Thousands stay up late as Liverpool transforms itself for annual LightNight culture crawl

LightNight 18, photographer Rhian Askins, credit Open Culture

Thousands stay up late as Liverpool transforms itself for annual LightNight culture crawl

Liverpool’s streets and art galleries and museums were filled with thousands of culture-loving revellers as the city came alive for its 9th annual LightNight.

With more venues open than ever before for LightNight, over 100 events attracted people to the city centre from Hope Street Quarter to the waterfront. The theme for 2018 was transformation, understood as a significant change in both people and place. Transformation is happening all around us, both visible and invisible, turbulent and political, personal and emotional.

LightNight 18 photographer Matt Thomas credit Open Culture

Highlights on the night included;

  • Bring the Fire’s spectacular performance of World in a City on the St George’s steps

  • In Atoms magical THE IMAGO at Liverpool Cathedral

  • Double D Divas hilarious and moving performances at Liverpool Town Hall

  • Tmesis Theatre’s breathtaking Walking Upright at the Albert Dock.

  • Paper Bridge at Mann Island which saw hundreds of Merseyside students and artists add their hopes for the future and how they want to be transformed onto a purpose built bridge.

LightNight, produced by social enterprise Open Culture, is one of the most popular nights in Liverpool’s arts and culture calendar. With over 900 artists featuring in the events, covering performance, music, film, theatre, talks, light shows and more, the evening is designed to showcase the breadth of talent and the vibrancy of the arts in Liverpool. Every event is free.

LightNight 18 photographer Pete Carr credit Open Culture

Charlotte Corrie from Open Culture says,

“What a fantastic night! Thank you to all the artists and venues who’ve taken part, who’ve given up their time and helped to deliver LightNight with their usual enthusiasm, excitement and passion. Arts and culture is the beating heart of Liverpool and it is our favourite night of the year, where we get to celebrate the creative life and energy of the city and put it front and centre.”

LightNight 18. photographer Rhian Askins, credit. Open Culture
LightNight 18 photographer Mark McNulty credit Open Culture