LightNight in pictures
A huge well done to our lovely chums at Open Culture!
On Friday, thousands of people took to the streets of Liverpool for the sixth annual LightNight, the one-night arts and culture festival that sees galleries, museums, heritage venues and arts spaces across the city keep their doors open late for special events, performances and activities for all ages.
LightNight marks the launch of a seven-week series of major events entitled One Magnificent City, continuing with the visit of Cunard’s Three Queens from May 24-26, the Mersey River Festival from June 4-7 and more.
Christina Grogan, Director of Open Culture (LightNight producers), said:
‘LightNight gets bigger every year and our sixth festival was definitely the best yet, with more than 130 free events taking place. We’re always overwhelmed by the incredible response the events get from the thousands of people who come out to see what’s happening and get involved. It’s a great chance to show off Liverpool’s amazing cultural offer, and remind people what’s out there not just on LightNight, but on every day of the year.’
Brian Sedgewick, LightNight visitor, said:
‘LightNight is one of my favourite nights of the year; there’s always so much going on, and it’s a great way to discover new places and artists. The city always feels really exciting’.
This year the festival was themed ‘Looking to the New World’, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line and the forthcoming arrival of the Three Queens from May 24-26. Audiences flocked to every corner of the city centre, from the Baltic Triangle to the St George’s Quarter, and took part in everything from interactive street theatre to screen printing workshops, Bollywood dancing and walking tours.
HEX//LightDiVision, with the Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, was also a resounding success as hundreds/thousands of people saw the Dyad ManMachines perform a brand new piece specially commissioned by Open Culture for the festival.
Events were staged at some of the city’s most iconic buildings, with the Metropolitan Cathedral, Maritime Museum, Philharmonic Hall and Cunard Building all participating for the first time.
Merseyside Transport Trust was on hand to ferry festivalgoers from one event to another, providing a free heritage bus service that looped the city.
LightNight took place thanks to sponsorship from LJMU and Liverpool BID Company and is funded by Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England.
Plans are already underway for next year’s LightNight on Friday 13th May 2016.
Here’s LightNight in all its glory. Click on any image for a bigger view.