Thousands get involved in Light Night art & culture crawl

Liverpool’s streets, arts spaces, heritage venues, museums and more were filled with thousands of culture-loving revellers as the city came alive for its eighth annual LightNight. 


The city stayed open late to celebrate its creative life with over 100 events at more than 50 venues. Highlights included Super Sonic Assembly at Liverpool Cathedral where choirs led hundreds in song, while DJ Greg Wilson turned the Cathedral into a dance floor, BLOOM a special performance using light and sound in the catacombs of St George’s Hall, Samba dancing at Exchange Flags, the contemplative Rotation Eighteen 269, a light and sound installation at the Metropolitan Cathedral and a work capturing memories at Black Lodge Brewery.

LightNight, produced by social enterprise Open Culture, is one of the most popular nights in Liverpool’s arts and culture calendar. With over 900 artists featuring in events covering performance, music, film, theatre, talks, light shows and much more, the evening is designed to showcase the breadth of talent and the vibrancy of the arts in Liverpool. Every event is free. In 2017, the festival guide was £3 for the first time, with the festival selling merchandise and After Show Party tickets contributing to LightNight 2018.

Charlotte Corrie from Open Culture says, “We’re very tired but very enthused. It always takes us a few days to come down from the high of LightNight, and we think it’s the same for everyone else who decides to do something different on a Friday night. Thank you to all the artists who gave up their time and energy, not just on LightNight but the weeks and months beforehand and thank you to all our funders and venues who help to make LightNight possible.”

Check out more from Light Night, including last year’s coverage and this year’s build up here.

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