Liverpool Cathedral was lit up as part of #LightNightatHome


The Cathedral joined other organisations around the city to mark what would have been the city’s 11th LightNight during lockdown

Liverpool Cathedral was lit up by a projection of colours, symbolising hope, solidarity and community to mark what would have been the city’s 11th LightNight.

Organised by Open Culture, LightNight celebrates the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene with thousands usually flocking to the Liverpool’s streets to enjoy an incredible free culture crawl. Instead, a myriad of organisations came together online to share work while buildings were lit up. Using the #LightNightatHome, artists, organisations and creatives who would have participated in the festival instead shared their work virtually. 

The projections were created in record time by Liverpool tech companies Adlib and Draw and Code, two of the city’s creative firms who are partners with many of its arts organisations and help keep the city’s art life flowing.

The theme of this year’s LightNight was ‘Home’, reflecting on the nature of home as a physical dwelling, a place of community, family, connection and value. Home is a place both on a map and in our minds. 

Charlotte Corrie, Director, Open Culture, producers of LightNight, said,

"At Liverpool’s beating heart is its creative community. We are so proud to be part of this city’s creative community, and so honoured to provide a platform for it each year. Saying thank you and celebrating each and every person who makes up that artistic community is an important moment for us. The city will be back, and these are the people who will help it get its heart back."


Online highlights included

  • Barely Believable Bout of Beautiful Avoidance, a night of poetry and storytelling streamed live as part of the WOWFest Lockdown.
  • Laura Kate Chapman’s Interlace which encouraged the public to make and draw, then share their home-made creations online which highlighted what home means to them.
  • Tate Liverpool’s live bedtime stories read by the captivating Gav Cross.
  • Amina Atiq presenting an adaptation of her touching one-woman show Broken Biscuits commissioned and supported by DaDaFest and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.
  • Write at Home, which encouraged the public to get creative with their writing and share it, a project by a Lovely Word in association with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.
  • Merseyswing got dressed up and taught everyone how to do the Charleston.
  • Liverpool Philharmonic showcased some of their extensive archive performances from Irish Sea Sessions, Ian Prowse and their own Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra members.
  • Convenience Gallery shared art by artists creating new works from home during the lockdown.
  • LJMU FaceLab allowed audiences to send in photographs of members of their household, to have them ‘morphed’ into a single face.
  • Constellations live-streamed an after-party DJ and light installation getting everyone up and dancing at the end of the night

Images used by kind permission from Stratus Imagery