Abstract red and yellow painting outlining Salford and Manchester.

Lu Xinjian, City DNA / Salford and Manchester, 2016. Copyright Lu Xinjian. Photograph courtesy the artist and Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai.

LightNight: PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art

LightNight is the Liverpool’s one night arts festival – a time for visitors of all ages to come along and see the city in a new light with everything from large-scale light projections and live music to workshops and spoken word, art, crafts and theatre, street performance, walking tours, dancing and late-opening exhibitions taking place right across the city centre.

For LightNight, PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art will have an evening opening to the general public with some added extras to enhance visitor experience.

Part of the evening will see Highlights tours run by volunteer invigilators for the exhibition. These volunteers are passionate about the exhibition and will present one piece, explaining their personal reaction to the work and what they like about it.

In addition to the Highlights tours, there will be a musical performance of Jasmine Flower by Ciara and Eno. This is a Chinese folk song which is sung in Chinese by Ciara, a native English speaker, with lyrics and pronunciations taught by Eno, a native Mandarin speaker who will provide the melody on a piano.

An exciting element of the evening will also be the addition of an interactive Liverpool version of City DNA/Salford and Manchester, a piece by Lu Xinjian which features a creative map of Manchester and Salford. LightNighters will be invited to trace a giant map of Liverpool in multi-coloured felt tip pens to mark parts of a Liverpool map in the style of Lu Xinjuan’s iconic work.

Date: Friday 18 May 2018, 5 -9pm
Venue: The Vaults, St. George’s Hall, entrance via the Heritage Centre off St. John’s Lane, Liverpool

LightNight is part of Museums at Night, the national festival of arts & culture that sees cultural spaces around the UK open late into the night.