.

Some of the artists explore ways in which our bodies are fluid, porous and interdependent – be it natural or artificial. Others confront historical corporeal constructions by amplifying experiences of those who have other bodies often located in a space of lack, in a place of disadvantage and subordination. But all call for an urgent need to re-think what a human is – dismantling structures that inflict violence upon those whose humanity is valued differently because of their race, gender, sexuality, or abilities.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

Image credit: Jenna Sutela, Magma, 2019. Photo: Moderna Museet

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

Exploring the possibilities of play as creativity, Despite the Monkey invites you to join us in Liverpool Town Hall or online, as we enlist your help in constructing a digital mural of the city’s skyline.

Have fun colouring and decorating your own individual online tile as you help us grow our stunning panoramic image of Liverpool over the course of the night.

Take part by visiting us in Liverpool Town Hall’s majestic Council Chamber where we’ll be projecting the mural, or by going online and designing your own tile from wherever you may be.

This is a playful, visually spectacular experience for all ages. Make sure to check out our livestream on the night to see our progression in real time.

To take part just turn up or click here to play online.

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

Social Media

Twitter: @despite_monkey
Facebook: @despitethemonkey
Instagram: @despitethemonkey

 

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The Game

The artists gathered in this venue question what we consider a body to be and what it might mean to be human. Ostensibly, a straightforward notion – yet our answers are often drawn from an historical Western assumption of the body as that of a white heterosexual male.

‘Universal’ understandings such as this structurally shape the way we think of bodies, and humans – often in binary terms. For example, the body is often understood as a border between the internal self and the external world.

Dualisms such as mind/body are integrated into the fabric of Western thinking, making it difficult to imagine experience outside of these constraints. Another example is the opposition between male/female and associated stereotypes, where a female’s identity is often regarded as more entangled in her bodily existence – more biological and less rational. These characteristics are also attributed to colonised and racialised bodies. The fact is, however, that humans imagine and experience the nature, limits and capacities of the human body – and its relation to the self – in extremely diverse ways.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Kathleen Ryan, Mother of Pearl, 2019. Photo: Jack Spicer Adams

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

Join the Windsor Street happenings and explore all the ways you can play! Katumba will kick start the evening with surprising pop up outdoor performances displaying their explosion of rhythmic revelry with Brazilian drums, spectacular choreography and a colossal sound setting Windsor street ablaze!

Carnival is all about bringing out your inner child, exploring joys in all different ways you feel called to: play along with the band (they’ll teach you how using body percussion), let your body be taken by their beat, and maybe even get creative with decorating yourself carnival style. All welcome!

Katumba Bloco is North West’s largest carnival drum ensemble, celebrating diversity and multiculturalism through music, movement and visuals. Katumba Drumming & Movement  brings people together, improving health and wellbeing through music and movement practices and developing local, national and international connections.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media

Twitter: @katumbabloco
Facebook: @katumbadrumming
Instagram: @katumbadrumming

Heavy Gardening is a new trail of seven art works, running from Wood Street to Wapping Dock, produced by artist Andrew Merritt of Something & Son, in partnership with dot-art, Open Eye Gallery and First Take, as part of Liverpool City Council’s Urban GreenUP project which seeks to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.

Andrew has transformed seven small pieces of public infrastructure and human engineering to make them useful habitats for other species. Through this playful approach to urban design, we can create city habitats that encourage biodiversity to the area and even reintroduce species that may have been lost.

First Take worked with local communities to produce seven short films, accessed by QR codes, showcasing nature-based artworks, green interventions and encouraging local people to talk about the benefits of greening their environment.

Join us at the start of the trail outside FACT to find out more about urban wildlife with the RSPB, pick up a map and start your self-led journey.

Find the trail map at: www.dot-art.co.uk/heavy-gardening

Photowalks at 17:00 or 19:00

If you’d prefer a guided trail, you can book onto a guided Photowalk with Open Eye Gallery’s Andy Yates. Andy will take you between the seven art installations, inviting you to capture the trail and take part in a series of photography challenges.

Photowalks take place at 17:00 and 19:00. There are 12 free places available on each photowalk, booking is essential.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly
Age guidance: 16+ for photowalk, self guided tour open to all ages

Social Media

Twitter: @dotart
Facebook: @dotart
Instagram: @dotartliverpool

More Heavy Gardening events:

Online Discussion – Heavy Gardening: A Cross Sector Approach to the Green Agenda

The Peter Macaulay exhibition in our elegant Cook Street gallery moves between representational and abstract paintings with Pollack-like streaks and splashes compared to the more elegant works inspired by Egon Schiele’s drawings.

The strong graphics contrast with the stark background of others and absurdity is a frequent theme, with, for example, an image produced with house paint and tea. Many are left without explanation and appear both unfinished yet resolved.

Above all there is a sense of Joie de vivre and a celebration of wit and sensitivity which is all true of Macaulay himself!

Exhibition runs until June 12th.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Girl Round the Pool 3 Oil on canvas by Peter Macaulay

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

In the 19th century Liverpool emerged as central to the cotton trade and by the early 20th century it held the largest single stock of cotton in the world. This former Cotton Exchange is symbolic of this moment in the city’s economy and societal history; the building is explicitly and integrally tied to a time when wealth and economic prosperity depended upon enforced movement of people, enslavement, trade and labour.

The works gathered here address the long-term impacts of the mass and forced dispersion of African people in different American contexts: Colombia, Brazil and the United States. They do so in a number of different ways – from critical viewpoints of the effects of racialisation of humans as a tool for domination, through to building forms of resistance and empowerment across borders.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

 

Image credit: Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd, Grito – Las Brisas de Febrero (video still), 2021. Courtesy of the artists

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

FACT invites you to explore the galleries after hours, with a chance to see new immersive artworks as part of Liverpool Biennial as well as a collection of new and recent works by Liverpool-based artist, Kiara Mohamed.

In Gallery 1, experience Black Obsidian Sound System’s (B.O.S.S) new installation Collective Hum (2021), a club-like space of collective pleasure and healing, or in Gallery 2, encounter Bo Zheng’s sensual examination of queerness through the use of plants and natural landscapes.

Don’t miss artist and filmmaker Kiara Mohamed’s solo exhibition Soft Boys in Foyer Gallery, which comprises a collection of intimate short films exploring what it means to be human through intersections of race, gender, sexuality and self-care. To celebrate the reopening and welcome you back, FACT will present streamed DJ sets by members of B.O.S.S across the galleries and building.

For those who aren’t ready to visit yet or who are unable to, you can also watch the streams live on FACT Liverpool’s Mixcloud page to enjoy the mix from the comfort of their own home.

Watch the B.O.S.S. live stream on https://www.mixcloud.com/live/fact_liverpool/

Heavy Gardening by Something & Son

On LightNight, FACT will launch Heavy Gardening – a new trail of seven art works, running from Wood Street to Wapping Dock, produced by artist Andrew Merritt of Something & Son, in partnership with dot-artOpen Eye Gallery and First Take, as part of Liverpool City Council’s Urban GreenUP project which seeks to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.

Transforming small pieces of public infrastructure to make them useful for other species, Heavy Gardening is based on the idea of ‘gardening the city’. The installations will use tools and equipment usually reserved for human-centric infrastructure, such as billboards and drainage, to create space and shelter for other species.

The URBAN Greenup project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 730426

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

The Bluecoat Display Centre presents new displays including ceramics by Attila Olah, Emma Rodgers and Jacob Chan, glass by Verity Pulford, mixed media by Michael Brennand-Wood, metalwork by Ruth Ball and wood by Hugh Miller. Many of these maker’s work will also be shown in new displays in the Craft and Design Gallery at the Walker Art Gallery and the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum throughout 2021.

You can join Samantha Rhodes – Director of the Bluecoat Display Centre – in conversation with exhibiting artists, online on LightNight:

Attila Olah in conversation

For LightNight 2021, Samantha Rhodes continues her series of recorded conversations with local makers from their studios. Attila Olah is a local ceramicist whose work explores the power of the vessel: over thousands of years, through association with birth, nourishment, ritual, celebration and death, the vessel has become deeply rooted in the human psyche. He runs Altar Pottery, a progressive ceramics studio based in John Archer Hall, Toxteth. Watch Attila’s short film, ‘Ice Motion’, here.

Jacob Chan in conversation

For LightNight 2021, Samantha Rhodes continues her series of recorded conversations with local makers from their studios. Jacob Chan is a local emerging ceramicist. His work is heavily based around his cultural background and heritage. Being half Chinese and half English his ceramics take inspiration from traditional Chinese shapes and forms, whilst the surfaces are heavily decorated in slips and oxides that contain other raw materials such as sand, slate and broken pottery collected from around the coastlines and mountain ranges of Britain. Jacob was a finalist in the 2019 series of the Great Pottery Throw-down on Channel 4.

Emma Rhodes in conversation

For LightNight 2021, Samantha Rhodes continues her series of recorded conversations with local makers from their studios. Emma Rodgers is a local ceramic artist who creates sculptural works which explore “confrontation, energy, curiosity [and the] essence of a moment” and are indicative of the very nature of the animals she depicts. Recently Emma has started to experiment with bronze, as she feels clay can not sustain the demands of some of her ideas in terms of strength and durability.

Age guidance: Young children should be accompanied by an adult

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

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Join us for an evening of fun on and around Bluecoat Platform – our new sculpture designed by Simon & Tom Bloor in collaboration with children from our Out of the Blue children’s programme.

Experience a range of family activities suitable for all ages around the sculpture come and get loud and colourful with us! There’ll also be an opportunity to build your own miniature Platform to take home with you. We’ll also have activities available online, just in case you aren’t joining us in person!

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children
Age guidance:  Ages 5-11

Image Credit: Plan for Bluecoat Platform. Image courtesy Simon & Tom Bloor

More at Bluecoat:

LightNight at Bluecoat

Join us at Bluecoat for food and drinks from our cafe – served in our city-centre garden oasis, and a special late-night opening of our current exhibition, part of Liverpool Biennial.

Book your ticket to avoid disappointment using the button below.

Take a look in our galleries where we have Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. The 11th edition is titled The Stomach and the Port.

The artists exhibiting at Bluecoat acknowledge the intimate connections between humans and nature. Vibrant abstract paintings by Jadé Fadojutimi explore how bodies and nature are in constant flux. Mesmeric documentary style films by Laura Huertas Millán and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, together with intricate sculptural works by Roland Persson, Kathleen Ryan and André Romão point to new ways of connecting with the natural world.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image: Roland Persson, Mouth of Medusa, 2018

More at Bluecoat:

Bluecoat Platform

 

Play along with Tickle The Ivories at Liverpool ONE this LightNight!

Tickle is back on Friday 21 May for the 11th year running. The much-loved piano festival will fill the streets of Liverpool ONE with music again, starting on LightNight with surprise pop up performances.

You’ll also have the chance to try your hand at playing the pianos, or perform the songs you’ve been practicing during lockdown. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, our pianos are available to anyone to play freely.

Tickle The Ivories will run until 1 August with more performances to be announced and, as always, will be open to anyone who wishes to book a busking slot or just turn up and play!

Visit www.liverpool-one.com/events/tickle to find out more.

For LightNight ROAD Studios Director Tony Knox will be collaborating with ROAD members and guest artists to produce the latest issue of the Mothman comic book, giving an insight into the dysfunctional life of the Mothman.

As he stumbles throughout different ages in history, his tales become interwoven within folklore, this cryptid being bringing misfortune in the most haphazard of ways.

Individual pages will be shown as a series of large-scale posters displayed in various outdoor locations across the city centre as part of LightNight 2021 which you can see from 19th May until 3rd June 2021. A map of the poster locations can be viewed here.

ROAD Studios is an artist led organisation that has served as a creative hub within the heart of Liverpool since 2012.

Mothman #4 will feature the work of Tony Knox, Helios Bernal Alcantarilla, Eoin Flynn, Robert Flynn, Kirsten Hawkins, Lauren Masterson, Louis Jeck-Prestidge, Sasha Spyrou, Lo Tierney, Tomo and Andy Wolfenden.

See the artwork across poster sites in the city whilst you’re on your LightNight trail!

Social Media

Twitter: @road_studios
Facebook: @RoadStudios
Instagram: @road_studios

 

Fly across the city of Liverpool with the Liver birds, Bertie and Bella, as our feathered friends take to the skies in a spectacular journey to find each other and help save their home.

Despite the Monkey presents a new digital spectacle about family and what it means to find your way home. Taking place upon Liverpool’s beautiful Playhouse theatre stage, Home Birds is a theatrical experience that combines digital projection, spoken word and musical performance, developed by Despite the Monkey (and friends). Fly across the city of Liverpool with the Liver birds, Bertie and Bella, as our feathered friends take to the skies in a spectacular journey to find one another and help save their home. Featuring a mesmerising flock of virtually generated Liver birds (created by members of the Toxteth/L8 community) we invite audiences to join us on an adventure unlike any other, as the mighty city of Liverpool rises.

Age guidance 5+

 

Everton, Tranmere and Liverpool,

You’ve got me screamin’ and a roarin’

When we see you scorin’

Everton, Tranmere and Liverpool…

With pop up performances at Central Station and James Street Station

Football is a thread that spans cultures, religion, gender, race, age. There is a huge cross-sectional love for the game and the unique fan culture that sits alongside it, passed down from generation to generation. Football has a particularly strong presence on Merseyside, with three clubs – Liverpool Everton and Tranmere Rovers – in just a six-mile radius. These clubs provide fans with a focal point for their hopes and dreams, a sense of identity, community and strong connection to home.

Foto Octo and Merseyrail present an exciting new series of performances bringing together fans of Everton, Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers; taking their songs away from the terraces and representing them anew in the tunnels of Moorfields station and around the Loop Line. Home Game celebrates the inventiveness, creativity and brilliance of the fans. Join in and sing along!

In its purest form football represents honesty, integrity and solidarity. It is synonymous with the people of Liverpool.

Note: Level access via Moorfields off Dale Street.

Our Rituals, Your Rituals: Youth Circus, Workshops, Films and Exhibitions

Roll up, roll up! Drop in for circus workshops  – all ages and abilities are welcome! The Black-E Youth Circus will perform at 6pm and 7.30pm. You’re invited to enjoy the shows, try your hand at circus skills such as unicycle, diabolo, spinning plates and aerial hoop and to share your smallest or biggest life rituals!

Exhibitions
5pm – 10pm

In the Black-E Gallery you can watch special short film screenings All In The Games and And On The Eighth Day (15 minutes, looping throughout the night), visit our new exhibition This is the News! and permanent exhibitions:

Voices from the Song of Songs: Judy Chicago

A series of 12 paired prints by Judy Chicago, on display in Liverpool, with a contextual exhibition of her life’s work in the arts to date. The series is based upon  Marcia Falk’s translation of Biblical love songs and explores  mutuality of desire and a shared enjoyment of sexual pleasure.

The Games of Art

The Games of Art exhibition presents a selection of imaginative artworks created over the last 40 years of ‘Artful Games’; and texts explaining the nature and philosophy behind the art of ‘creative and cooperative’ games : ‘Absolute freedom within very definite limits’. This follows a principle that Paul Taylor, American Choreographer once explained as : ‘give yourself a set of simple limitations and do the best you can’.

Young, Gifted and On Track

Celebrating forty years of the Black-E, the exhibition researches the lives of dozens of Black-E ‘alumni/ae’ (former youthful participants, volunteers and apprentices), to create an extended exhibition of the youth of the past to inspire the youth of the present. The project aims to identify the impact that The Black-E has had on alumnae, paying particular attention to their potential as role models for young people currently in our community.

Join Liverpool based indie press Dead Ink Books for an evening of creative rituals with author & academic Naomi Booth and graphic & brand designer Luke Bird.

The first part of the evening will be a talk, ‘The Writer’s Rituals’, in which Naomi will explore her writing processes in creating her stunning dystopian novel Sealed. This will be followed by ‘Conversations of the Cover Design’, a discussion between Naomi and graphic designer, Luke Bird, who’ll explore the rituals in designing the new cover for Naomi’s novel, which will be reissued in July this year.

The evening will finish with Luke’s ‘Artistic Rituals’, an interactive seminar exploring his processes in designing best-selling book covers, such as Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant and the Man Booker Prize winning Milkman by Anna Burns. There will be plenty of time throughout the evening to ask Noami and Luke questions, enjoy some refreshments and socialise. There will also be copies of Dead Ink’s books for sale.

Tickets for each talk are free but limited, get yours at deadinkbooks.com We look forward to seeing you there!

There is a misconception that singing is a gift you either have or don’t have. This is sometimes true, but there is also a process that enables most people to increase their physical awareness when singing and through practice, their ability to improve.

For Jennifer John, singing is a spiritual experience as well as a vehicle to entertain. It’s a process of connection to self and others that can create a joyfully intense, yet liberating experience that leaves a feeling of increased happiness and energy that is visceral and emotional. It resonates throughout bodies and heightens our feel good experience.

This 30 minute workshop will provide you with the basic tools to be able to experience some of this physical / vocal preparation in a safe and fun environment. You will learn some simple exercises together and create a unique vocal ‘jam’ that will leave you feeling exhilarated and more focused.

Booking essential; book your free place via email to jennifer@jenniferjohn.co.uk

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

Workshops last 30 min. All participants must be 11+ and accompanied by an adult if under 16.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Liverpool Arabic Centre invite visitors to drop into a traditional Arabic ‘Living Room’.

Food and hospitality forms a significant part of Arabic culture; the ritual of communal eating is vital to traditional and religious ceremonies and events across the Middle East. Arab recipes, food and culinary traditions help to preserve cultures, while often connecting Arabs living abroad to home. These simple daily rituals are a pillar of everyday life. For some cultures, these actions are a form of resistance in the face of war and displacement.

Creating an atmosphere of traditional Arab hospitality, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival will share traditional Arab music, dress, storytelling and Yemeni biscuits and tea with visitors until 20:30. This informal and welcoming atmosphere will celebrate the differences, but most importantly the commonalities, between domestic life in Western and Middle Eastern cultures through the most basic of human rituals.

You’ll also be able to find out more about Liverpool Arab Arts Festival’s exciting 2019 festival programme!

Gather on the dancefloor of intimate new space Kazimier Stockroom and be taken on an improvised meditative journey.

Drawing on elements of techno and jazz, Kazimier in-house band Dogshow perform with a variety of special guests, utilising the tools of repetition, sequencing and sacred tones to help induce a trance-like state in party-goers. Join the Micro Ritual!

Space is limited; book your free ticket via Skiddle.

A very limited number of tickets for this event will be available on the night to Garden guests (for a small donation).

Wanderers of LightNight are invited to converge at L1’s original botanical DIY wonderland.

Find haven in this spiritual home. Partake in traditional Kazimier rites and customs – fireside revitalisation specially soundtracked by resident Kazimier DJs and accompanied by ceremonial sustenance and divine imbibements.

Micro Rituals with Dogshow runs 22:00—02:00 in the Stockroom at Kazimier Garden. Gather on the dancefloor of intimate new space Kazimier Stockroom and be taken on an improvised meditative journey.

OUTPUT gallery works exclusively with creatives from or based in Merseyside. OUTPUT OPEN is an annual group exhibition that brings together different artists all operating in the local art scene. They represent a cross-section of styles, forms and intentions in their art making.

Do you check your phone first thing in the morning? What is the first app you open when you wake up? Technology has embedded its way into our lives and daily rituals as we become surrounded by constant noise, images, comments and followers.

Drop into the Learning Space at FACT and map out your own digital rituals. Can we come together to create a map of the internet? We’ll be looking at female and non-binary territories, from historical temples built to worship goddesses, to modern rituals of ‘liking’ and ‘following’.

All aboard The Nightbus for an evening of unforgettable stories, frolics and glitter! Join FACT for a storytime like no other, read aloud by The Nightbus. Storytelling for children and adults alike, drop in with your family and enjoy a series of stories inspired by fairy tales with empowering characters that will turn archetypes on their head.

The Nightbus is a performer and theatre-maker based in London and the Northwest. A Muslim by birth and mind, The Nightbus interrogates society’s capacity to accept and champion queer identity, race and religion through the media of drag, storytelling and spoken word, taking advantage of the rising popularity of such art forms to at first disarm audiences with effortless glamour before presenting stories about harmony and shared experience.

 

Join ROOT-ed for a zine-making workshop and re-write your own story! We’ll be exploring archetypes and narratives, from fairy tales to everyday life. ROOT-ed (Revolution of our time) is a self-published zine that aims to promote, support and inspire creative people of colour within the North West of England.

 

Draw your own character and add it to a collaborative mural which will grow throughout LightNight! Take inspiration from FACT’s new Learning Space mural by artist Laura Callaghan and create your own visual story. The new mural, which is Callaghan’s largest work to date, takes centre stage within FACT and is filled fearless characters of all ages, ethnicities, genders and body types. Come and make your mark on a new mural inside The Box at FACT and watch it come to life in Ropewalks Square as we live stream the progress for all to see on Bold Street.

Explore our pop-up exhibition Arrival City, which presents a portrait of Liverpool, and more specifically Toxteth, as a city of immigration. Come and learn more about the project, and share your own stories and experiences to become part of this collaborative archive.

 

Liverpool’s historic status as an important port city makes it one of the most unique ‘arrival cities’ in the UK, with many layers of history still making up the identities of people who have lived here for generations. This past has influenced the architectural character of the city – we walk through streets named after celebrated anti-abolitionists and past grand buildings paid for by slave-traders. One of the questions Arrival City asks is: how does the past affect the people’s way of life in Liverpool?

Explore FACT’s galleries after hours and discover the evocative works of Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

 

Using technology and classic tropes of fairy tale storytelling, both artists create artworks that are alluring and repelling, sensual and troubling.With work reaching across more than 40 years, the powerful films and installation on display presents strikingly different forms of visual storytelling.

In Gallery 1, Beckman uses imagery, style and language of early computer games – as well as the rigid structures and rules of gaming – to examine the perceived need for women to adhere to societal norms in order to achieve what is expected of them. Upstairs in Gallery 2, Simnett’s visceral language combines mythology and surgery to create tales of morality. Themes of corruption and innocence depict illness and disease, commenting on gender divides in our cultures.

Exhibition continues until Sunday 16 June. Enjoy free exhibition entry all year round.

Tea is an intrinsic part of the tradition of many countries the world over; not only a rich part of heritage and national identity, but a valuable part of our day-to-day lives. Join The Garden by LEAF in exploring all things tea!

The reasons we love loose leaves are vast – increased health benefits, their high quality, intense flavours, distinct characteristics, and the freedom to mix and blend to our hearts’ content. There’ll be lots to get involved with, exploring tea rituals, experimenting with your own tea blends, and even creating artwork with the wonderful stuff.

Playing a key part in moments of comfort, community, celebration and catharsis, the process of making and enjoying tea is as much ritual as it is routine. Take part in discussions and workshops around tea rituals, tea blending and the perfect cuppa, and take the opportunity to get artistic with both the leaves and brew of some of our more vibrant teas.

Eat, drink, socialise, relax, watch, listen and discover in the church gardens. With a wide selection of fabulous food and drink vendors including Perfect Samosa, Cake Up North, The Bhaji Box, Sutikku, Derby House, Fritto, Picnic, Prosecco & Champagne Bar plus real ale, local beers and more!

Back by popular demand, there’ll be a range of live music through the night:

16:00 — 19:00 Open Mic

19:00 SOSO Choir

20:00 Liverpool Show Choir

21:00 Isabelle Tarran

The ritual of breaking bread with friends and family is very important as it not only nourishes us both physically and emotionally but it draws people together.

Sharing plates of food gives everyone the chance to taste something new, bringing people together in a new shared experience. How food is presented is also very important in how we experience it, the rituals surrounding the meal and the company at the table with us.

Recent graduate Natalie Moon, an exhibitor in current exhibition New Makers will talk about her contemporary ceramics that challenge our perception of ‘the plate’ and how it is used. Natalie uses her beautiful ceramics to enhance and reinterpret the ritual sharing of food, by creating separate components that can be used in various different ways, making it an interactive experience where the user decides the function and the set.

Natalie will be joined by Peter Kinsella, chef and owner of Lunya and Lunyalita, the fabulous Catalonian deli, restaurant and bar in Liverpool and Manchester. Peter will share his passion for Catalonian and Spanish food, and reveal how he makes his delicious pinchos- small snacks that are typically served in Spanish bars -perfect for sharing.

Booking essential, please call 0151 709 4014.

An evening of art, music and creative rituals.

18:00 – 21:00

Family activities are the perfect place for little artists and their grown-ups to get creative. The range of visual art-inspired activities explore Bluecoat’s Five Creative Ways, which include Using Your Imagination; Investigating; Teamwork; Keep Trying and Never Give Up, and Grow as an Artist.

Remember to get a selfie with one of the giant arty props to remember the night by!

Demolition Memorial Keepsake (LightNight Commission) 17:00 – 22:00

A stunning and evocative multi-screen video installation and series of sculpture pieces which explore memory through ritual. Created by Liverpool artist anti cool, the work is the outcome of a series of workshops held with people from around Liverpool. In these workshops anti cool explored the idea of special objects of memory which may evoke sadness or negative feelings in their owners, the funeral and ceremony practices of various cultures and countries and ultimately the ritual cremation of some of these objects.

Take a break from the LightNight trail in the relaxed atmosphere of Bluecoat’s secret garden, and enjoy live music performances and DJ sets. Refuel at the outdoor bar and barbecue, and grab some great food for all the family prepared fresh by the Bluecoat kitchen.

North End Writers presents poet Pauline Rowe’s Insane Places: rituals, recovery and rhyme – new writing about the stigma and exclusion associated with mental illness through the story of Victorian journalist, Nellie Bly; poetry that explores how the known world and familiar places can become hostile at times of distress and vulnerability.

New writing – poems, stories and reflections on ritual in experience, memory and every day life from North End Writers, a Liverpool based education charity that promotes the joy of creative writing for everyone.

NEW love being part of the creative energy and community spirit of LightNight and being inspired by the theme to produce new work.

Founded in 1797 by famous Liverpool figures including Roscoe and Case, for two centuries the Athenaeum has played host to the rituals of friends meeting and exchanging information. Home to a famous library of over 60,000 items, its Reading Room has been called ‘one of the handsomest rooms in Europe’.

The Athenaeum bar is open for drinks and bar snacks.

Dawn Parry Cunliffe is a visual artist fascinated by nature and the environment. In ‘To Cultivate Compassion’ she continues a long tradition of literal and metaphorical human-animal hybrids which were, and still are, often created to help explore a larger, more interconnected understanding of the world we live in: mythological tales, religious rituals and contemporary cultural phenomenons are littered with them – think Minotaurs, Easter lambs and Peppa Pigs.

Since choosing a vegan diet and lifestyle, Cunliffe has realised how crucially important it is to hold an unrelenting compassion for other living creatures and the earth as a whole. For this exhibition she uses anthropomorphism to imbue farmed animals with the respect they deserve by showing them as individuals with the capacity to feel a wide range of our own emotions, such as happiness, pain and loss, that come from being sociable and sentient creatures.

‘To Cultivate Compassion’ attempts to re-balance our emotional and physical links with the animals we depend upon by focusing our attention on how farm and human animals experience a shared life, highlighting the parody we perform by adoring the thought and imagery of the animals we breed to eat while in reality causing them inhumane suffering.

Liverpool Samba School and the team behind Brazilica celebrate the music, dance and costumes of Carnival, which in many Christian countries is a pre-Lent ritual that revellers traditionally celebrate before a month of fasting leading up to Easter. Mardi Gras, Venetian Carnevale and Rio Carnival all have their roots in this ritual.

Up for Arts is 10 and to celebrate they’re dancing in the street!

BeatLife will be belting out the drum beats along with Samba Livre Liverpool Brazilian samba dancers – so if you love to dance, come and join this joyous dancing procession!

If you like to salsa, cha cha, tango, or simply just shake your booty then come and share your dance moves, as you shake, rattle and roll along to the dance rhythm. And why not create your own new dance moves to get us in the carnival spirit?

Up for Arts, along with BBC Radio Merseyside has supported hundreds of amateur art and craft, dance and singing groups, over the years, and what better way to celebrate than with a big processional dance. So whether you’re a professional dancer or enjoy dancing as a recreational activity or even if you’ve got two left feet, then come and join in and strut our stuff along the streets of Liverpool ONE.

Route: Sugar House Steps, Paradise St, School Lane, Peter’s Lane, Manesty’s Lane, crossing Paradise St, Sugar House Steps.

Liverpool Chamber Choir treat you to music from the 16th – 20th century linked to the everyday rituals of eating and (especially) drinking. Listen to ladies who lunch elegantly; peasants who imbibe copiously; Christmas dinners that nearly got away; and teddy bears who picnic!

Food and drink are connected with public ritual since ancient times, whether spiritual or Bacchanalial. And psychologists have shown how small individual rituals can actually improve the taste of food. This mixed musical recipe includes tea, cake, red wine, roast goose, beer, chicken and coffee, by composers who lived in 16th century rural France, 20th century sophisticated New York, and everything between. Of course, they can’t guarantee it will influence the gods on your behalf or perk up your taste buds!

Fancy an ice cream? Brazilian artist Jorge Menna Barreto invites you to become part of a delicious experiment about our relationship with food and the environment.

Using wild edibles growing in and around Liverpool, Jorge has developed a special plant-based ice cream based on ideas of eating locally and ethically. Human civilisation has replaced foraging for a global supermarket culture, losing its sense of place and belonging. This project presents an alternative, an invitation to ‘devour our immediate surroundings’. By creating an ice cream using plants and herbs that grow around us, the artist asks us to suspend the act of consuming and use our bodies to foster deeper connections to the ecosystems we belong to.

Jorge Menna Barreto is an artist who lets specific sites determine what he will build and, more recently, what he will eat. By conceptualising our digestive system as a sculptural tool, he invites participants to become part of on-going environmental sculptures while they eat. First-come, first-served! If you miss your chance, head to Maray on Bold Street where the ice cream will be on the menu for the rest of the night.

Presented by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Maray.

Shopping is our modern ritual.

PMS Radio (BBC Radio Merseyside’s perennially adventurous ‘Popular Music Show’) place new original music in shops, on their in-shop speakers, showcasing local genius. Listen while you shop or shop while you listen, in a diversity of local emporia.

Mersey musicians of note like Esa Shields have created unique soundtracks for your retail wanderings, to be heard on in-shop sound-systems. All exclusive to PMS Radio Popular Music Show, where they can be heard later in the weekend. The line-up of musicians can be found at pmsradio.co.uk to help you plan your listening itinerary.

Please note this event will also take place at LUSH, Grin, Mi Vida and Total Recall Vintage.

From the makers of Illumaphonium, Halo is a new participatory sonic and visual kinetic environment made up of digitally interlinked columns of ever-evolving patterns of light and sound. The visual configurations created by your touch are displayed directly upon the Halos, generated using cutting-edge physics simulations.

Supported by Exchange Flags.

illumaphonium.co.uk

LightNight Commission

bido lito! and Merseyrail present a new work set within the subterranean tunnels of Moorfields station. RITUAL 2.0 is a large-scale, public realm audio-visual installation, developed by artist Sam Wiehl with an accompanying soundtrack mix by Forest Swords. Marking the launch of bido100! this piece will encourage you to consider a creative future based on Artificial Intelligence.

We live in a fast-paced age of unparalleled technological advancement. Come 2028, it is feasible that robots will be driving our cars, teaching our children and administering our healthcare. It seems that artistic creativity is no longer a uniquely human condition either, with a variety of AI-platforms claiming the capacity to create artwork from scratch with minimal human involvement.

What implication does this new world of creative AI – where art is created independently by machines – have for the cultural, music-based rituals and celebrations so central to our societies? Are we at the vanguard of a new chapter of ritualistic expression, a cross pollination between human and AI creativity? Is this Ritual 2.0?

The installation evolves via a series of live performances taking place every half hour between 17:00 — 22:00.

Level access via Moorfields, off Dale Street.

LightNight Commission

Milapfest and Movema join forces for a joyous celebration of the ritual of Indian marriage, the Baarat. The exuberant outdoor wedding ritual culminates in a Milni, the meeting of two families. In a unique street dance take on this exuberant rite Movema, Bombay Baja Brass Band and local dancers meet and combine what they do best. Join this unique coming together for an exciting fusion of East and West!

An assembly for the city’s multi-faith communities, this event is a raucous, intensely-hued dance party along Church Alley and Church Street, accompanied by Bhangra, jazz and classical music from the Bombay Baja Brass Band – whose musicians are armed with trumpets, trombones, saxophones and dhol drums.

Performances last 20 min.

Funded by Liverpool BID Company.

Please note the 19:30 performance is Bombay Baja Brass Band only.

Get Involved

There are two ways you can be a part of this special LightNight 2019 commission:

 – Attend a free workshop 14:00 – 15:30 on Sunday 5 May. Sign up here.

– Join Movema’s weekly World Fusion Classes every Wednesday at 18:00 to learn the whole show over eight weeks. Open to all, drop in on different dates can be accommodated. Affordable costs apply. Sign up here.

LightNight Commission

A participatory project by Liverpool-based Japanese artist anti-cool exploring memorial objects, funerals and ceremonies from different cultures.

Ahead of LightNight and inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, burning rituals were held with local participants in which objects of sentimental value, donated by them, were cremated using primitive fire-making tools. The resulting exhibition consists of a multi-screen video installation made up of participants’ interviews showing their personal stories, why their objects were special to them and why they chose for them to be cremated.

This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.

Existence is absurd. Life has no meaning. Death is the ultimate absurdity: it undoes everything that life has been building up to.

Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre draws a sharp distinction between being and existing: if one chooses to act, one is said to be; when one chooses not to act, one merely exists. The universe, being irrational and absurd, has no meaning. Man is free to choose, hence to act, hence to give his life personal meaning. One must make use of freedom; only freedom of choice can allow one to escape ‘nausea’.     

Non-Playable: After-Intelligence is a real-time generative artwork based on Sartre’s existentialist play No Exit, representing three characters stuck in their own personal hell. Using the language of video games, non-playable characters, and notions of artificial intelligence (AI), Marija Avramovic and Sam Twidale reinterpret Sartre’s play in a simulated artificial world, populated by story-telling AI characters imbued with algorithmic emotions.

The characters in the simulation are programmed to make their own choices and therefore to put their existence before their essence. In doing so they become autonomous – free from their observers and even their creators. The narrative of the piece is determined in real time and follows the ever-changing whims of the characters, accompanied by a soundtrack from musician and sound designer Robin Ngi.

Visual artist Marija Avramovic and digital artist/programmer Sam Twidale explore Ideas of storytelling and characterisation from film and video games, especially the ability of these medias to concentrate complex human emotions into a concise experience.

The Box

Did you know that heart rate and anxiety are closely related? Chill Panda allows your child to better understand and manage this relationship. By pressing their finger against the camera on a phone, Chill Panda will monitor heart rate, and children can express how they are feeling via the app, as well as take part in activities and mini games enabling them to express their emotions based on their mood and heartbeat. The app recommends activities to lower anxiety and increase well being, with games designed to make children feel better, as they watch their mood increase along with pandas.

There will also be the opportunity to design a new character for Chill Panda – get involved, and be in with a chance of your artwork being part of the game!

(Ages 0-8, must be accompanied by an adult)

CGA Simulation are a Liverpool based games developers and virtual simulation experts. They apply creative gaming knowledge and expertise in emerging technologies, to solve real world problems, combining many years of dynamic games design experience (gained at companies like Sony and Onteca) with academic research/ development and commercial insight. They create applications that are exciting, immersive and timely. They are currently working in partnership with Liverpool’s Universities, wireless tech companies like Blu Wireless, UK 5G (as part of the UK’s 5G strategy and roll out) and an array of government bodies, to create a body of work that is both diverse and impactive.

Foyer

Annwn: The Otherworld is a surreal game of stealth and strategy, as you explore a mysterious archipelago in the celtic Otherworld in search of a lost loved one. As a disembodied soul, you can only transmit or absorb energy, and move from one skull totem to another. Your goal on each island is to ascend to the highest point and absorb the Watcher who guards the island.

(Ages 6+)

Quantum Soup are an independent developer founded by industry veterans and based in North Wales. They make games focused on story and mood rather than combat.

Foyer

Come along to the Bombed Out Food Hub in the church’s surrounding gardens. Eat, drink, taste, shop, socialise, relax, watch, listen, enjoy and discover.

With a wide selection of fabulous food vendors including Homebaked, Perfect Samosa, Ridiculously Rich by Alana, The Bhaji Box, Kwok Wing Foods, Prosecco and Champagne Bar and more!

Poetry performances 16:00-18:00, SoSo Choir at 18:30 & Liverpool Guitar Society 19:00-21:00.

This LightNight, Bluecoat will be embracing the 2018 theme of Transformation, by turning their spaces into a truly immersive, engaging and interactive realm.

Family activities will take place from 18:00—21:00 and include masking making and folktale storytelling, which will transport little ones and their adults to a magical and enchanting world.

Between 18:00—18:30 & 19:00—19:30 POP-UP Duets perform a series of contemporary dance duets that will transform Bluecoat’s building and exterior spaces into performance for ‘accidental’ audiences.

19:40—20:00 See street theatre from the Dung Beetles’ Cosmic Journey in the courtyard. The gallery will be open until late, with visitors being able to view spring exhibition from Emma Smith. Euphonia transforms Bluecoat’s gallery into a sonic chamber, enabling the viewer to turn into a participant who is invited to contribute by adding their own voice to the exhibition.

Relax in the garden to the sound of the Halcyon Syncopators (19:45), take part in hands-on screen print activities in the Print Studio and meet the artists who work behind the scenes at Bluecoat (18:00—19:30).  The garden bar is also open for the evening, serving up local craft beers, glasses of fizz and soft drinks. Grab some great food for all the family from the BBQ, freshly prepared by the Bluecoat kitchen.

Nothing is for sale and shop lifting is tolerated (but only one item per customer). An immersive experience at the Bombed Out Church based on the traditional British corner shop in a post-apocalyptic setting, where the tropes of a normal corner shop are distorted and nothing is quite what it seems.

Magazines are not your usual titles. Confectionery is for your mind. Chocolate bars are based on beliefs (e.g. the ‘Spirit-Fur-Bar’ for those that think animals have souls). For gamblers there is the Metaphysical Lottery and a range of ‘Scratch-My-Belief’ scratch cards. The Metaphysical Lottery takes place around an adapted National Lottery Stand to become the place where you bet on beliefs rather than numbers.  The food selection is no less surprising.

There’s an “Inglish Ethnic” section, a Fresh Gross-ery and a Butchery containing dog bones, goat and pig-ears and other unidentifiable animal pieces.  Vegans are also catered for with Beef, Pork and Lamb soya beans while anti Vegans are treated to Vegan Free Ale – handcrafted by omnivores.

Customers can listen to Cornershop Radio, designed to put you on edge, or watch themselves being watched on CCTV together with some of the most bizarre happenings ever caught on a shop camera.  The most common reaction to Cornershop is “Wow” or “WTF”.

In its last two outings at the Superweird Happening in Liverpool and the Fat Out Fest in Manchester, it was widely referred to as “the best thing here”.  Customers come back again and again, never quite sure what they experienced or what they will experience. Cast: Bob Prophette, Stuart Faulkner and Trish Dee cornershop.hydraprojects.org/cornershop

Are ya dancin’? Coz we’re askin’!

Pick up some Swing Dance moves and you’ll be Lindy Hopping and doing the Charleston in no time, no partner required! Then from 21:15 til 22:00 dance the night away to the biggest sounds from the hottest swing bands of the jazz era; from Chick Webb, to Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong, you’re sure to fall in love with the swingin’ rhythms and scorching melodies this LightNight!

Accompanied by a live band.

Recreating the energy of ballrooms from bygone eras, Mersey Swing recommend participants wear shoes with smooth soles, but anything will do! You don’t have to bring a partner as participants rotate throughout the class, making new friends along the way. Under 16s wishing to participate will need to do so with an adult and won’t be part of the rotation.

Metamorphosis is a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist John Petch. In 2016, John was asked by electronic band OMD, who hail from Wirral, to design the cover for their new album. This body of work comprises the development and preparatory work for this painting, the accompanying single art work designs and subsequent pieces inspired by the creation of these now highly recognisable artworks.

The artist says that with the cover design, he aimed to represent a morphing from one form to another; colour to black and white, a change of view point from human to mechanical, creating a tension between what is known and experienced to what is new. Limited edition prints of the cover of ‘The Punishment of Luxury’, signed by both the artist and the band, will be available to buy on the night.

The exhibition will take place in the dot-art Gallery, with Queen Avenue hosting a surprise musical appearance, as well as a range of food and drink stalls, making for a party atmosphere!

No tickets are needed after 19:30 – everyone is welcome.

Pre-booked tickets are SOLD OUT for 17:00-19:30 via dotartlightnight2018.eventbrite.com but there will be a small quantity of tickets available on the door.

This event has been generously supported by Liverpool BID Company and Bruntwood.

The Belvedere Chamber Choir is made up of 40 girls, aged 11 – 17. The Chamber Choir is only 4 years old, but has already performed at many prestigious events throughout the North West.

The Chamber Choir have just returned from their first international tour to Prague.  There, they performed at St Vitus Cathedral, The Church of Our Lady before Tyn, St Nicholas Church, The British Embassy and The Czech Museum of Music.

Their LightNight repertoire will discover how the body changes from wakefulness, slowly drifting to sleep, then finally in deep sleep. Exploring the transformation of mind and body through music, their performance will focus on aspects of dreams, stars and nightmares.

Small Ballroom

EVENTHORIZON’s meta-fictional sequel to Virginia Woolf’s classic examination of gender transports Orlando to a savage, modern age. Haunted by heartbreak, Orlando must now confront the complexities of desire in a dark and devastatingly comic tale of sex, identity and love in the twenty-first century.

An intimate play exposing binary-breaking ideals in an unapologetic, transformative new work. Woolf’s masterpiece transformed early twentieth-century societal conventions. Debating sexuality, identity, ageing and gender, this reimagining places Orlando in an emotionally desolate modern world, until her/his passions are reawakened to the possibilities it might hold, unpicking Woolf’s classic from a twenty-first century perspective.

eventhorizontheatre.com

18:00 – 18:35

19:00 – 19:35

 

Explore the States of Play: Roleplay Reality exhibition after hours and experience a whole host of interactive workshops, showcases and performances across FACT and Ropewalks Square. Highlights include a new artistic commission and music performance, and a building takeover by local gaming studios, developers and students, turning FACT into an immersive gaming hub.

States of Play: Roleplay Reality brings together artworks and industry games to explore how the roles we play expose our true realities: with all of our contradictory motivations, biases and assumptions. The result of this can be joyous and disturbing, freeing or subjugating, but now – more than ever – it is impossible to separate our physical identities with the roles that we take up in virtual space.

Meet Dolly Twinkle (Elaine Collins) and Dora Belle (Karl Llorca); sisters in 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 talents or their particular disabilities.

For one night only, hear their Gogglebox-style thoughts on art, life and the right way to sing a Dolly Parton song. Expect drag, singing, heartbreak, and slippers. BSL interpretation by Karl Llorca and Janet Guest.

Email info@culture.org.uk if you have other access requirements.

17:00 – 17:15 (Main Staircase)

18:40 – 19:00 (East Reception Room)

20:15 – 20:30 (Large Ballroom)

Roll up, roll up to The Black-E fun palace for an evening weaved together by circus entrepreneurs, Mike and Kate Baugh of Cigam Productions, Aerial Artist La Vol Adagio and The Black-E, creating a special evening to mark the start of the celebratory year of the 50th Anniversary of The Black-E Cultural and Community Project.

Woven together to explore the body of dancers and circus artists, which they have developed during years of transformative training and practice. They have specially developed muscles which most of us do not have. They have special skills – such as bouncing and catching multiple balls, walking along a tightrope, or performing on a trapeze. Their bodies have been transformed.

On occasions breaking out of the performance, with intimate dialogue that addresses the audience, the artists will share their transformative journey, taking you with them through the pleasures and pains of years of training that transformed their bodies.

Watch a team of graffiti artists transform a street with new artwork during the course of the evening.

A hub for the city’s street artists and admirers, Zap Graffiti is an ever changing space where folks from all over come to paint on a daily basis, with monthly exhibitions, workshops, materials shop and much more.

In this, the 100th anniversary of the beginnings of UK women’s suffrage, the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, and the 50th anniversary of the May ‘68 uprising in Paris, News from Nowhere is set to celebrate all things revolutionary.

Slightly tweaking the Suffragettes’ famous slogan “Deeds not Words” (because after all NfN are a bookshop) they’ll have book displays and interactive fun, not to mention their famous colour-themed refreshments. Purple and green eats, anyone? Call in to reveal What Revolution Means to You, make a suffragette sash or rosette, or find out about the moment students and workers allied to overthrow the French establishment. From Suffragettes to #MeToo! For the Many Not the Few! La Lutte Continue!

The year is 2132. In the far reaches of the galaxy, gigantic space creatures have been discovered. Creatures that vomit solid matter out of their mouths. Solid matter that is the perfect substance to drive beat up cars in a race to enter the creature’s mouth. We call it the Space Ribbon.

In the fastest growing sport in the galaxy, be the first to chase down a giant space beast as it spews a completely different psychedelic racetrack out of its mouth every time you play. Modify junked up classic cars and turn them into the fastest in space.

(Ages 10+)

CGA Simulation are a Liverpool based games developers and virtual simulation experts. They apply creative gaming knowledge and expertise in emerging technologies, to solve real world problems, combining many years of dynamic games design experience (gained at companies like Sony and Onteca) with academic research/ development and commercial insight. They create applications that are exciting, immersive and timely. They are currently working in partnership with Liverpool’s Universities, wireless tech companies like Blu Wireless, UK 5G (as part of the UK’s 5G strategy and roll out) and an array of government bodies, to create a body of work that is both diverse and impactive.

The Spectrum Retreat is a challenging, first-person puzzle game set in the near future. You awake at The Penrose hotel, a peaceful yet unsettling refuge from the outside world. All is not as it seems, and your desire to unearth the truth is obstructed by an array of colour coded puzzles, mind-bending physics challenges and the growing fear of exposing your true intentions.

(All ages)

Having won the BAFTA YGD Award in 2016 for his puzzle game prototype when he was only 18 years old, Dan Smith has subsequently developed The Spectrum Retreat into an intriguing narrative-puzzler with a focus on intuitive first-person puzzle action.  

Ripstone publish indie games, and have our own indie development team in-house. We know that open, honest and equal relationships between development and publishing leads to better games. The team at Ripstone have vast experience in video games, having been involved in creating and publishing some of the most well-known, respected and commercially successful titles on the planet. We know what makes a game stand out from the crowd and how to ensure the development team can stay focused on what truly matters: making something amazing.

A dark evil has taken over the land of Drakenheim, the royal family has been slain and the young prince has fled far away to the safety of the wilderness. The terrors he had witnessed still haunt him to this day, many years on. Now he and his faithful companion survive living off the land, and through trials and tribulations, their bond grows. The prince’s journey continues…

(Ages 7+)

Digital Pine Studios is an independent game development company based in Liverpool, formed in 2017.

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Welcome to HyperBrawl Tournament, the most intense sport brawler game you’ve ever played! Assemble your team of formidable warriors, arm them with game-changing weapons and compete to become the Galaxy’s greatest hero!

 HyperBrawl Tournament fuses ‘no-rules’, hyper speed handball with player-versus-player combat in arenas filled with dynamic obstacles. The game gathers the greatest warriors from across time and space to pit them against each other in a visceral sport. Select your hero, match with a unique weapon to create a formidable combatant, and become the Champion that defines the age!

(Ages 10+)

Established in Liverpool in 2005, Milky Tea is a Game Development and Animation Production Studio, crafting video games, animations and illustrations. The team is currently working on a number of new gaming intellectual properties, including their latest game HyperBrawl Tournament, currently in pre-Alpha and scheduled to be released on Steam and Nintendo Switch in early 2018.

As evening falls on the city prepare for an encounter challenging your conception of modern poetry, in a new light installation by artist John Elcock that quite literally transforms sign into symbol. Head to the piazza in front of Lime Street Station where at the gateway to a changing city, you will be greeted with words of reflection and illumination. Stanza re-interprets a device all too familiar from our daily encounter with the modern world, into something altogether more enigmatic and less purposeful.

Fragments of text from his striking poetry will be displayed in a unique and powerful way to transform Lime Street into a place of quiet reflection and challenge the didactic trend of our information-led culture.  Continuing the Liverpool-tradition of painter-poets, Elcock’s writing is full of rich imagery, drawing on the themes of landscape, birds and symbolism found in his paintings and which in 2018 resulted in selection for the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize exhibition, the UK’s leading competition for British contemporary representational painting. His three collections of poetry are published by The Artel Press.

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WoWFest18 – Crossing Borders celebrates the transformative power of inclusivity. Witness a unique sculpture populated with work from individuals across Liverpool and hear performances from WowFest projects and communities. This ‘wall’ is built from the stories and experiences of our communities; for the society they wish to build for themselves and each other?

WoWFest is Liverpool’s longest running literary/writing festival. Beginning in 2000 as a weekend festival, it’s now a month-long programme of radical literature, debate, performance, activism and creative writing, running each May in venues across the city. Born from the Docker’s Strike of 95-98, WoWFest has always been a radical programme of writers, journalists, performers, activists, commentators, broadcasters, academics and communities. It brings together high-profile and international guests alongside local professional artists and communities in relevant, interesting and dynamic discussions.

 

Hazuki Knit is a game inspired by quick time events experienced in games such as Dragon’s Lair, Shenmue, Resident Evil 4, and Metal Gear Rising. It’s a neat mechanic, easy to pick up, nerve-wracking, and endlessly frustrating when you mess up. Through Hazuki Knit, collaborators James Medd and Gemma May Latham explore the crossovers between the development of skill through repetitive game play and the habitual making practices of traditional craft. A game controlled by a hand powered knitting machine, Hazuki Knit will test your ability to remain focused and keep rhythm whilst knitting game motifs.

Simply push the knit carriage back and forth to simultaneously knit rows and power the game. As the carriage moves back a forth a sensor is triggered. The aim of the game is to trigger this sensor as the icon on the screen is displayed and continue to keep pace as the game progresses. The game requires no specialist skill but the artist will be on hand to assist you getting started with the knitting machine.

James Medd is an artist, musician, educator, and more, based in Manchester, UK whose work comprises entertainment, accessibility, and whimsy. In 2016, James created the Awkward Arcade, a real life experimental video arcade showcasing games that make you move and think in ways uncommon in mainstream games culture.

Gemma May Latham is a participatory maker based in Manchester. Her work combines analogue and digital processes, taking inspiration from craft heritage. Embracing accessible materials and methods she engages a wide range of people and makes otherwise intimidating processes accessible to all. Gemma is passionate about the power of combining physical and digital forms of making.

(All ages)

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VR RCADE is a virtual reality games arcade in Liverpool city centre, run by a team of gamer geeks excited to explore virtual reality technology and share it with you. It is their mission to provide you with the chance to try great immersive games and exciting experiences as they’re released at a purpose-built Liverpool city centre location.

Virtual reality is still in its infancy and VR RCADE can’t wait to see where it goes. Don’t delay, experience virtual reality for yourself today!