Save the date – Friday 15 May, 4pm til late
Hurray – One of our favourite nights of the year is coming up.
LightNight, Liverpool’s one-night arts festival returns to illuminate the city for a sixth consecutive year on Friday 15 May, when thousands of visitors will explore and celebrate the city’s world-class cultural offer late into the night.
The full events line up has been released online at www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk and in a printed festival guide which is available to order by post, or from participating venues in the lead up to the festival.
Using the theme Looking to the New World, over 100 organisations are joining forces to offer special free events for all ages from mass dance workshops, exhibitions and walking tours, to light installations, science demos, dress up photo booths and concerts.
For the first time a festival hub will be setup at LJMU Rodney House on Mount Pleasant where audiences can go to pick up the programme, learn more about the events and purchase tote bags and badges to support the festival.
As well as openings at major venues including Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral and St George’s Hall, many independent galleries and spaces will also open up to the public, including one-off open studios at 104 Duke Street, Fünf Studio and Road Studios. Liverpool Small Cinema will be open with screenings of short films (60 seconds or less) to show off the new space and The Well (a new non-profit creative community space) will open with a hands-on interactive light projection working with Between the Borders.
Just some of the festival highlights include: –
Liverpool Philharmonic open for the very first time on LightNight to celebrate their 175th anniversary. An ensemble of members of the RLPO will perform compositions which might have been heard by concertgoers in the 1840s, back when the organisation was founded.
LOOK/15: Exchange, the Liverpool International Photography Festival, launches with special exhibition previews and parties on LightNight; including Anna Fox party at Tate Liverpool and after show at Constellations.
Merseyside Maritime Museum open late with music, dance and poetry surrounding major new exhibition Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy commemorating the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania during the First World War on 7 May 1915.
Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) takeover Liverpool Town Hall with the Big Dance Pledge where people of all ages and abilities can take part in a dance workshop and watch performances through the evening.
LIPA is also involved for the first time this year, with a showcase of student work entitled ‘Follow the Moths’ a trail of light installations including a glowing giant glowing cocoon suspended from above, a 3D moth eye light box, and light shows on the side of the building.
FACT will present a light projection by artist Erica Scourti in Ropewalks Square until midnight, which explores ideas of memory and erasure in relation to technology and our mental health.
Everyman Theatre open late with a collaborative event with LJMU. ‘Life on the Ocean Wave’ sees the ‘top deck’ theatre bar and balcony brought to life with music, deck games and high class cocktails celebrating the glamour and elegance of travel on board the liners.
Deep Hedonia takeover St George’s Hall Concert Room with an eclectic programme of AV performances that seek to challenge our perception of the past, present and future.
A LightNight audience member from 2014 described LightNight as:
“By far the most exciting, original and magical event in the city’s cultural calendar”
We couldn’t agree more!
In 1940 my dad took off from central Europe in a training plane and six months later found himself flying over the Thames in a hurricane defending a different country from the invaders of his.
My uncle however was not so lucky.
As an officer in the Polish army, he was taken by the then Soviet command and along with 8,000 other officers and intelligentsia never seen again.
The story doesn’t end there, as the Soviet security forces rounded up Polish police, politicians, and government officials amassing to 22,000 people and murdered them.
The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest 12 miles west of Smolensk near the NKVD (Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del) or Secret Police headquarters.
Some time later the government of Nazi Germany announced the discovery of mass graves in the katyn Forest in 1943.
The Soviet Union claimed the victims had been murdered by the Nazis and continued to deny responsibility for the massacres until 1990, when it officially acknowledged and condemned the perpetration of the killings by the NKVD, as well as the subsequent cover-up.
In November 2012, the Russian government approved a declaration blaming Stalin for ordering the massacre.
On Thursday 20th September at 6.30pm Picturehouse At FACT, Liverpool will show the UK Premiere of ‘The Officer’s Wife’ with a question and answer session organised by the films director Piotr Uzarowicz who will be there in person on the night.
Representatives of the Polish government will also be present on this night.
For historians and academics this film creates a moving story that weaves dramatic interviews with bold animation about a family caught in the cross-fire of the Soviets and Nazis and the lifelong repercussions that followed.
¡Hola! ¿Como estas? Oh, sorry, got carried away there. I’m currently sitting on a balcony in Spain having completely failed at correctly telling the time properly. So I’m ready for dinner an hour early and I thought I’d be a swotty Culture Champ and see what’s going on at home.
Well, some pretty great stuff as it happens. The Arts and Cultural Investment Programme (ACIP), which gives funding to organisations that have culture at the heart of its business, has been busy doling out more than £3 million to Liverpool’s Arts and cultural organisations.
The majority of the money has gone to the big organisations that we know and love so well: The Philharmonic, FACT, the Tate Liverpool and the ever-wonderful Everyman/Playhouse among them. But some smaller organisations have benefitted too; from our own beloved Open Culture, which organises the marvellous Light Night, through to the Lodestar theatre company, which brought us the fresh and lively Romeo & Juliet at St George’s Hall last year.
In these harsh economic times,it’s so easy to see culture as a complete non-priority for many people, and yet for Liverpool, culture is at the heart of the city’s potential for growth. It’s culture that brings people in to say hello and then when they see what we’ve got, they may well want to come back. Maybe even stay a while.
I also think that in these dire economic times we need to embrace the things that are unique to the city because these are the things that help to bring people in and build a thriving economy.
So have a look at what we’ve got that makes us special and get out and see more of it. And tell your friends.
So hasta luego for now. It’s time for dinner. See you soon.