A Guide to LightNight Liverpool 2017

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 by BASE Serviced Apartments

LightNight Liverpool, the city’s premier one-night arts and culture festival, returns this month!

A city-wide culture crawl, LightNight will feature over 100 special events for all ages from 5 pm until late.

Following a great 2016, LightNight 2017 looks to be even better, with nine new commissions confirmed alongside a plethora of interesting events taking place throughout Liverpool City Centre.

From iconic venues such as Albert Dock and St George’s Hall to contemporary venues like FACT and Tate Gallery; the whole city is taking part in LightNight!

BASE has put together a handy guide of all the best attractions at LightNight 2017:


LightNight Liverpool 2017

Our picks from this year’s festival!


Rotation Eighteen269

18:30 21:30

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

18269 days since it’s consecration, see the awe-inspiring interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral like you’ve never seen it before,

Renowned new media artist Andy McKeown presents a new large-scale light performance in collaboration with the world famous Metropolitan Cathedral choir.

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The Super Sonic Assembly

18:45 – 23:00

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral

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 by Greg Wilson.

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17:30 – 21:00

St George’s Hall

St George's Hall

Friend Or Foe invite you to experience a musical performance specifically designed for the unique historical catacombs beneath St George’s Hall.

As the evening progresses, elements of “Bloom” transform, decay and evolve. No performance will sound or look the same.

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Unity Theatre Reawakens

18:30 – 23:00

Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre Liverpool

Throwing open its doors for the first time following a £845,000 redevelopment, Unity buzzes with bold and edgy performances and activity.

Visitors can expect a series of mini commissions and performances in celebration of the grand reopening.

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17:30 – 23:00

Liverpool Cathedral

*taken from LightNight

This gigantic semi-autonomous illuminated music making sculpture invited audiences to create together; a shared moment of spontaneity immersed in every changing patterns of light and sound.

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Duuome 360

17:00 – 23:00

St George’s Hall

*taken from LightNight

Audio-visual collective MorestateLab presents their latest project based on a geodesic dome structure.

Walk around inside the dome and experience the installation as it happens.

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Light Field

21:00 – 23:00

Ropewalks Square

*taken from LightNight

Lightfield is an evolving, inter-related constellation of people, light, sound and movement.

Become and activate this installation through simple instructions which generate an emergent choreography of elements.

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UoL Victoria Gallery & Museum

Witness a giant Judge Dredd projected onto this famous building as part a very special installation.

Dredd and his army will oversee the creation of a mutant “Cursed Earth” dandelion.

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Batala Mersey & The Anahis

22:00 – 22:30

Williamson Square

*taken from LightNight

A new collaboration featuring 40 samba-reggae percussionists accompanied by some captivating choreography.

The music, dance and costumes celebrate the history of carnival and the 20-year anniversary of the Batala movement.

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Dot-Art Street Party

17:00 – 22:00

dot-art Gallery, Queen Avenue

*taken from LightNight

Step back in time and see the last remaining 19th-century avenue in Liverpool City Centre.

Dot-Art is hosting a street party filled with food, live music, immersive light art and hands-on workshops.

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Here Be Dragons

20:45 – 22:15

Steble Fountain

*taken from LightNight

Here Be Dragons aim to deliver a visual feast to entrance and delight all ages.

Developed with support from Arts Council England, this is the first time that ‘Here be Dragons’ is performed as a night-time lantern show.

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Xiringuito & Jack All Productions

17:00 – 23:00

Northern Lights

Xiringuito Liverpool

Critically acclaimed and stunning pop-up restaurant Xiringuito join forces with Jack All Productions to create a one-off visual dimension to a deliciously seasonal menu.

Make sure you book a table to get the full experience!

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Flow2: The Pioneers

19:00 – 22:00

Open Eye Gallery

*taken from LightNight

Internationally renowned pianist David Braid and innovative 13-piece orchestra Sinfoina UK Collective perform a bewitching classical-jazz crossover exploring time and landscape.

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LJMU Screen School Candle-Lit Labyrinth

17:00 – 23:00

Northern Lights

*taken from LightNight

A unique spectacle and experience, enter a candle-lit labyrinth walk set within the expansive space of Solistice.

Created by artist Alex Irving and supported by LJMU Screen School.

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Honourable mentions

LightNight at Liverpool Philharmonic

17:30 – 22:00

Head to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall where an evening of diverse musical experiences awaits!

Find out more.


LightNight at Central Library

17:00 – 23:00

A packed programme of family-friendly events will be taking place at Liverpool Central Libary.

Find out more.


Everyman Lightnight

17:00 – 23:00

Liverpool Everyman Theatre will be host a number of activities related to time.

Find out more.


And for the night owls…

LightNight After Party: Time Capsule

22:00 – 02:30


Finish off LightNight 2017 with this hedonistic horological mash-up; a fitting soiree to bring down the curtain on what should be an incredible evening.

All money raised from the sale of after party tickets will go towards supporting the future of LightNight.

Tickets can be purchased online.



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