'Experiment' is a glowing success...
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.
LIVERPOOL has run, for the 7th year, an
unforgettable arts and cultural event called:- 'LightLightNight',
on Friday, 13 May 2016. The event has a fantastic reputation for
offering all ages a huge range of both spectator and participating activities.
With over 100 activities taking place, all on one night, from spectacular light
projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, to theatre and
street performances to see, its next to impossible to view it all.
For 2016 the festival was theme was:-
'Experiment', as audiences were encouraged to see or experience
something they had never done before. The events themselves were also on the
experimental side, with everything from street games, live graffiti art and
science demonstrations to 'sketchsperiments', mass sing along's
and dance mashups.
This year we have tried to photograph some of the lesser known events that take
place, but even these bring in large numbers of people. We also got a chance to
snap the old Liverpool Buses that were being used on the night to allow the
thousands of visitors to navigate around the many attractions, located in
Liverpool's increasingly wide range of museums, galleries and heritages sites
that are dotted all over the City Centre. The Light Night Heritage Bus service
was free for people to use and it was provided by the Merseyside
For many it provided a fantastic way to get around.
This years event included 13 new commissions, with people packing into the
Anglican Cathedral for:- 'No Worst', 'There is None'
from Adhoc Creative and taking part in Gizzago's games outside. Commissioned
works from:- 'Foolsize Theatre', 'Deep Hedonia',
'Mindset Ensemble', 'Caustic Widows', 'Meteo-Dock',
'Friend or Foe', 'Logan and Wilcox' and artists Michael
Davis, Carlos Bernal, David Badger, Abi Bliss and Andy McKeown were also hugely
successful, with audiences enjoying everything from large scale musical
instruments to interactive audio visual installations to performing biker birds
and parrots in a giant bird cage.
For us, one of the biggest highlights was the amazing 3d projections that took
place within the BlockE Community Centre, and we will be putting video up on our
Facebook and our YouTube
Channel very soon of it, along with information about the team
Charlotte Corrie, Director of Open Culture (LightNight producers), said:-
"LightNight gets bigger and better every year; we're always overwhelmed by the
positive response to the festival from the thousands of people who come out for
the night and get involved, and this year is no different! LightNight is a great
way to show off the amazing arts scene that exists in the City, and to remind
people that these spaces and organisations are there to be discovered not just
on this one night, but every day of the year."
LightNight visitor Christine Riley said:- "I've been coming out on
LightNight for the last few years; I love it! There's always so much going on
and it's a great way to discover places I've never been before. And there's
always such a buzz in the City, it's really exciting!"
It's worth making a note that this years LightNight took place thanks to
sponsorship from LJMU and Liverpool BID Company and is funded by Liverpool City
Council and Arts Council England.
All of us at Southport and Mersey Reporter would like to say a massive well done
to all who took part in this years event. We know plans are already underway for
next year's LightNight, on Friday, 19 May 2017 and if you missed this 1, do not
miss it next year! Plus we cannot wait to see what other arts and culture events
Merseyside has to offer this year, for us all to enjoy. To see just some of the
listings we have, take a look at our event page on Mersey Reporter by clicking
here now! If you attended any of the events, or
if you took part, please do let us know what you thought of it via emailing us
Did you know that UK Light Night's are held in Nottingham and Leeds?
Nottingham's event is in its 9th year and
due to take place in October, is celebrating its 12th year!
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