21 May 2021 5pm – Late

For this year’s #LightNight, we’re exploring the theme of ‘transformation.’ Join in and celebrate a city transformed with new spaces, venues and corners of the city centre opening for the first time. Each venue has a special programme of events, so take to your feet – or the LightNight heritage bus – and reflect on new builds, new spaces and new streets as you enjoy over 100 free arts and cultural events. The full programme will be released 1 May and is available to pre-order now.

What’s on

Adelaide-born, London-based AV artist Jayson Haebich brings a bit of glitz to one of the city’s newest arts spaces RIBA North; his spectacular new commission Diffringere will create his own version of the aurora borealis.

Visitors to LightNight can also take a look around global innovation hub Sensor City, another venue taking part in the festival for the first time. With a packed programme of events including sensor-based games, technology demos, film, FOMO-cams and hands-on activities plus 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and drones on display, it’s the perfect spot for curious minds – or for those who want to enjoy a drink on the panoramic roof terrace.

The Unity Theatre is also open for the first time on LightNight since its 2017 redevelopment with an evening of performance including new work Thread in Unity 1, Object (Auto) Biography, a unique pole performance in Unity 2, and comedian Laurence Clark’s An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting.

At Hinterlands, the newest space in the Northern Lights development, AV artist Carlos Bernal presents new 3D light installation and live performance Anamorphix; using electronic sounds with a combination of LED bars and projection-mapped visuals over two giant screens, plus the floor. No two people will experience it the same way!

Our city is constantly evolving; see this in action in real-time as a team of Zap Graffiti artists transform a street with new artwork over the course of the evening. A hub for the city’s street artists and admirers, Zap Graffiti is an ever-changing space where folks from all over come to paint on a daily basis.

It is not just in venues and new spaces that the city has been transformed; we’re also taking a look at other transformations happening all around us; visible and invisible, turbulent and political, personal and emotional.

Documentary Sin Bin of the City at Liverpool Cathedral looks at the 1981 Toxteth Riots and the circumstances surrounding Liverpool 8 at the time of the unrest. Using first-hand accounts, newsreels, and animation, the story is told from the viewpoint of members of the Toxteth community.

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

A 20-minute performance taking an immersive journey through the history of Liverpool will take place at the LJMU John Foster Drama Studio. Designed, constructed and managed by Liverpool Screen School students, Codex: Well of Lost Plots uses light, sound and film to create a truly sensory experience of transformation on three levels: the geographic, the local, and the personal.

Liverpool’s longest-running literary and writing festival WoWFest celebrates the transformative power of inclusivity with a symbolic wall, built on Church Street from the stories and experiences of the city’s communities; for the society they want to build for themselves and each other.

In the Baltic Triangle, Baltic Clay relocates to Northern Lights for the evening, where you’re invited to turn unwanted pots into works of art with drop in workshops. Transform unloved ceramic objects using paints, stencils and unique techniques to create pieces that you can take home.