Light Night 2018

light night 2018

Welcome back Light Night with us on Friday 18 May, a celebration of Liverpool’s world-class culture with one spectacular night of over 100 free performances, exhibitions, installations, workshops, talks and much more.

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We’re especially excited about the events going on up and down Hope Street:


In the Metropolitan Cathedral –

5:30pm – Choral evening Prayer (1745)

Begin your Light Night journey with glorious music sung by the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir.  Enjoy a moment of stillness and experience the transformative qualities of Choral Evening Prayer, a tradition that stretches back over 500 years. All backgrounds and faiths are most warmly welcome.

On the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral –

6pm – The Nelken Line (1815)

Merseyside Dance Initiative presents a processional performance on the Cathedral steps recreating the work of choreographer Pina Bausch. The ‘Nelken Line’ is an iconic image from Bausch’s choreography, with repetitive movements representing the change of seasons. Part of a worldwide project from the Pina Bausch Foundation

10pm – Drum Clash 2.0

Using light, rhythm and movement LUMA Creations/OLC Productions present the heartbeat and power of the drum through changing shapes and shadows of light; creating change from the natural to the mechanical. Travel full circle through powerful rhythms, taking a magical journey with shifting movements that transform us.

The Victoria Gallery and Museum –

In Gallery 2 – 6pm – Creating new perspectives with clay (Workshop)

Join ceramic artist, Louise Waller, in transforming an unfinished artwork. Participants will learn how to create clay flowers and leaves to transform a plain column into a three-dimensional living structure. The finished product will form part of one of the ‘New Perspectives’ exhibitions in the VG&M which sees award-winning ceramicist, Phoebe Cummings, re-imagine a former women’s common room.

In Gallery 5 – 6pm – Gallery Talk Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld

Experience the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian Underworld. Learn about the helpers of the deceased and the amulets of protection. Find out what was involved in the Judgement and learn what happened if you did not pass. You can even give it a go yourself, if you dare!

In the Warehouse café -6pm – Re-enacting the battle of Actium

Celebrating the loan of the ancient Egyptian Meroë Head of Augustus from the British Museum, witness the Battle of Actium in miniature. This Battle played a decisive part in the Final War of the Roman Republic, the catalyst for Octavian’s transformation from ambitious politician into effectively the first Roman Emperor.

At the Everyman theatre –

5pm – History of black jazz music and exhibition. Opportunity to bring along your own vinyl to share.

5pm – Film and Exhibition about Transformation of the Everyman

6pm – Family craft activities & storytelling

7pm – Performance of Paint Your Wagon (May do ticket offer for walk up sales on the day)

7:30pm – Spoken word/poetry inspired by Light Night theme of Transformation

At the Unity theatre –

Unity 1 – 6pm – Tooth & Nail – thread

With an excerpt of their new work ‘Thread’ The Award-winning Tooth+Nail take a joyful leap into the unchartered spaces of the mind, weaving a tapestry of experiences with acrobatics and a breath-taking visual language.  Inspired by the words of people living with dementia and those supporting them.

Unity 2 – 6pm – Rowena Gander: Object (Auto) Biography (1845)

Object (Auto) Biography is an experimental dance performance on vertical pole performed and choreographed by Rowena Gander, inviting you to remove and reconsider preconceived notions of the female who dances with the pole.

8pm – Laurence Clark: In An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

Comedian Laurence Clark tackles the important issues of parenthood… like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby-walker to make him look like a Dalek!


More information about all Light Night events can be found here.

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