Seven new commissions revealed for Liverpool’s LightNight 2019

Organisers of Liverpool’s LightNight have revealed details of seven specially commissioned artworks for the 10th annual event.

This year’s free, late night cultural programme for all ages will follow the theme ‘Ritual’ as it takes place across 50 venues around the city.

Open Culture, which is behind the festivities, has yet to release the full schedule for the 17 May event but has announced a collection of diverse new artworks and installations which are set to feature.

For the first time in 2019, one of LightNight’s attractions is set to turn the underground tunnel at Moorfields train station into a cultural venue.


The seven new commissions include:


Bido100 and Merseyrail present RITUAL 2.0 by Sam Wiehl & Forest Swords

Moorfields Station Tunnel

A large-scale, public realm audio-visual installation has been developed by artist Sam Wiehl, with an accompanying soundtrack mix by Forest Swords.

The project will encourage the public to consider a creative future based on Artificial Intelligence.


Híbridos, The Spirits of Brazil by Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon

Victoria Gallery & Museum

International artists and filmmakers Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon have been researching rituals across Brazil for four years and will bring their immersive multi-screen installation to Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Híbridos is a poetic and ethnographic exploration of the world of diverse sacred ceremonies, breaking down the distance between the viewer and the subject, guiding them through a realm of movements, of dances, and music pulsating at high rhythms.


The Great British Baraat by Movema, Milapfest & Bombay Baja Brass Band

Church Street

Milapfest and Movema will celebrate the ritual of Indian marriage, the Baarat. The exuberant outdoor wedding ritual culminates in a Milni – the meeting of two families.

Movema, local dancers and the Bombay Baja Brass Band will meet on Church Street in Liverpool city centre, where they’ll present a mass street-dance take on the ritual.


Movema, Milapfest & Bombay Baja Brass Band will bring ritual-themed street dance. Image by Pete Carr.


The Peaks & Troughs of Modern Rituals by Richie Moment

St George’s Hall East Portico Steps

Royal Academy Schools graduate Richie Moment turns his critical eye on the rituals that interlace our modern lives.

Eight light sculptures will be installed at the St George’s Hall East Portico Steps, representing shrines to the popular culture we engage with on a daily basis such as convenience food, celebrity and the days of TV on demand. They’ll also hide a darker musing of ‘how much of a good thing is too much of a good thing?’


Donna Summer Fever by Projectile Vomit


Baltic Triangle venue Constellations will host a modern-day pagan ritual, as artist group Projectile Vomit erects an audio-visual shrine.

The shrine will act as a focus for collective disco energies and attempt to induce a Donna Summer fever in order to appease Donna and ensure good weather in the months ahead and a bountiful harvest in 2019.


Demolition Memorial Keepsake by anti-cool


Liverpool-based Japanese artist anti-cool presents a multi-screen video and sculpture installation exploring memorial objects.

Inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, in advance of this year’s festival anti-cool will ceremonially burn objects that hold negative memories brought forward by local people and present the personal histories behind their chosen objects.



Donna Summer Fever is among the new LightNight commissions.


Ad Finitum: The Invisible Choir & Death Café by Rory Ballantyne

Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral

An atmospheric concert featuring new choral arrangements by composer and musician Rory Ballantyne. The eclectic and dynamic repertoire will journey audiences through both uplifting and emotional pop, rock, ancient folk, classical and experimental songs which explore ideas around death and dying.

The concert will be followed by a Death Café where audiences are invited to share and discuss their perspectives on death in a friendly and informal setting – with cake!


LightNight’s full programme will be released on 15 April, featuring a wide variety of attractions including concerts, exhibitions, workshops, dance, street performance, theatre and music.


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