LightNight Liverpool: Our Best Picks

Posted on 20 April 2017
By Kyle Lewis
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Kick off your summer at one of Liverpool’s most prolific cultural festivals.

The 8th annual LightNight is sweeping over the city for one free night only on Friday 19th May.

With over 100 events set to celebrate the weird and wonderful, you’re sure to be left with no shortage of things to do, see or hear.

To help you make the most out of LightNight, we’re breaking down only few of the many events you definitely want to catch.

Rotation Eighteen269
Metropolitan Cathedral, 18:30 – 21:30

Inspired by the Metropolitan Cathedrals beautiful stature and architecture, media artist Andy McKeown presents a grand light performance that will leave you in awe.

The compelling light structures will be complimented by the world-famous Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, to give the performance a real sense of beauty.

With a rare performance of Thomas Tallis’ ‘Lamentations’, and renditions of organ music from Oliver Messaien and Arvo Part by Matthew Searles, you will never see light in the same boring way again.

Victoria Gallery and Museum, 21.00 – midnight

If you’re thinking of heading to the exhibition to celebrate the comic art of John Higgins that runs until October, then this is definitely the event for you.

Get down to the Victoria Gallery where, for one night only, will be dressed in a special commissioned installation to play host to a giant Dredd, and his army.

This event gives any 2000AD, DC, or Marvel fanatic a chance to really geek out and step into the world of Dredd, and help bring the dandelion back to life.

Soundtrack of our Lives
Dorothy, Baltic Triangle, 17:00 – 23:00

Become part of a unique musical art instillation at Dorothy.

To represent how music can take you back to a time or place, Dorothy is producing an instillation to represent relationships with music, and so is inviting you to contribute your own personal songs and memories to their masterpiece.

This is a great opportunity to head down with family and friends and get nostalgic about the good old days. Then stand back, and witness your own memory become part of a truly unique piece of art.

Candlelit Labyrinth
Northern Lights, 17:00 – 23:00

Promised to be unique spectacle and experience, you’re definitely in for something special at the Candlelit Labyrinth.

Artist Alex Irving has creatively produced a mindful candle-lit labyrinth within the expansive space of Solstice, where time will vanish before your very eyes.

Soundtracked by choral and meditative audio, and with help from LJMU Screen School, it will definitely be an event of ambience and atmospheric bliss.

LJMU John Lennon Building, 18:00 – 23:00

Inspired by a situation in chess when the obligation to make a move in ones’ turn is essential, artists Logan & Wilcox have built on their amazing work at last years NightLight festival to bring you Zugzwang.

Entering this event, you will see the boundaries blur between the artists and audience.

You will learn how people can be conductors, as well as becoming a conductor yourself. Who says you can’t mix science and art?

Light Field
Ropewalks Square, 21:00 – 23:00

A collaboration between sound artist and dance artist Saffy Setohy is coming to Light Field, and they are inviting you to actually become part of an instillation.

This collaboration of two unique artists will promise amazing sights of glowing beacons from sound and light objects to give the instillation a real feel of overwhelming beauty.

With a score exclusively produced to illustrate the sound of light and Natural Radio to complete the stunning visual effects, you will be inspired by the creativity from these two very different artists.

The Super Sonic Assembly
Liverpool Cathedral, 18:45 – 23:00

If you fancy listening and learning about the evolution of music then get down to Liverpool Cathedral to discover the past, present, and future of song and dance.

The Super Sonic Assembly are presenting the journey of music from the second world war to the modern day.

With the opportunity for interaction and audience creativity, this is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on with the family.

LightNight After Party: Time Capsule
Constellations, 22:00 – 02:30

If you’re not worn out from the unique and timeless exhibitions, LightNight have the very thing for you at their After Party Time Capsule.

Artist Sam Wiehl has combined a live future-Polaroid / AV instillation and club project, with musical help from Andy Votel to create a truly spectacular end to LightNight.

Blow your own mind and enter constellations with hedonistic mashups, bringing the curtain down on another spectacular year of LightNight.