Liverpool will once again be throwing open the doors of its internationally renowned museums, galleries and heritage sites for its annual late night celebration of the regions arts, culture and heritage.
LightNight 2014 offers over 130 free cultural events that aim to inspire and delight visitors of all ages, and there are plenty of activities you can take part in and make your mark.
Head to the Museum of Liverpool for a plethora of hands on activities from 4pm; celebrate 80 years of Bayko, the Liverpool invented model construction set, with the great Bayk-over. Or make your own little Liver Bird in the window overlooking the Royal Liver Building.
The Big Dance Pledge at the Anglican Cathedral at 6.30pm. Merseyside Dance Initiative invites you to be part of a worldwide performance. Join the open dance workshop when you can lean the moves ahead of the main performance at 7.15pm
Chinese Calligraphy at Open Eye Gallery, learn about this century old art, use traditional tools, ink and paper and take your beautiful work home with you.
Meet the ‘stars’ of Tate Liverpool from 6.15pm in an interactive stellar evening of Collective Stargazing. You can create your own word clouds that could include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Barbara Hepworth and Jackson Pollock. Your ideas could replace the existing ones, offering new interpretations of the artwork on display.
A diverse mix of artists and performers will collaborate to create a vibrant showcase entitled Make Your Mark at the Brink. Taking place inside & outside of the venue, with a service user’s exhibition, poetry, singing and hip-hop by host Nikki Blaze & Writing On the Wall Festival guests, along with live graffiti from Zap Graffiti Arts.
All ages can run away to the circus at the Black-E where you can try out the trapeze, the tight wire, juggling, diabolo and more from 5pm.
Belt out sea shanties with Up for Arts and Liverpool Shanty Singers outside Liverpool Central Library as part of the Big Big Sing. You’ll be helping to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014. Join the rehearsal at 6pm and then sing along at 19.00.
Friends of the Flyover invite members of the public to join design professionals and students to create a temporary lighting installation on the walkways of Churchill Way Flyover, view the exciting results from 22.00.
Ropewalks Square will be transformed into a large-scale, interactive light show entitled SYNDROME. Visitors will be able to influence or disrupt the live audio-visual performance with their movement from 21.30. This is a new collaborative project between glitch artist Antonio Roberts, Mercy, HIVE and FACT.
Open house at Mello Mello from 16.00, a great chance to explore the entire building, meet some of the residents and enjoy taster dance workshops courtesy of Tilt Dance Studio.
Liverpool’s acclaimed Young Actor’s Company 20 Stories High invite you to JAM at the Bluecoat. Calling all Young Poets, MCs, Musicians, Singers, Actors, Beat Boxers and Dancers. Come and join 20 Stories High Young Actors, and some very special guests from 19.00, for a mixture of performances from new and emerging artists.
Walk under the stars with the ever-popular Candle Lit Labyrinth, which is in the walled courtyard of Blackburne House this year from 7pm, and promises to be even bigger and better than before.
Head to the Bluecoat at 8pm for the Sense of Sound for their Big Sing, it’s a great chance to hear this incredible a cappella choir plus join in if you wish.
Multi-arts organisation as creatives invite you to ‘We Will Remember’, their family-friendly hands on activities at Baltic Creative. Taking place from 4pm creating written and visual memories using the theme of WW1 centenary commemorations.
Dance around the world and feel the energy at the Movema Dance Class in the Black-E, which follows their thrilling performance with the free runners from Airborn Academy at 19.45.
Julia Bryan, Senior Education Manager at Museum of Liverpool said, “The Museum of Liverpool will be a hive of activity for this year’s LightNight, staying open until 21.00. We’re pleased to host the Bayko Collectors Club who will stage a Bayk-over of the Museum with their amazing models to celebrate 80 years since the start of Bayko in Liverpool. There will be lots to do for all ages including children, who can get creative with Liver Bird crafts and stay up late in Little Liverpool. Pacific Swing and the Night and Days will also be joining us to fill the Atrium with music.”
LightNight visitors can also download a FREE LightNight iPhone app to make their own customised tour of the events and activities. TicTocTourist is an exciting FREE iPhone app for tourists, impromptu visitors and residents alike. TicTocTourist enables visitors to have the whole LightNight programme in the palm of their hand, select a detailed itinerary and plan the shortest possible route on a handy map.
LightNight is Liverpool’s one-night arts and culture festival takes place annually in May, 2014 is the fifth edition. This year, visitors can also enjoy pop up street performance, light projections, a fire performance, walking tours, live music, open studios, exhibitions and much more.
The FREE programme is online at www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk or available from all participating venues.