21 May 2021 5pm – Late

From an all-female line up at the after party to a drum clash outside a cathedral, the party doesn’t stop at LightNight even as it starts to get dark. We’ll be announcing the full festival programme on 1 May, but in the meantime get a flavour of what’s happening after the sun goes down below.

For the first time this year, LightNight will host two official food hubs; at Baltic Market in the Baltic Triangle and in the gardens of the Bombed Out Church. Showcasing food and drink from local producers, the hubs will provide entertainment as well as sustenance meaning hunger pangs won’t be an issue even late into the night.

Remember: all LightNight events are free other than the after party and ceilidh; all money raised from ticket sales for these events will be used to fund and sustain the festival.LightNight also has a new partnership with Liverpool brewery and distillery H1780, so keep an eye out for tasty Love Lane pale ale as you head from venue to venue.

DANCE4MATION: the official after party 

Constellations, Greenland Street

8:30pm – 2:30am

Open Culture and Cartier 4 Everyone present four female artists at one unifying after party to jumpstart LightNight into its next phase  – for just £4!Legendary LGBT/BAME archivist Sandi Hughes opens proceedings with party-starting tracks cut from 30 years on the radical scene, before vital global grooves provided by Giovanna of celebrated new crew SisBis light up the dancefloor, as Brazilian disco and uptempo Afrobeat take the fore. Finally, the Punjabi pop/club/hip-hop melting moves of south London’s Manara carry us to 02:30.

A line-up to turn the theme of transformation on its head – prepare to have your expectations of the dancefloor experience altered as we unite around these three incredible DJs, plus a new work by Liverpool-based video artist Anna Levin.Tickets are just £4 in advance from lightnightliverpool.co.uk/shop or £5 OTD. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards funding the festival.

What’s on

At Liverpool Cathedral (20:30 – 23:00), In Atoms’ new work The Imago explores the breakdown of human relationships. Presented as a captivating two-screen dialogue with an original musical score and live performances at 21:00 and 22:30. Find yourself transformed in projected kaleidoscopic patterns at the British Music Experience as artists Jack Wates and Alex Mead create immersive light and sound installation Singing Mirror. From 18:00 – 22:00.

Up at the LJMU Art and Design Building, opera singer David Pisarro performs The Polar Bear Waltz, by composer Patrick Dineen. The last polar bear drifts on the ocean; singing in heartfelt remembrance of a world he once knew that has been devastated by climate change. 15-minute performances from 18:00 – 22:00.

There’s a fun-packed and thought-provoking evening planned over at Blackburne House, with performances and activities in the main hall and courtyard throughout the evening including a screening of Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film100 Women’s Voices presented by The Reader Organisation and the Liverpool Biennial: A Beautiful World giant collage workshop.

Feel, hear and see the spirit of Brazilian carnival at Central Library (until 23:00) as Brouhaha and Batala Mersey join forces for three participatory workshops and performances. The final spectacular performance takes place on the library piazza at 22:30 and is not to be missed!

Just over the road at St George’s Hall, Gallimaufry are back for the perennial LightNight ceilidh from 21:00 – 23:00; count your steps and move your feet to the beat, soaking up the atmosphere while dancing the night away and helping to raise essential funds for LightNight and the upkeep of the Hall. £3 / under-16s free.

Bring the Fire Project return to LightNight this year with their newest show World in a City – a collaborative performance of fire, music, dance, stilt walkers and costume will transform the landscape outside St George’s Hall. 21:15 – 21:45.

Using light, rhythm and movement LUMA Creations/OLC Productions present Drum Clash 2.0. Travel full circle through powerful rhythms, taking a magical journey with shifting movements, at the Metropolitan Cathedral piazza from 22:00 – 22:30.

Lindy hop and do the Charleston on one of the best dance floors in the city at Liverpool Town Hall! From 20:30 – 21:15 pick up some new moves with a class from Mersey Swing, before putting them to the test from 21:15 – 22:00 as the biggest sounds from the hottest swing bands of the jazz era keep the party jumping. All welcome – no experience required!

At brand-new Baltic event space Hinterlands, Carlos Bernal presents his new 3D light and sound installation Anamorphix (19:00 – 21:45). Step into an immersive environment that will play with your perspective. No two people will see the same thing; experience it your own way.

And don’t forget to let us know you’re coming to this year’s #LightNight over on Facebook!