Unfortunately, as of yet, there is no evidence that the infamous blue box will be rocking up any time soon. Luckily for me, and any other would be time travellers, we might be able to get a little taste of T.A.R.D.I.S living this Friday (19th of May). The theme of this years LightNight is “Time”. The one night arts and culture festival is promising elements of the past, present and future.
Festival goers can expect to explore the cities memory alongside a wider vision of the world we live in. Not to mention fascinating works inspired by the influence that the passage of time has on art, philosophy and scientific discovery. These explorations will be undertaken in a variety of vehicles. Instead of traditional time machines (but I wouldn’t rule them out either) expect to be transported through art. Art, in this case, is an umbrella term, and huddling under it is everything from live music to walking tours, spoken word and street performance to late night exhibitions and dancing.
All the performances and activities at FACT will be drop ins. The current exhibition “How much of this is fiction.” will be open until 10pm; this collection explores politics in a post-truth world and will be well complimented by political puppetry workshops presented by Alexandra Morton. These workshops will be for both adults and children to enjoy throughout the evening. FACT will also be hosting three Artist/Maker/Hackers from Indonesia, in residence. The public will have a chance to test the prototypes they have created so far in their work as well as input into future developments. The themes surrounding their works centre around the political, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of water.
Besides FACT these events will be take place at a wide range of venues, including The Liverpool Cathedral and The Bluecoat. All the information about the different events and venues can be found on the LightNight website (lightnightliverpool.co.uk). The night’s festivities will commence at 5pm and continue late into the night. With well over a hundred different performances and viewings spread out over the city it is almost impossible to see everything, but on the website you can create your own itinerary and plan your own adventure.
In 2015 a man, equipped with a bicycle and suspected to be utilising a spreadsheet managed to see an impressive total of forty of the spectacles on offer. Perhaps this year, intrigued by the subject matter, a real time traveller will turn up and rival this number. For those of us who don’t have easy access to space time displacement, it’s still guaranteed to be one of the cultural highlights of the year. LightNight aims to shine a spotlight on some of the best arts projects that the city has to offer.