21 May 2021 5pm – Late

Are we shaping technology? Or is it shaping us?

The fascinating world of artificial intelligence comes to World Museum in a new exhibition bursting with interactivity through immersive artworks and scientific developments, giving visitors a thrilling vision of the future.

Explored through prominent and cutting-edge research projects, and special commissions and projects by international artists, ‘AI: More than Human’ is an unprecedented survey of the relationship between humans and technology.

The exhibition tells the rapidly developing story of AI, from its extraordinary ancient roots in Japanese Shintoism, to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage’s early experiments in computing, through to the major developmental leaps from the 1940s to the present day.

CAFÉ & SHOP: You can also grab a bite to eat and drink at the World Museum café or pick up a souvenir from the shop.

Please note: You will need to buy tickets for this event, as a special LightNight offer when you book a ticket you will get one free (Friday 21 May 17:00—22:00 only).

The Exhibition was curated and organised by Barbican International Enterprises and co-produced by Forum Groningen, Netherlands.

AI: More than Human, runs until 31 October 2021.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

The John Moores Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting right now.

Check out all 67 paintings selected for this year’s exhibition and keep an eye out for our prize winning paintings. You’ll also be able to find out who has been crowned the winner of this year’s Visitors’ Choice Prize.

Please pre-book your ticket using the button below.

Café & Shop

You can grab a bite to eat and drink in the beautiful surroundings of the Walker café. The Walker shop is also open to buy the exhibition catalogue, has a great selection of merchandise and other special gifts, be sure to take a look.

Can’t make it to the Walker Arts Gallery on LightNight?
You can visit using the virtual tour.

 

Liverpool based Labour historian Dr. Greig Campbell will give a 30 minute talk that explores the little-known story of a rank-and-file workers’ occupation of Liverpool’s Meccano plant – the so-called Factory of Dreams.

Late in 1979, 940 Liverpool workers at the Edge Lane Meccano factory were given 40 minutes notice that their famous factory was to close – leaving them jobless just weeks before Christmas.

A large number of devastated and defiant employees refused to accept that this was the end for the Meccano plant in Binns Road, Old Swan and took decisive action. An occupation, maintained predominantly by women employees, lasted an incredible 4 months and represents a vital chapter in Merseyside’s labour history.

Using archival source material, comic book style illustrations and oral testimonies, Give Us Work Not Dole provides an intimate account of the 1979-80 fight to save the facility from closure – a campaign that represents one of the most remarkable chapters in Merseyside’s illustrious labour history.

The film will be followed by a live Q +A with Professor Campbell

Sign up for the Zoom here

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

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A Portal has opened.

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

Phase One explores the generative properties of feedback and movement through projection mapping. Through audience movement and interaction, intricate patterns organically emerge from the portal, accompanied by sound samples by Liverpool composer Tom Rea Smith.

For Phase Two, digital artist Sam Meech and musician Raz Ullah present a special performance in surround sound, using coloured lasers to generate organic video forms in Red, Green and Blue, that trigger a sweeping synth soundscape.

PORTALS is a sci-fi inspired interactive video-mapping installation and AV performance exploring time, space and recursive patterns in nature. Hypnotic, enchanting, almost alive.

Libraries are portals to culture, stories, ideas. Taking inspiration from the awesome circular reading room of Liverpool Central Library, PORTALS creates a window in space-time – a glimpse to another dimension.

Encounter something surreal. An everyday sci-fi experience.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Liverpool Empire Youth Musical Theatre Company presents Hidden Elements, exploring the concept of performance as ritual. You will be invited into a world that you wouldn’t usually have access to, and given a glimpse of the aspects of performance that are ordinarily concealed.

What happens either side of a performance – before the curtain rises and the lights go down? How often do we see actors apply their stage makeup and step into their costumes? Yet they do this, without fail, each time they perform; it is a ritual.

From the vocal warm ups and body stretches to the line learning and soul searching, there is so much more to performance than what is presented on stage. Join the Company as they put some of the hidden elements of performance under the spotlight, raising the curtain on what happens backstage and in the rehearsal room to create performance itself.

Live ceilidh band Gallimaufry are back for their seventh LightNight. A family friendly, foot-tapping, lively end to your festival experience.

A huge collaboration of young brass players aged 11-18 from across the region’s Music Hubs (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Warrington, Halton and St Helens) come together to perform a spectacular concert – from traditional brass band music to songs from the shows – in the magnificent setting of the Great Hall. Playing music is their ritual!

Mersey Hub Brass is an exciting place where young musicians from across the region come together to take their music to a new level. They are inspired and challenged, immersed in the visceral experience of ensemble playing.

Liverpool’s place as the most successful and creative centre of the UK’s music industry is self-evident to anyone with a passing knowledge of popular music history. Music Education therefore, is highly valued as the key to the continuation of the area’s huge legacy of successful music production. Regional Music Hubs are the pivotal centres of music education provision for schools across the region, providing resources, instrumental and curriculum teaching, CPD and network training opportunities to mainstream and SEND schools.

Mersey Hub Brass represents an alliance of four local music education hubs: Resonate Music Hub, working across the city of Liverpool; Sky Music Hub, covering Sefton and Knowsley; Accent Music Hub, covering Warrington and Halton; and St Helens Music Hub, covering St Helens area. The Merseyside Alliance of Music Education Hubs work with over 40,000 young people, teaching them to play instruments, sing their hearts out and experience the life changing power of music. They sincerely hope you enjoy their performance as much as they enjoy the experience of playing as part of LightNight!

If you would like to know more about the work of your local music hub, or how you or your child can get involved please contact Resonate, Liverpool’s Music Hub on 0151 330 5130 or visit resonatehub.co.uk

Fourth Floor

Liverpool’s Not Just Arts Collective host an evening featuring a pop-up gallery, procession, storytelling, music, poetry and Morris dancing, exploring how in uncertain times we look to find new meanings in old symbols.

An artwork will be created during the evening which will be ritually destroyed by the public at 22:00. Artists include Robert Harris, Eleanor Rees, Andy Johnson, Matthew Edwards, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Mal, Dino, Claire Rice, Sue Povall, Antoinette, Beatnik X and Heartsong Willow.

 

Hornby Library, First Floor

Matteo Borrini, principal lecturer at LJMU and president of the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, introduces you to the rituals and practice of medieval witchcraft, witch-hunting and Inquisition. An interactive show that will inform as well as providing a thrilling experience!

Matteo Borrini’s Cabinet of Curiosities will be in the Oak Room from 18:00.

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

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

20:00 — 20:45

Four elemental performance groups process from Picton Reading Room to their locations and stand prepared for Pachamama to call them to her altar

21:00 — 21:30

Pachamama calls the four groups to her altar outside Central Library for a final performance.

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

Join MDI, Merseyside Youth Dance Company, 50 Moves and Men!Dancing! for an immersive 15-minute dance performance.

The dance is inspired by the rituals which different civilisations have created over time to honour the movement of the constellations and their effect on us. This performance offers a taster of MDI’s year round health and wellbeing programmes – come and see what they do, and sign up for a class!

MDI works with dancers of every age, ability, class and ethnicity from the local community, promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing through the power of movement.

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Performances by LIPA students at intervals throughout the evening, featuring garments by students from LJMU School of Art & Design.

Liverpool Walton Band of The Salvation Army invites you to this uplifting mass singalong to the likes of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Amazing Grace’, and cracking floor fillers like ‘Sweet Caroline’. Everyone welcome; come and help raise the roof!

Many rituals revolve around music and this performance will touch on as many areas as possible, and attempt to recreate the atmosphere that communal singing brings whether it is in a football ground, or maybe a singalong movie. Audience participation is encouraged, so everyone can join in and enjoy!

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

Ritual is a rich source of inspiration for the members of Scottie Road Writers. Their imaginations have been given free rein, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results. Set in the wonderful surroundings of Central Library, you’ll have ample opportunity to take a break from the hustle & bustle, relax, sit back, and take your imagination on a free-wheeling trip into the many and varied worlds created by the authors. A continuous round of storytelling at it’s finest.

Learn about the rituals astronauts follow when preparing themselves for space travel in a hands-on interactive station.

The Ancient Egyptians ritualised the daily workings of life and death. Death was ruled by mummification rituals and life was ruled by the movements of the stars, which even influenced the positioning of the great pyramids.

Explore the process of mummification though World Museum’s handling collection, and the ancient knowledge of the night sky with an interactive map installation.

Join Science Museum Research Fellow Dr Angela Stienne and curators from National Museums Liverpool for an interactive discussion on the routines and rituals museums go through as they decide whether or not to display human remains.

They’ll discuss the ethical dilemmas of curating collections such as mummies in the Ancient Egypt gallery, and how we can interpret their stories. Book free tickets via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

Night at the Museum (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 22:00

See phenomenal photographs of space, auroras and stars at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, find out more about how astronauts prepare for space travel, or enjoy refreshments in the café until late.

Constellations (Family Friendly) 18:00 & 19:00

Join MDI, Merseyside Youth Dance Company, 50 Moves and Men!Dancing! for an immersive 15-minute dance performance. The dance is inspired by the rituals which different civilisations have created over time to honour the movement of the constellations and their effect on us.

Astronaut Rituals (Family Friendly) 18:15 — 19:00 & 19:15 — 21:00 (CANCELLED)

Learn about the rituals astronauts follow when preparing themselves for space travel in a hands-on interactive station.

Ancient Egyptian Rituals and Mummification 18:15 — 19:00 & 19:15 — 21:00

The ancient Egyptians ritualised the daily workings of life and death. Death was ruled by mummification rituals and life was ruled by the movements of the stars, which even influenced the positioning of the great pyramids. Explore the process of mummification though the handling collection and the ancient knowledge of the night sky with an interactive map installation.

Difficult Displays in Museums 18:30 — 18:50 & 19:30 — 19:50

Join Science Museum Research Fellow, Dr Angela Stienne and curators from National Museums Liverpool for an interactive discussion on the routines and rituals museums go through as they decide whether or not to display human remains. Discuss the ethical dilemmas of curating collections such as mummies in the ancient Egypt gallery and how we can interpret their stories. Book free tickets via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

A special evening opening of the children’s gallery. Stories and hands-on activities inspired by mythology in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition.

Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the theme of ritual inspired by the creative processes of art-making and adornment, taking inspiration from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition and its motifs and patterns. Get into the spirit with Marvellous Mackintosh facepainting and the Ritual & Myth pop up photo booth, and enjoy refreshments in the café till late!

Throughout the evening there will be a series of events and performances which convey interpretations of ritual, death and adornment. This includes the immortalisation of the subjects of artwork such as The Death of Nelson.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style is ticketed via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mackintosh From £9 (concs available) free for members.

Big Art For Little Artists (Family Friendly) Ground Floor 17:00 — 20:00

A special evening opening of the children’s gallery. Stories and hands-on activities inspired by mythology in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition.

Music, Movement, Ritual and Adornment (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 22:00

Performances by LIPA students at intervals throughout the evening, featuring garments by students from LJMU School of Art & Design.

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

Liverpool Community Choir perform under the guidance of Musical Director Ian Davidson and Pianist Hannah Leatherbarrow.

As a community choir LCC are open to all-comers without exclusion, and meet once a week to sing and learn as well as socialise. At the heart of the choir is this gathering where singers warm up and exercise not just their vocal chords but also their bodies and minds.

Songs include Paul Simon’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ which explores friendships and support. Other songs relate to love, relationships, marriage and conflict such as ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables and ‘Danny Boy’.

Discover

Are ya dancin’? Coz we’re askin’!

Pick up some Swing Dance moves between 21:00 – 21:45, and you’ll be Lindy Hopping and doing the Charleston in no time! Then from 21:45 til 22:30 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! Accompanied by a live band.

Recreating the energy of ballrooms from bygone eras, Mersey Swing welcomes anyone to join in. They recommend participants wear shoes with smooth soles, but anything will do! You don’t have to bring a partner as you’ll 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.

Mersey Swing CIC run several classes each week celebrating the golden era of Swing; find out more at merseyswing.com

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

Enjoy the contrast of seeing the same pieces performed twice with different rituals.

Fairies. Goblins. Donkeys. Water pistols?!? Mankind’s oldest rituals: courtship, marriage and the theatre itself are sent-up by Rubbish Shakespeare Company through three madcap pop-up scenes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This isn’t your granddaddy’s Shakespeare – this is Rubbish Shakespeare!

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

In Harmony Liverpool, led by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, is using music to bring positive change to the lives of young children aged 0-18 years in West Everton and delivering significant benefits across families and the wider community.

Discover, Ground Floor

In Harmony (Family Friendly) 17:00

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

Flight Night 101 Workshop 17:00-22:00

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

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

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

Liverpool Phoenix Voices (Family Friendly) 20:30

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


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

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

Atrium, Ground Floor

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

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

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

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


Picton Reading Room, First Floor & Outside

Pachamama 20:00 — 21:30

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

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

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

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

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

PORTALS 20:30 — 23:00

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

Hornby Library, First Floor

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

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

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

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

First Floor

Scottie Rd Writers 20:00 — 23:00

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

Fourth Floor

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

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

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

LightNight Commissison

Recent graduate of the Royal Academy Schools and Art World icon Richie Moment turns his critical third eye on the rituals that interlace our modern lives with eight contemporary light sculptures installed at the historic St. Georges Hall Plateau.

Moment’s video and installation works are as vibrant as they are intriguing – blending neon colours and a grungy aesthetic, with a keen eye for modern anthropology. His work is as emotionally sensitive to the subject as it is impactful. Although Moment always appears to be having a better time in his work than the rest of us, a closer analysis reveals a deeper questioning of the wants and pressures of the human condition.

The light sculptures are shrines to the popular culture we engage with on a daily basis. Whilst their bright colours celebrate convenience food, celebrity and the days of TV on demand, they also hide a darker musing of how much of a good thing is too much of a good thing?

Shrines to things we love are all around us. Whether the multiple takeaway menus pinned to our fridges, or the stack of gossip mags arranged on our coffee tables. But historically, the things we worship are not always what are best for us… or are they?

For level access please enter St George’s Hall via the North Entrance facing Walker Art Gallery.

It’s five years since the transformed Central Library was unveiled. Join in the celebration with a mix of literary and musical activities, plus an exploration of Brazilian carnival through workshops and outdoor performances.

Discover (Ground Floor)

17:00 — 17:30 In Harmony

This young orchestra play selected pieces exploring the theme of transformation.

18:00 — 18:45 Bangor Ladies Choir

Under the expert guidance and direction of Christine Crutchley who took on the role of Musical Director in September 2017, the choir is performing pieces with accompanying images on the transformation of women by the Suffragette movement, which celebrates its centenary in 2018.

18:00, 19:15 & 19:45 The Rubbish Shakespeare Company

Enemies. Lovers. Warring families. Sausage rolls? See how Shakespeare transforms the dynamic between two lovers over the course of one scene as The Rubbish Shakespeare Company present 15min pop-up scenes from Romeo & Juliet in their unique, critically acclaimed style.

20:30 — 22:00 Transformations

Poetry has the power to transform the spoken word into often spiritual artistic expressions that connect us to shared human experiences and emotions. A variety of poetry readings and performances.

Atrium (Ground Floor)

20:00 Liverpool Community Choir

Performing under the guidance of their talented music director Ian Davidson this uplifting choir has members of all ages from right across Merseyside.

21:00 — 22:00 Dave and Danielle Flynn

Making Changes live performance of guitar and voice.

Hornby Library (First Floor)

17:00 – 18:00 Transformations by North End Writers

New work inspired by animals, nursery rhymes, translation and images presented and read by members of the North End Writers community group.

18:00 — 18:45 & 19:15 – 20:00 Southport Strings

Fresh from their transformative visit to the Kaustinen Folk Festival, Finland last summer Southport Strings perform a selection of traditional tunes mixed with their own more familiar Celtic repertoire.

Picton Reading Room (First Floor)

21:00 — 22:00 Nick Ellis

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Nick Ellis performs a style of streetscape narrative-noir blended with a classic British acoustic approach. Looking at ideas around the transformation of places, Nick is performing pieces from his work Adult Fiction; a novel set to music. Each song is a chapter based on an old folklore passed onto him by his 105 year old Aunt, Molly Amero, in the last days of her life.

Second Floor

18:00 — 19:30 Liverpool Code Club

A fun workshop for children to learn micro:bit programming, electronics and robotics adding light and sound effects to laser cut horses! Finished creations will stay at the library to be part of Batala’s performance later, and you will be invited to being them out and parade them at Liverpool Makefest in June. Suitable for ages 8-12 years.

20:00 — 21:30 Scottie Road Writers

Expect the unexpected? Expert Storytelling from Scottie Road Writers

Fourth Floor

18:15 — 19:15 The Land of the Scowl

Land of the Scowl is based on newly discovered papers and paintings that were discovered by the archivists working in the vaults of Liverpool Central Library. A truly epic story of cowardice and courage, the good and the bad, triumph and transformation. It shows the origins of many things we take for granted in Liverpool today. 7+

19:30 — 22:45 Mouth of the Mersey: Transformation

Liverpool’s original adult storytelling group reforms! The Mouth of the Mersey combines traditional and modern storytelling, true stories, nearly true stories and down right lies. Ancient and modern stories and tales of the yet to be. Scary stories, funny stories, heart-breaking stories, stories to lift the spirits and always entertaining stories. With musical guests Harp and a Monkey.

Please see Feel it Hear It See It which also takes place at Central Library

Bring the Fire Project stages a collaborative performance of fire, music and dance celebrating beautiful traditions from the Celtic, Chinese, Indian and African communities who have influenced the past and present of Liverpool. Expect live music, stilt walkers, burning costumes, pyrotechnics and so much more.

Bring the Fire Project is a Liverpool based collective of fire dancers, circus skills teachers and flow arts promoters. They offer excellent fire and light performance based on exploration between modern object manipulation arts, various dance forms and theatre techniques.

Batala Mersey drumming band collaborate with Brouhaha International to present a series of three hands-on workshops, each followed by carnival performances and processions to allow audiences the opportunity to understand and experience Brazilian carnival culture.

 

Feel It

Traditional Carnival Mask Workshop

16:00 — 18:00

‘Make and take’ workshop from Brouhaha on the ground floor. Reflect upon self-transformation in the spirit of carnival and masquerade, and then join in with the parade wearing your brand-new mask.

Batala Carnival Parade

18:30 — 19:00 

Starting at Steble Fountain, Batala Mersey play a traditional Bahian repertoire from north east Brazil and will parade around St George’s Plateau, with the audience following in traditional carnival style.

 

Hear It

Mask Workshop

19:00 — 20:00 

‘Make and take’ workshop from Brouhaha on the ground floor. Create your own mask inspired by the origins of carnival culture.

Batala Mersey on the Picton Steps

20:15 — 20:45

A high energy percussive performance, the sound of which will make you want to move.

 

See It

Animal Forms Mask Workshop

21:00 — 22:00

‘Make and take’ workshop from Brouhaha on the ground floor.

Illuminated Rhythms

22:30 — 23:00

Decoding the percussive texture of the Batala rhythms through the use of light. See the beat of each drum in colour to visually interpret the music, creating a multi-sensory experience. Digitally animated horses will add to the texture of the visual display.

Head to the Walker Art Gallery for a special evening opening of children’s gallery Big Art for Little Artists. Enjoy exploring, dress up, listen to stories and join in with crafts.

You also have the chance to be inspired by issues raised in the Slaves of Fashion: New Works by the Singh Twins exhibition and ‘Votes for Women’ and create your own badge for change.

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts transform the gallery with musical performances throughout the evening, and students from Liverpool John Moores University present ‘Fashion Geographies’, an immersive staged fashion event which is a synergy between fashion design, fashion communication and art installation. The digital imagery of heritage ‘stories’ will be projected onto plain outerwear garments (designed and constructed by 2nd year LJMU fashion design students) as part of a dynamic installation.

PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art will be open to the general public with some added extras to enhance visitor experience.

Part of the evening will see Highlights tours run by volunteer invigilators for the exhibition. These volunteers are passionate about the exhibition and will present one piece, explaining their personal reaction to the work and what they like about it.

In addition to the Highlights tours, there will be a musical performance of ‘Jasmine Flower’ by Ciara and Eno. This is a Chinese folk song which is sung in Chinese by Ciara, a native English speaker, with lyrics and pronunciations taught by Eno, a native Mandarin speaker who will provide the melody on a piano.

An exciting element of the evening will also be the addition of an interactive Liverpool version of City DNA, a piece by Lu Xinjian which features a creative map of Manchester and Salford. LightNighters will be invited to trace a giant map of Liverpool in multi-coloured felt tip pens to mark parts of a Liverpool map in the style of iconic work, Lu Xinjuan’s, City DNA.

Entrance via the Heritage Centre.

Live ceilidh band Gallimaufry are back, teaching fun dance moves that have transformed over the years into the routines we use today! Count your steps and move your feet to the beat, soaking up the splendour of the space while dancing the night away, no experience necessary.

Doors and bar from 20:00, Ceilidh 21:00-23:00.

Entry via North Hall. Entry: Adults £3 / children free.

All income goes towards funding LightNight and maintaining St George’s Hall.

An exhibition in the window space, featuring work by member artists in a variety of mediums inspired by a narrative that begins ‘You are sat underneath a tree alone, suddenly there is a sound; The tree is whispering to you’.

Each of the artists continue the story, and through their work show a transformation of narrative. The location of the installation is an abandoned shopfront that will be transformed into a sophisticated gallery space, inspired by window displays in Europe. The work can also be seen 17:00 — late until 1 June 2018.

All the family are invited to discover amazing collections, from Egyptian mummies to casts of dinosaur bones. Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!

Note: Visitors to China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors are advised to pre-book tickets costing £14.50-£5.50. Free for children aged 5 years and under. Last entry at 21:00.

An immersive, multimedia installation by artist Robert Flynn: exploring the human desire to change and to attain unobtainable goals of perfection in ways that don’t always succeed.