LightNight Liverpool

Event Date: 19 May 2017

Friday 19 May 2017, 5pm until late – Various venues.

This year’s festival questions the nature of time and looks to investigate our experiences of the past, present and future of Liverpool, its people and the world we live in, as well as the influence of time on art, science and philosophy.

There will be a jam-packed programme full of intriguing events for your curious minds, and the festival has announced eight brand new commissions:

At the Metropolitan Cathedral artist Andy McKeown creates a suspended light installation in the round which will recreate the cathedral’s “crown” marking 50 years since its consecration. Archive imagery will be interlaced with the stained glass and mixed live in response to the cathedral choir who will perform Thomas Tallis’ Lamentations and organist performances including compositions by Arvo Pärt.

What if there was a place that still resonated with everything that had ever happened there? Where the Time goes… is a sound installation by musician and composer Jonathan Raisin, that invites you to reflect in a calm and meditative space hidden amidst the bustle of the festival.

Supersonic Assembly, a huge vocal jam, led by Tracey Carmen will take place at Liverpool Cathedral, featuring community choirs performing music of the past 50 years, a singing workshop and a DJ set from Greg Wilson creating a joyous singing and dancing experience for all ages.

Artists Logan & Wilcox will create a new experimental audio visual installation where multiple participants will control the work through biometric data such as brainwaves and heartbeat. The work, entitled Zugzwang (a situation in chess when the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage) will focus on how participants can act as ‘conductors’ in a hierarchical system – manipulating the effects generated by other participants.

Albert Dock will be the stage for MDI’s experiential outdoor performances entitled Same As We Ever Were, with community groups and professional dance artists aged 1-75 which attempts to stop time in its tracks with new choreography exploring memory and ageing.

Bloom is a site specific performance by Friend or Foe. An AV environment which creates a fluctuating sense of space and time, you can explore the underground “lungs” of the St George’s Hall catacombs in exclusive performances.

At Gostin’s Building on Hanover Street, Surtsey Projects, which initiates collaborations between locals and creatives, brings together emerging artist Raphaella Davies and set, prop and costume designer Alexandra Morton to create an immersive and engaging durational performance work inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.

Paperwork Theatre will bring Typhoon & The Pedal Players to the city streets telling time-travelling stories, myths and legends to celebrate Liverpool’s hidden history. Follow the full route of playful theatrics, clowning and puppetry or catch snippets throughout the night.

You can pre-order your Festival Guide online which will be posted to you. All money raised from the sale of the guide will go towards supporting the future of the festival.

LightNight is also on the lookout for a team of volunteers to help out on the night. If you love arts and culture and fancy being an ambassador for the festival, the organisers want to hear from you. For more information about volunteering and how to apply, visit the Open Culture website.

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