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AS LightNight Liverpool returns next Friday 17 May, the city’s one-night arts festival is exploring the theme of Ritual with over 100 free events.

Here are some of the highlights:

Wicker Woman Ceremony, Blackburne House, 19:00-22.15

Coach House Theatre Productions, LJMU, Brazilica, Opera Viva and Bring the Fire Project provide the setting for The Wicker Woman, a three-act ceremony across the course of the night challenging the nature of rituals and gender over time, symbolically setting women free. Tying in with light, dusk and then the dark, the Wicker Woman is released from her shackles in a breathtaking night of performance.

Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil, Victoria Gallery & Museum, 17:00-22:00

A multi-screen immersive AV installation by international artist duo Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon. Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil is a sumptuous, cinematographic meditation on sacred Brazilian culture, taking audiences on an ethnographic exploration of diverse sacred ceremonies progressing through a sensorial realm of movements, dance and music.

Chant Workshop, Liverpool Cathedral, 19:00-19:40

Participate in learning the ancient art of Gregorian Chant as sung daily by monks all over the world. After a brief introduction to reading chant you will learn two chants, the Kyrie & Sanctus from the ancient Missa de Angelis. The sanctus will be included as part of a new commission by David Terry in which the workshop participants will perform alongside the excellent chamber choir Liverpool24.

Ancient Egyptian Rituals & Mummification, World Museum, 18:15-19:00 & 19:15-21:00

The Ancient Egyptians ritualised the daily workings of life and death. Death was ruled by mummification rituals and life was ruled by the movements of the stars, which even influenced the positioning of the great pyramids. Explore the process of mummification though World Museum’s handling collection, and the ancient knowledge of the night sky with an interactive map installation.

Music, Movement, Ritual, Adornment, Walker Art Gallery, 17:00-22:00

Performances by LIPA students at intervals throughout the evening, featuring garments by students from LJMU School of Art & Design.

Exhibition: Arrival City. FACT, 16:00-23:00

A portrait of Liverpool, and more specifically Toxteth, as a city of immigration. Come and learn more about the project and share your own stories and experiences to become part of this collaborative archive. Liverpool’s historic status as an important port city makes it one of the most unique ‘arrival cities’ in the UK, with many layers of history still making up the identities of people who have lived here for generations. This past has influenced the architectural character of the city – we walk through streets named after celebrated anti-abolitionists and past grand buildings paid for by slave-traders.

Early Settlers & the Calderstones, Museum of Liverpool, 17:30, 18:30 & 20:30

Glimpse into the lives of the first people to settle here and gain some understanding of a society and culture far removed from our own at this series of talks. Connect with a people who did not see the divide between the supernatural and natural worlds as we do today.

LightNight at Merseyside Maritime Museum, 17:00-22:00

A full family friendly evening of creepy crafts, stories of folklore and legend, ghostly goings on, terrifying tours and more. Hear the creepy coincidences in the untold story of the Titanic and Liverpool, what ties Spring-Heeled Jack and Sherlock Holmes to Liverpool and discover the tale of smugglers and Mother Redcap.

Tony Conrad: 10 Years on the Infinite Plane, Tate Liverpool, 19:00-20:30

Head to the Wolfson Gallery for a special commissioned performance of Tony Conrad’s audio-visual meditation. Pairing hypnotic film loops with droning strings, this is a rare chance to see a pioneering work of minimalist cinema and sound.

Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales, Snuffwidget & the Crow Dancers, Blackburne House, 20:15 – 20:45 & 21:00 – 21:30

Snuffwidget and the Crow Dancers combines a backdrop film of ritual dance, folk fiddle and drum music with live narration of a story taken from the book Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales by David Greygoose, published by Pushkin Press 2018 and nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal.

Open House at the Athenaeum, 17:00-22:00

Founded in 1797 by famous Liverpool figures including Roscoe and Case, for two centuries the Athenaeum has played host to the rituals of friends meeting and exchanging information. Home to a famous library of over 60,000 items, its Reading Room has been called ‘one of the handsomest rooms in Europe’. One of Liverpool’s most beautiful spaces, it opens its doors to the public only rarely.

LightNight 2019 celebrates the 10th year of the free independent festival, produced by Open Culture and is always a memorable night. Guides, containing the full festival programme, can be viewed online at or purchased at selected stockists

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