LightNight, Liverpool’s one-night arts festival, returns for its eighth edition on Friday 19 May 2017. Produced by local social enterprise Open Culture, the festival is one of the city’s biggest and best-loved cultural happenings and sees tens of thousands of visitors of all ages attending special events across the city centre all on one night.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) will once again serve as principal sponsor for LightNight, which for 2017 is themed around the phenomenon of ‘Time’; the past, present and future of the city, its people and the world we live in, as well as the influence of time on scientific discovery.
For LightNight 2017, LJMU is planning a series of fun, interactive activities and exhibitions that chart its evolution from 1823 and the establishment of the Liverpool Mechanics’ and Apprentices’ Library, through to its current incarnation as a pioneering modern civic university, highlighting key moments from the past as well as current research activities.
Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, commented:
“As a pioneering modern civic university, investing in and supporting the globally-renowned culture and creativity that surrounds our students and staff in the City of Liverpool is vital to our roots which is why I’m delighted we are sponsoring LightNight 2017.
This year is particularly important for us, as we celebrate the University’s 25th anniversary. We look forward to involving our global network of friends of past and present in the events being created especially for LightNight, which will provide another focal point for this historic year.”
This year more than 100 events will be held at venues large and small across the city centre and visitors of all ages can join in with everything from large-scale light projections and live music to hands-on workshops, dancing, art and crafts, spoken word, street performance, theatre, late-opening exhibitions and walking tours. It will be a city centre-wide culture crawl like no other as galleries, museums and unusual arts spaces stay open late to experience, showcase and celebrate Liverpool’s world-class cultural offer late into the night.
With such a wide range of events there’s something on offer for all ages – everyone can participate in and enjoy what will be a spectacular night to remember.
Andrew Bennett, an audience member from 2016 said: “LightNight is just getting better and better. Inclusive, interactive, compelling art for everyone. Amazing. It’s become one of the cultural events of the year for the city region’. Charlotte Corrie, Director of Open Culture (festival producers) said: “The aim of LightNight is to showcase the amazing arts and culture that is on offer year-round here in Liverpool and this year will be no different. Centering the programme around the theme of Time this year will create intriguing and remarkable free events for visitors of all ages to explore and enjoy.
Partnering with LJMU for the last three years has been key for us to build the success of the festival, and we’re looking forward to helping them show off their creativity again this year. We can’t wait to reveal the full programme in April.”