21 May 2021 5pm – Late

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

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

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

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

 

Image credit: Photograph by Brian Roberts

 

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LUX

Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

 

Crazy P are back as 24 Kitchen Street takes over Camp and Furnace to close off LightNight 2021.

Fusing slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs, shimmering pop moments; this is dance music.

Booking essential.

Age guidance: 18+

** Please note venue change from 24 Kitchen Street to Camp and Furnace **

More events from 24 Kitchen Street:

William Nicolas Crosland – Tapestry now taking place at Chapters of Us

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.

Want to have your lyrics as part of the Song Machine? Tweet up to 6 words @Stealingsheep #playis

Audience members can send up to six words that will be fed to the Song Machine and processed into a new composition performed live at the British Music Experience on the 21 May 2021.

Live performance at 21:00 on LightNight

Limited tickets are available for some lucky audience members to watch the performance live at British Music Experience!

Stealing Sheep are collaborating with visual artist Amy Cadwallder on Song Machine. Amy is producing the live light art visuals that everyone can experience, either via the live stream or live in the venue. Amy’s work is in video and installation, taking recordings of lights and shiny reflective objects and distorts them into sequences of motion and colour. The video content consists of cutting out and pairing different segments into new patterns, creating repetitive visuals for the viewer to watch.

Tickets for the live performance at the British Music Experience are very limited due to government restrictions and standard covid safety measures are in place. The building and bar is open from 20:00, with performance starting at 21:00. The event takes place in the stage area, and museum galleries remain closed.

Booking is essential.

Livestream

Everyone can watch Song Machine as a Youtube broadcast on LightNight at 21:00, or you can catch the recording later in the evening.

BSL interpretation will be offered by Andy Higgins to support the performance.

Watch live on LightNight

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’re delighted to share a compilation of past performances as our virtual contribution to LightNight 2021. We have enjoyed performing at LightNight in Liverpool in person in past years and hope to be able to do so again in 2022.

Our first piece is Breezin’ Down Broadway, a selection of show tunes, which was performed at Steam on the Dock at Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Our second performance is an arrangement of Hoagie Carmichael’s ‘Georgia On My Mind’ for solo cornet, performed by James Gray at Botanic Gardens, Southport in 2018.

Our third contribution is Flugel player Matthew Gray’s performance of ‘How Great Thou Art’, again at Botanic Gardens in Southport, but in 2019.

Our final piece is a trombone trio, ‘I Will Follow Him’, which you may recognise from the movie ‘Sister Act’. It was performed by Adam Gilbert, Matthew Guinan and Anna Loy at Vale Park, New Brighton in 2018.

We hope you enjoy our contribution and we hope to see you in person in 2022.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Closed captions are available for this event. If you require captions please view the work through Google Chrome web browser, and enable them via the Settings tab. Google Chrome can be downloaded here.

Social Media

Twitter: @FormbyBand
Facebook: @formbyband

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

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

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

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

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

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

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

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

Social Media

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

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LUX

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media

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

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Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

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

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

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

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LUX

Play Up

How We Move, How You Move Me

Playful

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

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

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

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

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults

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LUX

Play Up

Songs from The Show Must Go On

Playful

 

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

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

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

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

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

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media

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

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

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

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

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heavy Gardening by Something & Son

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liverpool DJ collective Girls on Deck present a scratch showcase of upcoming local young DJ’s, in partnership with the Unity Youth Club in Toxteth, hosted by District.

The girls on deck showcase for LightNight will celebrate some of our exciting students and the progress they have made, we have no doubt they are going to go on to take and dominate the club scene within the city and beyond!

We want to see more local young female DJ’s taking up space, with our guidance and mentorship we have already seen such a shift in confidence and ownership of their talents, and we want the city to see this and celebrate this too!

About Girls on Deck

Girls on Deck is a community for both established and aspiring DJ’s within the city and beyond. Working closely with the Unity Youth Club in Toxteth, Hannah and Gaia (two of the four GoD members) have facilitated workshops and lessons both within Toxteth and independently through Hannah’s DJ school 123 studios.

Girls on Deck aspires to nurture and celebrate the next generation of female DJ’s, from those as young as 6. It is clear the impact of music and DJing has been nothing but positive and important. Especially in regard to promoting particular genres of music including hip hop, afrobeats and rap.

Working with young people and creating accessible opportunities particularly for our local community here in Liverpool is at the heart of GoD. We understand how hard and elitist this industry can be, and we want to help eradicate that stigma.

Aimed at Adults Only

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

 

For Light Night 2021, Abandon Normal Devices (AND) present a unique radio broadcast, mixing oceanic feelings with deep listening drone.

This audio cruise through sonic art and music, in collaboration with Domes FM, is inspired by water and the themes of AND Festival 2021, resurfacing from 27 May along the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal, and online until 11 July. Tune in for echoes of things to come.

Tune in at andfestival.org.uk/live

Social Media

Twitter: @ANDFestival
Facebook: @ANDFestival
Instagram: @abandon_normal_devices

 

BBC Radio Merseyside’s The Popular Music Show present a Light Night special, filling the airwaves with local artists doing what they do best; playing with sound and words.

Whether you’re at home, at work or immersed in the festivities of Light Night, tune in and hear spoken word, musicians playing with the environment, and a special live performance from JC Leisure who will be working with locally sourced sound. Also featured are Eleanor Reese, Mark Greenwood and Nick Branton

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly.

Visit pmsradio.co.uk for more about The Popular Music Show.

Listen live from 21:00—22:00 at www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_merseyside

Social Media

Facebook: @PopularMusicShow
Instagram: @pms_radio

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 Three /VV’s (2021) explores social gatherings and ritual, and is informed by the Fibonacci sequence and golden ratio – a mathematical phenomenon visible throughout nature and often applied in classical art. This ongoing performance featuring Liverpool based singers could not invite an audience while restrictions apply, but has been documented instead, with the resulting footage forming the central element of the new three-part video work.

Pathology in Three Parts (2021) follows Mirza’s “modular opera” structure, and features two scenes or “acts” from a previous iteration, Construction of an Act (2019), either side of this new performative element. As new acts join the repertoire, the narrative, based around a shaman who uses her voice to heal, unfolds exploring ideas of sound, medicine and mystical experience. Both works ask us to consider the sociological and physiological properties of the human voice, and explores Mirza’s interest in systems of belief, waveforms and patterns of movement.

Pathology in Three Parts (2021), will feature on Mirza’s forthcoming album released in digital format on the TAKUROKU label as part of a collaboration with Café OTO on 21 May 2021.

Featuring material commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for the Melbourne International Festival (2019).

Pathology in Three Parts (2021) vocal performance by Sarah-Jane Lewis. The Three /VV’s  (2021) features performances by Anne Taft, Emma Bispham, Jennifer John, Steve Boyland and Tayo Aluko.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, with support from Open Culture.

Watch the Excerpt

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

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

Hosted by multi award-winning poet Ciarán Hodgers and featuring some special guest performances from Levi Tafari, Greg Quiery, and rapper K. So come and connect with artists and audiences across Liverpool for WoWFest’s exciting 21st birthday festival programme,

Want to perform as part of Word Play on LightNight?

Sign up for 3min performance slot via the short application form here.

WoWFest welcome readings of poetry, short and flash fiction, script-in-hand readings, or singing. Each slot will be a maximum of 3-minutes and you will be required to join the Zoom call 30 mins before the your allocated performance time, which will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special guests Levi Tafari, Greg Quiery, and rapper K

Levi Tafari

An internationally touring artist, Levi Tafari is a crucial, rhythmic, poetic, consciousness raiser and urban griot. Levi was born and raised in the city of Liverpool by his Jamaican parents. In his teenage years, he became known for being a sharp, lyrical observer as he regularly verbalised on the many sound systems in and around his hometown. Levi’s work is deeply rooted in the oral tradition. He passionately believes that poetry should not just stay on the page and that the tongue was the very first instrument.

Greg Quiery

Greg Quiery’s collection of poetry, published by Stairwell Books, York, springs primarily from his experience of life in Liverpool, where he has lived since coming to Britain from Co. Down in the 1970s. Greg has been a community worker, secondary school teacher and adult education lecturer. He has been active in the Liverpool Irish Festival and conducts local history tours focusing on places locally associated with the city’s Irish connection.

K

K is a Liverpool rapper and poet. As a criminology student, he embeds current criminological teachings within his poems and songs, in order to exercise a voice against social issues such as racism and their profound effect on the individual and communities as a whole. As well as this, he aims to provide an insight into being a ‘mixed-race man in the sights of Union Jack gun’ (Quoted from Down the Barrel by K).

 

For more information on WoWFest and their exciting 21st birthday festival programme, you can find a full listing here: www.wowfest.uk. Don’t forget to get your WoWFest Festival Pass granting you access to the entire festival.*Some exclusions apply – see Festival Programme for more information.

Proudly supported by The Institute of Creative Enterprise at Edge Hill University’s MA in International Creative Enterprise.

*Some exclusions apply – see Festival Programme for more information.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

This event will be subtitled via Zoom

Social Media

Twitter: @wowfest
Facebook: @writingonthewall.liverpool
Instagram: wow_fest

Join SMG Dance Collective for its latest project SMG Youth! Bringing 11 talented young artists ages 10-16 years together for a 6 week intensive programme to create an online dance film in collaboration with The Dancer Project.

Watch here.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

Social Media

Facebook: @sophiemgdance
Instagram: @smgdancecollective

A Dance is dancing

Sunlight Plays

Frog Rave

 

Join us on a journey deep into the wondrous world we are part of, this unique planet earth – birds flying overhead, worms in the soil underfoot, fish in the rivers, bees gathering nectar, the sounds of frogs in Spring, the night time calls of owls and foxes.

For many of them, just like people, play is a vital part of life, and  some of the most wonderful play is intrinsic to courtship rituals, such as the magnificent display of a male bird of paradise, or the dancing and boxing of hares in Spring. Enjoy and be inspired by tales, songs and poems about all these and more.

We invite you to participate in an interactive sessions where you can share your own stories of creatures at play that you have encountered or made a special connection with. You may even want to transform yourself into a particular animal (fish, bird, insect, mammal, reptile) and tell us about yourself in your own way, make us guess who you are, even draw a picture if you want.

Who is this workshop for?

This is for everyone, for all ages. It’s a chance to share your insights, thoughts and memories about creatures you have seen, know and love. To celebrate the varied life of our shared home.

Make sure you book in advance, places are very limited!

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly.  Children must have a parent or guardian taking part with them.
Age guidance: 8+

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.

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+

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

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

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

 

18:00 & 19:30 CHARTREUSE ROSE

Rejuvenation of the spirit.

A choir performance led by Jabez Walsh

 

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

Consumed by grace and elegance.

A movement piece, choreographed by emerging dancer Eleanor Grace.

 

19:00 // BLOSSOMING THOUGHTS

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

 

20:30 LAVENDER ROSE // THE FINALE

Enchanted by love and adoration.

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

 

21:30  // CITRUS SUNSET ROSE 

Energy. Vibes. Passion.

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

 

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.

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

Hornby Library, First Floor

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

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

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

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

20:00 — 20:45

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

21:00 — 21:30

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

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

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.

 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

mdi.org.uk

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.

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

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

Space is limited; book your free ticket via Skiddle.

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

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.

‘The bitter, black, invention of Satan!’ said some old Pope about coffee – until he had a slurp and loved it.

Grab a coffee as barista Gideon – out of work actor, real name Lawrence, and his auntie DeeDee, volunteer barista (it’s on her bucket list) acquaint you of the rituals of the dark brew in the roastery; then join them in the Shed for a secret, bitchy gossip about their dysfunctional family rituals. A new site-specific comedy written by Sue Fowkes and Jamie McLoughlin with performances from Phil Perez and Sue Fowkes.

Liverpool’s most eccentric Baristas take you on a participative romp through strange and perplexing coffee rituals, old and new. Performances last 30 min.

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

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.

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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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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover (Ground Floor)

17:00 — 17:30 In Harmony

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

18:00 — 18:45 Bangor Ladies Choir

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

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

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

20:30 — 22:00 Transformations

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

Atrium (Ground Floor)

20:00 Liverpool Community Choir

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

21:00 — 22:00 Dave and Danielle Flynn

Making Changes live performance of guitar and voice.

Hornby Library (First Floor)

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

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

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

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

Picton Reading Room (First Floor)

21:00 — 22:00 Nick Ellis

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

Second Floor

18:00 — 19:30 Liverpool Code Club

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

20:00 — 21:30 Scottie Road Writers

Expect the unexpected? Expert Storytelling from Scottie Road Writers

Fourth Floor

18:15 — 19:15 The Land of the Scowl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

Unity Theatre present a Tooth+Nail production.

An excerpt of new work: thread 

We see the world differently now.

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

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

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

Performances take place in Unity 1 and last 20 minutes

An immersive soundscape with hypnotic audio-visuals and live modular synthesis. Change the visuals yourself by creating sounds, captured using microphones placed around the venue. By Mott & White,  Liverpool-based composers and sound designers working in advertisements, film and TV.

Constellations is based in the heart of the Baltic Triangle. The venue is home to an expansive hand-built garden and will serve drinks and light snacks from its bar throughout the night.

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.

Giovanna (SisBis) The Garden 20:15 — 21:15

Sandi Hughes 21:00 — 22:30

Giovanna (SisBis) Main Space 22:30 — 00:30

Manara 00:30 — 02:30

plus BBQ in the Garden

Open Culture and Cartier 4 Everyone present four female artists at one unifying party to jumpstart LightNight into its next phase.

An audio-visual installation blurs into a dance piece; legendary LGBT/BAME archivist Sandi Hughes sets the tone with party tracks cut from 1975 to 2005; the vital global grooves of Giovanna (SisBis) light up the dancefloor further, before the Bollywood/Punjabi pop/club/hip-hop melting moves of south London’s Manara carry us away.

Also features a new work by locally-based video artist Anna Levin, screened 20:30 – 21:30.

Ticketed fundraising party to support LightNight. £4 advance / £5 OTD. Tickets are available to buy here.

Also features the premiere of new video work ‘Binding Ties’. Liverpool-based performer, artist, choreographer and filmmaker Anna Levin has worked with a dancer, costume-maker and composer in creating a dazzling mix of stop-motion cinema and Kabuki-inspired movement. ‘Binding Ties’ is about the relationship between two opposing forces, and a common thread that transforms them, tying them together in unison. With original music by Simon Knighton, this mixed-media video work is chapter one in a story waiting to unfold. From 20:45

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Ballroom

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

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

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18:00 – 18:35

19:00 – 19:35

 

Meet Dolly Twinkle (Elaine Collins) and Dora Belle (Karl Llorca); sisters in the most exciting double act since Velma and Veronica (deceased) Kelly. Both are fighting to find their place in a world that takes no account of their talents or their particular disabilities.

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

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

17:00 – 17:15 (Main Staircase)

18:40 – 19:00 (East Reception Room)

20:15 – 20:30 (Large Ballroom)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Performances take place in Unity 2 and last 20 minutes.

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

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

St. Jude the Obscure

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

Limerance

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

Lydia Higham

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

Chris Callander

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

King & Byrne

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

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

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

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

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.