LightNight Liverpool 2016
announces commissions programme
LIGHTNIGHT, Liverpool's 1 night arts
festival, returns, at 5pm, on Friday, 13 May 2016. This year the festival will feature 13
new commissions alongside its packed programme of projections, performances,
science demonstrations, live music and hands on art workshops.
These new works have been commissioned by festival producers Open Culture and
partners including Ad Hoc Creative, Physical Fest and the Albert Dock and
feature local and regional artists, producers and organisations responding to
this year's theme of:- 'Experiment'.
Details of individual commissions can be found below:-
Illumaphonium:- a dynamic large scale, multisensory installation created
by musician and inventor Michael Davis. Everyone is invited to the LJMU John
Lennon Art and Design Building to play this semi acoustic, semi-automatic
music making sculpture. A beautifully tuned array of 250 illuminated aluminium
chrome bars respond to touch with constantly evolving patterns of light and
sound that spread out in ripples over the surface.
OP POP Matrix:- Artist Andy McKeown is creating a multi user projection
environment also at LJMU John Lennon Art and Design Building. This interactive
immersive light installation uses a series of individual control stations which
are under the control of the audience. Each layer of the Matrix contains 7
pattern forms, meshes, grids, discs, spots, lines and shapes. The audience
creates the work by controlling the towers with both the projection and
themselves. Co-operation or chaos?
The Cage of Experiments:- an eclectic mix of music, theatre and
performance from Liverpool's alternative creative community. Curated by
Katy-Anne Bellis of Caustic Widows, a giant birdcage in the Bluecoat courtyard
will be filled with a feast of visual and musical experiments. Take part in a
mass group waltz, discover acrobatic parrots and enjoy ambient sounds throughout
disSociation:- a space to absorb and reflect on the LightNight experience
by local production group Deep Hedonia, consisting of a responsive video
installation and discussion lab also at the Bluecoat. Participants will be
invited to look at the nature of accelerated communication during a large art
event like LightNight, with the aim of exploring the relationship between artist
Neu Collective Consciousness:- Artists Logan and Wilcox invite audience to
Everyman Theatre to create a bio-cybernetic system. Using a number of sensory
technologies which monitor brain waves and heart rate, the installation explores
different possibilities of creating a co-authored AV environment made up
directly from reactions of the human body and a cybernetic machine.
City Sites:- The Mindset Ensemble, founded by composer Mark Jones, present
a new piece of music inspired by the recent loss of some of Liverpool's music
venues. This 10min UK premiere considers the sadness felt by the community of
people around these venues and asks: do future sites offer a solution, a solid
creative future? The performance at the Nordic Church will be accompanied by a
new video from artist Laura Spark and followed by a performance from the Sweet
Afterglow:- Artists Carlos Bernal's immersive light and sound installation
will be at the Black-E. With mapped light projections onto 6 consecutive
screens it will create a new dimension, a space time tunnel where the energy of
light is transferred and transformed.
Afloat, in Land:- a new AV performance by Friend or Foe 'Afloat, In
transforms the VGandM's historic Leggate Theatre into a multi channel video and
sound environment as they present new musical works, written during their
3 month residency in a remote town on the north coast of Iceland. Exploring
themes, memories, myths and dreams connected with the people and places they
Gizzago's Pop Up Playground:- Unlocking the City's playful potential Gizzago create three pop up playgrounds that encourage you to play with public
spaces in awesome new ways. Mixing digital, social and physical game play, Gizzago provide a glimpse of the future of experimental street game culture.
Choose from Turtle Wushu at Steble Fountain or Johann Sebastian Joust and
Maypole Mayhem at the Anglican Cathedral Plateau and remember how good it feels
to play outside!
Flock:- You'll find this unusual tribe of birdlike bikers on Church
Street, LJMU Aldham Robarts Library and William Brown Street. Boisterous and
playful they ruffle their feathers and flaunt their leathers bringing you
strange customs and dazzling displays of prowess. Perhaps you'll find yourself a
winner in one of their rituals or being swept away in a saddle of their noisy
gleaming cavalcade. Dare to join in and it'll give you something to Tweet about.
Created and performed by Foolsize Theatre and commissioned by Physical Fest.
Love Without Sound:- Pixophtyoflora: Artist David Badger creates a
visually sparkling experimental video with a live ambient electronic soundtrack
at the Liverpool Medical Institution. Come and relax as you peacefully reflect
on how computer imaging technology can be used to grow and 'simulate'
simple living creatures and soak up the electronica.
No Worst, There Is None:- some of Liverpool's leading creative lights come
together for this very special one off performance at the Anglican Cathedral.
Bill Ryder Jones has composed a sweeping orchestral response to the Gerard
Manley Hopkins poem from which this project takes its name, with the piece
arranged for a unique musical collective featuring the Liverpool Anglican
Cathedral Choir by IMMIX Ensemble founder Daniel Thorne. Presented within an
immersive light and AV environment created live by visual artists Sam and Damien Wiehl. No Worst, There Is None is commissioned by Ad Hoc Creative.
Météo-Dock:- An experimental weather-ship; this promenade performance sees
an 8 strong crew of dancers and musicians create an unfolding, processional
conveyor belt with responses to meteorological conditions on the Albert Dock.
Surprising and delighting audiences of all ages, engaging you musically and
visually as you follow the weather ship. Commissioned for LightNight by Albert
Dock Liverpool and created by TiLT.
Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said:-
"Celebrating the ever changing weather conditions we experience here down at the
Dock, Météo Dock promises spectators a wonderful spring evening of dance and
music, set against the beautiful backdrop of Albert Dock's Grade I listed
LightNight is a magical evening on the City's event calendar, and we are
delighted to be working closely with Open Culture and TiLT in bringing this
exciting commission to life."
Charlotte Corrie, Director of Open Culture the LightNight festival producers,
said:- 'It's important for us to commission new work, keeping the
LightNight programme fresh and unique. It also guarantees that audiences will
experience something new and different, which fits with our theme this year of 'Experiment'. As an organisation one of our key aims is to give a platform to
the incredible creative talent in the City and the region, and we want visitors
to LightNight to have an incredible night, plus being inspired to engage in the
regions arts year round.'
Produced by social enterprise Open Culture since 2009, LightNight Liverpool sees
tens of thousands of visitors explore, experiment and celebrate the City's
world class cultural offer across galleries, museums and City's streets late into
the night with a programme of over 100 free events. LightNight festival
guides can be ordered
online or pick one up for just £1 from
guide stockists:- Liverpool Everyman, St George's Hall, 92 Degrees Coffee, Tate
Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, St John's Beacon, The Bluecoat, Anglican Cathedral,
News from Nowhere, Victoria Gallery and Museum, FACT, Central Library, Tourist
Information at the Albert Dock, Baltic Bakehouse and Furrow café on Allerton
Ultra High Definition
operating theatre opens at the Royal
THE Royal Liverpool University Hospital
has unveiled a state of the art operating theatre which uses 3D maps for highly
skilled surgery to repair veins and arteries.
The £3.7million hybrid theatre gives surgeons access to ultra high definition
imaging during surgery on serious conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysms
An AAA is a swelling of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body that
provides blood to the lower body. If an aneurysm bursts, it causes huge internal
bleeding, 80% of people who suffer a ruptured AAA die before reaching hospital.
The theatre has been built on a temporary
platform at the Royal so the innovative technology can be transferred to the new
Royal when it opens in 2017. The surrounding structure will be transferred to
Broadgreen Hospital to provide further operating space.
Using an electronic arm; known as a 'C arm' - which moves in tandem with
a carbon fibre operating table, the advanced technology provides ultra clear
images to guide the surgeon through the complex network of arteries.
Ultra clear high quality visuals provide less fatigue for the operating team and
uses lower doses of radiation and contrast material, making it safer for
patients and staff.
George Hasset, 74, cut the ribbon on the new
theatre, having been one of the first patients to benefit from the new theatre
when he underwent surgery on a complex aortic aneurysm.
George, from Broadgreen, said:- "As with most procedures, you're not aware
of your surroundings. When I found out my procedure took place in this high tech
theatre, I was blown away.
These surgeons saved my life and without them I wouldn't be here to cut this
ribbon. I just want to say thank you. It's an honour to be able to open this
theatre and thank the whole team for what they did for me."
Professor Rao Vallabhaneni, consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at the
Royal, said:- "The new hybrid theatre is one the most modern of medical
environments. With this we will stay at the forefront of vascular surgery and
can continue to offer our patients some of the most advanced treatments with the
very best in safety and accuracy.
Building a temporary structure for a state of the art facility that can be
transferred to our other site was challenging. This shows that, while we are
investing in the future of healthcare with the new Royal, we remain committed to
excellence in today's healthcare too."
The Royal provides vascular services as part of the Liverpool Vascular and
Endovascular Services (LiVES) which connects the Trust with neighbouring
hospitals across Merseyside.
To find out more about the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
NHS Trust's AAA Screening Programme, call:- 0151 706 4767 or go
to find out more about AAA screening programmes near you.
Aintree's Golf Centre officially opens UK FootGolf Course
AINTREE'S Golf Centre situated on the grounds of Aintree
Racecourse is officially opening a UK FootGolf Course to the general public. UK
FootGolf is an exciting new sport combining the best of football and golf, 2
of the most popular sports in the world.
FootGolf is played using a size 5
football, with the object of the game to get the ball into the hole using only
your feet in the fewest number of shots possible. The course offers a 9 hole
circuit with ball hire available at the Golf Centre.
Aintree is 1 of 2 UK FootGolf Courses now open in Liverpool; two more
courses will be opening soon in Birkenhead and Wallasey.
Nick Percy, Manager of Aintree Golf Centre said:- "I am really excited to
open the UK FootGolf course. It will be a popular attraction for all ages and a
great way to encourage people to take gentle exercise whilst having fun. We would like to encourage local schools to come and try FootGolf
as part of their school curriculum to educate and involve children in 2 of the
most popular sports, football and golf."
John Baker, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, said:- "It is superb
to now host a FootGolf Course at the Golf Centre. We are always looking for new,
innovative ways to attract customers and FootGolf will most definitely do this
at a great value.
Our Community Programme is going from strength to strength and FootGolf will be
a perfect way to boost our community engagement and education of Aintree
Prices for FootGolf include:-
► Adult - 18 Holes £10.00 / 9 Holes £6.00
► Concessions - 18 Holes £8.00 / 9 Holes £5.00
► Ball Hire is £1.00 with a refundable £5.00 deposit
► For more information and opening times, please head to the website.