We’re a huge fan of Light Night – an evening where the city’s cultural institutions and good places all leave their doors open a little bit longer. It makes a real difference. Rather than scrabbling around after work to catch an exhibition before closing time, the city comes alive with moochers and explorers. It’s one of the best evenings to just take your time and discover. Oh, and eat.
This year’s programme is fantastic – as well as the usual Light Night adventures in museums and galleries, it’s also the launch of the LOOK/13 Photography Festival and the re-opening of the glorious Liverpool Central Library. You’re going to be busy. Here’s 7 of our favourite things going on across town.
Samba In The City
MUSIC & MORE Convince yourself you’re from Brazil and not Birkenhead, with this evening-long celebration of everything energetic. Expect samba drumming, dance, acrobatics, freerunning and numerous workshops in the handy confines of the Black-E. If you’re looking for a dose of samba and are on the other side of town, there’s a Pier Head Party down by the Queen Mary 2, making a lovely racket from 5pm. As well as that, Brouhaha give a taster of this summer’s carnival across Ropewalks from 4pm. Later in the evening, Brazilica make things loud and lovely with drummers and percussionists in St Peter’s Square, from 9pm.
Vintage Games at the Brink, 6pm – 7.30pm
FUN STUFF If you’re feeling a little retro, booze-free bar The Brink is being turned into a den of vintage fun for the evening. There’s Kerplunk!, Mousetrap and more to destroy your friends and family with, as well as a suitably throwback soundtrack. Later on, they host the LightNightees women-only sleepover (ticketed, £25), which screens a chick flick, art workshops, nibbles and a whole lot of yummy pampering and manicures. More information
Baltic Triangle Brilliance
FUN STUFF Don’t forget the Triangle is just a short walk from the city centre, and you’d be a fool to avoid that end of town in your route. At the Baltic Creative Centre there’s a made-here crafty pop up shop and live music, Shiverpool’s ‘human table’ (we’ve no idea either), artwork, tapas and other goodies. The Baltic Bakehouse has some cross-media art to exhibit, as well as serving up a menu of old-school classics and drinks. From 10pm, they host Dilettante Disco, playing out vintage vinyl and retro hits. Over at the Camp & Furnace, they’re hosting one of their weekly Food Slams, and the official launch party of the LOOK/13 event, too.
Memories Of Mr Seel’s Garden at the Bluecoat
EVENT Pop into the Bluecoat from 6pm to celebrate the launch of a fascinating new smartphone app – one where you can scan food barcodes and accesses a bulging database of local history, archive material and stories relating to said item. You’re able to uncover a new world of Liverpool’s food heritage at the touch of a button. Sounds good to us.
Liverpool Central Library re-opening
EVENT We previewed it a couple of weeks ago, and this big celebration of the Central Library’s refurbishment looks like a must-see. After a million years of DIY inside (which, as we saw earlier in the year, is pretty bloody impressive), the literary hub of the city is reborn. Outside on its huge facade, there’s an evening of big multimedia projection fun.
Mark McNulty’s ‘The Libraries Gave Us Power’ at Bold Street Coffee
EXHIBITION We don’t need any excuse to pop into Bold Street Coffee, and now Liverpool photography powerhouse Mark McNulty’s got an exhibition there. Part of the LOOK/13 photo fest, Mark was granted special behind-the-scenes access to the Liverpool Central Library refurbishment, which he’s documented in a series of exquisite images. As well as that, he’s started a new portrait project (the beginnings of which will be shown here) of people and the books that have shaped their lives. A perfect companion to the Library’s re-opening weekend. More information
Pete Carr’s ‘Leaves’ at Leaf
EXHIBITION Another one from this year’s LOOK/13 programme, brilliant local snapper Pete Carr documents a day in tea shop-slash-community space Leaf. Holing himself up in the venue last summer, Carr spent the day taking images of some of the people who passed through its door. A lovely snapshot of one of our favourite places in the city. More information
There loads, loads more we’ve had to miss out here – but you shouldn’t. Head over to the Light Night website for a full schedule. We’ll see you around town.
Light Night Liverpool
17th May 2013