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!
Took the opportunity recently to see a number of Titanic exhibitions before they ended. The first was at the Maritime Museum and was titled “Titanic and Liverpool”; the Untold story. This was certainly a flagship exhibition not to be missed. I had always thought that the Titanic sailed to Liverpool until I read the exhibition text. The doomed White Star ocean liner never ever visited Liverpool, but she was conceived, planned, registered and owned in the city. Full of emotion and anticipation with what I knew already about the Liner, I entered the exhibition rather chillingly; as visitors all received a card with a passenger or crew members name. Scary!!!! At the end of the exhibition you could find out if their “name” survived the collision with the iceberg and sinking. Spooky as it was, I tended to race through the displays in order to get my answer but then returned to the informative texts reading at leisure and scouring the lists for more information about my fellow traveller. I was hooked.
All 705 survivors were rescued by the Liverpool based Cunard liner Carpathia with a death toll of 1,517. The exhibition was moving, and I was drawn to the passengers addresses and whether or not their homes in Liverpool still existed. Mary Louise McMurry lived at 60 Empress Road, Kensington and the musician Fred Clarke, a bass violinist who famously kept playing while the Titanic sank, lived at 22 Tunstall Street, Smithdown Road.
It was an informative and emotional exhibition if you let your imagination stray and spurred me to press on to the Pier Head memorial; and the White Star Liners former headquaters building on the corner of the Strand and James Street. It is here that I stood and imagined the episode when, from the balcony window the surviving names on pieces of paper were thrown to the press awaiting below. I continued the trail to the Anglican Cathedral, where a photgraphic exhibition and some Titanic memorabilia was displayed along with newspaper clippings and information about the Titanic master, Captain Edward Smith. which all made interesting reading.
The whole experience exploring the tragedy’s Merseyside links was absolutely fascinating, giving me a vivid insight, and helping me empathise with the lives of all who sailed that ill fated journey. Who was I? Did I survive? Take the tour yourself and become a part of that………night….a “night to remember” Unforgettable.
Patrick my 23-year-old guest from Germany has been sharing his impressions of Liverpool. He loves Liverpool, what does he think are the best parts ? The people, they are friendly and helpful, The Pubs and clubs are very good , lots happening ! He like the city and how easy, compact it is to get around. Loves the shops and Liverpool ONE with all the bars, cafe’s and restaurants. (was going shopping today) Enjoyed the Cavern and the music and atmosphere. Thinks Albert Dock is great (even though it was cold wet and very windy) Places of interest he enjoyed ? The Maritime Museum, the Slavery Museum, and St Georges Hall very big, very impressive! Not to mention our two football stadiums ( I think he’s an Anfield fan) The Waterfront ? very impressive even though they didn’t get on the Ferries due to bad weather. Today a visit to Formby and Antony Gormley Sculptures on the beach it was nice and sunny, cold but sunny hoped he enjoyed them and tonight waiting for him a big pan of SCOUSE hope he like our favourite dish.