LightNight 2018: Transformation


Location:Albert Dock

Date:Friday 18 May 2018

Time:5pm - late


LightNight returns on Friday 18 May 2018, unlocking the doors of Liverpool’s best-loved and lesser-known arts, culture and heritage venues late into the night. A culture crawl like no other, visitors of all ages are invited to follow an unforgettable trail of events in celebration of the city’s year-round world-class cultural offer.

LightNight showcases the creative lifeblood of Liverpool, presenting new and ambitious artistic commissions amidst a vibrant programme of more than 100 events including everything from concerts, exhibitions, hands-on workshops and dance to street performance, theatre and talks. It’s the perfect chance to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and experience the city’s cultural offer after-hours with friends and family.

This LightNight we will question and reflect upon the transformative nature of the self and the world around us. Understood as a significant change in people or place, ‘transformation’ is happening all around us: visible or invisible, turbulent and political, personal and emotional, for better or for worse.

With special street theatre events and late openings taking place at Albert Dock, there’s quite literally something for everyone to enjoy! Tmesis Theatre bring special LightNight street theatre commission Walking Upright to the front of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, taking you on a crazily transformative, fast-paced journey of our evolution. Tate Liverpool’s top floor gallery will be transformed by Brazilian collective Opavivará! into an immersive environment featuring playful and interactive installations, along with hands on workshops, an interactive puppetry shows and an artist debate. Merseyside Maritime Museum opens with exhibitions late into the night along with performances by young people, pop up musical performances and special dock tours. Liverpool Carnival Company transforms Albert Dock into a mini Brazilian carnival of music, dance and costume exploring the meeting of technology and culture. Plus two dung beetles roam will pop up accompanied by ethereal music, sharing stories with the public and posing questions about life - and dung!

The Merseyside Transport Trust is once again providing a free heritage circular bus service using classic Liverpool buses running every 10 minutes from 18:00 – 23:00, stopping at the Albert Dock before heading to Jamaica Street, the Cathedrals, Lime Street, Dale Street and the Pier Head.

The LightNight festival guide will be released 1 May and is available to pre-order now at / @LightNightLpool /