Liverpool will host its sixth annual LightNight festival later this year, it has been announced.
LightNight, a one-night festival that sees hundreds of the city’s culture venues keeping their doors open late into the night, will this year take place on Friday 15 May.
The night will launch Liverpool’s One Magnificent City programme, a series of major cultural events being held in the city, including the visit of Cunard’s Three Queens in May, and the International Mersey River Festival in June.
Liverpool LightNight will see over 100 free events taking place across 50 city centre locations, with previous LightNight participants including St George’s Hall, The Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Central Library, Liverpool Cathedral, Baltic Triangle, Museum of Liverpool, and many more.
Visitors to LightNight can expect to see light projections, street performances, exhibition launches, heritage tours, open studios, live music and hands-on art workshops, as well as the launch of Liverpool’s third International Photography Festival.
LightNight is one of the city’s biggest cultural events, with last year’s festival attracting over 50,000 visitors.
Charlotte Corrie, director of LightNight producers Open Culture, said: “LightNight 2015 will be a wonderful showcase of Liverpool’s year-round arts offer.
“The festival is a huge collaboration to remind people of what’s on their doorstep and encourage them to come out and explore the trail of events together.
“[LightNight] is growing every year, and we can’t wait to reveal the full programme of events. There really will be something for everyone.”
Tracey Crosbie, Event Manager of LightNight sponsors Liverpool BID Company, said: ‘’Light Night is unlike anything else in Liverpool’s calendar, and with so many great venues and spaces involved it’s arguably the must do experience of the year.
“It’s a showcase of the city at its most creative, brimming with wit and imagination and as a result it never fails to surprise, stimulate and delight in equal measure.”
The full programme of events for Liverpool LightNight 2015 will be unveiled on Monday 30 March.
Source – Liverpool Echo By Kirsty McHale