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.
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!
It’s coming! Our favourite night of the year Light Night is set for Friday 16 May.
Mark the date in your diaries folks, Liverpool’s annual culture crawl is back for it’s fifth instalment! Explore Liverpool with your friends and family as LightNight unlocks the doors of our world-class museums, galleries and heritage sites until late.
See the city illuminated with an unforgettable trail of free events for all ages; including light projections, performances, exhibitions, walks, workshops and much more.
The programme will be released in print and online on 1 April 2014.