Liverpool’s LightNight festival was due to take place on Friday 15 May. Whilst the free, annual culture crawl around the city can’t be recreated in lockdown, Open Culture are instead looking to use the date as an opportunity to celebrate art, artists and creatives online.
Liverpool BID Company have sponsored LightNight since the beginning and were looking forward to getting involved in this year’s theme which was to be ‘Home’, reflecting on the nature of home as a physical dwelling, a place of community, family, connection and value. Home is a place both on a map and in our hearts and minds.
Through 100’s of free events, LightNight artists, writers, producers, performers and musicians were responding to the theme of Home with new work. But with LightNight, like so many arts and cultural events, unable to happen this Spring, instead, organisers Open Culture want to use the date to cast a spotlight on some of those creatives whose work makes the free festival what it is, but by sharing it online instead.
The hashtag #LightNightatHome will be a place to share and view work by Liverpool’s creatives that would have formed part of LightNight 2020, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It starts at 5pm on Friday 15 May.
A snippet of LightNight’s line up so far:
→ Bluecoat will recreate the LightNight experience through a variety of digital works through the night including: Learn to animate your Houseplants, enjoy a Story Telling Session from Funny Looking Kids, watch a video of the LightNight house band the Halcyon Sycopators (famous for their courtyard concerts!) plus a Virtual Open Studios video collage and a Make Yourself at Home inspired playlist from our resident DJ and Artistic Director Bryan Biggs.
Facebook: @theBluecoat / Instagram: @the_bluecoat / Twitter: @theBluecoat
→ One of the 2020 commissioned artists Laura-Kate Chapman will be sharing creative responses to her craft activity Interlace – so get involved in the arty fun at home so tag her in photos of your creations!
Facebook: @laurakatedraws / Instagram: @laurakatedraws
→ The Guide Liverpool will be sharing short films looking back at the past few years of LightNight.
Facebook: TheGuideLpool / Twitter: @TheGuideLpool / Instagram: @theguidelpool
→ Katumba Drumming & Movement will be launching Tune In With Katumba a new digital project, inviting the public into the creative process of performance, composition, drumming, movement & visual arts through upcycling household items. Plus a combination of pre-recorded past performances of their 100+ community band & live streaming details on how you can get involved! There will also be a Q&A with Katumba’s founders and Music & Movement Directors Ritchie Tunstall and Juliana Landim.
Facebook: @katumbadrumming / Instagram: @katumbadrumming | YouTube: Katumba
→ dot-art present an Instagram exhibition of dot-art Member’s work on the theme of ‘Home’ as well as a special live painting demonstration by dot-art Member artist Jacob Gourley on Instagram at 18:05 and a taster session for our online creative course Lino Cut on Facebook at 19:05.
- 18:05 Painting Demo by Jacob Gourley on Instagram: @dotartliverpool
- 19:05 Lino Cut taster session on Facebook: @dotart
→ A Lovely Word in Association with Everyman & Playhouse are excited to bring you WRITE ABOUT HOME this #LightNightAtHome. Open to everyone. From 17:30 Enjoy micro poetry writing sessions for you to pen a stanza or two, which could be shared with us online or kept for yourself. The zoom link will be shared here soon, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a session slot (include what time you’d like to join!).
Facebook event page / Facebook: alovelyword
Charlotte Corrie, Director, Open Culture said:
‘We chose the theme of ‘Home’ for LightNight 2020 well over a year ago, because it encompasses a broad scope of ideas that we can all relate to. We never expected that our theme of ‘Home’ would become even more resonant during this unprecedented lockdown, and whilst LightNight cannot be replicated virtually we want to provide a platform for a night of sharing, creativity and inspiration.”.
Everyone is invited to follow #LightNightatHome. You can take part in an activity on the night, including artwork conceived by local artist Laura-Kate Chapman, who was originally commissioned for a special installation at the Museum of Liverpool for the night. Instead, she is inviting people of all ages to participate in making a 3D house or poster, that creatively explores what home means to you, and to share those creations online.