Long Night – Light Night

One of the main objectives of the Liverpool Thrive programme is to help create a more audience and people friendly city centre. As part of this objective, a series of events have taken place that provide an alternative to the pubs and bars, and help to create a sense of greater ownership and enjoyment of the city centre at night amongst people who might otherwise be put off coming into the city centre at that time. The Long Night / Light Night are the first in this series.   The vision is for a range of visual arts venues to be open from the Tate Albert Dock up to Fact on Bold Street, and to provide some animation on the walking routes between venues, including light projections and street performance.   It is also hoped to include live performance within the visual arts venues.   The Long Night proposal is inspired by Long Night of the Museums events that take place in Europe, e.g. in Berlin, Cologne and Amsterdam and also the national Museums at Night  events that take place every spring in Britain.  A Long Night of the Museums event involves visual arts venues only, but the Long Nights/Light Nights go further, with shops, restaurants and a range of cultural venues all opening late. A key aspect of creating a more people friendly city centre is to address the negative impacts of the heavy drinking culture. An event such as the Long Night can make a contribution, by providing an alternative activity that might encourage some people to “slow down” the night, and reduce the amount of alcohol consumed.   The first Long Night took place in 2008 as “The Long Night of the Biennial” and in 2009 was known as the “Long Night of the AND festival”. In 2010 we will have the 14th May as the “Light Night” and the 18th November sees “The Long Night” return for a third year. More information on the Long and Light Nights can be found in the News section. Liverpool Light...

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What a Light Night!

Friday 14 May 2010 saw over 50 Liverpool venues staying open late into the night. Light Night was a fun filled night for thousands of culture vultures young and old from Merseyside and beyond! Highlights of the evening included Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, The Walker Gallery’s exhibition launch of prints by Toulouse-Lautrec, “High Kicks and Low Life”, which included music from the band Deadbelgian and French-style accordion player Helen Maher, and Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca?  A ‘golden’ installation by artist Filip Gilissen launching the 2010 International Liverpool Biennial. Light Night is a national event where cities ‘stay up late’; encouraging people of all ages to celebrate the city and it’s culture by seeing it in a different light. . Light Night adds a second late night offering to the city, following in the footsteps of ‘The Long Night’ events and building on its success – The Long Night, entering its third year will take place in mid November. Please see the photo gallery below of images, taken by Mark McNulty,  from the Light Night event.      ...

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Light Night 14 May 2010

Friday 14 May 2010 will see over 50 Liverpool venues staying open late into the night, and putting on special events for explorers of all ages to enjoy the amazing mix of attractions in our vibrant city. Light Night is a national event where cities ‘stay up late’; encouraging people of all ages to celebrate the city and it’s culture by seeing it in a different light.  A vast array of venues will be open late into the night showcasing a vibrant mix of arts and culture, late night shopping, walking tours and other special events and attractions. Light Night also adds a second late night offering to the city, following in the footsteps of ‘The Long Night’ events and building on its success – speaking of which, The Long Night will be on 18 November this year. Light Night in Liverpool also coincides with ‘Museums at Night’; an EU wide initiative and Culture24 spearheads the national campaign promoting late opening cultural spaces on the weekend of 14 May each year. Want to be part of Light Night 2010? To put your event or activity forward to form part of the Light Night programme please fill in the online form at: http://tinyurl.com/LightNight2010 Deadline for submissions is Midnight 25th March 2010.  Thank you! Your listing/s could be for an exhibition, screening, open studio (art or music), talk, tour, walk, workshop or performance – anything special and unusual happening on the evening of Friday 14th May (4pm – late), indoor or outdoor under the broadest description of culture. Already we have some great people and organisations signed up with the likes of The Walker Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool, the Bluecoat, FACT, Biennial, St Georges Hall Radio City and Steve Binns and now it’s your turn. The Light Night will be heavily marketed within Liverpool and the Northwest and Culture24 will make a greater impact nationally. We’ll provide a strong marketing campaign; online and in print with 1000’s of Light Night brochures, full listings on Open Culture www.culture.org.uk and www.Liverpool.gov.uk, we have a dedicated press person pushing it far and wide plus we’re encouraging every participating venue/organisation to promote heavily across their own websites, databases and social networking sites. There is no cost to signing up to be part of Light Night, but there isn’t any funding to subsidise any extra costs you may have. Want to come to Light Night 2010? Pop the date (14...

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The Long Night of the AND Festival

It’s not just art on show after-hours at the Long Night this Thursday 24thSeptember. There are also towers to climb, tunnels to discover and tours to enjoy. Towers; Liverpool Cathedral Tower and bell chamber will be open for the first time ever at night. There is new floodlighting installed, and the Cathedral is so keen to show it off they have a special Long Night offer of £3.00 per ticket. Radio City Tower has studio tours on the hour from 6.00pm until 8.00pm. They have a special Long Night offer of £3.00 per ticket. Please book in advance. Then you can then compare both their panoramic views with Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape at the Walker Art Gallery. The Walker is open until 10.30pm and there will be an expert on hand to at 8.00pm to talk about the cityscape. Tunnels; You can also enjoy the Long Night underground. Long Night sponsors Merseytravelare offering free tours of Merseytravel’s George’s Dock Tunnel Ventilation Building at the Pier Head at 6.00 and 7.30.Please book in advance In the Crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral (Brownlow Hill entrance) Frank Carlyle is giving a talk at 7.00pm on the history of Liverpool and the cathedral, followed by a long Q&A session. Tickets £3.50 each. Tours; The National Trust are opening Mr Hardman’s Photographic Studio at 59 Rodney Street for the first time at night, and early pre booking is recommended. Steve Binns, Liverpool’s Community Historian, will lead a free guided tourdisclosing the radical history associated with both St Georges Hall and the Newz Bar on Water Street (and many places in between – including the town hall). Meet at 6.00pm at the cenotaph on St Georges Plateau. Robin Riley (Chair of the Friends of Liverpool Monuments) will lead a free tour at 6.30pm from the cenotaph onSt Georges Hall plateau through the graveyard, show you the horrors of being under- insured, the joy of Turning the Place Over, and will end at Richard Huws’ Bucket Fountain on Drury Lane. Backstage You can tour backstage at the Liverpool Empire Theatre as well as the rest of the building. Tours are on the hour from 5pm with the last tour at 9.00pm. You can pre book or just turn-up, but there are limited places You can also go backstage at Richard Wilson’s Turning the Place Over and watch it go round from the back. No booking, just turn up. Other Unusual Long Night opportunities include; Liverpool Biennial has Lambert Kamps’ Canal Taxi and...

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Galleries transform night-time Liverpool

Venues taking part included Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, FACT, a host of smaller independent galleries and the Biennial visitor centre which staged torch-lit walks to locations featuring public art. The project aimed to get more people experiencing the city centre at night and help build visual arts audiences in the city and also featured screenings, talks, outdoor projections and a demonstration by 1,000 talking toys at the Royal Standard. Audience research later showed that half those attending were people who did not usually come into the city centre at night while 85% visited a gallery they had not previously been to. DOCUMENTS Long Night 08 Report...

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