LightNight festival set to to return

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Ice sculpture outside Anglican Cathedral at LightNight  ©  Matt Ford/ Open Culture

Ice sculpture outside Anglican Cathedral at LightNight 2014. Pic © Matt Ford/ Open Culture

The one-night art and culture festival ‘LightNight’ will be back next year and it is expected to be bigger and better than years previous.

The event has already started inviting artists, organisations from across Merseyside to submit special projects to be part of the annual festival, which will return on 15th May 2015.

Producers of this springtime showcase think that the city’s location is a big factor in the success of the venture and they said that although Liverpool is not that large, it has an awful lot to shout about.

Charlotte Corrie, Director of Open Culture and producer of LightNight, told JMU Journalism: “This event is an opportunity to remind everyone what’s here, every day of the year in their region, and to showcase the outstanding talent.

“I feel the scope for LightNight is massive. Paris do a similar event which sees over one million visits each year. I know we’re not the capital of France – but I still see us as a city that shines.”

Across 50 venues in Liverpool, the one-night spectacular celebrates the best of the city’s arts and culture scene where light projections, live music, heritage tours and so much more will take place.

With the city having more museums and galleries than anywhere outside of London, organisers claim that it is a world-class tourist attraction. The impressive cultural offer saw more than 50,000 visitors in 2014, and had a huge economic impact in the city as those who came spent money.

She added: “Paul McCartney’s support for Liverpool’s Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) shows he believes in the potential of the city, and the people that live here.”


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