21 May 2021 5pm – Late

What’s On

You can browse all of this year’s events below and plan your evening, whether you’re heading into the city or staying home on Friday 21 May.

A Place for Everything

Online event
17:00 – 21:00

Join the Fashion team at LJMU for a playful collaborative exhibition throughout the night, shared via Instagram. It has been…

Afterparty — Crazy P

Camp & Furnace
17:00 – 22:00

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

AI: More than Human

World Museum
17:00 – 22:00

Are we shaping technology? Or is it shaping us? The fascinating world of artificial intelligence comes to World Museum in…

Baltic Market Food Hub

Baltic Market
17:00 – 23:00

Baltic Market is place for fussy friends and picky palates, zealous vegans and juicy meat lovers, the gluten-free and the…

Between Representation and Abstraction

Editions Gallery
17:00 – 20:00

The Peter Macaulay exhibition in our elegant Cook Street gallery moves between representational and abstract paintings with Pollack-like streaks and…

Big Top at The Black-E

The Black-E
17:30 - 21:00

Roll up, roll up for the Greatest Show on Great George Street. For one night only, step into a world…

Bluecoat Platform

Bluecoat
17:00 – 20:00

Join us for an evening of fun on and around Bluecoat Platform – our new sculpture designed by Simon &…

Celebrating Craft

Online event
17:00 – 20:00

The Bluecoat Display Centre presents new displays including ceramics by Attila Olah, Emma Rodgers and Jacob Chan, glass by Verity…

COBALT!

Northern Lights
17:00 - 21:00

After the rollercoaster ride of 2020 ROAD Studios have decided to have some fun for LightNight 2021 and will be…

Creative Innovation

Online event
17:00 – 22:00

Creative Innovation is a series of playful online demonstrations in the form of virtual content showcasing the innovative technologies and…

Cyber Labyrinth

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Cyber Labyrinth It is presented in the form of a pseudo futuristic cyber café, showcasing a wide spectrum of experimental…

Explore the experimental photography of E. Chambré and Margaret Hardman

Online event
17:00 – 20:00

Once you’ve finished watching our video, we want you to create and capture your own table top scene and share…

Formby Band

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

We’re delighted to share a compilation of past performances as our virtual contribution to LightNight 2021. We have enjoyed performing…

Game of Stones: The Magic of Metallurgy

Online event
18.00–18.30 and 20.00–20.30

There will be sparks. There will be flames. There will be bellowing. Come and join us on LightNight as we…

Give us a Word

Online event
17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00 & 19:30

Celebrate 45 years of The Windows Project writing games. Come and play two of their most popular on-line board games.…

Graffiti Art Play

Zap Graffiti
17:00 – 21:00

Visit Liverpool’s unique graffiti art focused venue Zap Graffiti and watch several artists get playful and create works live especially…

Heavy Gardening Art Trail

FACT
17:00 – 22:00

Heavy Gardening is a new trail of seven art works, running from Wood Street to Wapping Dock, produced by artist…

How We Move, How You Move Me

St Luke's Bombed Out Church
16:15 – 16:30, 17:10 – 17:25 & 19:35 – 19:50

An interactive performance led by artist Abbie Bradshaw, using hula-hooping as a choreographic display focusing largely on the body, its…

Hub Studios and Gallery: Members show and Open Studio

Northern Lights
17:00 – 21:00

For LightNight 2021, Hub Studios and Gallery will reopen its doors in order to share a brand new body of…

I like to move it, move it

Online event
17:00 – 22:00

Making tiny movements with characters or objects and filming a frame per movement will bring your scene to life. Watch…

I’m an architect, get me out of here!

Online event
17:00 – 22:00

Alfred Waterhouse was the Liverpool-born architect who designed our wonderful Victoria Building but he’s got trapped inside it! Can you…

In Flow

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Just as the imperceptible atomic world is uncertain, the work’s visual form resonates and changes state through audience engagement, creating…

Innominate Studios: Open Studio

Northern Lights
17:00 – 21:00

Innominate Studios is a new artist collective, founded in late 2020 to provide workspace for artists of various disciplines. A…

John Moores Painting Prize 2020

Walker Art Gallery
17:00 – 22:00

The John Moores Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting right now. Check out all 67 paintings…

Lantern Writers
Play Up

St Luke's Bombed Out Church
17:30—19:30

Play, it’s how we make sense of the world. The Lantern Writers are delighted to be back for LightNight with…

LightNight at Bluecoat

Bluecoat
17:00 – 20:00

Join us at Bluecoat for food and drinks from our cafe – served in our city-centre garden oasis, and a…

LightNight at FACT

FACT
17:00 – 22:00

FACT invites you to explore the galleries after hours, with a chance to see new immersive artworks as part of…

LightNight at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool
17:00 – 21:00

Enjoy LightNight at Tate Liverpool with free access to the galleries including and new collection displays and a late night…

LightNight at the Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral
17:00 – 22:00

With the grand opening of British artist Peter Walker’s Peace Doves on this year’s LightNight it promises to be a…

LIPA Arcade Club

LIPA
17:00 – 22:00

Do you remember vintage games like Pacman or Space Invaders? Or do you recall the frustration of Tetris?  Are you…

Liverpool Biennial 2021 at Cotton Exchange

Cotton Exchange
17:00 – 22:00

In the 19th century Liverpool emerged as central to the cotton trade and by the early 20th century it held…

Liverpool Biennial 2021 at Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building
17:00 – 22:00

The history of the Port of Liverpool echoes other histories of bodies – in labour, in motion and in struggle.…

Liverpool Biennial 2021 at Lewis’s Building

Lewis's Building
17:00 – 22:00

The artists gathered in this venue question what we consider a body to be and what it might mean to…

Liverpool Biennial 2021 at Lush Building

Lush Building
17:00 – 22:00

Artists gathered in this venue employ different viewpoints and organisms to question, disrupt and explore what a human can be…

Liverpool Biennial 2021 at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery
17:00 – 22:00

Grow-at-Home with Open Eye Gallery. Over the next two years we are working with a range of partners to develop…

Liverpool Show Choir

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Liverpool Show Choir For LightNight 2021 we’ve created a special video for you all to enjoy online, as we’ve continued…

Make CIC Resident Exhibition

The Shed at Baltic Creative
17:00 – 22:00

Make began its journey in the Baltic on LightNight back in 2013, where we opened our doors for the first…

Mothman #4

17:00 – 00:00

For LightNight ROAD Studios Director Tony Knox will be collaborating with ROAD members and guest artists to produce the latest…

My Favourite Place: Explore the Keith Medley Photographic Archive

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Join Liverpool John Moores University as we explore the Keith Medley Photographic Archive, and encourage you to contribute your own…

Pathology in Three Parts by Haroon Mirza

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

The Three /VV’s (2021) explores social gatherings and ritual, and is informed by the Fibonacci sequence and golden ratio –…

Play at Northern Lights

Northern Lights
17:00 – 21:00

Northern Lights will open its doors to members of the public to explore the artist’s studios within. You’re invited to…

Play it again

Online event
17:00 – 22:00

‘Present’ (above) What’s more playful than a cat? A cat with a cello! Join @stephanietress from @solemquartet for tonight’s concert…

Play With Fire

Black Lodge Brewing
17:00 – 21:00

Bring the Fire Project would like to invite you to join our extraordinary, adrenaline packed workshop taking place outside Black…

Playful

St Luke's Bombed Out Church
16:00—16:10, 16:55—17:05 & 19:20—19:30

Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) is a multi strand program based at the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. YEP encourages the young people…

Playful Nature — LIPA Primary

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Revolutionary Nature A film celebrating documentation of early years children creating a discovery garden in the Liverpool Oratory grounds. The…

Portrait of an Ordinary Tree

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Pre lockdown, the tree was never given much thought; but with people’s worlds being confined to single spaces, Daniel set…

Project Earth: Liverpool! The Cut-Out Opera by Love Ssega

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Commissioned by METAL in association with LightNight Musician, songwriter and curator Love Ssega presents an escapist family adventure where viewers…

Queer The City:
Drag Cabaret

Lush Building
17:00 – 21:00

After months of Drab, we’re ready to get out and werk it this LightNight! Join Liverpool’s big mouth scouse singing…

Resonate Brass – LightNight

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

The pupils have individually recorded their own specific parts of 3 brass band pieces and submitted their video recordings to…

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand: VASILY PETRENKO CONDUCTS MUSIC BY ARENSKY, WEBER AND HAYDN

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

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…

Save the Green – Augmented Reality Mystery Hunt

17:00 – 21:00

Did you know that there are tribes of small creatures who live around us? We are not aware of them,…

Signs of the Times

Squash
17:00 – 21:00

Come and take a LightNight stroll down wonderful Windsor Street, and discover May-time treasures. Join in games, see and make…

Skittles and Sketchfab: Ancient play at the Garstang

Online event
17:00 – 22:00

The Garstang Museum is the University of Liverpool’s archaeology museum. Founded in 1904, the collections include artefacts excavated from Egypt,…

SMG Youth Collective

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Join SMG Dance Collective for its latest project SMG Youth! Bringing 11 talented young artists ages 10-16 years together for…

Songs from The Show Must Go On

St Luke's Bombed Out Church
16:35 – 16:50

When the writers of the Everyman Panto heard they were postponed in 2020, they decided to write something completely different.…

Storytelling from Scottie Rd Writers

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Scottie Road Writers present a video featuring four of our members reading their original short stories inspired by the LightNight…

The Belvedere Academy Music presents ‘PLAY’

Online event
17:00 – 00:00

Our chosen repertoire explores the theme of “play” through traditional well-known Liverpudlian pieces and also explores memories, dreams and thoughts…

The Royal Standard: Members Show

Northern Lights
17:00 - 20:30

The Royal Standard will be hosting a special studio member show for LightNight 2021. In response to this year’s theme…

Tickle the Ivories

Liverpool ONE
17:00 – 20:00

Play along with Tickle The Ivories at Liverpool ONE this LightNight! Tickle is back on Friday 21 May for the…

Under the Sea

Museum of Liverpool
18:30 – 19:00, 19:45 – 20:15 & 21:00 – 21:30

Celebrate LightNight outside the Museum of Liverpool with Artemis Street Theatre Productions for a playful walkabout of stilts, story and…

VideOdyssey presents Play

VideOdyssey at Toxteth TV
17:00 - 21:00

Join VideOdyssey as we launch our VideoDrome viewing experience. Come and witness a lost slice in time as you enter…

Wild Oracle: Live Oracle Card Readings

Online event
17:00 - 17:30 & 20:00 - 20:30

Join Open Eye Gallery for an evening of personal oracle card readings with citizen sci-artist Jay Hampton, exploring the wildflowers…

William Nicolas Crosland – Tapestry Exhibition

Chapters of Us
17:00 – 23:00

William Nicolas Crosland – known affectionately as Nicholas, was born in Colwyn Bay on 9th of April 1951. Crosland, a…

With My Little Eye…

Online event
17:00 – 22:00

Play our brand new for LightNight I-Spy game. Meet ‘Oriel’, one of the VG&M’s most popular sculptures, as she comes…

Dancing with life

Online event
18:00 – 19:00

Join us on a journey deep into the wondrous world we are part of, this unique planet earth – birds…

Girls on Deck Present Unity Toxteth DJs

District
18:00 – 22:00

Liverpool DJ collective Girls on Deck present a scratch showcase of upcoming local young DJ’s, in partnership with the Unity…

Online Discussion – Heavy Gardening: A Cross Sector Approach to the Green Agenda

Online event
18:00 — 18:30

On LightNight 2021, dot-art and Open Eye Gallery launch a new trail of seven art works, sited along the Baltic…

Play The Katumba Way

John Archer Hall
18:30 - 19:15

Join the Windsor Street happenings and explore all the ways you can play! Katumba will kick start the evening with…

The Play Scratch Night with Yolanda Mercy

Online event
18:00 – 19:00

Yolanda Mercy invited anyone, new to writing or experienced, to her Writing Lab in the lead up to LightNight. Participants…

Waterfront Soundwalk

17:00 - 18:00 & 18:00 - 19:00

How does sound, noise, and music contribute to your experience of the city, and your wellbeing? Inspired by Anna Lockwood…

Word Play Open Mic

Online event
18:00 – 20:00

Hosted by multi award-winning poet Ciarán Hodgers and featuring some special guest performances from Levi Tafari, Greg Quiery, and rapper…

A Regurgitation is a Song is a Spell

A Regurgitation is a Song is a Spell

19:00 – 21:00

Part of Liverpool Biennial 2021 Luisa Ungar has worked with a group of clairvoyants around various types of material from…

Give Us Work Not Dole: Meccano Factory

Online event
19:00 – 20:00

Liverpool based Labour historian Dr. Greig Campbell will give a 30 minute talk that explores the little-known story of a…

Play the Stars

Online event
19:30 — 21:30

Play the Stars In a new interactive digital commission for LightNight, you are invited to help create a 3D story…

LUX

St Luke's Bombed Out Church
20:00 - 00:05

For LightNight 2021, Focal Studios, DefProc Engineering, Urban Workbench and Everyman & Playhouse Theatres have come together to create an…

Oceanic Feelings:
AND Festival 2021

Online event
20:00 – 21:00

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

Paint The Sky

Liverpool Town Hall
20:00 – 22:00

Exploring the possibilities of play as creativity, Despite the Monkey invites you to join us in Liverpool Town Hall or…

Stealing Sheep’s Song Machine

British Music Experience
20:00 – 22:00

Liverpool based artists Emily Lansley, Luciana Mercer & Rebecca Hawley are a group of womxn who perform under the moniker…

The Game

The Game

Liverpool Town Hall
20:00 – 22:00

We invite you to play The Game. Choose to play a part or become a spectator. Choose to be a…

The Popular Music Show
LightNight Special

Online event
21:00 – 22:00

BBC Radio Merseyside’s The Popular Music Show present a Light Night special, filling the airwaves with local artists doing what…

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