21 May 2021 5pm – Late

Come and take a LightNight stroll down wonderful Windsor Street, and discover May-time treasures. Join in games, see and make great art and enjoy tasty food with the Squash and Family Hive gang.

As outdoors is now the new indoors, we invite you to visit our new on-the-street gallery and our first exhibition, Signs of the Times. Local artists and community members have contributed to this group show of new and archive drawings, embroidery, photographs, poetry and painting, celebrating spring growth, community action and the importance of togetherness.

On LightNight we’ll be playing recreational games responding to the artworks and would love you and your family to join in. And we hope your visit inspires you to get creative by taking photos, writing poems and making pictures. Signs of the Times has been activated by Squash’s 100 year street vision, inspired by nature; to actively transform our Windsor Street neighbourhood into a people-powered place that is known throughout the world for being a playful, resilient and loving community where everybody thrives!

Community arts organisation Family Hive uses play as a key approach to community participation and will be co-designing the street games on LightNight.

The Squash cafe will be open with a special menu for LightNight.

Signs of the Times is dedicated to our dear friend, the photographer and baker Mark Loudon, whose work features in this exhibition.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Blossom by Tabitha Moses photograph by Jon Barraclough

With the grand opening of British artist Peter Walker’s Peace Doves on this year’s LightNight it promises to be a truly memorable night. Peace Doves comprises of many thousands of beautiful paper doves flying high above the Well.

Thousands of cathedral visitors over the last year have written upon the Peace Doves to document their hopes and prayers. Both playful and uplifting, the installation will sit alongside a programme which will begin with Choral Evensong and the always engaging and fun demonstration from one of the world’s biggest cathedral organs.

This year the main installation will also be supplemented by a range of musical interludes throughout the evening, including Liverpool based company Katumba who are a fierce fusion of UK big beat, Caribbean calypso and the carnivals of Northeast Brazil. Katumba will be popping up to perform outside the front of the cathedral.

The cathedral’s fabulous young Choral Scholars will entertain with some operatic scenes and the professional chamber choir L24 will present a programme of uplifting music with themes of both peace and a African and Latin-American vibe alongside Katumba.

Inside, on the Welsford porch, will feature the cathedral’s wonderful new catering offer from Liverpool company Flynnhurst with an array of mouth-watering food – including the ever popular cathedral barbecue.

17:00 Cathedral opens
17:30 – 18:05 Choral Evensong with peace as the theme
18:10 – 18:45 Organ demonstration with Ian Tracey
18:45 – 19:15 Choral Masterpieces sung by the Cathedral Choir
19:30 – 20:00 Scenes from musicals and operas sung by Choral Scholars. Semi-staged.
20:00 – 20:30 Katumba Drummers
20:30 – 21:30 Concert with L24 choir and Organist Daniel Greenway collaborating with Katumba Drummers
21:30 – 22:00 Organ performance of music from films given by Daniel Bishop. With lighting effects!

The Peace Doves installation will run at Liverpool Cathedral until the end of the Summer.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

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

Do you remember vintage games like Pacman or Space Invaders? Or do you recall the frustration of Tetris?  Are you a game fanatic that wants to experience these popular 80s games?

If so, a must place to visit on LightNight is LIPA.

Our retro arcade-themed lighting installations along the exterior of our LIPA building on Mount Street will give you a chance to relive your youth and share those memories with the younger members of your family.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

No booking required, this work is viewed from outside.

 

Visit Liverpool’s unique graffiti art focused venue Zap Graffiti and watch several artists get playful and create works live especially for LightNight on a large scale.

Since 1995, Zap Graffiti have been busy engaging folks from all walks of life in the positive artform of graffiti. They also coordinate the Contrast Mural Fest.

If you’re interested in future workshops, buying equipment, having your own mural specially commissioned or booking the their venue speak to a member of the Zap team on the night.

Specifically aimed at families with children

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

A visual and audio installation based on emerging spoken word artist TEE’s debut EP – a twisted love story tackling self-love, belonging, mental health and vulnerability.

This installation is a physical manifestation of the music, allowing you to experience the emotions, sounds, sights and soul of the project through performance, art, film, discussion and a Q&A.

TEE is a spoken word / rap artist and multi-instrumentalist with influences ranging from Kanye West to H.E.R and Dave.

 

18:00 & 19:30 CHARTREUSE ROSE

Rejuvenation of the spirit.

A choir performance led by Jabez Walsh

 

18:30 & 20:00 // PALE PINK ROSE

Consumed by grace and elegance.

A movement piece, choreographed by emerging dancer Eleanor Grace.

 

19:00 // BLOSSOMING THOUGHTS

An interactive discussion surrounding topics such as fatherhood, mental health, family & love.

 

20:30 LAVENDER ROSE // THE FINALE

Enchanted by love and adoration.

A live performance of the full EP by TEE the artist.

 

21:30  // CITRUS SUNSET ROSE 

Energy. Vibes. Passion.

A DJ set featuring all the influences and inspirations of A Dozen Roses.   

Our home is in trouble.

With an increase in extreme weather events globally, rising sea levels and shrinking fresh water sources, our entire future depends on what we do next.  The next 50 years are a crucial time in history. As a coastal city Liverpool is at risk of flooding, with our sewer system unable to cope. Liverpool’s vibrant food and drink scene could suffer as our favourite foods struggle to grow in a warming world. Hotter weather means increased health problems in the city through heatstroke, asthma and allergies. We are playing poker with the universe and we are running out of chips.

Come down to the Climate Casino to try your hand at beating the dealer. Can you win or – more importantly – what are you willing to lose?

 

Discover how eyebrows relate to identity, and how eyes have been used in imagery from the ancient world to the modern day.

Eyebrows are a constant in the press and online, with many different opinions about whose work and whose don’t. It’s time want to get away from eyebrow shaming and give you an opportunity to get your eyebrow scanned, talk about what your brow means to you, and shake off the negativity around the brow.

Talk about the choices you make when you pluck, sculpt, and position your eyebrows and challenge the current negative press around the (Scouse)brow.

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Join the Garstang Museum to explore identity and ritual in the ancient and modern world.

Enjoy the collection of archaeological material from ancient Egypt, Turkey, Greece and elsewhere, learn about ancient Egyptian rituals from expert Egyptologist Dr Roland Enmarch and participate in an authentic ancient Egyptian offering ritual to provide eternal sustenance for the Garstang Mummy.

You can also discover more about your own identity with Brows And Brews; learn how our eyebrows relate to our identity, and how eyes have been used to communicate in the ancient world and in our world today.

Take to the polls for a voting experience like no other!

Abandon your notions of democracy and enter an adventurous reimagining of a polling station with puppets, virtual reality, film and sound produced in association with Headstrung. An interactive, playful take on a ritual that’s perfect for all ages! Enjoy a drink at the bar until 22:00, with last polling at 21:00.

Ritual Bombardment In The Charnel House of Power

Gallery Space

The ritual of voting involves voters seeing information, hearing debates and discussing points of view before deciding how to vote. What does the process of persuasion look like in the digital era where online opinion formers exert anonymous influence? The population is now exposed to a battery of coverage, but appears to be less powerful and more unhappy than ever.

 

This exhibition focuses on the physical and ritual worlds of early Egyptians. The tour will focus on key objects linked to early Egyptian rituals such as the ‘egg pot’, only found in ritual contexts. No booking required.

Immerse yourself in the mysterious ritual culture of Stone Age people. Lanterns will light the way into an atmospheric ‘cave’ dwelling where you will be invited to join the tribe and be led through an initiation ritual by a shaman.

Make your own cave art on the recreated cave wall using the oldest known natural pigment in the world, ochre.

Take part in a dance performance led by costumed interpreters and hear music played on instruments made from animal bones constructed using traditional methods. Demonstrations will also take place showing how bones were turned into musical instruments and other useful tools.

Performance times 17:30. 18:30 & 19:30.

To book:

17:30

18:30

19:30

20:30 (adults only)

Whilst this event is open to children, it is not specifically aimed at children and all those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

Building, exhibitions and café open 17:00 – 21:00

Windsor Street’s creative organisations throw a street party filled with performance, spoken word, dance, music, food, film, arts and crafts taking in the street’s beautiful venues.

The Street Party celebrates the Liverpool 8 community, and highlights the area’s rich history and bright future. Beginning with an energising, ritualistic Carnival performance from Katumba Drumming you will be led through Windsor Street’s many arts and cultural organisations to sample a taste of the diverse, exciting things happening in the community; carnival drumming and dance, spoken word performances, projections of historical home video and found footage of the area, photographs and exhibited material of the area, special LightNight food offers, mandalas created with locally found materials, pavement and chalk drawings / graffiti, a walkable labyrinth, street chakra’s in key locations along the street and more.

Windsor Street is one of the most creative and exciting streets in the city and this is a unique collaboration between some of its residents; Writing on the Wall, Squash Nutrition, Brazuka/Katumba, 20 Stories High, Toxteth TV, CineNation, Video Odyssey, Family Hive and artists from the John Archer Hall Studios.

See the full schedule here.

Liverpool Acoustic join forces with Liverpool Philharmonic to present a very special evening of music, with the Music Room playing host to a specially curated line-up of talented local musicians.

Performing are two winners of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge: judges’ choice Rachael Jean Harris and audience favourite Alison Benson, with three stunning acoustic guitar and vocal harmony duos, White Little Lies, Visions of Albion and Two Black Sheep, completing the lineup.

Every act will perform a ten minute set each hour, so whatever time you pop into the Music Room you’re guaranteed to hear some amazing live music. The artists will all be invoking the spirit of ritual in their performances and musical arrangements, so expect a few surprises!

School Girls is a series of playful animations with commentary between two sisters that explores being working class, social constructs and humorous stories.

Animated by Cath Garvey, accompanied with the voices of Cath and Sarah Garvey. Cath is a freelance illustrator based in Huyton. She makes work with themes of working class life, feminism and humour. Her work often juxtaposes imagery and themes to tell another side of the story.

Running time: 20 min.

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Discover the organised and strict routines used in preparing for surgery; the ritual of the surgeons and staff in preparing themselves with washing and dressing for the operating theatre. The importance of these hygiene rituals is emphasised and demonstrated with interactive displays – learn how to dress as a surgeon yourself!

Medicine consists of many rituals, all aimed at healing. From ritual bloodletting, or the stitching used to sew a wound, to setting out instruments in a specific way that is almost an art form of arrangement. The ritual cleansing of skin and putting on of sterile personal protective clothes and equipment is shown and explained.

You’ll have the opportunity to see and understand this vital, private ceremony, essential to our health and the success of the surgeon. There will also be general displays of medical items available to see.

Lecture Rooms 1 & 2

Dignity Without Danger presents a collaborative multi-part installation examining rituals surrounding menstruation.

Blood Rituals combines virtual reality, photography and film exploring menstrual experiences in Nepal with material from LJMU’s Femorabilia collection, artworks and craft activities with Period Project Merseyside to reflect on menstrual stigma in the UK and globally.

X Gallery

Beginning as a video game and ending as an interaction between two strangers, this piece explores the concept of ‘ritual’ both in terms of routine actions which are habitual and repetitive and simultaneously with regard to ceremonial actions and conscious interventions designed to celebrate and magnify critical life changes.

Developed as a collaboration between immersive artists Simon Wilkinson [CiRCA69] and Myra Appannah, the show references psychological research into human happiness and parallel concepts associated with games design to create a ritualistic interaction between two people; tasking them to devise and document their own unique and spectacular moment. Expect surprises, expect to be challenged and expect to leave with a big smile on your face.

A Unique and Spectacular Moment has been created with the support of public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is also supported by the Liverpool School of Art and Design’s MA in Immersive Arts.

Johnson Foundation Auditorium

Live performances at 19:30, 20:15, 21:15

Performances last 12 minutes.

Live dancers and virtual video performers work together to create a narrative that reflects how we can passively walk, struggle to balance and inevitably fall into rituals throughout life. By using technology and choreography in conjunction this way, the installation aims to disrupt the rituals of the traditional theatrical experience.

The installation will also include other dance performances in a virtual experience. Captured using 360-degree immersive video this unique meta experience puts the audience participant at the centre of two other dance and technology works using iPads. The user can direct an alternative perspective of how performances can be experienced and presented.

These works are the results of a number of collaborative projects working with LJMU Dance Staff , Screen School staff & LJMU BA & MA Dance Students.

Liverpool University’s Arts-Lab and Liverpool School of Art and Design’s MA Art in Science programme presents the superheroes ‘Shark Girl’ and ‘Komodo Dragon’ versus the evil ‘Superbugs’ in the Antimicrobial Avengers!

Arts-Lab is a collection of researchers who are interested in sharing scientific knowledge through art, and The Art in Science programme provides exciting opportunities for artists and scientists to collaborate and explore the boundaries of art and science. As a collaborative team, they invite you to explore antimicrobial resistance through comics and superheroes.

Did you know that a shark’s skin can prevent bacteria from sticking to it? Or that the blood of a Komodo dragon is a natural antimicrobial compound? The joint artist in residence has been working with researchers and school students across Liverpool to create comics focused on current antimicrobial research and the fight against bacterial and viral superbugs.

You’ll meet the Antimicrobial Avengers, and there will be hands-on activities to allow you to help the team draw and create the endings to three comics featuring Shark Girl and Komodo Dragon. You can also touch and feel sculptures of animals such as geckos that have antimicrobial skins just like sharks!

Hear Liverpool’s newest chamber choir in a concert of works using chant and fusing ancient and modern styles with organ and saxophone.

Liverpool24 is the cathedral’s semi-professional chamber choir and instrumental ensemble.

Programme

Kyrie from Missa de Angelis by Roxanna Panufnik (for organ and choir)

Kyrie from Requiem Mass by Maurice Durufle (for organ and choir)

Magnificat and Nunc Dimmitis by Christian Forshaw (for saxophone, organ and choir)

[18] Anointed: timeless ritual  by Christian Forshaw (for saxophone, organ and choir)

Full of the Glory (new commission) by David Terry and Christian Forshaw (for saxophone, organ, choir and audience participation)

Lee Ward, Director

Ian Tracey, Organ

Mark Ward, Saxophone

Be moved by Stravinsky’s beautiful and stirring piece played on the piano in stunning surroundings by students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Maria Luc and Wyn Chan perform Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (piano, four hands) in the heart of the central space of the cathedral in what is anticipated to be one of the stand-out performances of the evening.

Participate in learning the ancient art of Gregorian Chant as sung daily by monks all over the world.

After a brief introduction to reading chant you will learn two chants, the Kyrie & Sanctus from the ancient Missa de Angelis. The sanctus will be included as part of a new commission by David Terry in which the workshop participants will perform alongside the excellent chamber choir Liverpool24.

Hear Professor Ian Tracey play the UK’s largest pipe organ; an instrument of tremendous power and majesty, but also of serenity and calm.

Hear the sublime, spiritual sounds of the cathedral choir performing music ranging from ancient plainsong to contemporary composers.

Take in the sights from the top of the Cathedral Tower (ticketed, open until 22:00).

The Mezzanine Café, Welsford Restaurant and ever-popular BBQ are open throughout the night.

Main Space

Processional Evensong (Family Friendly) 17:30 — 18:00

Hear the sublime, spiritual sounds of the cathedral choir performing music ranging from ancient plainsong to contemporary composers.

Organ Recital (Family Friendly) 18:15 — 18:45

Hear Professor Ian Tracey play the UK’s largest pipe organ; an instrument of tremendous power and majesty, but also of serenity and calm.

Chant Workshop (Family Friendly) 19:00 — 19:40

Learn the ancient art of Gregorian chant as sung daily by monks all over the world. After a brief introduction you will learn two chants, the Kyrie & Sanctus from the ancient Missa de Angelis. The Sanctus is included as part of a new commission by David Terry in which workshop participants will perform alongside the excellent chamber choir Liverpool24.

Rite of Spring (Family Friendly) 19.45 — 20.20 & 21.30 — 22.05

Be moved by Stravinsky’s beautiful and stirring piece played on the piano (four hands) in stunning surroundings by Maria Luc and Wyn Chan, students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Liverpool24 Choral Concert (Family Friendly) 20.30 — 21.15

Hear Liverpool’s newest chamber choir in a concert of works using chant, fusing ancient and modern styles with organ and saxophone.

Lady Chapel

18:00 — 23:00 (Family Friendly)

In the space between Ad Finitum and the Death Café, the Lady Chapel becomes a reflective space lit by candles with recorded ambient sounds.

Ad Finitum: The Invisible Choir (Family Friendly LightNight Commission) 18:45 — 19:30 (relaxed performance) & 21:30 — 22:15

An atmospheric concert featuring new choral arrangements by composer and musician Rory Ballantyne. The eclectic and dynamic repertoire takes you on a journey through uplifting and emotional pop, rock, ancient folk, classical and experimental songs that explore ideas around death and dying in different ways. Soloist Iris Madriaga will perform a Lament.

Death Café (LightNight Commission) 19:45 — 20:15

Death rituals are ubiquitous, as we all live and die. In Western culture, funerals are occasions where we focus on a person’s death: but are they as personal as they could be? What about a ritual where we can come together and talk about death, dying, and the rest? A Death Café is a place where people from all walks of life can gather, share and discuss their perspectives in a friendly and informal setting, breaking down taboos and addressing fears about death. There will be cake!

Chapter House

Moonbase Eco (Family Friendly) 18:00 — 23:00

A virtual reality experience looking at the subject of displaced people. Please note that there is no level access to Chapter House.

An exhibition of watercolour paintings created with children from LIPA Primary School, projected inside The Liverpool Oratory.

Inspired by observations of the sea, the children have painted the Mersey as viewed from their art room window. Continuing the Project Revolutionary Nature (featured in LightNight 2018) this is a partnership between Jayne Seddon, artist in residence at LIPA Primary, ART Labs at LJMU, The Friends of St James’ Garden and National Museums Liverpool.

The children have explored cultural representations of the sea across time, from Turner to contemporary visual artists who are inspired by oceanography, working in the field of conservation, and using art as a catalyst for social change. Leading surgeons recently stated that medical students are losing the dexterity in their hands, and therefore the ability to operate, due to spending hours in virtual worlds and swiping screens.

Celebrate the ritual of fine art practice and how a commitment to creative processes supports the development of fine motor skills. Share the children’s enjoyment of painting, and their wonder of the natural world and the cyclical nature of living systems. International soprano Rachel Harland will sing Sea Fever, and the school choir will perform sounds inspired by the sea from 18:00.

Enter this experimental, transitional space to be reborn as you ask, ‘what does drag means to you?’ Working with some of the city’s most subversive queer performers, you are invited to take the gender rule book and rip it up as they take you on a journey of self-discovery. A unique offering from the Young Everyman Playhouse producers, The Drag Lab is an exploratory promenade piece taking you through the conception and evolution of the artistry of DRAG.

Like drag, this event is totally inclusive and open to audiences of all genders. 12+.

Free tickets via 0151 709 4776 / everymanplayhouse.com

Children are invited to dress up as their superhero or favourite character. Activities include a children’s rave, face painting, craft activities and dressing up.

The Wicker Woman is symbolic of emancipation from the shackles of patriarchal generational rituals, imposed by society and religion. Join Blackburne House in challenging the very nature of rituals and gender over time and symbolically setting women free in the most beautiful and breathtaking ceremony.

Part One (Family Friendly) 19:00 — 19:30

Opening ceremony by Coach House Theatre Productions, interpreted and choreographed by LJMU dancers and masked actors to bring you the first of three vibrant ceremonies as the sun lays fat in the sky.

Part Two (Family Friendly) 20:00 — 20:30

As dusk approaches, Part 2 descends into an enchanting ceremony of dancing and ritualistic drumming from Brazilica with narration from Coach House Productions.

Part Three (Parental Discretion Advised) Grand Finale 21:45 — 22:15

The time has come to release the Wicker Woman from her patriarchal shackles and emancipate her from the rituals of old. Bring the Fire Project tells the story of women’s struggles to be free through fire dancing, poi and staffs in a spectacular macabre-masked performance soundtracked by Opera Viva. As the ceremony draws to an end, a stunning display of light dancing and performance encloses the magnificent Wicker Woman as she basks in incandescent light for the entire city to see.

Parental discretion advised, includes masked performers and fire.

Beautiful renditions of operatic pieces sung in English with a full chorus by Opera Viva, the leading amateur opera company in Merseyside. Performances are colourfully staged with costumes and lighting, to bring the magic of opera to Blackburne House!

Snuffwidget and the Crow Dancers combines a backdrop film of ritual dance, folk fiddle and drum music with live narration of a story taken from the book Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales by David Greygoose, published by Pushkin Press 2018 and nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal.

Film starring:

Hannah James (Lady Maisery)
Giles Lewin (founding member of Bellowhead)
Emily Portman (BBC Folk Awards winner)

Featuring original score by First Take.

‘They left every morning and trailed back in the evening, just as the sullen sun was sinking. They trailed back decked in night-dark feathers, flowers dangling from their brightly-patched tunics, streaked with daubs of tawny clay. They came back laughing, weary from dancing, spinning words in broken whispers…’

 

Liverpool Scriptshop presents an hour-long cabaret-style ritual show with a mix of original poetry, sketches, songs and music.

Witness 30 years of radical history in this Heritage Lottery funded performance celebrating People First Merseyside, a charity run by and for people with learning disabilities.

PFM members collaborated with the Unity Theatre to share their history in an accessible way. They use clowning to create scenes that show the highs and lows of running the organisation and of speaking up to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Staged Kaos children sing, dance and perform in a unique production. Staged Kaos works to develop essential skills such as confidence and social development through performing arts training, with a focus on creativity for children.

Join in a fun, informal and creative and friendly workshop!

Theatrical production artist Carly Fisher and team guide you through the stages of designing and creating your own mask. Best of all, you can keep the mask you make! Carly’s handmade mythical masks will also be featured in the Wicker Woman ceremonies happening over the course of the evening.

With artistic performances, local rhythms and a fresh selection of young talent, expect a feel-good family atmosphere and an edgy vibe. See the gardens of Blackburne House adorned with festival flags, bunting, decorated trees and dazzling lights plus a plethora of street food and outdoor bars, all accompanied by a live DJ.

Henfrey Room

Mythical Mask Making Workshop (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 20:00

Theatrical production artist Carly Fisher and team guide you through the stages of designing your own mask. Best of all, you can keep the mask you make! Carly’s handmade mythical masks will also be featured in the Wicker Woman ceremonies happening over the course of the evening.

Main Hall

Staged Kaos (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 18:00

Staged Kaos children sing, dance and perform in a unique production. Staged Kaos works to develop essential skills such as confidence and social development through performing arts training, with a focus on creativity for children.

The Advocacy Story (Family Friendly) 18:00 — 19:00

Witness 30 years of radical history in this Heritage Lottery funded performance celebrating People First Merseyside, a charity run by and for people with learning disabilities. PFM members collaborate with Unity Theatre to stage the highs and lows of running the organisation and speaking up to improve their lives.

Wakey Wakey! (Family Friendly) 19:00 — 20:00

Liverpool Scriptshop presents an hour-long cabaret-style ritual show with a mix of original poetry, sketches, songs and music.

Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales (Family Friendly) 20:15 — 20:45 & 21:00 — 21:30

A backdrop film of ritual dance, folk fiddle, accordion and drum with live narration by David Greygoose of Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales, published by Pushkin Press and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Film by First Take with original score by Hannah James (Lady Maisery) and Giles Lewin (founding member of Bellowhead).

The Bistro

Opera Viva (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 17:30

Beautiful renditions of operatic pieces sung in English with a full chorus. Performances are colourfully staged with costumes and lighting, to bring the magic of opera to Blackburne House!

Quadraphonics (Family Friendly) 18:00 & 20:00

A three-piece saxophone group playing velvety rhythms.

Courtyard

Wicker Woman Ceremony

The Wicker Woman is symbolic of emancipation from the shackles of patriarchal generational rituals, imposed by society and religion. Join Blackburne House in challenging the very nature of rituals and gender over time and symbolically setting women free in the most beautiful and breathtaking ceremony.

Part One (Family Friendly) 19:00 — 19:30

Opening ceremony by Coach House Theatre Productions, interpreted and choreographed by LJMU dancers and masked actors to bring you the first of three vibrant ceremonies as the sun lays fat in the sky.

Part Two (Family Friendly) 20:00 — 20:30

As dusk approaches, Part 2 descends into an enchanting ceremony of dancing and ritualistic drumming from Brazilica with narration from Coach House Productions.

Part Three (Parental Discretion Advised) Grand Finale 21:45 — 22:15

The time has come to release the Wicker Woman from her patriarchal shackles and emancipate her from the rituals of old. Bring the Fire Project tells the story of women’s struggles to be free through fire dancing, poi and staffs in a spectacular macabre-masked performance soundtracked by Opera Viva. As the ceremony draws to an end, a stunning display of light dancing and performance encloses the magnificent Wicker Woman as she basks in incandescent light for the entire city to see.

Parental discretion advised, includes masked performers and fire.

LightNight Commission

Brought together by composer and musician Rory Ballantyne Ad Finitum, in Liverpool Cathedral’s Lady Chapel, seeks to broach this most difficult of subjects on LightNight by creating an intimate, communal atmosphere.

An atmospheric concert featuring new choral arrangements by composer and musician Rory Ballantyne. The eclectic and dynamic repertoire takes you on a journey through uplifting and emotional pop, rock, ancient folk, classical and experimental songs that explore ideas around death and dying in different ways. Soloist Iris Madriaga will perform a Lament.

A new ensemble of singers, The Invisible Choir perform a special repertoire of music that explores ideas around death and dying in different ways, featuring new choral arrangements by Ballantyne. The recital, performed twice, includes traditional and contemporary works for reflecting on those we miss. From 1930s gospel hymn ‘I’ll Fly Away’, and ‘When I am Laid in Earth’ (à la Mara Carlyle) from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, to the initially less obvious in the form of The Beach Boys’ ‘Til I Die’, and David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ – a song taken from his final album Blackstar, which his friend and producer Tony Visconti described as the icon’s “parting gift”.

18:45 — 19:30 (relaxed performance) & 21:30 — 22:15.

There will be a Death Café between performances. For more information click here.

Death rituals are ubiquitous, as we all live and die.

In Western culture, funerals are occasions where we focus on a person’s death: but are they as personal as they could be? What about a ritual where we can come together and talk about death, dying, and the rest? A Death Café is a place where people from all walks of life can gather, share and discuss their perspectives in a friendly and informal setting, breaking down taboos and addressing fears about death.

There will be cake!

LightNight Commission

A multi-screen installation by international artist duo Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon.

Based on four years of research, the film presents an expansive audiovisual journey into the spiritual and cultural rituals of Brazil. Exploring the boundaries of cinema, the work aims to blur the divide between viewer and subject; taking audiences on an ethnographic exploration of diverse sacred ceremonies progressing through a sensorial realm of movements, dance and music.

A sumptuous, cinematographic meditation on sacred Brazilian culture, Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil offers a lesson on how we might live now; a moral compass for the Anthropocene age from those living in the most fragile environments.

Visitors can also see Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil for free between 10:00—15:00 on Saturday 18 May 2019.

For more information about the project visit www.hibridos.cc

Supported by Victoria Gallery & Museum and the University of Liverpool as part of Open House.

A multi-sensory meditative journey into the ‘nine celestial bodies’, using pioneering harmonic scales and technology inspired by ancient civilisations augmented by cutting edge science.

Respected electronic music producer Liam Blackburn presents his latest album Navagraha, which means ‘nine celestial bodies’ in Sanskrit.

Each ‘Graha’ is a specific vibration and relates to the nine planets of our solar system. In 1978 Hans Cousto, a Swiss mathematician and musicologist discovered the natural law of the cosmic octave as the link between different kinds of periodically occurring natural phenomena, such as the orbit of the planets, the weather, colours, rhythms and tones. For the Navagraha project Ancestral Voices, Liam Blackburn has taken Hans Cousto’s ‘frequency’ of each planet and created a unique tuning system for each track. The result is a mixture of Ptolemaic, Pythagorean and alternative harmonic scales that create a profound effect on the consciousness of the listener.

*Please note the format of this event requires the audience to lie down so please bring anything that will make you comfortable (cushion, blanket etc).

Places are very limited, booking is essential via www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ancestral-voices-19338710967

Using light, rhythm and movement LUMA Creations/OLC Productions present the heartbeat and power of the drum through changing shapes and shadows of light; creating change from the natural to the mechanical.

Travel full circle through powerful rhythms, taking a magical journey with shifting movements that transform us. We transform and become parts of what we once were. Featuring La Bomba Women’s Drum Group, the DRUM CLASH Crew, Liverpool’s Steam Punk Society and Holly Blue. Devised and composed by Francisco Carrasco.

Unity Theatre present a Tooth+Nail production.

An excerpt of new work: thread 

We see the world differently now.

Inspired by the words of people living with dementiaand those supporting them.

Award-winning Tooth+Nail take a joyful leap into the unchartered spaces of the mind. A tapestry of experiences interwoven with acrobatics and a breathtaking visual language.

“The more we can show people ‘You can live well with dementia’, the less people will be afraid to come forward.”

Performances take place in Unity 1 and last 20 minutes

Explore the ‘transformation’ of faces and gain a better understanding of anatomy and the fusion of art and science.

Join Face Lab and Surgical-Art UK for a series of interactive activities exploring the human face from two differing facial reconstruction viewpoints – Face Lab specialises in craniofacial depiction of people from the past while Surgical-Art runs plastic surgery courses for trainee surgeons.

Learn the basic principles of how to draw faces. Explore how plastic surgeons alter and reconstruct faces by manipulating paper cut-outs. Sculpt facial features and reconstruct faces from plaster casts of human skulls.

Imagine how a space between daydream and dystopia can be inhabited: a world between natural landscape and constructed city scape, between gravity and lightness, between dark and bright, between big and small, where the inside and the outside merge. Architecture installation using light and sound in response to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

The installation is the winning submission from an LJMU Architecture student competition.

Just how fit are professional footballers? Take part in small-sided football games and see how your work rate and performance compares to Premier League players.

Discover how science and technology are used in professional football, using heart rate monitors and GPS vests to monitor performances in real time to evaluate player fitness.

Whether you’re playing or just watching from the sidelines, come along and find out how LJMU’s world-class sports scientists are transforming the beautiful game.

Games at 17:00, 17:40, 18:15, 19:10 & 20:30

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Join in with these fun activities and find out how you can reduce your environmental impact. Play the Carbon Game to discover more about this important element and take an atomic journey through a planet’s carbon life cycle.

Create your own glacier, watch how it grows and shrinks and see the damage we are doing to our climate and our planet. Take home some simple but effective steps that can help make a difference.

Watch simulations of the beginning of the Universe and discover how it has evolved over time. Find out more about the creation of elements within stars and the chemical transformations they undergo.

Stand with plasma balls and use hand-held spectrometers to split light into an array of separate colours and observe the unique visual ‘fingerprints’ produced by different elements.

Take an immersive journey through the history of Liverpool from its beginnings to the present day. Designed, constructed and managed by Liverpool Screen School students, this performance uses light, sound and film to create a truly sensory experience of transformation on three levels: the geographic, the local, and the personal.

Performances last 20 minutes: 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 & 22:00

Discuss the history of mummification in Ancient Egypt. Guided tours of the museum will highlight objects relating to mummification and tell the story of the Garstang mummy who was recently reunited with the museum in 2014.

Mummification began around 3500BCE using dry sand to naturally mummify bodies and continued for thousands of years becoming more and more elaborate, eventually resulting in the removal of internal organs including the brain.

The Greek historian Herodotus was especially fascinated by the different methods of mummification, some of which included the use of enemas. During your tour, you will discover why the Ancient Egyptians practiced mummification, the changing fashions in mummy wrapping, and why canopic jars have animal heads. Tours are suitable for all, except the squeamish!

Outside the Everyman

Watch the Everyman transform through a kaleidoscope of colours as the iconic exterior of the theatre lights up for Light Night.

17:00 – 23:00

Everyman Box Office

The Everyman has been a part of Liverpool’s cultural transformation since its early days as Hope Hall in 1837, to the Stirling Prize-winning venue that sits at the top of Hope Street today. Take a look back at the past and ahead to the future with a unique look into the theatre’s archives, provided by LJMU.

17:00 – 22:00 

Street Café

Join the Everyman and LJMU libraries for an exhibition looking at the history of black music in Liverpool. With archives from the 1840s to the present day, the evening will showcase the influence of black music in Liverpool on popular culture. Light Night visitors are encouraged to bring their own vinyl to play at their “Vinyl Café” and share their own memories.

17:00 – 23:00

Writer’s Room

A night of storytelling in the Everyman’s cosy Writer’s Room. The evening begins with stories for small children and finishing with a few tales grown-up tales.

17:00 – 22:00

EV 1

Improv troupe The Unscriptables are teaming up with the Everyman this year for Light Night and will transform in front of your very eyes, performing scenes, characters and songs based on your suggestions. Chuck the players some props and costumes (provided), spin the genre wheel and much more. Shows roll across the evening for half an hour with short breaks in between. Come along and transform yourself by watching and participating in the playful craft of improvisation.

19:30 – 22:15

EV 2

Family craft activities inspired by transformation.

17:00 – 20:45

The Bistro

Everyman regulars A Lovely Word invite Light Night audiences to join them for an open mic evening of poetry and spoken word in the Everyman Bistro. Everyone is welcome to bring along their own work to perform in the laidback space of the Everyman Bistro.

19:30 – Registration

20:00 – 23:00

One of the oldest medical societies in the world, LMI plays host to exhibitions and performances exploring history, gender and curiosities. Join an upcycling workshop and turn books into hedgehogs, or see a short film showing the transformation of Robert the Bruce’s skull into a representation of how he may have looked.

17:00 — 21:30 Professor Van Helsing’s Wunderkammer

Delve into a Victorian cabinet of curiosities, featuring stereoscopes, zoetropes and praxinoscopes as well as unusual creatures such as mermaids, fairies and vampires.

17:00 — 21:30 Shakespeare’s Globe in the North

Discover the alternative Shakespeare story focusing on Prescot in Knowsley, the only English town outside of London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

17:00 — 21:30 Presenting Gender

Explore the fascinating lives of three women who lived, worked and married as men in the 19th century through press cuttings, court records, census data, pamphlets and ballads. What do the lives of these individuals tell us about gender politics in 19th century Britain?

 

Come along and make a badge, dress up for a Polaroid cover photo, design an outfit for a paper doll or just re-read some of your favourite comics and magazines.

Researchers who use LJMU’s Femorabilia collection of titles like Bunty, Judy, Jackie, Vogue and Harper’s will be on hand to talk about their research and chat about your own memories of reading comics and magazines.

In Atoms presents a new installation and performance work that imagines a world where the human fixation with classification breaks down and a more authentic understanding of relationships emerges.

Presented as a two-screen dialogue with an original musical score, the piece utilises tape and Super 8 collage and manipulation. Through slow and blissful loops of sound, dialogue, and film footage, The Imago tells the life cycle of a moth as a personal history between two people. The dialogue breaks down; the lines blur. Only the moths remain.

Sense of Sound Singers is a national collective of highly skilled a cappella singers who deliver dynamic arrangements of original songs and sometimes interpretations of other works.

Performing as a 9-piece ensemble they welcome Sub5 (Hannover) to Liverpool for what promises to be an exciting joint performance. LightNight visitors are invited to Liverpool Cathedral for a jam-packed programme including a major LightNight commission The Imago by In Atoms, Rest in the Lady Chapel, see a special screening of Sin Bin of the City, a powerful documentary about the Toxteth Riots followed by a Q&A.

Families can also enjoy Movema’s Unlock the Box dance workshop in the Well, and a performance from Sense of Sound & Sub5 choirs in the Lady Chapel. Take in the sights and sounds of Liverpool from the top of the Cathedral Tower (ticketed – open until 22:00) and the Mezzanine Café and Welsford Restaurant are also open throughout the night and the ever-popular BBQ returns on the Welsford Porch.

Begin your LightNight journey with glorious music sung by the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir. Enjoy a moment of stillness, and experience the transformative qualities of Choral Evening Prayer, a tradition that stretches back over 500 years.

All backgrounds and faiths are most warmly welcome.

Enjoy a feast of musical ‘transformations’ as Liverpool’s finest brass bands perform in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Expect unique interpretations of Lennon & McCartney classics, New Orleans jazz, traditional 17th-century music, and everything in between – plus a band new brass ensemble formed especially for this performance.

Bold as Brass is a collaborative soundscape produced by The Liverpool Walton Band of the Salvation Army.

Programme: 19:00, Incognito Brass Ensemble 19:30, Allerton Brass 20:10, Liverpool Walton Band of the Salvation Army 20:10, Formby Band 20:50

Come and see Merseyside Dance Initiative recreate the iconic work of Choreographer Pina Bausch on the steps of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. As part of a major project, the Pina Bausch Foundation have welcomed groups from around the world to learn the choreography and dance  “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter” from the 1982 piece “Nelken”.

In this processional performance, with just a few distinct gestures, The Nelken Line will use repetitive movements to beautifully represent the four seasons, accompanied by Louis Armstrong’s wonderful recording of West End Blues. MDI will be working with community groups including Youth Dance and 50 Moves, lecturers and students from Liverpool’s universities and colleges, along with professional dance artists based in the City to create Liverpool’s Nelken Line.

Merseyside Dance Initiative is dance organisation based in Liverpool City Centre. Their work aims to inspire people through dance, in our role as creative catalyst they work with artists and partner venues to create and present original and captivating dance.

Backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Sensor City is a joint venture between The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. It is one of only four University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) in the country and is putting sensor technology on the map in the UK and around the world.

Officially opened in November 2017, Sensor City is a global innovation hub which offers start-ups and existing companies the technical expertise, business support and international platform needed to collaborate, fund and promote sensor solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) to a global market.

Light Night will provide visitors with the opportunity to see first-hand how Sensor City is helping partners to capitalise on the growing sensor revolution and to hear directly from SMEs who have been able to develop concepts into prototypes with speed and accuracy.

There will be lots of equipment on show including 3D printers, infrared and high speed cameras, microscopes and Virtual Reality headsets. Sensor City will also be showcasing the latest technological innovations that its engineering team, University partners and SME community are developing.

Take part in sensor-based games, watch live theatrical performances, and enjoy a drink while admiring the illuminated Liverpool skyline from the top floor, panoramic roof terrace.

Liverpool Biennial: A Beautiful World

17:00 — 19:30

What does a ‘beautiful world’ look like? Join in creating a large-scale zine which explores the world around us and imagines future possibilities. Make your own drawing, picture or poem and add it to an ever-growing collage in response to Beautiful world, where are you? – the title of Liverpool Biennial’s 10th edition which unfolds across the city 14 Jul – 28 Oct. biennial.com

Vote 100: The Readers

17:00 — 20:00

A hundred women volunteers from across the city read the writing of 100 women through the ages; from campaigners to poets.

Make More Noise!

Suffragettes in Silent Film

17:00 — 22:00

A collection exploring the representation of pioneering women in the first decades of the 20th century.

Take One Woman

18:00 — 19:00 

A three handed performance piece on the life of Kitty Wilkinson, who was instrumental in the setting up of the first Liverpool wash house and baths.  It’s a hundred years since the first women in the UK won the vote, and nearer two hundred years since a woman called Kitty Wilkinson stepped into history.

The Liverpool cholera epidemic of 1832 could have been just another example of people let down by incompetent and indifferent authorities. Instead it was transformed by Kitty  into a story of unflinching courage and hope.

Hotel Transformania

19:00 — 20:00 

Liverpool Script Shop are turning the hall into the Hotel Transformania. The ‘rooms’ of the hotel are full of people who have undergone life changing experiences. One thing’s for sure – you won’t be the same going out as you were when you came in.

Utopia for Now

20:00 — 21:00 

Come along on a journey into what life could be like with free money for everyone. Utopia for Now explores how Universal Basic Income could transform the lives of characters from different backgrounds, who live here in the city. This is the first production from Tomorrow’s Theatre and is performed by a community group. with one thing in common – they all live in Liverpool.

What does a ‘beautiful world’ look like? Join others in creating a large-scale zine which explores the world around us and imagines future possibilities.

Make your own drawing, picture or poem and add it to an ever-growing collage in response to ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ – the title of Liverpool Biennial’s 10th edition which unfolds across the city 14 July – 28 October. biennial.com

Enjoy distinctive performances and a late bar until 23:00.

In An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting comedian Laurence Clark tackles the important issues of parenthood… like how best to balance crutches on his son’s walker to make him look like a Dalek!

Performances take place in Unity 2 and last 20 minutes.

An interactive series of intimate performances exploring notions of identity, gender, and space, and how these three concepts intersect and interact. Participants are invited to communicate with the performer as well as inscribing their own graffiti on the walls of the cubicle. These performances take place in the ground floor ladies’ toilet. Booking required via lightnighttalkingstalls.eventbrite.co.uk Ages 18+

Sensor City is hosting a range of events exploring the theme of ‘technological transformation’. Check them out from 17:00 – 23:00:

The B Collective

As the world’s first volunteer testers of the New Pulse prototype, audience members will receive an interactive consultation on this new (fictional) technology that is transforming lives on a global scale. Humans will no longer require a phone in their hand to connect to the world; the installation of the implant will do this more efficiently and effectively than any technology that already exists.

Let a lab coated team of ‘specialists’ take you through your journey discussing the New Pulse and its benefits. Need to get directions? New Pulse gets you there without ever looking at a map! Need to go to the doctors because of an injury? New Pulse decides what treatment you need without you ever stepping foot in a waiting room! Need to pay for something but don’t have your credit card? New Pulse pays for you!

This is The B Collective’s first project as a company, inspired by how rapidly technology is transforming our everyday lives and connecting us in new and unimaginable ways.

Fomocam

 Using four Internet of Things (IoT) cameras, participants can record their response to Light Night and document their evenings as they walk around the city. The cameras take photos every 30 seconds and will be connected to the internet allowing real time images to be seen. Fomocams will be passed between participants to record the transformation of Liverpool from day to night, in addition to image manipulation transforming the raw pictures into an ‘alternative city’. See what people are up to and track down the cameras on fomocam.co.uk

Formula Student

LJMU e-Racing Team design, build and race single-seat, open-wheeled race cars to compete in annual Formula Student competitions. Check them out as they exhibit their electric vehicles developed using advanced engineering software.

Exploring robots of the future with the University of Liverpool

Robotics and autonomous systems are at the centre of a technological revolution which has the ability to transform our economy, our society and our personal lives.  A series of live demonstrations give visitors the opportunity to find out about the exciting innovations and technologies which are being developed by scientists at the University of Liverpool.

Explore the Brain

Chanua Health designs and manages projects that support individual wellbeing, one of which is Neuro Champions. Neuro Champions is an educational programme which provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need in order to become effective young leaders in mental health. ‘Explore the Brain’ through a range of activities including physical products, brain games, banners and videos.

In collaboration with The Reader, Blackburne House celebrates ‘Vote 100’ with 100 poems, verses and quotes written by 100 women through the ages, from campaigners to poets, and read by 100 women volunteers from across the city. Their voices will demonstrate the struggle women have faced throughout history to make their voices heard.

Screening: 18:20 — 18:40, Filmmaker Q&A: 18:40 — 19:00

A documentary looking at the 1981 Toxteth Riots and the circumstances surrounding Liverpool 8 at the time of the unrest. Using first-hand accounts, newsreels, and animation, the story is told from the viewpoint of members of the Toxteth community.

Ages 12+ LightNight visitors are invited to Liverpool Cathedral for a jam-packed programme including a major LightNight commission The Imago by In Atoms and Rest in the Lady Chapel.

Families can also enjoy Movema’s Unlock the Box dance workshop in the Well, and a performance from Sense of Sound & Sub5 choirs in the Lady Chapel. Take in the sights and sounds of Liverpool from the top of the Cathedral Tower (ticketed – open until 22:00) and the Mezzanine Café and Welsford Restaurant are also open throughout the night and the ever-popular BBQ returns on the Welsford Porch.

You are invited to celebrate the transformation of the Oratory grounds into a wildflower garden at this drawing event with Jayne Seddon, artist in residence at LIPA Primary School, John Hyatt, director of Art Labs Research at LJMU, and the LIPA children and their families.

An installation by Tracey Gibbs responding to the notion that our contemporary world is a relentless and frenetic place; a world where we experience less and less physical contact with both our environment and those we share it with.

This work provides an opportunity to reflect on your busy LightNight and the pace of life around you, and share an experience with others in a room of calm. Set within a rarely-seen space.

Entrance via Hope Street.

Liverpool Philharmonic, in association with Liverpool Acoustic, present a variety of musicians including stunning vocal duo Limerance, Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge winner Lydia Higham, popular singer-songwriter Chris Callander, new guitar duo King & Byrne, and art-pop two piece St. Jude the Obscure.

The evening runs 17:00 — 22:00 with every act performing a ten minute set each hour, so whatever time you pop into the Music Room if you stay for 60 minutes you’re guaranteed to catch them all! In the spirit of the theme ‘Transformation’ the acts will be including a number of familiar songs they’ve transformed by placing their own musical stamp on them. There may also be the odd collaboration or two along the way.

St. Jude the Obscure

St. Jude the Obscure are a new Electronic Art Pop 2-piece consisting of Adele Emmas and Christian Sandford, previously from bands Bird and Feral Love. facebook.com/St.JudetheObscure

Limerance

Limerance are a Liverpool based duo, playing original Americana music laden with close harmony, hearty lyrics and sweet melodies. limerance.co.uk

Lydia Higham

Lydia is an acoustic singer songwriter and guitarist, with a folk-driven, atmospheric sound. Lydia won the Judges’ Award at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2017. facebook.com/LydiaHighamMusic

Chris Callander

Chris Callander is a singer-songwriter from Toxteth with a refreshing take on acoustic tuneage. facebook.com/ChrisCallanderAcoustic

King & Byrne

King & Byrne is an accomplished acoustic duo that perform a unique blend of Spanish/Flamenco style arrangements of well known tunes, their own original songs, together with a sprinkling of well chosen covers. facebook.com/kingnbyrne

Following a premiere in Sudley Theatre, LJMU dance students will choreograph and stage a series of improvised dance performances, featuring projections and new musical compositions to transform place and space.

Some performances will transform University buildings, offering audiences different perspectives and views on the same work. Others will explore how specific themes transform individual performers and the world around us. Works will be performed by both undergraduate and postgraduate students, under the direction of tutors Angie Walton, Pauline Brooks, Bernard Pierre-Louis and Senior technician Noel Jones.

Performances lasts 20 minutes: 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30 & 22:00

Can technology resolve our tendency towards destruction and conflict? In an unsettling but playful way, this installation begs us to change, to transform. A dark corridor. Dry ice. An immersive video installation where two, life-like, sleeping babies are hooked-up to a strange computer, as they escape a decaying planet.

Drifting moments from 20th and 21st century life, both iconic and mundane, emerge from the cosmic/in utero space. What do these images mean? Who is generating these visions? How will you respond?

Afterwards, feel free to take a break in the LJMU Social Space with its eclectic mix of fun and functionality, indoor lawn, trees, and colliding tables.

On the last iceberg the last polar bear drifts on the ocean, singing in heartfelt remembrance of a world he once knew that has been devastated by climate change. At first he castigates humans for their greed, but then as the iceberg shrinks beneath him he begins his beautiful lament to a world now utterly transformed.

A new original piece that, through the character of this solitary polar bear, speaks of the devastating effect we are having on our glorious planet. Written by composer and lyricist Patrick Dineen and performed by David Pisaro. Costume design by Rosalind Henderson. Lighting by Phil Saunders.

Performances last approx. 15 minutes: 18:00, 18:45, 19:30, 20:15, 21:00 & 22:00

Celebrating the loan of the ancient Egyptian Meroë Head of Augustus from the British Museum, witness the Battle of Actium in miniature.  This Battle played a decisive part in the Final War of the Roman Republic, the catalyst for Octavian’s transformation from ambitious politician into effectively the first Roman Emperor.

Featured in the BBC’s ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’, this head of the Emperor Augustus was originally part of a statue in Egypt. This statue was decapitated by an invading army from Meroë in modern-day Sudan.

As a final insult, the head was buried under the temple steps which ironically helped preserve it. We are delighted to welcome Liverpool War Games Association, who will be bringing along their miniature armies and ships to reenact this famous battle.

Listen as they talk tactics and manoeuvres, take part and ask questions.

Join ceramic artist, Louise Waller, in transforming an unfinished artwork. Participants will learn how to create clay flowers and leaves to transform a plain column into a three-dimensional living structure. The finished product will form part of one of the ‘New Perspectives’ exhibitions in the VG&M which sees award-winning ceramicist, Phoebe Cummings, re-imagine a former women’s common room.

Former artist-in-residence at the V&A and the inaugural Women’s Hour Craft Prize winner, Phoebe Cummings “encompasses performance art and studio ceramics” (Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council). Her raw clay temporary sculptures celebrate the passing of time and gradually transform and disintegrate challenging our expectations of what art is.

The Victoria Gallery & Museum are teaming up with the University of Liverpool’s Continuing Education department to bring you a gallery talk. Come along and experience the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian Underworld.

You will be guided through the gallery exhibit and will learn about the landscape of the Underworld, the helpers of the deceased (‘shabtis’), and the many amulets of protection that were used in the Underworld and in everyday life.

Find out about the Negative Confession and the Lake of Fire and what happened if the deceased did not pass the Judgement in the Hall of Osiris. Would you have passed the Judgement?

Give it a go yourself, if you dare!

Talks at: 18.00 – 18.30, 19.00 – 19.30, 20.00 -20.30

Sensor City is hosting a range of events exploring the theme of ‘the art of technology’. Check them out from 17:00 – 23:00:

Mothergrain

Sensors help us to inquire further than our natural senses allow. Sensor City’s Artist-in-Residence, Professor John Hyatt, experimented with how sand and liquids move under different frequencies to investigate waveforms, flow, resonance and beauty. When teaching in Oman for the British Council, one of John’s students gave him a bottle of sand from her local beach. Working with Sensor City engineers, John used a powerful, sensor-equipped, microscope camera to concentrate on just one tiny grain of this sand. John called this piece of sand, Mothergrain.  Its impressed, regular, hexagonal flower patterns were captured and edited into a series of 3 videos. John also made the score for this video piece by digitally translating an image of vibrating water into a musical composition for a string quartet.

Drones & DigiArt

The Sensors and UAV research group from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Liverpool John Moores University exhibit the outputs from the EU funded project DigiArt (665066). This project is in its final year, tasked with creating 3D models of cultural heritage artefacts and sites using drones and sensors and providing viewers with access to a range of cultural sites across Europe. For more information please visit website http://digiart-project.eu/.

Skull models

Laura Ortega Lacasa is a 3D Artist and Concept Designer. Having received two master’s degrees in Spain, Laura moved to England to advance her freelance career. Her recent 3D anatomy design project resulted in significant interest across the world and is now being showcased in Germany. Laura will be exhibiting this physical skull model and will also be transforming it into a virtual reality model for Sensor City visitors to experience.

Object (Auto) Biography is an experimental dance performance on vertical pole performed and choreographed by Rowena Gander, inviting you to remove and reconsider preconceived notions of the female who dances with the pole.

Performances take place in Unity 2 and last 15 minutes.

LCR 4.0 is a UK manufacturing first, that aims to put the Liverpool City Region at the heart of an evolution, which is set to transform production in the modern world economy. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), LCR 4.0 creates a collaborative community that connects SMEs to expertise and support from key knowledge assets in the region. As a delivery partner of LCR 4.0, Sensor City helps Liverpool City Region SMEs explore the potential of Industry 4.0 technologies and accelerate their innovations from idea to prototype.

A dedicated team based at Sensor City provides technical assistance to SMEs including data automation, embedded electronic systems integration, 3D concept design and digital marketing. At Light Night, you can find out more about the programme and how the expertise within the LCR 4.0 team are transforming Britain’s ambitions to be a world leader in the fourth industrial revolution.