OUR PICKS: Light Night 2013

Liverpool’s one-night-only spring fling and sister to autumn’s Long Night, Light Night returns Friday 17th May with late openings and special events from cultural players around the city. Have a gander below for a selection of particular highlights…

The Light Night Bus
With so much to see and do, what could be better than a gig that moves? Allowing you to rest your weary feet and catch performances from the cream of local musical talent, the free Light Night Bus takes a circular route through the city centre, teaming up with Threshold Festival to provide the live soundtrack.

From 17.23 every 30 minutes from the Pier Head, the normal CityLink Route C3 will be the travelling circus of choice, then from 20.10 until 22.40 things speed up with buses every 10 minutes. Download the timetable and route HERE


Art of the Pop Video
FACT 16.00 – 21.00

MTV defined a generation with its bite-sized, fast-paced offering of 24/7 music videos, but it was long before then that the medium had become a vital form of artistic expression. Showcasing the music video as an artistic medium in its own right, the exhibition follows its history from the very beginnings in the 1920s to its most contemporary manifestations. Free Entry.

Inner Visions brings together GIT Award nominees past and present, and several emerging artists to explore their work and what inspires them. The artists discussing their work and inspirations are All We Are, Stealing Sheep, Esco Williams, Wicked Whispers, Forest Swords, and Loved Ones. Each act will highlight one of their own videos and one video that they love, and discuss what makes these videos so special to them. Free Entry


Pier Head Samba Party
17.00 – 18.00

Waving farewell to Cunard’s magnificent Queen Mary 2, a huge gathering of samba drummers will perform at the Pier Head including Beatlife, Anfield Samba Kids and more. For one night only Beatlife, who since 2003 have been providing access to music-making for schools and communities, will bring together a selection of their most experienced drummers of all ages to create a sound spectacle that will knock your socks off!


Ghostly Goings On…

Following on from last year’s hugely successful improvised ghost tours around the cells and court rooms of St George’s Hall, Impropriety, Liverpool’s premier improvisational theatre company return to see what characters are unleashed when you poke around into the unknown. They’d love to tell you who you’re going to meet – but they simply don’t know….yet!

On the other side of Lime Street, top paranormal investigators Night Vision Investigations invite the very brave for another sell-out exploration of the secret labyrinth hidden deep under the former Great North Western Hotel. It’s a bit like Most Haunted, and a lot like the most terrifying experience of your life…


Sense of Sound presents Big Voice
20.00 – 21.30 The Bluecoat 

Award winning music company, Sense of Sound invites you to join them in celebrating Big Voice, an exciting contemporary a cappella singing experience where you will help to create an amazing, uplifting, harmonious sound. Free – Just turn up


Late Night Ceilidh
21.00 – 23.00 St George’s Hall

Come and dance your socks off to the vibrant, lively music of ceilidh band Gallimaufry who will perform toe-tapping traditional folk music from all over the UK. No experience required. Bar available. £1 donation on the door.


Brazilica Showcase
21.00 – 22.00 St Peters Square

Samba with the Liverpool Carnival Company as they take to the streets to give you a taste of the upcoming Brazilica Festival (12th – 20th July 2013) with performances from Liverpool samba school dancers and percussionists.


21.30 – 00.00 Anglican Cathedral

The Oratory is the former chapel of St James’s Cemetery, a now disused burial ground which occupies the rocky hollow on the east side of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. LightNight will see the Oratory wrapped (on two sides) in a fusion of dazzling stained glass fragments from the cathedral. Fragments transform the Oratory into a gently moving, shimmering kaleidoscope. This is a light projection by new media artist Andy McKeown commissioned for LightNight.


Food Slam Fridays
19.00 – 02.00 Camp and Furnace

Finish the night with something delicious at Food Slam Friday, a large-scale supper party, where food meets drink meets late night dancing. Featuring modern takes on childhood favourites – burger shack, hot dawg’s and ‘rollers’ – savoury doughnuts including the infamous Pulled Pork with pineapple sugar! With DJs until late.
Free entry


Download the full Light Night programme here: www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk 

*BONUS: have a thirst that needs quenching? Check out Friday’s edition of the Echo for a FREE bottle of Carlsberg voucher at legendary drinking hole Ma Egerton’s Stage Door*

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