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Light Night: Call out for events

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lightnightOn Friday 17th May from 4pm until late, thousands of visitors and local residents will descend upon Liverpool for a vibrant cultural festival. With around 100 special events dotted across the city centre, visitors of all ages can follow their own trail of activities, exhibitions, performance, talks, walks and much more.

Open Culture have put a call out for events to take place on the evening. 

Ask yourself "What will you do for Light Night 2013?"

Light Night presents a snapshot of our impressive cultural offer, so don't miss the chance to be part of it and raise your profile. You might trial a new initiative, launch your summer season, try a late night preview, or stage a wonderful event to show off what you're doing and reach a broader audience.

It's a way for us to come together, collaborate, celebrate and promote Merseyside arts & culture, in all its forms.

Two major events are confirmed for Light Night 2013 already: the launch of Look13: Liverpool International Photography Festival and the official public re-opening of Central Library which is also part of the In Other Words literature festival taking place across the city 23 April – 19 May.

Theme - Memory

We are inviting participating organisations to respond to the broad theme of Memory for Light Night 2013; it can be interpreted from any angle and through any artform. We hope that this will help to achieve a more cohesive programme for visitors and offer a creative starting point for you to develop.

Light Night 2013 events must:

– Take place on the evening of Friday 17 May in Liverpool city centre (any time between 4pm and the early hours of the morning)

– Be a high-quality cultural event

– Be different to your normal offer

Theming your event isn't mandatory, but we encourage you to where possible.

Past events have included promenade theatre, workshops, demonstrations, large scale light projections, live music, a candle-lit labyrinth, interactive art, games, open studios, parades, artist talks/Q&As, standup, a giant gold glitter cannon, walking tours and a disco dancing marathon!

What to do next

Please submit full details of your event online: or call Open Culture to discuss your idea further on 0151 478 4550.

Deadline for events – 14 March 2013

If we have too many submissions, space within the programme will be prioritised for special or unusual events of a high standard, and events which are free or discounted for Light Night.

There is no cost to contributing an event for Light Night, but at the same time there is no budget to subsidise your event costs.


Need a venue? Or do you have a venue you'd like to open for Light Night?

Get in touch and we'll see what we can do to help you create interesting collaborations! For instance, we encourage groups from around Merseyside to be part of Light Night, by working with a city centre venue for the event.

Connect10 competition - win an artist and £2000 for Light Night! (Deadline 31 Jan)

Light Night is part of the national Museums at Night initiative. Your museum or gallery could win one of ten top contemporary artists and a financial subsidy for your event through their competition. Last year Liverpool's Victoria Gallery & Museum won a Taxidermy demonstration from renowned artist Polly Morgan. All the information you need to take part is here on the Museums at Night blog:

How can cafés, bars or restaurants get involved?

Open Culture (Light Night coordinators) have partnered with TicTocTourist to produce a specific Light Night iPhone app that will allow visitors to easily plan their trail and make the most of the night.

TicTocTourist Liverpool is an exciting new free iPhone app for tourists, impromptu visitors and residents alike, enabling you to get the most out of the city. In a few simple steps it helps you to create and carefully time your custom tour. You are then guided through it, and shown interesting sights along the way!

TicTocTourist would like to offer the opportunity for businesses to be promoted within the Light Night app and have customers directed to their doors.

Any businesses that sign up will be promoted within the Light Night app for free; there is a small quarterly fee for being listed in TicTocTourist Liverpool, but they do offer a free 2 month trial period, so don't miss out. Get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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