The Long Night of the AND Festival. 24 Sep 09


The Long Night of the AND Festival
30 Galleries, 11 Music venues, 10 guided tours, 24 hours and breakfast.
THE LONG NIGHT RETURNS! Thursday 24th September 2009 18.00 to late.

Following its success in 2008 the popular Long Night returns on Thursday 24 September in conjunction with the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) festival.

Abandon Normal Devices is a major new festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture for the Northwest, launching in galleries and sites across Liverpool from 23-27 September. AND is presented by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool), Cornerhouse, (Manchester) and folly (Lancaster), with future editions planned in Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria. The debut festival offers an energetic programme across Liverpool’s cultural spaces, providing a legacy in the region after the success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. For more information about the AND festival visit

This year for the first time Long Night visitors will be able to enjoy events right through the night until breakfast the following morning. As well as being able to view art after hours in Liverpool’s many galleries both large & small, there will be a number of one-off events and performances to enhance the night and animate the city after-hours.

Below are some of the key highlights of The Long Night of the AND Festival. For a full details of all the events and times, please visit or or pick up a brochure:


* The A Foundation is having a Really-Long Night with a 24 hour programme including music and dancing until 2.00am, live dance from TILT, all – night cinema (bring your own sleeping bag!) and a non-stop 24 hour interview involving over 70 artists, curators, musicians and insomniacs. Breakfast will be available from 8am the next day.
* Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate 1999-2009) will be reading his work at the Bluecoat, where the Liverpool Poetry Café continues its excellent programme of readings by the very best contemporary poets.
* The Walker Art Gallery is open until 10.30pm with atmospheric DJ sets, live music and poetry from Malcontents; a dark melancholic pop act, and the Hushtones, a talented guitar based songwriting duo; plus Susan Hedges.
* To accompany her exhibition ‘Precarious’ at Tate Liverpool, pioneering performance artist Carolee Schneeman will be giving a performance lecture entitled Mysteries of the Iconographies.
* Steve Binns, Liverpool’s much loved Community Historian will lead a guided tour disclosing the radical history associated with both St Georges Hall and the Newz Bar on Water Street (and many places in between – including the town hall).
* There will be free tours of Merseytravel’s George’s Dock Tunnel Ventilation Building at the Pier Head.
* You can see around backstage at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Tours are on the hour from 5pm with the last tour at 9.00pm.
* Join Hide&Seek at FACT for four hours of free social games and social experiences: chasing hiding, deducing, observing and drawing, and help celebrate FACT’s 20th birthday at a very special party.
* Lambert Kamps’ Canal Taxi and Ben Parry’s Mint Teahouse Boat, both at Salthouse Dock.

For the first time ever you can;

* Visit Mr Hardman’s Photographic Studio at night.
* Visit the top of the Cathedral tower and Radio City tower at night and then compare the views with Ben Johnson’s Cityscape at the Walker Art Gallery.
* Visit artists at work in their studios at Arena Art & Design studios and Elevator Artists studios. both in the Elevator building above LEAF tea shop.
* Make your own artist print at the Bluecoat Print Studio
* Enjoy the first Liverpool Phil/CAMRA Real Ale Beer Festival Beer and Brass at the Phil, with a live Oompah Band made up of players from the RLPO brass section.

Mike Stubbs, Director/CEO of FACT and Champion of AND said “After the massive success of last year’s Long Night, it’s fantastic to see an even longer list of Liverpool’s venues and galleries working together to create an exciting evening of after dark activity across the city.”

Merseytravel is again supporting the Long Night of the AND Festival.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, said:  “Making major arts institutions, visitor attractions and experiences, including our own Mersey Tunnel tours, more accessible can only be good if we are to continue to find ways to build on the legacy of 2008.  We are continuing to do what we can to bring more life and creativity across the transport network, through art, and we are pleased to support these events and encourage more people to see the cultural gems on their own doorstep.”

Pre-booking is recommended for some events, especially Merseytravel’s Tunnel Tours, Mr Hardman’s Photographic Studio, Andrew Motion at the Bluecoat, Liverpool Architecture Society, Frank Carlyle’s talk in the Met Cathedral Crypt, The Empire Theatre backstage tours and Radio City tower tours.

For more information about the AND festival visit

Galleries, studios and organisations involved are;

The A Foundation, Arena Art & Design studios and gallery, BBC Big Screen, The Black-e, the Bluecoat, Bluecoat Display Centre, Contemporary Urban Centre, The Cornerstone Gallery, Editions Contemporary Art, Elevator Artists studios, FACT (Foundation and Art of Creative Technology), LJMU School of Art & Design, LEAF Tea Shop & Bar, Liverpool Architectural Society, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Monuments, Liverpool Playhouse, Lost Voices, Mello Mello, Merseytravel’s George’s Dock Tunnel Ventilation Building, Mr Hardman’s Photographic Studio (National Trust), Open Eye Gallery, Philharmonic Hall, Radio City, RIBA, The Royal Standard, St Georges Hall Heritage Centre, Tate Liverpool, Unity Theatre, View Two Gallery, The Walker Art Gallery, Wolstenholme Projects, 3345 Parr St.,