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Celebrating LightNight at Home

Normally at this time of year the Open Culture office would be a bustling hive of activity in preparation of our biggest event of the year, LightNight.

Instead, we’re working from home, Skyping with artists and venues about what we can do to mark the LightNight festival virtually on its original date – Friday 15 May.

In case you don’t know, LightNight is a one-night arts festival where over 50 venues in the city centre open their doors late, hosting over 100 free events. It’s a culture-crawl for all ages, with everything from exhibitions and interactive light installations, to street performance, hands on workshops and mass dancing – basically it’s a big arty knees up! Usually this Friday, we’d bring over 15,000 people together to explore the city and get creative

The real-world edition of LightNight 2020 has of course been postponed, but instead we’re using the date for all of us to come together online and shine a spotlight on the amazing cultural life of Liverpool. Using the hashtag #LightNightatHome, we’ll be celebrating our amazing artists who bring us insight, humour and inspiration and the galleries, museums and heritage buildings that give us portals into other times, minds and worlds.

Strangely enough, our theme for the festival this year was ‘Home’, and now the question of what home is and what it means to us is more pertinent than ever because of the lockdown. Many artists have been creating new work at home too, which will be shared on the night.

Whilst we, and the hundreds of people behind the festival were disappointed not to present the festival in all its multi-sensory and communal glory this Friday, we hope you can join us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to support the arts in Liverpool for an evening of sharing, creativity and solidarity. Follow the hashtag #LightNightatHome on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

You can see the ever-growing line up here: lightnightliverpool.co.uk/lineup.

Photography by Rhian Askins, Pete Carr, Mark McNulty and Matt Thomas.

Thanks to LightNight for providing this guest post!

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