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The LightNight programme is out!

lightnight14-flyerLiverpool’s Culture Crawl Is Back

Our favourite night of the year, Liverpool’s LightNight is back for its fifth year. 

On Friday 16 May from 4pm until late thousands of visitors of all ages will descend on Liverpool for LightNight, the city’s annual arts and culture festival.

LightNight unlocks the doors of Liverpool’s world-class museums, galleries and heritage sites late into the night to showcase creativity in the city region. Visitors can experience a vibrant mixture of events all on one night; from interactive light projections to a psychedelic sound spectacle, ‘sound battle’ street performances to exhibition launches. With a fire performance, giant dance workshops, big sings, a candle-lit labyrinth, sing-along walking tours, and stargazing at the Tate, there is something for all ages.

For LightNight 2014 over 100 of Liverpool’s finest creative’s and arts organisations have joined forces to offer an unforgettable night of over 130 FREE events. Visitors will be invited to:

·       Visit a secret, iconic building for a sneak preview of the building that will be at the heart of this year’s Liverpool Biennial.

·       Rediscover Liverpool Cathedral to experience the booming Grand Organ, reflect in the Lady Chapel, join the Big Dance Pledge with Merseyside Dance Initiative, or be mesmerised by PZYKSONG as musicians from Liverpool International Psychedelic Festival and the Cathedral collaborate for the first time.

·       Witness a fire performance by Bring the Fire Project, Liverpool’s up and coming fire artist collective as they light up the area around Wellington’s column with fire costumes, installations and live drumming.

·       Explore class and taste in modern Britain through the eyes of Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry on the opening night of The Vanity of Small Differences at the Walker Art Gallery. Along with music, dance and drama from LIPA students and the opening of the dot-art Schools Exhibition with winning artwork from 50 local schools.

·       Dance the night away in St George’s Hall as the ever-popular late night ceilidh returns.

·       Stroll around Liverpool’s Central Library one year after its reopening, when you’ll be invited to lie on the floor for a live musical and visual performance, belt out Sea Shanties with Up for Arts, listen to West Everton Super Strings, join Writing on the Wall up on the roof terrace for Word Up, hear from Scottie Writers, find out about the LJMU’s Merseyside at War project created to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 or the Give Us 5 campaign with The Reader Organisation.

·       Experience the new Youth and Community space in the Everyman as YEP (Young Everyman Playhouse) surround you in light, sound and projections.

·       Journey into the unknown with Impropriety and Hidden Liverpool as they take you on an exploration of the beautiful banking hall in Martins Bank.

·       Spot yourself in the Liverpool Photo Booth Project, 600+ black and white portraits taken by photographer Louise Lowe that opens for the first time on LightNight after a yearlong endeavour to capture the identity of Liverpool today.

·       Immerse yourself at the Museum of Liverpool with dance and choir performances, a Liver Bird workshop, exhibitions and films plus the big Bayk-over which celebrates 80 years of the Liverpool invented Bayko model construction set.

·       Join the circus at The Black-E as it comes alive with aerial workshops, trapeze and juggling, along with an energetic World Dance performance and workshop courtesy of Movema and free runners Airborn Academy.

·       Walk the candle-lit labyrinth designed with the help of LIPA students in the walled courtyard of Blackburne House.

·       Discover Baltic Creative, Liverpool’s vibrant creative and digital hub in the Baltic Triangle, as they invite you to take part in workshops, open their creative studios, enjoy live music in the cafe, or even have your tea leaves read.

·       Uncover the history of the oldest Chinese community in Europe through photographs and words at the Open Eye Gallery, when you can also try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, be enthralled by the sounds of the Chinese harp or watch the Pagoda Taichi and Dance group perform ancient exercises and Fan dances.

Lorenzo Fusi, Open Eye Gallery Director said, “Open Eye Gallery is thrilled to once again be a part of LightNight Liverpool – it’s a fantastic evening of participation, family activities and fun for all across the city. There’s always a great atmosphere as Liverpool’s cultural institutions offer an exciting tour of the city at night.” 

Mark Lawler, Baltic Creative Managing Director said, “We’re really looking forward to throwing open our doors again for LightNight. Last year Baltic Creative was buzzing with visitors and activity. And again this year our programme offers something for all ages, so why not come and find our more about Baltic Creative.”

LightNight 2014 is the fifth edition of this annual late night festival. Each year the audience and the programme grow, with many new arts organisations joining this one-night celebration of Liverpool’s arts and culture. New comers include Mercy, HIVE, Bring the Fire Project, The Friends of the Flyover, Liverpool Biennial, Alison Appleton Studio, The Kazimier, Pagoda Arts, Merseyside Polonia, Karate Union of Great Britain, 20 Stories High, West Everton Super Strings, Scottie Writers, Outpost, Aurora Media, The Reader Organisation, Wanderpool and The Mixnots.

Charlotte Corrie of Open Culture, the LightNight producers said: “LightNight is the city really coming together, its starts at 4pm and doesn’t stop until 4am, so there really is something for everyone. It’s a jam packed one night extravaganza that’s not to be missed. It gives you a taste of what takes place in Liverpool everyday of the year!”

The FREE programme is now online at or available from all participating venues.


Candle Lit Labyrinth at LJMU on LightNight

Sefton Park, a LIMF Class Act


Well it’s Friday 23rd August, and all the anticipation of watching the amazing transformation of one of my favourite parks, Liverpool Sefton Park was indeed worth the wait.

Sefton Park LIMFClassic FM hosted the performance of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, along with our very own Sense of Sound  group, was such an enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining evening for me; and I suspect the many thousands of people who came out to support this opening event.

Liverpool Culture Company-Liverpool City Council, along with their many high-profile sponsors and partners represented at the VIP Launch Event of this first Liverpool International Music Festival, must have been delighted with such an enthusiastic and diverse crowd throughout the evening proceedings.

Personally, just watching the Chief Conductor Mr Vasily Petrenko   getting into the grove of his varied musical offerings, along with his fellow accomplished musicians was a joy to behold.

Copious amount of media coverage was in evidence on Friday, and what a coupe for Liverpool to be hosting such a prestigious event within such historical green surroundings.  A spectacular firework display rounded off a most enjoyable evening.

Sense of Sound rehearsal.

Well done to all concerned, and a massive thank you   (Ms Linda Conroy) to the many creative and dynamic visionaries, who continue to embrace and celebrate our rich and diverse musical heritage, beyond the traditional Mathew Street Festival.

For full listing of LIMF events in Liverpool over this August Bank Holiday and beyond visit:-

The Liverpool Culture Company web site,   and


Yaw Owusu, Musical Curator of LIMF

Yaw Owusu, Musical Curator of LIMF

Family Fun LIMF, Sefton Park.

Family Fun LIMF, Sefton Park.

Liverpool Art Month: Arena Studios & Gallery’s Annual Art Auction

Art Auction provides a unique opportunity to invest in Liverpool’s Artists and their work.

arena sale posterThis Friday, 3rd May, Arena Studios and Gallery will host its 11th Annual Auction in association with Liverpool Art Month. Both established and newly emerging artists from a diverse range of disciplines have submitted work which will be sold at the auction in Elevator Café Bar, Parliament Street. And I for one will be there, paddle in hand!

Although it is officially stated as the 11th Annual Auction it is thought amongst many that throughout Arena’s 31 year history there have been many, many auctions and this could possibly be around the 26th. Auctioneer Paul O’Keeffe remembers that during one of the first Auctions in Arena’s old home in Duke Street, he was asked to sell and opened packet of digestive biscuits… and sell he did, thus beginning a long and illustrious career as Arena’s much loved Auctioneer.

The night is always exciting and the atmosphere electric as the bids rise higher and higher. So why not go along for a fantastic night’s entertainment, free bubbly and the chance to win some great art work from the finest artists living and working in Liverpool today?

Registration for the evening starts at 5pm and I’ll be looking forward to a free glass of bubbly when I register. The lovely Arena people also tell me that there’s curry and a drink on offer for £8.00.

There will be pieces from Tabitha Moses, 2013 Liverpool Art prize nominee, and from Tomo, Liverpool Art Peoples prize winner 2012. There’s also work from newly emerging  as well as established artists, including a unique selection  of 2D & 3D work, found objects and ceramics, traditional media, oil and acrylic paints, watercolours and pastels through to digital images and screen prints. There are not many places you will find such an incredible mix of art work all for sale.

So get down there, soak up the atmosphere, support local artists and hopefully go home with some brilliant original art. If you’re down there, do come over and say hello.

The 11th Arena  Art Auction artwork will be on view in the Elevator Café Bar, 27 Parliament Street, Liverpool, L8 5RN, from Monday 29th April.  The Auction opens Friday 3rd May at 5pm for registrations with a 7pm start to the bidding.

More information can be found at www.arenastudiosand and updates also on Twitter @arenaliverpool

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