Finally one of my favourite nights has arrived ! I love Light Night, I love museums,galleries and all the fun performances around the streets.We only managed to get a brochure the day before so didn’t have time to study it as we normally would, so a quick glance and marking a couple of things that popped out and off we went.
This year it was just three of us, myself, Oscar, and my mum. We arrived at Liverpool central station at 4.30pm and straight onto Bold street. We had already decided to head up towards the Hope street quarter and the cathedral.
Our first stop was at FACT where we saw a beautiful sensory exhibition featuring electronic music and bass with stunning visuals by Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa. They also had a STAR LAB minecraft space and planets interactive game, which Oscar enjoyed.
Next we walked up past the ‘bombed out church’ St Luke’s to LJMU Aldham Robarts library. There was a lot going on here, first Oscar had his head scanned by a 3D printer and transformed into a miniature. We made faces and played at the ‘selfie’ station. Then we had another head scan and played with morphing and the science behind forensic research. Then had a go at laser cutting patterns. An amazing experience, finished off with a drama performance by Physical Fest who ‘kidnapped’ my child as part of the act. He loved it.
Starting to get hungry we wandered on to Hope street but all the cafe/restaurants were busy,busy,busy. I’m glad they were, we found the most wonderful place to eat by accident. Hearing music we wandered into Blackburne house, an old school that is now a college and spa. In the basement they have a cafe, only open monday to friday but it serves the most amazing food. I had spanish chicken with herby couscous and marinated beetroot salad, my mum had nut roast with coleslaw and lentil salad. Oscar had eaten earlier so had a slice of victoria sponge (his favourite) which he declared the best ever. In the cafe they had a band playing Russian Jewish folk music which was beautiful, they were very talented musicians.
From here we started to head towards the cathedral but spotted the Light Night bus so hopped on and headed to the Baltic triangle.
This is a place we’ve never visited before due to it being a little further out of the centre, but I’m glad we made the effort. Here we started getting very creative with an art session, making things from everyday household objects cutting, sticking and glueing. Always fun. We watched an African band and one amazing drummer.
Now it was starting to get late, so we jumped back on the bus and made our way back to the cathedral. In the darkness we noticed some strange lights and shapes so decided to investigate. This was LIPA lab, a hatchery with an experimental Liver bird breeding programme, an interactive puppet, live performance and light show. Great fun. Around the corner was another lab with a working giant heart, operated by placing your finger inside a monitor and making it beat in time with your own pulse. Strange and fun. Here you could also ‘play’ with electricity to change the intensity and colour of the lights. This was one all the kids loved doing. Disco time.
As it was getting near to 11pm the decision was made to head for home, we were all weary but had smiles on our faces. It was a great fun evening. Family time, creative, fun and free. Lots more to see in the year and looking forward to Light Night 2017
I love my city. I love the history, it’s architecture, culture, art, the people and even (very occasionally) the shops.
Today I wandered, watching locals and tourists. Seeing what they enjoyed. Taking photographs of things they spotted and finding treasures I’ve never noticed before.
A walk across St Georges plateau, passed my favourite place, Walker art gallery and down to the library.
I love libraries, almost as much as art galleries, but the Picton reading room inside Liverpool central library is something special. It is a beautiful circular room with a domed ceiling, spiral staircases and wonderful bookcases. Word of warning, it has wonderful acoustics, stand in the centre of the room and whispers echo, lovely and funny but don’t expect a child to ‘only’ whisper because that’s no fun !
From here a stroll across St Johns gardens and into Liverpool one, the main shopping area to look for some special presents then into The Bluecoat, an old school, now an art space, cafe and garden. A peaceful space in the heart of the busy shopping area of the city to sit and relax with a cup of tea, no coffee allowed, due to a promise I made to my lovely boy !
One of my list challenges is being a tourist in your own city, one to be completed over the coming weeks, months and years. Finding new spaces whilst enjoying old favourites. All recommendations gratefully received and will be explored.