Visitor enjoys Light Night

LightNight programme announced

Liverpool’s LightNight is bigger than ever before. On Friday 17 May from 4pm until late over 90 of Liverpool’s finest attractions and arts organisations have joined forces to offer an unforgettable night of over 130 FREE events.

LightNight unlocks the doors of Liverpool’s world class museums, galleries and heritage sites offering spectacular light projections, interactive street theatre, a big samba party, thought provoking exhibitions, open studios, a free running workshop, violin concerts, a late night food and drink festival, a candle-lit labyrinth, craft bombing, Chinese arts showcase, architecture tours, a late night Ceilidh, Lindy Hop, Jive, Rock and Roll and much more.

Just some of the FREE events:

  • LOOK/13 Liverpool’s biennial International Photography Festival launches across numerous venues, including a moving exhibition by world renowned photographer Rankin at the Walker Art Gallery
  • Rediscover the newly refurbished Central Library as the doors open for the first time, which is the highlight of the city’s In Other Words festival
  • View spectacular large-scale light projections at five impressive outdoor locations
  • Dance along at the Pier Heads Samba party whilst waving farewell to Cunards magnificent Queen Mary 2
  • Travel back in time at the Museum of Liverpool with the Roman folk doctor and gladiators and delight the children with prosthetic gory wounds
  • Wish Tate Liverpool happy 25th! Expect party games, music from the past three decades and make-up sessions
  • Open up your memory bank and interact with our theatrical characters on the streets
  • Explore Liverpool Art Month across independent studios and organisations, with the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition at its heart
  • Play out at the Baltic Bakehouse where food, art and music come together and take you on a trip down memory lane
  • Wander through Liverpool Cathedral, the UK’s largest cathedral and experience a candle lit labyrinth, choral evensong, violin concerts, Altru Drama’s site-specific youth theatre coupled with 4D Creative’s immersive pop up dome
  • Journey into the yet unknown with Impropriety in St Georges Hall cells, listen to the choirs in the Concert Room before dancing till late in the Great Hall Ceilidh
  • Carnival at The Black-E as it comes alive with samba drumming, acrobatic tricks and world dance
  • Get craft bombing at BBC Radio Merseyside
  • Discover Baltic Creative and explore their studios, workshops, exhibitions and café
  • Experience The Bluecoat, the hub for LOOK/13 which will be a hive of creative activity, food and drink
  • Glide around the Town Hall’s ballroom or experience some of Liverpool’s up and coming theatrical talent in the Council Chamber
  • Enjoy tasty delights from some of the city centres best eateries at the all new Exchange Flags Food & Drink festival
  • Encounter the incredibly large sights and sounds of the Brouhaha International Carnival launch

And so much more…

Jane Duffy, Deputy Director of the Museum of Liverpool said: “We’re really pleased to be joining this year’s LightNight. It’s the first time the Museum of Liverpool has been involved, and with lots going on at the Pier Head we look forward to being at the heart of the activity on the waterfront.

From 4pm the Museum of Liverpool will be full of activities for everyone, including a Roman gladiatorial combat display and live music from Liverpool Signing Choir and Liverpool Chamber Choir. Our Waterfront Café will be open, so visitors can enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine and delicious food to celebrate LightNight on the waterfront.”

LightNight 2013 will be the fourth edition of this annual late night festival. Each year the audience and the programme grow, with many new arts organisations joining this one-night celebration of Liverpool’s arts and culture. Some of the new comers include Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, Matt Ford Studio, Vizea Sound, Liverpool Suzuki Violin Group, Movema, Made-Here, Bridewell Studios and Gallery, The Double Negative and Deep Hedonia.

Christina Grogan of Open Culture, the LightNight coordinators said: “LightNight is Liverpool and the region coming together, presenting an extraordinary snapshot of our year round cultural offer. There’s so much to enjoy and experience, it’s a night not to be missed!”

The FREE programme is online at or available from all participating venues.

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