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LightNight at Bluecoat

  • Fri, 17 May 2019
  • 5.00 PM - 10.00 PM

Join Bluecoat this LightNight for an evening of art, music and creative rituals.

LightNight Family Activities at Bluecoat | 6-9pm | Free 

From 6-9pm our family activities are the perfect place for little artists and their grown-ups to get creative.

Our range of visual art-inspired activities explore our 5 Creative Ways, which include UsingYour Imagination; Investigating; Teamwork; Keep Trying and Never Give Up, and Grow as an Artist. Remember to get a selfie with our giant arty props to remember the night by!



Demolition Memorial Keepsake by artist anti-cool in the Performance Space | Free 

Discover Demolition Memorial Keepsake, a participatory project by Liverpool-based Japanese artist anti-cool exploring memorial objects, funerals and ceremonies from different cultures. 

Ahead of LightNight and inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, aritst anti-cool hosted workshops across Liverpool exploring the idea of special objects of memory which may evoke sadness or negative feelings in their owners, the funeral and ceremony practices of various cultures and countries and ultimately the ritual cremation of some of these objects. Burning rituals were held with participants in which objects of sentimental value, donated by them, were cremated using primitive fire-making tools.

The resulting exhibition consists of a multi-screen video installation made up of participants’ interviews showing their personal stories, why their objects were special to them and why they chose for them to be cremated.

Demolition Memorial Keepsake is a stunning and evocative multi-screen video installation and series of sculpture pieces which explore memory through ritual.

This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020






Take a break from the LightNight trail in the relaxed atmosphere of our secret garden, and enjoy live music performances and DJ sets.

Refuel at our outdoor bar and barbecue, and grab some great foodfor all the family prepared fresh by the Bluecoat kitchen.









The Great British Baraat on Church Street & Church alley 

Milapfest and Movema join forces for a joyous celebration of the ritual of Indian marriage, the Baraat. The exuberant outdoor wedding ritual culminates in a Milni, the meeting of two families. In a unique street dance take on this exuberant rite Movema, Bombay Baja Brass Band and local dancers meet and combine what they do best. Join this unique coming together for an exciting fusion of East and West!

An assembly for the city’s multi-faith communities, this event is a raucous, intensely-hued dance party along Church Alley and Church Street, accompanied by Bhangra, jazz and classical music from the Bombay Baja Brass Band – whose musicians are armed with trumpets, trombones, saxophones and dhol drums.

Performances at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm (Bombay Baja Brass Band only)

Funded by Liverpool BID Company.



This event is part of the tenth annual LightNight Liverpool, the free one-night arts festival, which is taking place on Friday 17 May 2019.

On LightNight, Liverpool springs to life for a Friday night out like no other. With new commissions and a packed programme of more than 100 events, the festival offers an unforgettable experience to be enjoyed with friends and family. Venues across the city will stay open late to present live music, workshops, theatre, exhibitions and much more.

For 2019 LightNight explores personal and collective rituals, from the spiritual to the habitual, and consider how they help us to understand the world and define, or transcend, our place within it.

Festival guides can be purchased from selected outlets across the city centre or ordered online at

LightNight is produced by local social enterprise Open Culture.

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