LightNight 2019 is a free arts festival taking place across Liverpool on Friday 17 May for one night only, with this years’ theme focusing on ‘Ritual’. LightNight celebrates all the culture the city has to offer with over 100 organisations working together to create an amazing night of performances, events, workshops and much more.
We have listed all of the exciting events taking place on and around the High Street:
→ The Great British Baraat
Church Street, 5.30, 6.30 and 7.30pm
We are proud to be commissioning The Great British Baraat which is an inclusive street dance event inspired by the joy of Indian marriage. The exuberant outdoor wedding ritual culminates in a Milni, the meeting of two families. In a unique street dance take on this exuberant rite Movema, Bombay Baja Brass Band and local dancers meet and combine what they do best. An assembly for the city’s multi-faith communities, this event is a raucous, intensely-hued dance party along Church Alley and Church Street, accompanied by Bhangra, jazz and classical music from the Bombay Baja Brass Band – whose musicians are armed with trumpets, trombones, saxophones and dhol drums. If you wish to be part of this spectacle, you can join the free workshop from 14.00-15.30 on 5 May at Bluecoat and prepare to dance through the city.
→ Liverpool Samba School
Church Street, 9.00-10.30am
Liverpool Samba School will be bringing the streets alive with the music, costumes and dance from carnival. Revellers can celebrate the historic ritual celebrated across the world.
→ Demolition Memorial Keepsake
The Bluecoat, 5.00-10.00pm
Inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, the locally-based artist Japanese Artist invites participants to cremate sentimental objects donated to them, done using primitive tools. This all forms a subsequent exhibition of participant’s interviews about their objects and why they were cremated.
→ LightNight at Bluecoat
An incredibly creative evening for all the family to engage in. Every age group can take part in the engaging family activities and art events taking place, all done with music and DJs in the background. There’s even the option to refuel everyone at the outdoor bar and BBQ so everyone’s happy.
→ The Ritual of Sharing Food
Bluecoat Display Centre, 6.30-7.30pm
Experience the nurturing practice of sharing food with friends and family in the company of Graduate Natalie Moon and Chef Peter Kinsella. These experts will challenge your current perceptions of ‘the plate’ and share a love of Catalonian and Spanish food.
→ Open House
The Athenaeum, 12-18 Church Alley, 5.00-10.00pm
An opportunity to explore a building that for two centuries has witnessed numerous rituals. It is also home to one of the most beautiful reading rooms in Europe which is part of an enormous library that houses over 60,000 items.
→ Ritual: Words and Stories
The Athenaeum, 12-18 Church Alley, 6.30-7.30
North End Writers, a Liverpool based education charity, provides an experience where the audience can view all kinds of writing including poems, stories and reflections from history and today.
→ Insane Places: Ritual, Rediscovery and Rhyme
The Athenaeum, 12-18 Church Alley, 8.00-9.00pm
Experience the view and stigma of mental health in the past through the view of Victorian Journalist, Nellie Bly. New writing is presented by poet Pauline Rowe to explore the views of this time
To find put more about LightNight 2019 or any of the events happening around the city, click here.