21 May 2021 5pm – Late

Enjoy LightNight at Tate Liverpool with free access to the galleries including and new collection displays and a late night view of the Liverpool Biennial.

Take part in a Buggy Walk, a specially formulated tour for young families and our Ideas Depot display featuring artworks curated by children for children.

Enjoy special LightNight only discounts on children’s activity books in the shop.

Shop and café will be open serving food until 20:00

Age guidance: Open to all with Buggy Walk aimed at 5 and under

There will be sparks. There will be flames. There will be bellowing.

Come and join us on LightNight as we turn rock into metal without the help of Ozzy Osborne! Visit our site to learn more and join us for interactive discussions of mines, metals and magic at 18.00–18.30 and 20.00–20.30.

A playful look at the production of copper

A restful soundscape of smelting

Game of Stones: The Magic of Metallurgy — 6pm Discussion

Game of Stones: The Magic of Metallurgy — 8pm Discussion

Enjoy these events online on LightNight right here or at: www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/lightnight2021

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media
Twitter: @livancworlds
Facebook: @LivAncWorlds
Instagram: @garstangmuseumofarchaeology

Creative Innovation is a series of playful online demonstrations in the form of virtual content showcasing the innovative technologies and creative offerings homed within Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

Creative Innovation is a joint event between Liverpool Science Park, Sensor City and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool).

KQ Liverpool is a world-leading innovation district, spanning more than half of Liverpool City Centre, and is home to some of the world’s most influential players in science, health, technology, education, music and creative and performing arts. KQ Liverpool links up like-minded cultural and commercial organisations, academics, clinicians and scientists, to promote the world-class innovation that exists within our city region.

Whether it’s through rapid prototyping, gamification of technology, virtual reality or creative research and development, customers based at Liverpool Science Park and Sensor City are involved in innovation and experimental play, pushing the boundaries of the art of the possible. Located within the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool Science Park plays host to a community of like-minded and ambitious innovators, developers and scientists. Sensor City is a global hub for the development of sensor and IoT technologies.

Programme Live from 5pm on LightNight

Spot the Dog- MTC 

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 with the objective of bridging the gap between academic and industry.

Meet Spot the Dog. This computerised canine can climb stairs and cross rough terrain, which would defeat most robots. Spot will help organisations to apply automation in dynamic and testing environments. Watch the launch of Spot the Dog and read about how Spot will be used in future projects in Liverpool and the North West.

 

Drones and Interactive Virtual Tour: Drone Site Surveys

Drone Site Surveys use smart technology to offer construction professionals alternative visual options, enabling them to work smarter.

Watch the drones in action with aerial shots from around the city and learn about their innovative capabilities.

 

Virtual Gallery Tour: Scenegraph Studios

From virtual and augmented reality, to games and web design, Scenegraph studios is a multidisciplinary creative studio building interactive real time experiences.

Take a tour around a 3D online gallery, and experience the future of immersive technology, here.

 

Revolutionary drumkit: Aerodrums 

Aerodrums is a revolutionary air-drumming instrument which plays just like a conventional drum set, minus the drum set. This award-winning, virtual kit is transforming the production and delivery of media and the arts, as well as solving the problems of portability, space and noise associated with traditional drum kits.

Watch the Aerodrums in action with covers of your favourite songs and listen to a learner’s journey of the experience of learning and playing the Aerodrums.

Bruno Mars Uptown Funk – Aerodrums Cover

Michael Jackson Billie Jean – Aerodrums Cover

Aerodrums – A Learner’s Journey

Playing House – RenderNation

RenderNation is a team of technology experts working hard to deliver innovative render farm solutions.

Navigate a 3D space and use the mouse to get a full 360-degree view in various locations around a luxury property.

http://lightnight.rendernation.com/

*Please note this link is for laptop/desktop use only.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Commissioned by METAL in association with LightNight

Musician, songwriter and curator Love Ssega presents an escapist family adventure where viewers are transported into a parallel version of Liverpool City region based on Andrew Kiwanuka’s Project Earth comic, which Love Ssega recently commissioned as part of his Season For Change Airs of the South Circular project. New music has been specially written and composed by Love Ssega to accompany this 3D Cut-out Opera, where the 2D characters and friends from Project Earth find themselves filmed and brought to life in 3D.

As a founder member and original songwriter of Clean Bandit, expect hooks to sing along to as well as a mix of synths and baselines associated with Love Ssega’s more experimental solo productions. Touching upon the themes of climate education, justice and air pollution affecting school-age children, Love Ssega brings stories he noticed growing up in South East London by the South Circular to the Liverpool City Region adapted especially for LightNight, as an act of creative solidarity.

Following the event, viewers will be able to download Love Ssega’s music and backgrounds to create their own ‘Cut-Out Opera’ at home with family or friends.

Watch the event here (embedded above) or on Love Ssega’s Youtube channel.

This event will be subtitled

Social Media

Twitter: @MetalLiverpool
Facebook: @metalliverpool
Instagram: @metalliverpool

 

Celebrate LightNight outside the Museum of Liverpool with Artemis Street Theatre Productions for a playful walkabout of stilts, story and performance under the sea with larger-than-life Octopi Cali and Mari and their rivals the Lionfish all under the watchful eye of the ever-present Captain Barnacle.

Don’t forget to grab a drink or snack from the Museum of Liverpool’s great new outdoor catering truck, meaning you can take in the view whilst enjoying a take away drink and snack.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

Please note that Museum of Liverpool will not be open, and this activity takes place outside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MORE EVENTS AT THE TOWN HALL:

Paint The Sky

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

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

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

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

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media

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

MORE EVENTS AT THE BOMBED OUT CHURCH:

Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

Social Media

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

 

MORE EVENTS AT THE TOWN HALL:

The Game

Northern Lights will open its doors to members of the public to explore the artist’s studios within. You’re invited to visit The Royal Standard, Hub Art Studios and Galleries, ROAD Studios, Innominate Studios and Ryde.

Each studio will be responding to the theme of Play. Expect installations that explore how play grows within the artist’s environment, exhibitions that incorporate gameplay and much more.

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

More events at Northern Lights:

Hub Studios and Gallery: Members show and Open Studio
Innominate Studios: Open Studio
COBALT!
The Royal Standard: Members Show

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

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

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

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

More at Bluecoat:

LightNight at Bluecoat

Did you know that there are tribes of small creatures who live around us? We are not aware of them, but we need them. They are the ones who whisper without words and inspire jokes, fun dances, music, paintings, love; in other words, they are the ones who make life worth living. Liverpool has plenty of them: the Old-Swan, the An-Field, the Ever-ton…

One of the tribes has gone missing, it’s the Baltic Green tribe. What happened to them? Are they in danger? Their members were last seen on Jamaica Street where they left some traces behind; those traces are visible through augmented reality and might be helpful to solve the puzzle of their disappearance.

You just need a smartphone to see those traces, but all of your imagination to find out what they mean. Come to help to solve this mystery through an augmented reality treasure hunt before it is too late!

If you want to participate, write to info@docupostcards.co.uk
and we will send you all the instructions.

Specifically for children.

Baltic Market is place for fussy friends and picky palates, zealous vegans and juicy meat lovers, the gluten-free and the never full. Home of halloumi fries, frozen gin slush and bubble waffles, gyros and wood-fired pizzas.

A place for everyone and everything. So bring your loved one, your mates, your Nan or your Chihuahua and join us in a weekly celebration of everything that makes Liverpool great. We’re Liverpool’s first street food market – come and take a bite!

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

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

Liverpool Show Choir

For LightNight 2021 we’ve created a special video for you all to enjoy online, as we’ve continued with weekly online rehearsals throughout the pandemic. But we can’t wait to be together in person again, continuing the singing, fun, friendships and dodgy dance moves!

LSC relishes any opportunity to perform and the choir has performed at the Philharmonic Hall with Brian May and the Liverpool Empire with Susan Boyle. We’ve given many concerts in many incredible buildings. We have participated in LightNight since 2016, plus other many exciting events across the city region including the celebrations for Sgt Pepper at 50, ‘Mr Kite’s Musicircus’ at Aintree Racecourse. Our most unusual performance to date was singing ‘Toll Again’ on top of an open-topped party bus, with Liz and Natasha from Atomic Kitten, for an episode of Channel 4’s ‘Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back’.

In 2018 we were the winners of the Overall Best Choir at the St Bride’s Choir Festival, having won the ’Give it some Welly’ cup the previous year.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly.

LSC website: liverpoolshowchoir.com

Social Media

Twitter: @LIVERPOOLCHOIR
Facebook: @TheLiverpoolShowChoir
Instagram: @liverpoolshowchoir

 

Our chosen repertoire explores the theme of “play” through traditional well-known Liverpudlian pieces and also explores memories, dreams and thoughts all connected to the Earth, stars, memories, and feeling of community.

Specifically aimed at families with children.

Social Media

Twitter: @MusicBelvedere
Instagram: @belvedereacademymusic

The pupils have individually recorded their own specific parts of 3 brass band pieces and submitted their video recordings to Resonate Hub staff Neil Storey and Lucy Bowyer, who have then expertly compiled them to enable the young musicians to still take part in LightNight virtually. We hope you enjoy and thank you for watching. Ee very much look forward to seeing you during a live performance at LightNight in future years!

Specifically aimed at families with children.

Social Media

Twitter: @ResonateHub
Instagram: @resonatemusichub

Revolutionary Nature

A film celebrating documentation of early years children creating a discovery garden in the Liverpool Oratory grounds. The children draw the garden as they create it, learning about the cyclical nature of living systems and biodiversity. A collaboration between Jayne Seddon LIPA Primary Artist in Residence, Robin Riley Chair of The Friends of St James Gardens, National Museums Liverpool & Scouse Flowerhouse.

Hope on the Horizon

Looking up from Hope Street to the river, Year 6 children study the sky as a moving painting. Working with both music and art, they created graphic scores inspired by cloud formations. They share their sublime sound cells and stunning oil paintings of clouds in this film.

Bird Song Sky Shanty

Children in Years 3 and 4 make songs inspired by our native birds.  They play with birdsong, flight paths, patterns and pitch bending. Lyrics are inspired by their love of birds. This is a Love Music and Revolutionary Nature collaboration.

Shifting Skies

Musician Rachael Diop and LIPA Primary Artist in Residence Jayne Seddon share a composition of music and art inspired by patterns in nature and mersey clouds.

 

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

 

This event will be subtitled

Social Media

Twitter: @LIPAPrimarySch

Making tiny movements with characters or objects and filming a frame per movement will bring your scene to life. Watch our own mini VG&M scene then find out how to create your own film with our step-by-step guide below!

The University of Liverpool is home to the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M), the impressive redbrick Victoria Building on Brownlow Hill. It has a wide-ranging collection reflecting the many subjects taught at the university and a wide ranging art collection including fine art, sculpture and ceramics. As well as interesting permanent displays, there is a varied regularly changing exhibitions programme.

Step-by-step Guide

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children
Age guidance: suitable for adults and families

Alfred Waterhouse was the Liverpool-born architect who designed our wonderful Victoria Building but he’s got trapped inside it! Can you help him escape the Clock Tower goblins in our brand new escape room game? Journey through the Victoria Building solving puzzles and answering questions about the building, the many clocks within it, the university and Liverpool.

Play the game here

The University of Liverpool is home to the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M), the impressive redbrick Victoria Building on Brownlow Hill. It has a wide-ranging collection reflecting the many subjects taught at the university and a wide ranging art collection including fine art, sculpture and ceramics. As well as interesting permanent displays, there is a varied regularly changing exhibitions programme.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children
Age guidance: suitable for adults and families

Play our brand new for LightNight I-Spy game. Meet ‘Oriel’, one of the VG&M’s most popular sculptures, as she comes to life to help you explore the beauitful Victoria Building, solve clues, spell out a word and complete the game. With our 360 camera, you can move around all areas of the museum and gallery discovering artefacts, artworks and architecture. The first ten correct answers submitted will win a prize!

Play the game here

The University of Liverpool is home to the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M), the impressive redbrick Victoria Building on Brownlow Hill. It has a wide-ranging collection reflecting the many subjects taught at the university and a wide ranging art collection including fine art, sculpture and ceramics. As well as interesting permanent displays, there is a varied regularly changing exhibitions programme.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children
Age guidance: suitable for adults and families

Celebrate 45 years of The Windows Project writing games. Come and play two of their most popular on-line board games. Judy Mazonowicz and Michelle Sakim will help you write a poem on the spot!

It’s all super simple, you collect images and ideas to help you to write a poem of your own. You can choose to write about your own neighbourhood, starting with your ‘Street’, or in the world of fantasy and imagination with our ever-popular ‘Spells’ game.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for families and children aged 7 upwards. It is advised that all children must have a parent or guardian taking part with them.  Each session will last 30 minutes per family group. Adults are also welcome to form their own group for a session.

Materials needed

Pens and paper, and if possible, a dice.

Questions?

Please email David via windowsproject@btinternet.com

About The Windows Project

This summer The Windows Project celebrate 45 years of games-based writing workshops in play schemes, libraries and community venues across Merseyside and beyond. They have also run sessions for Tate Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool World Museum, the Bold Street Festival and many others. Their writing tutors include celebrated storytellers, playwrights, poets and authors.

You will need to book a time slot for you and your family to take part (1 ticket per group or family sharing a computer or device).

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children. Children must take part with a parent or guardian.
Age guidance: 7 +.  Adults can join in too!

Social Media

Twitter: @WindowsProject_
Instagram: @WindowsProject_

Arensky Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 Haydn Symphony No.94 in G major ‘Surprise’

Vasily Petrenko conductorJulian Bliss clarinet

Arensky was so taken by the melody of Tchaikovsky’s song ‘Legend’ that he spun seven variations from it as a tribute to the composer. In the finale of his second clarinet concerto, Carl Maria von Weber took the inflections of the Polonaise dance to weave virtuosic runs and jumps into the solo clarinet line. But the rest of the concerto sparkles with brilliance too and Julian Bliss will make it sing and dance effortlessly.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media

Twitter: @liverpoolphil
Facebook: @LiverpoolPhilharmonic
Instagram: @Liverpool_philharmonic

Play the Stars

In a new interactive digital commission for LightNight, you are invited to help create a 3D story as Tilt Brush artist Rosie Summers live-paints audience suggestions into a magical virtual reality world set at Liverpool’s waterfront. Produced by theatre company leo&hyde the live-streamed performance will feature a live score by Liverpudlian composer Marco Galvani and storytelling by Rebecca Macauley.

About the artists:

leo&hyde is a Mancunian theatre company, exploring ways to combine live storytelling, music and technology. They’ll be joined by Warrington actress Rebecca Macauley, who starred in their production The Marriage of Kim K at The Lowry in 2019. @leoandhyde

Rosie Summers is a Leeds-based 3D animator, virtual reality artist and Tilt Brush live performer. She tells stories through light and motion with her animation work – check out her Twitter and Instagram at @VR_Rosie.

Marco Galvani is a Liverpudlian composer, equally at home writing classical and electronic. In this project, he’ll create an ecstatic synth vision – listen to his seductive synth soundscapes here.

This event will feature Speech to Text reporting/Closed Caption subtitles.

Join the Fashion team at LJMU for a playful collaborative exhibition throughout the night, shared via Instagram. It has been a strange year for everyone, forcing us all to learn new ways to work, learn and play, from inside our own homes.  The LJMU School of Art & Design Fashion team have produced an evening of new visuals, played out over Instagram, reflecting how these new ways of work and play impact on the world around us.

For LightNight 2021, the team have gathered in the metaphorical playroom. The dressing up box has been upended, books dragged off the shelves and the crayons and felt tips ready to go – we are creating new work inspired by our circumstances.

This playful evening will use a broad range of mediums including photography, video, illustration, sculpture, styling, still life, graphic design, and collage to unite a team that hasn’t worked together in person for over a year.  This project is about collaboration, remembering that although we are in different physical spaces, we can still share, respond and play together. As David Hockney said: “People tend to forget that play is serious”.

To see the exhibition unfold during LightNight visit www.instagram.com/aplaceforeverythingand

Artists: Andrew Ibi, Anne Liddell, Carol Ryder, Jacqui McAssey, Kayla Owen, Marc Provins, Nicole Watkinson, Paul Owen and Ruth Clifford.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Interlace is a project with people and community at it’s core. Ahead of Light Night artist Laura-Kate Draws held participatory workshops with a diverse range of community groups to explore what ” home” is  and means? Is it a physical construct or an emotional attachment?  The resulting exhibition brings together the voices of these communities in a series of sculpture based works and an audio piece featuring interviews from the participants.

Ahead of LightNight artist Laura-Kate Draws hosted workshops with a diverse range of community groups to explore what ” home” is and means? The resulting exhibition brings together the voices of these communities in a series of sculpture based works and an audio piece featuring interviews from the participants.Interlace is a project with people and community at its core. Ahead of LightNight artist Laura-Kate Draws held participatory workshops with a diverse range of community groups to explore what Home is and means? Is it a physical construct or an emotional attachment? The resulting exhibition brings together the voices of these communities in a series of sculpture based works and an audio piece featuring interviews from the participants. Wander through the exhibition, share your thoughts and leave your mark by getting involved in a drop in collaborative drawing workshop that is accessible to all ages. Become a part of the exhibition and leave it a little different to how you found it.

Interlace is a project with people and community at its core, with participants invited to explore what home is and means. Is it a physical construct, or an emotional attachment? In the lead up to LightNight artist Laura-Kate Chapman will hold a series of workshops with groups from in and around Liverpool to explore these ideas,

The exhibition is made up of drawings, screen printed images and words inspired by these community workshops, and accompanied by a soundtrack from grassroots pioneers Above the Beaten Track that interlaces the voices of Liverpool residents with ambient music. Original artworks created by workshop participants will also be on show.

Take a moment to wander through the exhibition and reflect on what ‘home’ means to you; you’ll also be able to take part in collaborative drawing and spoken word, to make your own mark on the exhibition and leave it different than when you arrived.

 

 

Interlace

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

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

Age guidance 5+

 

Everton, Tranmere and Liverpool,

You’ve got me screamin’ and a roarin’

When we see you scorin’

Everton, Tranmere and Liverpool…

With pop up performances at Central Station and James Street Station

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

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

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

Note: Level access via Moorfields off Dale Street.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Exhibitions
5pm – 10pm

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

Voices from the Song of Songs: Judy Chicago

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

The Games of Art

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

Young, Gifted and On Track

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

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

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

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

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

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:00 — 19:00 Open Mic

19:00 SOSO Choir

20:00 Liverpool Show Choir

21:00 Isabelle Tarran

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

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

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

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

Booking essential, please call 0151 709 4014.

An evening of art, music and creative rituals.

18:00 – 21:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the ritualistic history of coffee’s origins and how our interaction with coffee has changed over time. Watch coffee being roasted, learn about the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and enjoy your favourite drink.

The cafe will be open all night serving coffees, other hot drinks and alcohol if you so wish!

Luna Space

To celebrate relocating to Northern Lights, ROAD Studios is hosting a temporary gallery in the Luna Space.

‘Rituals of the Mundane’ is ROAD Studios’ response to this year’s theme, paying homage to the imperceptible miracles of the everyday, whilst shining a spotlight on the miniature processes that control forces of order and chaos. It elevates the role of the familiar, providing a platform upon which we can appreciate the essentials of day to day life. If these unsung heroes of the commonplace were to find a new context, celebrated in the foreground, would chaos ensue?

Featuring works by resident artists specialising in fine art, photography, illustration, typography, sculpture, graphic design and jewellery-making on the theme of everyday ritual. An animation screening will also be shown to complement the medley of fine art exhibits. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their workspaces to get a feel for where the magic happens.

See roadstudios.co.uk for participating artists. Please note that there is no level access to the open studios.

You’re invited to an ancient ritual: stories by the fireside.

The fires have been set alight. Gather. Hear our story. Journey through Baltic at dusk where the city’s creatives have reclaimed the streets. Delve underground and discover hidden stories.

A creative tour of Baltic Triangle with five stories from the flames produced by Paperwork Theatre. Tours start every hour at 19:00, 20:00 & 21:00, meet outside HOBO Kiosk.

Tours last 45 min.

All of Northern Lights opens its doors!

ROAD Studios present Rituals of the Mundane in the LUNA exhibtion space, paying homage to the imperceptible miracles of the everyday, and the miniature processes that control forces of order and chaos. Rituals of the Mundane features works by resident artists specialising in fine art, photography, illustration, typography, sculpture, graphic design and jewellery-making on the theme of everyday ritual. An animation screening will also be shown to complement the medley of fine art exhibits.

LUNA exhibition space is open until 23:00. The Mezzanine studios are also open until 19:00. Please note: there is no level access to the Mezzanine.

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The Royal Standard present Let Your Hands do the Talking, an exhibition of tactile artworks. Many studio members’ doors will also be open for you to explore. Members of HUB Studios & Gallery are also opening up their studios and hosting a market place selling their work.

Tusk are open serving great food and drinks until late.

Multidisciplinary artist and creative Amadeus Kyulx work examines the roles played out in ‘x’ situation using iconography to trigger a form of recognition and allowing the merge between reality and illusion whilst creating a fragmented story the viewer can place themselves in.

Make Baltic will also be holding open studios of their Baltic space to give you a look into the working space of their residents.

ClubTogether is an exhibition and digital installation by design studio Dorothy – the culmination of a seven-week partnership with SEVENSTORE which invites you to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and rituals of electronic music & club culture and contribute memories to an interactive map.

The soundtrack to the evening is provided by DJs including Graeme Park, with additional visual imagery courtesy of Mark McNulty.

Clubbing is one of the greatest cultural phenomenons of our generation. 1988’s Summer of Love provided the inspiration and foundation for a cultural revolution, catapulting dance music and rave culture into the mainstream. Despite our choice of where to go clubbing changing (from free parties in fields and illegal warehouse raves to legendary nights at the Haçienda and sweaty dance-floors of super-clubs like Cream) the rules and rituals of clubbing remain the same.

Dorothy’s installation is a chance for fans of contemporary electronic music and ravers old and new to share their rituals of clubbing and create a community of shared experiences. Host for the evening and partner of the project is SEVENSTORE, a new concept fashion store opening in the Baltic Triangle in April 2019.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dorothy and Ian Mitchell, Lecturer in Graphic Design and Illustration at LJMU.

Liverpool’s first street food market, Baltic Market will be providing grub on the go, great cocktails and a whole evening of live music and more.

From wood-fired pizzas to halloumi fries and everything in-between – never LightNight on an empty stomach. Everyone is welcome so bring your mates, bring your Nan, bring the whole family or bring your Chihuahua – and let’s celebrate the ritual of coming together around long benches and feasting to our hearts’ content.

In keeping with this year’s theme, there will also be a special cocktail inspired by a Hawaiian hula dancing ritual, the Hula at Sunset – dark rum, velvet falernum, grenadine, fresh lime, orange and mongozo coconut beer!

Lovely Goose 5:30-7:30, acoustic trio

Soul 4 Soul 7:30-9:30

JDisco 9:30-11:30

Arena Studios and Gallery is a studio space for creatives ranging from fine artists to illustrators and fashion designers. Led by a team of artists who volunteer their time, the studio has an ethos that promotes artistic excellence with a socially driven perspective.

You’re invited to join them for ‘Follow My Doodle’, a drop-in activity suitable for all the family! You’ll doodle your way through a ritual, using fun drawing materials and methods, to create your own unique artwork that will become part of a colourful installation in the Arena gallery. Their studios will also be open for you to look around. Have a mosey round a creative working space and chat to Arena members about their work.

To gain entry to Arena press the intercom buzzer outside the Baltic Social door and meet the team at the lift inside. Arena is on the first floor and they’ll take you up in the lift.

Get involved in free creative workshops in the Clore Learning Studio. Taking inspiration from Ugo Rondinone’s colourful outdoor sculpture Liverpool Mountain, play with different materials to create your own balancing structures!

Led by Debbie Goldsmith and suitable for all ages.

Create your own pom pom in the Tate café to take away! You can wear it, hang it on a bag or simply play with it. Pom poms are fun, easy to make and suitable for all ages.

Experience the gallery after hours with delicious street food in the café, live music from Liverpool Guitar Society, workshops and a special presentation of work by Tony Conrad (1940–2016).

Food served until 21:00, last orders at 20:45. Last orders at the bar 21:40.

Tate Collection gallery, first floor and Op Art in Focus, second floor are open until 21:00.

 

Pom Pom Pom (family friendly) 17:30 — 19:30

Create your own pom pom in the café to take away! You can wear it, hang it on a bag or simply play with it. Pom poms are fun, easy to make and suitable for all ages.

 

Mega Models! (family friendly) 18:00 — 20:00

Get involved in free creative workshops in the Clore Learning Studio. Taking inspiration from Ugo Rondinone’s colourful outdoor sculpture Liverpool Mountain, play with different materials to create your own balancing structures! Led by Debbie Goldsmith and suitable for all ages.

 

Tony Conrad 10 Years on the Infinite Plain 19:00 — 20:30

Head to the Wolfson Gallery for a special performance of Tony Conrad’s audio-visual meditation. Pairing hypnotic film loops with droning strings, this is a rare chance to see a pioneering work of minimalist cinema and sound. Tony Conrad (1940–2016) is a pivotal figure in contemporary culture. His multi-faceted contributions have influenced and redefined music, filmmaking, minimalism, performance, video and conceptual art.

Supported by the Estate of Tony Conrad, Greene Naftali, New York, Tate Americas Foundation and a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice Studio MUTT bring the elaborate writings of Sir John Soane to life with In Character, an exhibition where ornament, colour and form are brought together to explore the ways in which architecture can communicate to us.

Permutations is a new musical work by Freya Waley-Cohen, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen, and an architectural installation by Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina.

It was created on an Open Space Residency at Aldeburgh Music because the artists wanted to create a way for listeners to involve themselves in harmony and counterpoint, whilst using the powerful relationship between architecture and music to give autonomy over the performance ritual to listeners. The performance and its architectural setting were developed simultaneously and in close collaboration, each acting as a muse for the other.

The 18-minute composition is written for six recorded violin parts. The architectural setting is a set of six movable chambers, each of which houses one of the six violin parts. While adjusting the level of resonance in a chamber by rotating the doors, the listener can transform the level of acoustic enclosure, to single out one or two parts at any given time or to experience the full ensemble in counterpoint. Through interaction with the chambers, listeners will be able to explore the new work of music from the inside out. Each audience member can create their own ritual by the path they choose to take through the space.

Kinship looks at how women are using photography to reflect upon their sense of kin.

All six artists in this exhibition are women, and the projects collected together seek to uncover the ways people build close relationships amongst each other that feel like family. This ‘kin’ can be relations, partners, or close friends, tracing the way that our understanding of family and relationships are in flux.

Alongside the exhibition anyone is welcome to have their portrait taken as part of a ‘family’ with free drop in Polaroid portraits, reflecting on the ritual of family portraits and how we present ourselves as a group. You can take your free polaroid portrait home with you.

The exhibition features Pixy Liao, Momo Okabe, Margaret Mitchell, Lydia Goldblatt, Jenny Lewis, and Johanna Heldebro. Open Eye Gallery offers free tea and coffee on a ‘help-yourself’ basis.

Local playwriting group Lantern Writers perform short plays reflecting rituals as the theatre of our lives; bridging the past and present. 15+

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Uncover how early societies have been rediscovered by archaeologists and explore the belief systems of Merseyside’s earliest people through the scant symbols and structures they left behind. Piece together the rhythm of the daily lives of prehistoric people, their rituals and their beliefs.

Glimpse into the lives of the first people to settle here and gain some understanding of a society and culture far removed from our own at this series of talks. Connect with a people who did not see the divide between the supernatural and natural worlds as we do today.

Enjoy special events and a late opening of the museum’s ground floor galleries until 22:00, and Rhythms of the Candomblé Orixás outside on the steps at 21:00 -22:00.

 

Early Settlers and the Calderstones 17:30, 18:30 & 20:30

Glimpse into the lives of the first people to settle here and gain some understanding of a society and culture far removed from our own at this series of talks. Connect with a people who did not see the divide between the supernatural and natural worlds as we do today.

 

Ron Cowell, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology 18:00, 19:30 & 21:00

Uncover how early societies have been rediscovered by archaeologists and explore the belief systems of Merseyside’s earliest people through the scant symbols and structures they left behind. Piece together the rhythm of the daily lives of prehistoric people, their rituals and their beliefs.

 

Rituals as the Theatre of our Lives (family friendly) 20:30 — 21:30

Local playwriting group Lantern Writers perform short plays reflecting rituals as the theatre of our lives; bridging the past and present. 15+

 

Rhythms of the Candomblé Orixás (family friendly) Museum of Liverpool Steps, Pier Head 21:00 — 22:00

A show-stopping dusk performance from samba reggae drumming band Batala Mersey. Performed by over 30 drummers in traditional costume as they pay homage to the spiritual significance of the band’s Afro-Brazilian roots and tell the story of three orixás. 3 x 20min ritualistic percussive routines.

Take a terrible terror tour, featuring tales of murders, mysteries and stories of suspense. Discover what links Sherlock Holmes, Spring-heeled Jack and Dr Crippen have to Liverpool.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

The Old Dock experience has a new tour guide just for LightNight. Look out for him he’s “dead old”!

Take a tour of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock with expert guides. Discover this revolutionary dock and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance here

Full details of all the events across National Museum Liverpool venues can be found at liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

Explore the ground and 1st floor galleries of Merseyside Maritime Museum and enjoy a bite at the Quayside Café until 22:00.

 

Creepy Crafts (family friendly) 17:00 — 20:00

Creepy crafts for children with stories of local folklore legend Spring-Heeled Jack and Fearsome Facepainting.

 

Darkness on LightNight (family friendly) 17:00 — 22:00

A night of suspense, intrigue and local historical folklore.

 

Spooky Stories (family friendly) 17:15, 18:00 & 18:45

Hear stories of smugglers with Mother Redcap.

 

Old Dock Experience (family friendly) 17:30 & 19:00

Take a tour of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock with expert guides.

Discover this revolutionary dock and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name. Please note the tours are now sold out. 

 

Terrible Tours 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00

Featuring tales of murders, mysteries and stories of suspense! Discover what links Sherlock Holmes, Spring-Heeled Jack and Dr Crippen have to Liverpool…

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

 

Ghostly Goings-On 18:30, 19:30 & 20:30

Join the Ghostly Goings-On tour guide on a journey through real-life spooky tales and creepy coincidences in the Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story exhibition.

In homage to the rich variety of festivals on offer throughout the UK the BME creates an immersive walk-through experience looking at how ‘the festival’ has become embedded within our culture as a rite of passage.

Be witness to a visual and audio soundscape that will take you on a journey through the decades from the sub-culture youths of the sixties and seventies to now and witness the evolution of the ‘festival’ from its folk and rock origins to the more mainstream popular music of the nineties and noughties.

From The Who and David Bowie to Gorillaz the spectacle of the festival will be represented on BME’s own mainstage, celebrating headlining acts throughout the decades.

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

See a show stopping dusk drumming performance from Samba Reggae drumming band Batala Mersey on the newly opened steps of the Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head.

The story of three Brazilian Orishas will form the basis of three short ritualistic percussive routines, representing the human form of their Candomble spirit in the Yoruba identity. Each twenty minute performance has been designed to allude to the ritualistic rhythms and moves of the particular Orisha it represents, bringing about a unique mood and spiritual feel to each of the individual performances.

Bring family and friends to watch live Samba Reggae music performed by over 30 drummers wearing traditional costume, and reflect on and pay homage to the spiritual significance of its Afro-Brazilian roots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Maray.

Shopping is our modern ritual.

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

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

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

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

Supported by Exchange Flags.

illumaphonium.co.uk

LightNight Commission

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

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

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

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

Level access via Moorfields, off Dale Street.

LightNight Commission

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

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

Performances last 20 min.

Funded by Liverpool BID Company.

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

Get Involved

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

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

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

LightNight Commission

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.

LightNight Commission

Screenings every half hour, on the hour and 30mins past. Film lasts 18min.

Artist collective Projectile Vomit draw on the traditions of the old Gaelic festival of Beltane, one of four seasonal festivals which traditionally took place between the spring equinox and the summer solstice to create a ‘made up pagan ritual for the modern day’.

Every year, disco fans from around the world gather in Liverpool to mark the anniversary of the death of Queen of Disco Donna Summer, and to entreat her to give us a good summer through a centuries-old ritual involving celebration, feasting, dancing and sacrifice. This year, LightNight coincides with this anniversary (the time when Donna’s spirit will be most receptive to the corporeal world).

In accordance with her hit song ‘Summer Fever’, Projectile Vomit erect an audio-visual shrine that will provide focus for our collective disco energies and attempt to induce a Donna Summer Fever to appease the Queen and ensure good weather in the months ahead.

Please note: This installation includes the use of strobe lights, please check notices at the venue.

LightNight Commission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foyer

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

(Ages 6+)

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

Foyer

Liverpool Carnival Company transforms the Albert Dock into a mini carnival of music, dance and costume exploring the meeting of technology and culture looking to the future. Join in! What will you choose; android, or carnival feathers and glitter?

Find yourself transformed in a series of projected kaleidoscopic patterns. This immersive light and sound installation is responsive to the presence of visitors of all ages, creating sounds and moving patterns based on your actions.

Singing Mirror is suited for all the family to explore and also presents the chance to get a sneak peek of the wonderful displays at the British Music Experience for free. The Star Café will be serving food and drinks throughout the night, as well as hosting live music from the in-house band.

Located opposite the Mersey Ferry terminal, in the Cunard building, The British Music Experience is a dedicated exhibition to the history of British Music.

Take a tour of Liverpool’s historic Old Dock – the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock – with our expert guides. Discover how this revolutionary dock was key to Liverpool’s development and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name, under the streets of Liverpool One!

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance via 0151 478 4499.

Explore exhibitions looking at the port of Liverpool, with highlights including Black Salt: Britain’s Black Sailors and Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Special live performances from the Liverpool Guitar Society will take place at intervals throughout the evening in front of the Titanic and Liverpool: The untold story exhibition on the 2nd floor.

World Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery are also open for LightNight, find out what’s on here.

A special performance by young people from YULA drama of Totally Over You, a sparky comedy written by contemporary British playwright Mark Ravenhill.

This exhibition will no longer be open late due to the special LightNight event Sleeping in the Middle.

What is it that we’re sharing when we share images online?  Worldwide, we post over three billion images on social media every day. Although the act of snapping and sharing photos seems casual, it drastically shapes the way we understand ourselves, each other, and cultures we are less familiar with.

Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity looks at photographs taken by ordinary people in China and considers how the everyday act of taking photos shapes our identity.  Anthropologist Xinyuan Wang explores photos posted by people on WeChat, China’s hugely popular social media platform.   Thomas Sauvin presents ‘Beijing Silvermine’, an archive of photographs sourced from thousands of rolls of used film bought from a recycling plant outside Beijing.

Teresa Eng presents her Self/ Portrait series, in which she asks young people in China and Liverpool to show her one of their selfies and presents it next to a new portrait she has taken.   China has seen an unprecedented migration from rural to urban living to support a rapidly expanding economy.

As part of Liverpool 2018’s China Dream season, Snapshot to WeChat examines the modern role of photography and casts some light on life in a rapidly transforming culture.

CPC Music: Cressington String Orchestra perform live for two 20 minute sets. CPC stands for ‘Child – Parent – Community’.

Music can build bridges across generations and social boundaries; here, in the presence of the community-built Paper Bridge, the strings of instruments are transformed into music that can bridge our souls.

Take part in an exciting new collaboration between Tate Liverpool, ARUP, Open Eye Gallery and RIBA which will see schools, families, artists and you come together to create a 15-metre paper bridge.

Write down an aspiration for the future – a transformation you wish to see in the world or in yourself – before adding your paper to the finished structure.

It Will Never Work is an unplanned trip from Madchester to Brexit via Easyjet and driverless cars, with a quick history of unorthodox thinking and a few buildings along the way.  In their first 25 years, Urban Splash have won over 40 RIBA Awards.

These awards cross the spectrum from Small Projects to the Stirling Prize Shortlist and cover refurbishment and new-build on residential, leisure and commercial schemes. Special awards acknowledge the company’s commitment to Sustainability, Housing and Conservation.

Urban Splash profess to have started without a plan, purposefully ignoring advice and routinely rejecting accepted development processes. At every step ‘it will never work’ has been a call to action rather than a discouragement.

In this exhibition, explore the RIBA Award-winning projects in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day.

We will try to understand what, in the Urban Splash approach, connects all these projects and cuts across the immediate context to form a consistent body of work and essential ethos.

Baltic Market is Liverpool’s first street food market based in the incredibly iconic Cains Brewery Village. The market is split into 8-10 food options that change every couple of months. From wood-fired pizzas to halloumi fries – the market has become foodie heaven for people of all ages. Our beers are mainly from local brewers, our wine is from an independent merchant, we have local bands on every weekend and we could go on. Baltic Market is a fun way to support Liverpool’s independent food scene.

LightNight is all about exploring and there’ll be plenty of food to explore that’ll give you the energy to walk Liverpool’s streets and get up to something out of the ordinary. With lots of beers from local brewers, wine from local independent merchants and a whole host of cocktails – you won’t go thirsty.

There will also be a special 6-piece funk band called Encore de Funk playing funk and soul covers all night. Maybe bring your dancing shoes.

Come and join in the fun with Tate Liverpool’s Collective’s who will lead a hands-on workshop making shakers that you can wear and move with, inspired by new exhibition Utupya! You’ll then be encouraged to wear and shake them around the gallery! The top floor gallery has been transformed by Brazilian collective OPAVIVARÁ! into an immersive environment featuring playful and interactive installations.

Visitors are invited to become an active part of the artwork by sharing ideas, cultures and experiences within the communal spaces.  Enjoy chatting with friends in a giant colourful hammock, made by stitching together several individual hammocks, or relax over a cup of herbal tea at the free tea station – it’s the perfect place to enjoy views of the waterfront whilst also becoming part of a piece of socially engaged art.

The Brazilian theme will run throughout the evening; enjoy music inspired by the Rio Carnival, a delicious menu of Brazilian delicacies and cocktails in the café and the opportunity to be transported straight to Brazil by the impressive Dream Screen experience!

Welcome to Headstrung’s latest expedition into the forgotten corners of the animal kingdom. This interactive puppetry performance follows on from our previous show “The Cryptid Petting Zoo”.

The Cockatrice is a creature of transformation, created when a chicken’s egg is hatched beneath a toad. Here we explain the truth behind the legend.

This show is for a small audience; allowing an intimate experience and one to one interaction with both puppet and performers. Besides, we can’t let too many people know the secret – or everyone will want one! Suitable for brave children and curious adults only. You have been warned!

17:30 — 17:45

18:00 — 18:15

18:30 — 18:45

19:00 — 19:15

The Nineteen Hundred and Eleven Party is an interactive installation which celebrates Liverpool’s enduring desire for social justice and transformation. Participants will be asked to contribute their own unique campaign poster to a growing exhibition of the demands for change participants want to see in their society.

The Nineteen Hundred and Eleven Party was first formed in 2011 as part of Bluecoat Gallery’s Democratic Promenade exhibition. The installation has been resurrected for LightNight 2018 to explore if and how a society’s demands for transformation evolves over a period of years and how this relates back to social and political environment. Join the party at www.1911party.org

Join as creatives for LightNight 2018 (Friday 19th May – 5pm – 11pm) for a fun (and free) family-friendly workshop at the Baltic Creative Campus on Jamaica Street!

Flights of Fancy will see participants of all ages transforming everyday objects into beautiful birds, fabulous fish and luscious ladybirds – helping transform an empty space into a menagerie of creatures from the air, the sea and the land!

as creatives are passionate believers in the power of the arts to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and transform lives. They specialise in developing creative programmes and workshops that make learning extraordinary. Over the last five years alone they have worked with over half a million children and young people both nationally and internationally.

You can call as creatives directly on 0151 708 8886. as-creatives.com

 

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.

Performances last 30 minutes. Step into an immersive environment that will play with your perspective and reveal a new dimension through the process of anamorphosis.

No two people will see the same thing; experience it your own way. A new 3D live light installation and performance by audio-visual artist Carlos Bernal, using electronic sounds with a combination of LED bars and projection-mapped visuals over two giant screens and the floor surface.

Hinterlands is a brand-new event space, situated in the Cains Brewery Village, Baltic Triangle. The venue is industrial, chic and immense in size – a fitting location for Carlos Bernal’s challenging installation. Hinterlands will be serving drinks and light snacks throughout the night.

Now in its second year, Northern Lights is delighted to be welcoming the public into their nooks and crannies! The whole of Mann Street will be opening its doors to artists studios, new event spaces, rehearsal- and recording studios and other creative work spaces.

The Royal Standard Gallery will be open with a moving/transforming sculpture exhibition: And Yet It Moves. Some of the studio members will open their studios for the night and show works and present projects.  http://the-royal-standard.com/ 

HUB Studios & Gallery will be open with resident artists showing work and selling prints. http://hubstudios2.co.uk/

Tusk will be playing host to performances on the night and offer a great space to take a break, have a drink and something to eat.  http://www.tuskbaltic.co.uk/

A team of Baltic Clay artists help you to choose one of our unloved ceramic objects and transform it into something extraordinary!

Use a variety of techniques including specially created stencils, spray paints, glitter and more. You can then take your finished piece home. Suitable for all ages and no need to book.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Big Bang to mobile-obsessed humans, Tmesis Theatre take you on a crazily transformative, twenty minute, fast-paced journey of our evolution. Using their trademark quirky, comic and entertaining physical style, this new street piece is accompanied by a journey through live music, from the didgeridoo to the digital! Based here in Liverpool, Tmesis have toured their award-winning physical theatre productions nationally and internationally for the past 14 years.

Takes place outside Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building at Albert Dock.

This event is supported by Albert Dock Liverpool.

Directed by Elinor Randle
Performers: Eleni Edipidi,  Yasmine Goulden, Chris Murray, Charles Sandford and Guy Shread
Music Barry Han and Meike Holzmann
Designed by Stephanie O Hara
Produced by Claire Bigley

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

(Ages 10+)

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

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.

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

(All ages)

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

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

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

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.

Performances last 20 minutes.

Dung beetles co-existed with dinosaurs over a hundred million years ago, probably munching their droppings. They were the scarabs worshipped by ancient Egyptians as symbols of reincarnation.

Cleaners and recyclers, essential to life on earth, these beetles transform dung into nourishment, aerating the soil and countering climate change by burying carbon.   Two dung beetles roam the streets of Liverpool accompanied by ethereal music, sharing stories with the public, posing questions about life and dung. They may ask for help  – at night they steer their course by the Milky Way, but this will be hard in a city drowned in light pollution. They also have to make sure no other creature steals their booty – dung is a precious and sought-after resource. Is there much difference between us and them? In the great cosmic dance, are we all equal?

Insects are so often invisible to humans, especially in cities, yet they are part of the rich fabric of life on which we all depend, linking past and present, earth and universe.  We would do well to learn from them.  ‘The Dung Beetles’ Cosmic Journey’ is a parable of hope; humans are part of life – and life is transformation.

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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.

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

(Ages 7+)

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

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

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

(Ages 10+)

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

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.

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.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

(All ages)

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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.

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

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