Photography: Robin Clewley / robinclewley.co.uk

‘Home’, the theme LightNight set for their 2020 festival, seems strangely prophetic now as we have become intimately familiar with what home means to us. It’s just one of the reasons why the organisers have been able to make the transition from pounding the pavements to surfing the web for this year’s extraordinary iteration of the festival.

In lieu of spaces across the city being able to open their doors to tens of thousands of intrepid culture crawlers, this year we will be able to enjoy #LightNightatHome. With a smattering of the same beloved organisations taking part there’s still a chance to experience a wide range of performances and activities via your internet connection this Friday.

In the spirit of the digital overhaul and while we have been sifting through the 10-year strong Bido Lito! archive, we’ve put together a selection of highlights from the programme for Friday 15th May. With those highlights you’ll find links to past Bido Lito! feature articles which will shed more lights on the organisations, projects and creatives involved in the festival.

Join us in solidarity with artists and follow the hashtag #LightNightatHome on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from 5pm on Friday 15 May 2020.

Bluecoat’s Artistic Director and resident DJ Bryan Biggs has curated a playlist to soundtrack your LightNight experience. The renowned muso has picked tracks based on the theme Make Yourself At Home for you to listen between activities and performances. The city centre culture hub will also be hosting story telling sessions with theatre group Funny Looking Kids, performances from LightNight house band Halcyon Syncopators and a class which teaches you to animate your house plants!

Read A.W. Wilde’s reflections on the Bluecoat written for their 300th year anniversary in 2017.

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A Barely Believable Bout Of Beautiful Avoidance is the wonderful moniker for La Violette Sociéta’s night of poetry and spoken word taking place via Facebook Live. Toria Garbutt, Roy, Will Burns and Carla Mellor will all be floating their prose on the digital stream from 7pm. The event is part of Writing On The Wall’s WOWFest Lockdown along with Life Of Grime which features up and coming spoken word artists, rappers and grime stars. Watch the performances live from 3pm or watch back during LightNight.

Read our interview with Violette Sociéta’s Roy from last year here.

Open Eye gallery are encouraging LightNighters to share the last 10 photos from their camera reel. #OpenEyeRecents looks to celebrate people’s ‘personal scrapbooks’ and elevate the humble phone snap. The challenge for Yeah, but what are you doing really? is to share snaps on your Instagram stories, tag in three people and use the hashtag along with #LightNightAtHome.

Read our piece on the amazing North exhibition at the Open Eye here.

Birkenhead’s Convenience Gallery are showcasing a series of artist portraits direct from their home studios and workspaces. Another night in… will explore the narratives of the art industry and its resilience and output before and during the pandemic.

The Convenience Gallery has been working with mental health charity The Open Door Centre on their Horizons Community Art Project. Read the team’s tips on staying healthy and creative during lockdown for Bido Lito! here.

A piece of art by the fantastic Singh Twins goes under the microscope for Milapfest’s contribution to LightNight at Home. Liverpool 800: The Changing Face of Liverpool is a typically intricate and beautiful piece of work by the local duo exploring heritage and diversity made for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year.

Read our issue 100 interview with The Singh Twins here.

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The Maiden Voyage will be a particapatory project led by artist Jenny Steele looking at the history and art of 19th-20th Century ocean liners and the Art Deco movment. The performance will be presented by Hope Street dance organisation Merseyside Dance Initiative.

MDI recently delved into their 27-year history for our Digging The Archive! Series. Have a look here.

For those missing their trips to the Albert Dock with a peak into the Tate for some contemporary art inspo, the venue are presenting a special performance from avant garde artist Tony Conrad. Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain was recorded live at the venue as part of LightNight 2019.

We also enjoyed Keith Haring’s first major UK show last year at the Tate. Read our feature here.

LightNight wouldn’t be LightNight without activity from Liverpool Philharmonic. They’ll be hosting Irish Sea Sessions and performances from their own Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Last year we marked ten years of the Phil’s innovative In Harmony project with this feature.

Yemeni-Scouse poet Amina Atiq is performing an adaptation of her one woman show Broken Biscuits as part of proceedings tomorrow night follow her on Twitter for details.

Read our Spotlight interview with Amina here.

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FACT’s online programme The Living Planet features podcasts, reads, challenges, videos and more looking at how human’s uneasy cohabitation with wildlife. On LightNight, bat expert Charlie Ligget will be giving a family friendly watching event about habitat conservation and how to spot bats on Merseyside.

In 2018 FACT celebrated 15 years as a Liverpool cultural institution – read our feature here.

Other highlights to look out for:

Photographer Mark McNulty presents a slideshow of 10 years of LightNight events. Artist Özge Gökbulut Özdemir will show her Feeling at Home under the Sky series of paintings, originally planned for exhibition at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Also at the Metropolitan Cathedral, a Secrets of the Cathedral Lantern tour especially for #LightNightatHome. LJMU Fashion share their project A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place which was planned to be a multi-venue exhibition ‘treasure hunt’ for LightNight this year. dot-art present an Instagram exhibition of dot-art Member’s work on the theme of Home as well as a special live painting demonstration by dot-art Member artist Jacob Gourley. ROAD Studios present ROAD away from Home a series of 1 minute videos of ROAD studio members creating art away from their studio home.

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