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Full programme unveiled for LightNight 2018 festivities

Immersive experiences and a musical street party are among newly announced attractions for LightNight 2018 as the full programme is unveiled.

Hundreds of free events will take place across the city centre on Friday 18 May with organiser Open Culture promising something for all ages and interests.

The team behind  Liverpool’s annual one-night arts festival have released the full programme today (1 May), and audiences have the chance to buy it from a host of city outlets with proceeds helping to fund LightNight and help keep it free.


Top festivities scheduled for the cultural crawl across central locations include:

  • The Imago: This new installation and performance by In Atoms has been specially commissioned by LightNight. Through slow and blissful loops of sound, dialogue, and film footage, visitors can expect a moving and immersive work, telling the life cycle of a moth as a personal history between two people.


  • Metamorphosis: John Petch x OMD: The historical Queen Avenue off Castle Street will come to life with a street party including a surprise musical performance, food and drink stalls and a late night opening for the dot-art gallery.


  • The Polar Bear Waltz: This new commission from composer Patrick Dineen sees the last polar bear adrift on the ocean, singing in heartfelt remembrance of a world he once knew devastated by climate change.


  • Talking Stalls: Set within the ladies toilets at Liverpool Medical Institution, this personal and interactive experience features a conversation between toilet stalls and, adding to the ‘latrinalia’ graffiti, the piece explores notions of identity, gender, and space.


  • ‘The Cockatrice’ by Headstrung Theatre: The popular theatre group brings a dose of family entertainment for a limited audience at Tate Liverpool, with this interactive puppetry performance exploring forgotten corners of the animal kingdom.


  • Mersey Swing Lindy Hop Social: A chance to pick up some lively swing dance moves in a workshop at Liverpool Town Hall, where the Lindy Hop and the Charleston will be followed by a dance soundtracked by the hottest swing bands of the jazz era.


  • Sense of Sound Singers: This special performance in Liverpool Cathedral’s Lady Chapel will see the nine-piece ensemble welcome Sub5 choir from Hannover for a captivating joint performance.


  • Vote 100: The Readers: 100 Liverpool women will read the work of 100 women authors through the ages, from campaigners to poets, marking 100 years since some of the first women won the right to vote.


  • Brazilica Samba performance: Liverpool Carnival Company will bring a mini carnival of music, dance and costume exploring the meeting of technology and creativity at Albert Dock.


  • Drum Clash 2.0: LUMA Creations will use light, rhythm and movement to show the heartbeat and power of the drum from the natural to the mechanical in this performance at the Metropolitan Cathedral Piazza.


  • Merseyside Dance Initiative recreates the work of Pina Bausch: A processional performance outside Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will celebrate the work of the choreographer, including the iconic Nelken Line


  • LightNight Ceilidh: The festival fundraising event for dancers of all ages and abilities returns to St George’s Hall, complete with a live band.


You can also check out our pick of this year’s unmissable LightNight events here.

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