They’ll be lighting up the Churchill Way Flyovers, reading your head to revisit the weird 19th century art of ‘phrenology’, at FACT, and keeping late hours in the sheds and workshops of Baltic Creative – in short, it looks set to be another not-to-miss Light Night this Friday. Here are seven of the best…
We got a flat tyre the other day. Went to shelter in the Cathedral while waiting for the AA. It was our favourite unscheduled stop ever – as we’d timed it perfectly for Evensong. So we wholeheartedly recommend the Cathedral’s Light Night contribution: an uplifting programme of Evensong culminating in a gorgeous collaboration with musicians from the Psych Fest and the Cathedral’s youth choir for Pzyksong. The Chapter House and Lady Chapel will be the venue for inspiring prayerful installation.
Choral Evensong 5:30pm to 6pm
Sacred Light: Installations 6pm to 11pm
Big Dance Pledge and Dancing with MDI 6:30pm to 9pm
Pzyksong 9:30pm to 11pm
The Kazimier and Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band square up to bring on the Sound Battle – igniting the city’s streets with audio-visual duke outs between pounding drums, squelchy synths and tooting brass. And, because they can, they’ll be bedecked in oracular spectacular dazzle-ship costumes. Check out the performances at 5:45pm in Church Street, 7:30pm outside Tate Liverpool, 10:15pm outside the Metropolitan Cathedral and 11pm outside Liverpool Cathedral.
Throughout the city centre
Light projections are what Light Night was made for. And this year, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, you can expect Kitchener’s famous ‘Your Country Needs You’ lighting up the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Bluecoat Light projections will be beamed onto the Bluecoat and the bell tower at the Metropolitan Cathedral from 9:30pm, with audio commentary including some of Wilfred Owen’s stirring war poetry.
Bluecoat and Metropolitan Cathedral
The Big Dance project aims to get us all off our collective sofas and join a worldwide dance performance, with various events taking place across the globe on May 16, which just happens to coincide with Liverpool LightNight.
Visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to join in, at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, which will be led by the Merseyside Dance Initiative, one of the best dance development organisations in the UK. They’ll be holding an open dance workshop ahead of the main performance.
The open dance workshop will run at 6:30pm, and then the main performance will take place at 7:15pm.
Take a walk under the stars, through a candle-lit labyrinth, in the grounds of Hope Street’s Blackburne House. The labyrinth offers an opportunity for the ultimate outdoor chill-out experience. This ancient symbol of creativity and mindfulness helps – apparently – to calm our frazzled minds, climb into the moment, and grab a bit of that mindfulness we keep reading about. This year’s labyrinth is another unique design by Gareth Price from Reddoscar, who has designed and built labyrinths for the LightNight Festival over the last four years.
Mercy’s all about the Syndrome this year (main pic). Its set to curate a series of investigations and sessions in its new lab, in partnership with Hive, continuing their new media adventures.
For Light Night, they’re staging a large-scale, interactive work by glitch artist Antonio Roberts and dancer Rachel Sweeney, which will transform Ropewalks Square into a digital control panel and interactive light show.
Constantly curious, and always illuminating, Mercy and Hive look to bring more light than heat to the night’s proceedings.
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