Family Fun on LightNight 2017
it's singing, getting stuck into
a new art form or playing a retro game there's
plenty to see and do this LightNight
Liverpool's galleries, heritage and academic venues
will throw open their doors late into the night on
Friday, 19 May 2017, for the City's 8th Annual
LightNight. The festival will see hundreds of free
cultural events staged across the City Centre for
visitors of all ages.
Over 100 arts organisations come together, with more
than 900 artists and performers taking part to
respond to the theme of 'time'. There's plenty to
enjoy, even for the littlest of art lovers, and lots
of opportunities to take part through music, dance
A few of the events on offer will
Typhoon and the Pedal Players (LightNight
Paradise Street, 17:00 - 21:00
Their time machine is broken and the Pedal Players
are stuck in a time continuum; cycling around in
circles for centuries, telling the same stories for
years and YEEEARS! Will they return to 2017? Or
surrender to a lifetime of steampunk storytelling?
Join them as they journey across time and space.
Typhoon and the Pedal Players can be found here, there
or anywhere between Paradise Street (near John
Lewis), Manesty's Lane, Peter's Lane and Bluecoat
Courtyard. Seconds mean nothing in a time slip so
join them along the route or at Paradise Street on
Fancy a Selfie?
Bluecoat, 17:00 - 21:00
Join artists from Blue Room, Bluecoat's inclusive
arts programme, as they take you on a fancy dress
journey through time. Create your own accessories
and props in a drop in costume workshop or take a
shortcut and use the pre-made props and costumes,
then visit the photo booth or one of the selfie
stations to capture and share your moment in the
Bluecoat time portal.
Time, Space and Climate Change
LJMU John Foster Building and Gardens, 17:00 - 22:00
Fascinated by space? This is a must see for any
budding scientists. A fun, interactive installation
features experts from LJMU's Astrophysics Research
Institute and Department of Geography to explore how
scientists work out what the space is in, well,
space. Learn what was happening on Earth when light
left distant objects in our Universe, measure light
and distance using spectral lamps and spectroscopes.
Hands on activities explore how climate change has,
and continues to change over time.
Big Art for Little Artists
Walker Art Gallery, 17:00 - 22:00
Bring the little ones for a fun evening of craft
activities, storytelling, exploring and dressing up
in the children's gallery:- 'Big Art for Little
Artists,' designed to introduce children to art. A
special place where children can learn and have lots
of fun! For children up to the age of 8.
The Super Sonic Assembly (LightNight commission)
Liverpool Cathedral, 18:45 - 23:00
Bridging past, present and future through song and
dance, the 'Super Sonic Assembly' showcases the
evolution of music since WWII. This fun, interactive
family event features choirs, community
participation and a blistering DJ set of great music
(from the and now) by Greg Wilson. Community choirs
and the Reverend Cleve Freckleton lead a journey
from the 40s, through the Summer of Love to the
present day. Everyone is encouraged to join in to
create a vast aural harmonic experience.
Time Out of This World in Brass
Grand Ballroom, Liverpool Town Hall, 19:00 - 21:30
2 special pop up concerts by The Liverpool Walton
Band of the Salvation Army performing James Horner's
classic soundtrack to:- 'The Land Before Time',
alongside off piste surprises and family favourites
all rooted in the notion of Time.
► Fanny and George's Georgian Liverpool
Merseyside Maritime Museum, 17:30 - 21:00
Join Fanny and George for a poke around Georgian
Liverpool and discover death, disease and docks,
plus a few beauty secrets that will make your hair
curl. With tales of smuggling:- 'oyster
a good old fashioned day out at the hanging, this
performance is not the for the faint hearted! For
children aged 10+...
Here be Dragons
Steble Fountain, 20:45 – 22:15
group of mysterious hooded figures make their way
through the crowds, accompanied by 2 huge dragons.
Out of place and out of time, they bring messages
from the past… but do we have the ears to hear them
in our modern world? With two spectacular lantern
puppets, Headstrung deliver an after dark visual
feast to delight all ages.
► The Paper Moon Print Studio
Constellations, 17:00 - 21:00
Screenprinting is a very instant process, and it's a
very satisfying one to turn your hand to. A once
blank piece of paper is permanently altered in
seconds from the pull of a squeegee. The Paper Moon
is a shared screen printing studio space, base din
Constellations. Come and take a look and try your
hand at printing.
► Gaming Through Time
Contemporary Urban Centre, 18:00 - 20:00
Inspired by the number of retro games that came out
of Liverpool, the Studio School curated the world's
1st interactive, educational, retro gaming museum.
This interactive, playable exhibition is home to
many consoles of the past; from the Commodore 64 to
the ZX Spectrum and a Nintendo Entertainment System,
moving into the modern day with consoles such as the
SEGA Dreamcast and Playstation 1.
► Clay Time
Baltic Clay, 17:00 - 23:00
'How long did it take to make?' Artists are often
asked this; now is your chance to find out. See a
studio busy with artists creating work and have the
chance to see how a piece of work comes to life as
well as enjoying games and activities exploring time
and the creative process.
The full festival line up is available at:-
The printed LightNight Festival Guide is on sale now
for ₤3 and features full listings, a cultural diary
for the rest of the year and in-depth articles about
commissions and other cultural events taking place
The proceeds will fund LightNight 2018 so visitors
are urged to show their support.
The LightNight Guide has been produced in
collaboration with local publisher Wordscapes.
online or buy 1 from:- Bluecoat, Blackburne House, News
from Nowhere, FACT, Liverpool Cathedral, Homebaked,
Unity Theatre, Baltic Social, Furrow, dot-art
Gallery, Baltic Bakehouse, Bluecoat Display Centre,
Victoria Gallery and Museum, St George's Hall, Baltic
Creative, British Music Experience, Northern Lights,
Albert Dock Tourist Information, Liverpool Central
Library, HUS and Black Lodge Brewery.
Voyage of a
lifetime ahead for the crew on
Tall Ship Lord Nelson
The Jubilee Sailing Trust and Barclays employees from across the UK have joined forces to embark on an extraordinary event; to voyage round Great Britain aboard Lord Nelson, 1 of only 2 fully accessible tall ships in the world.
In total over 400 people, comprising of Barclays colleagues alongside disabled or disadvantaged people, will be joining the ship's permanent crew for 11 voyages over a 2 month period. The event programme aims to not only provide a life changing
experience for all participants, but to create community level opportunities to promote accessible services, digital skills and inclusive employment thanks to a parallel series of in port
events linking with Local Authority and Corporate partners.
The 1st of its kind voyage has been a huge logistical undertaking, bringing together hundreds
of people across the country, and dozens of community and charity groups, to help deliver the bold ambition of a:-
Relay," aiming to change perceptions of disability and bring
together the communities in which Barclays operates. Lord Nelson reached Huskinsson Docks, on Wednesday, 3 May
2017. With a new voyage crew joining in
Liverpool, the ship will voyage back out to see before returning to Liverpool Cruise Terminal, at the weekend, ready for a day of events, on Monday, 8 May 2017.
Commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust in 1984, Lord Nelson was the 1st tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all ages and
abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. Each of the 209 Barclays employees will be paired with a
'buddy' on the 11 leg voyage, with everyone working together to have a shared, inclusive
experience. During the voyage, the crew will get the chance to share skills and life experiences, and make lasting friendships. Especially designed facilities onboard include wide flat decks
for ease of movement around the ship, wheelchair lifts between deck levels, hearing loops, a speaking compass, when required and hydraulic power assisted steering to enable people with
limited strength or mobility to experience the thrill of controlling a large sailing ship.
Simon Smith, Regional Director, Barclays Wealth Management, said:- "Volunteering on Lord Nelson will be an extraordinary experience
for everyone involved and is
something incredibly special for them to be part of. The ethos of the trip is
about allowing the crew to test themselves in exceptional circumstances and we
hope everyone involved gains an overwhelming sense of achievement and pride,
which in turn, will impact on their personal and professional lives. We know
that 1 in 5 of us have an impairment and
initiatives such as this help to educate and equip everyone involved with the right tools and experience when catering for disabled
and disadvantaged people. Living in a diverse society it's important
for us to help raise awareness."
Duncan Souster, Chief Executive Officer, Jubilee Sailing Trust,
commented:- "We are absolutely delighted to be
working with Barclays on this ground breaking initiative. It
is great to see their outstanding and strong commitment to
creating more diverse, inclusive
communities and to building individual life skills. I am so
impressed by the fundraising efforts of
their staff to provide this very special opportunity to
individuals living within their community."
Elaine Draper, Barclays Director of Customer
Vulnerability and Accessibility, said:-
"Both organizations are committed to creating environments and
opportunities which are open
and accessible to all; and this event provides a fantastic
platform to do something on a national
scale, but with local flavour, so that it resonates with the
whole community. Accessibility, digital
innovation and community engagement are integral to the way
Barclays does business and this
project has been a fantastic opportunity to bring colleagues
together to build a sense of pride in
what the bank is doing and the way we do it."
For more information visit:-
Liverpool's walking environment ranks 4th in a poll of the UK's 10
FOR National Walking Month, Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking,
surveyed over 2,000 people living in the UK's 10 largest Cities about how
walking friendly they felt their City is. The
survey asked Liverpudlians how safe they feel when walking in their City,
how close shops and amenities are, convenience of public transport and
proximity to parks and green spaces. Liverpool scored well on most of the categories, with more than
residents saying they feel safe when walking in the City and more than 60% citing shops and services as easily accessible on foot. However,
pavements let the City down in terms of making it into the top three UK
walking Cities with over a third 39% finding them poor or very
poor when it comes to how clutter free and well maintained they are. The vast
majority, 83% of Liverpool residents, said they are in favour of
more measures to encourage walking in the City, as:- 'Living Streets' National
Walking Month' launches this May 2017.
Wiles, Living Streets Regional Director (North) says:-
"It's great to see Liverpool doing so well in this poll.
However, Cities around the UK have some way to go to become world leading
walking Cities and this is something we want to help create. It's
encouraging that people in Liverpool see the importance of investing in
walking to make the City a better place to live in."
This National Walking Month Living Streets are asking people to
rate their everyday walks to build a picture of the walking environment around
the UK. Rate your walk at
National Walking Month is the launch of the charity's Walking Cities
campaign. Living Streets wants City leaders and transport professionals to
design Cities around people, not vehicles. 7 steps for change include:-
Make Walking a priority, Plan for walking, Create a walking network, Design
streets as places to enjoy, Provide attractive alternatives to the car, Make
walking safe and Change behaviour and celebrate streets.