LightNight invites audiences to stay up late, as our museums, galleries and studios throw open their doors to stage a free trail of special events for all ages, exploring the theme of Play. This year we’ll be presenting a hybrid programme with both ‘in-person’ and online events, exhibitions, talks and activities for all ages.

This year’s festival explores how Play can offer a space to create, re-imagine and find novel solutions to global problems.

Playfulness is not just essential to life, but to the creation of art. It is the medium in which great discoveries and advances in human achievement can be made. It is the method of the maker, the artist and the tinkerer. It is the tool of the scientist, the inner child, and the ‘fool’. Through play we can test our ideas, expend surplus energy, exercise our faculties and compensate for unfulfilled desires.

In the restructuring of our lives we must make time for play. In a world rife with social, ecological and political inequalities, can play offer us a fun and inventive realm, where we have the space to re-shape the world around us for the better?

The full line-up of free events will be released online on 5 May 2021.

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Donate to our Crowdfunder

If you have enjoyed the festival in the past, and love the work Open Culture do, please consider donating to support our #LoveLightNight Crowdfunder which closes on 5 May 2021.

#LoveLightNight Crowdfunder 2021 from Open Culture on Vimeo.

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LightNight 2021 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council with additional support from Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool BID Company. Our festival partners include Adlib, Homotopia, Liverpool Biennial, and METAL. Our Media partner is The Guide Liverpool.