LightNight Liverpool is back on Friday 18 May 2018 and as usual there’s plenty for all the family to enjoy! From puppetry, street theatre, samba, video games and dreams about the future – across all areas of the city centre. Below is just a selection of the amazing all-ages activity that will be happening this year. The full programme will be released on 1 May and is available for pre-order now at lightnightliverpool.co.uk.
This year, the World Museum will be open late on LightNight for the very first time, inviting families to explore their free collections, from Egyptian mummies to casts of dinosaur bones and treasures from around the world.
At Mann Island, be one of 800 participants to build a 15 metre Paper Bridge; made from individually crafted pieces of paper on which you can write your aspirations for the future and what transformation you wish to see in the world. Explore the story of human evolution in just 20 minutes with Tmesis Theatre.
At the Albert Dock, see how humans started as amoebas, crawled out of the water and began a journey to the species they are today, in a fun, fast-paced performance that people of all ages can enjoy!
At the International Slavery Museum, be wowed by a performance from Capoeira for All. Capoeira is an exciting and dynamic Afro-Brazilian art-form that combines elements of movement, dance, martial arts, music, and play.
Up in the Hope Street Quarter, a new wildflower garden is being built in the grounds of The Oratory. Explore this major project with a new installation that explores its progression through drawings. If you’re a history lover, head across to the VG&M to get up close to a major moment in Roman history as the Battle of Actium is re-enacted in miniature.
LightNight is always a great opportunity to see exhibitions opening late and for 2018 FACT‘s new show States of Play, exploring the world of gaming and avatars will expand your imagination, and link the real world with the digital.
At Liverpool Central Library, samba-reggae drumming group Batala Mersey and Brouhaha International join forces for an event appreciating Afro-Brazilian music with workshops, sets and parades! Come along to hear different percussion instruments and be inspired by the rhythm, and then pop up the street to the Walker Art Galleryf or Big Art for Little Artists with dress up, stories and crafts plus a badge making workshop.
Another great fusion comes from Liverpool Samba School, Brazilica and Samba Livre, who are performing an amazing combination of percussion and dance (with special LightNight costumes) at the Albert Dock. And while you’re in the area, why not explore the theme a bit further as TATE turn an entire floor of the gallery into Brazil and an exhibition from Brazilian artists’ collective Opavivara.
Also at TATE, Headstrung Puppets return to LightNight to tell the legendary story of The Cockatrice, about a chicken’s egg hatched beneath a toad. This special performance is all about audience interaction, and will explore how humans have the power to change the world around us.
In the Baltic Triangle, join as creatives in a workshop transforming everyday objects into beautiful birds, fabulous fish and luscious ladybirds. Let your imagination roam free and transform an empty space into a menagerie of creatures from the air, sea and land!