This year, Liverpool LightNight 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever – so we thought we’d compile the most unmissable events taking place around the city.
The past few years of LightNight Liverpool have seen the heart of Liverpool illuminated by creativity and talent, ranging from arts and crafts to visual installations, exhibitions and theatre.
Not forgetting, this special night of the year has offered the public the chance to see Liverpool like never before with truly spectacular walking tours.
On the evening of Friday 19th May 2017, visitors of all ages will be able to explore Liverpool’s most stunning landmarks and hidden gems once again, with a sunset to moonlit backdrop.
The theme of LightNight Liverpool this year is ‘time’ – you can expect a whirlwind of the past, present and future along with an in-depth look at how time influences our work and thinking.
Ceilidh Band Gallimaufry
Where: St George’s Hall
When: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Head to Liverpool’s iconic St George’s Hall for a night that you certainly won’t forget anytime soon!
Live ceilidh band Gallimaufry will be making a return to Liverpool this LightNight with more fun and entertainment than ever.
Expect to dance the night away underneath the opulent ceilings of St George’s as you learn the dance moves that have truly stood the test of time.
The Supersonic Assembly & Greg Wilson
Where: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
When: 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm followed by Greg Wilson from 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Don’t miss out on the chance to see the stunning Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for an evening of mesmerising music.
Featuring a range of local choir groups, The Super Sonic Assembly will be showcasing the evolution of music as we know it since World War II.
Audiences will be encouraged to join in the harmonic experience with a special, improvised piece by the Reverend Cleve Freckleton. You can also expect to hear ‘World Gone Crazy’ along with a touch of the Fab Four and ‘A Little Help from my Friends’.
Fused with the talents of DJ Greg Wilson, each decade of music will be reignited by Wilson’s vibrant music selections, transporting you through the years.
Not forgetting, visitors can travel up the Cathedral tower until 10:00 pm to take in breathtaking moonlit views of the city!
Emily Dickinson/Liverpool Sings
Where: Liverpool Central Library – Hornby Library & Picton Reading Room
When: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm followed by Liverpool Sings at 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This LightNight Liverpool, find yourself enthralled by the power of the written word at Liverpool Central Library.
This year, the Black Entrails will complement the poems of Emily Dickinson with mesmerising avant-garde and medieval music, cleverly intertwined with musique concrete and elements of indie and world music.
And for those that feel like celebrating LightNight Liverpool with music, the Picton Reading Room will be taking your night up an octave at 9:00 pm with uplifting mass singing.
The beautiful walls of the Picton Reading Room will be filled with joyful singing to unite the city – so whether you’re an experienced songbird or passionately out of tune, all are welcome to take part!
Frequency at British Music Experience
Where: British Music Experience
When: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Travel back to ‘The Second Summer of Love” on a vivid journey through acid house.
Expect face paint, glow sticks for a captivating musical and visual experience.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting new attractions in Liverpool this year, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the best of British music.
Where: The Everyman Theatre
When: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The charming Everyman Theatre will be playing host to a number or family-friendly activities on LightNight Liverpool.
The YEP and Bass Techs will be working in collaboration with LHJU to create a an array of interactive installations linked to the theme of ‘time’.
Visitors will be able to get involved with a number of interactive activities in the theatre bar and enjoy live music from local talent throughout the theatre, so it’s well worth heading along to see what’s happening!
The Everyman’s latest play production The Sum will be shown (and ticketed) on the night with a free discussion after the show. Taking a look at the link between time and dementia, this is set to be a thought provoking night from start to finish.
3D Printing, Girls Comics & Karaoke
Where: LJMU Aldham Robarts Library
When: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nestled away off scenic Hope Street, head to LJMU Aldham Robarts Library for an array of exciting events throughout the night.
LightNight Liverpool 2017 will see the university library transformed into a creative hub. Delve into the wonders of 3D printing with the FabLab Team of LJMU and design your very own personalised star. You’ll also have the chance to create your own star map and discover large-scale Astronomy research.
Comic book fans will find themselves in their element with LJMU’s fantastic collection of girls comics, including Bunty, Judy, Twinkle and Misty. You’ll also have the chance to snap your own polroid as a model for 70s magazine Jackie with plenty of crafts to fuel your creativity.
And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a student to let loose this LightNight! Showcase you talents (or just bravery) with Ignite Karaoke running from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Old Dock Tours
Where: Meet at Merseyside Maritime Museum
When: 5:30 pm or 7:00 pm
This LightNight Liverpool will offer two late night tours of Liverpool’s historic Old Dock!
Renowned as the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock, the iconic dock revolutionised and shaped Liverpool as we know it today, playing an integral role in the development of the city over the years.
Travel under the streets of Liverpool One for a special experience that you won’t forget.
Expected to prove popular amongst visitors, head to the Merseyside Maritime Museum before 5:30 pm to be in with a chance of securing your spot.
In Safe Hands: Curators Tour
Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum
When: 6:00 pm – 9.20 pm – tours starting on the hour from 6 until 9.
An amazing experience for those passionate about Liverpool’s unique maritime history, join curator Ben Whittaker for a fascinating tour of the Liverpool Pilots exhibition, In Safe Hands.
Calling all seadogs to take a trip back in time to smuggling and piracy throughout the age of sail.
In keeping with the theme, you’ll learn how time affects the cargo and why we’re so reliant on safe piloting for consuming goods today.
Join curator Ben Whittaker for a 20-minute tour of the Liverpool Pilots exhibition, In Safe Hands. Discover some of the fascinating stories about smuggling and piracy linked to the early pilot service in the age of sail, learn about how timing is everything to ensure the safe passage of cargo – and how we rely on ships being safely piloted to provide almost everything we use and consume in our daily lives.
We hope you have a fantastic time at Liverpool LightNight 2017!
We’d love to hear what your favourite moment was from last year’s luminous night in the city. You can let us know in the comments section below…