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Light up your night with a duck trail; CATHERINE JONES picks her Top 10 events for LightNight 2015.


LIVERPOOL LightNight is almost upon us, and there's an amazing array of events on offer tomorrow evening. In fact, there are more than 100 fun activities, exhibitions and street theatre performances filling the city centre with colour and excitement.

The choice is almost overwhelming - from beacons to barbecues, tunnel tours to treasure hunts, the launch of LOOK/15 International Photography Festival to lantern-making workshops.

Whatever you choose to do, it's going to be a fantastic evening out.

But here, in no particular order, are my personal top 10 picks for the night.

Aquaducked's Liverpool Duck Trail.

First there were the Superlambananas. Then there were the Penguins. Now it's the turn of the ducks.

Twenty larger-than-life ducks, to be exact, which will be let loose across the city centre in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Each duck is themed around an achievement or first in Liverpool's history.

Time Liners, Cunard Building: 4-10pm.

First of all - you get to go in the Cunard Building, which is special enough.

But let yourself be transported to the golden age of travel as the ticket office is transformed by an immersive installation courtesy of Make Space Create.

Sit at the captain's table and listen to stories from those who worked on the liners, and experience a little of the hope and excitement passengers would have felt about the journey ahead. Tickle the Ivories, FACT: 7-8pm.

The Tickle the Ivories festival, where pianists give impromptu performances on instruments dotted around the city centre, has become a regular annual event in Liverpool.

Now see this new documentary by Glenn Hanstock, focusing on the street piano busking festival. There are two screenings in The Box. Shakespeare's Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, Central Library: 7-8pm.

Meet 20 of the Bard's wickedest women, drawn from a dozen plays and introduced in just 60 minutes.

Expect thrilling scenes full of passion and danger in the Hornby Library, on the first floor of the William Brown Street building. Kaleidoscopic Disturbance 175, Liverpool Cathedral: 9.30-11.30pm.

Liverpool Cathedral may have lost out in the Visit England awards this week, but its LightNight programme shows just how innovative and forward-thinking it is.

Artist Andy McKeown creates a kaleidoscopic light projection 175ft up under the mighty tower vault. Best seen lying on the floor of the cathedral - bring your own cushion.

How May I Direct Your Call?: 5-8pm Join designer and architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in a twilight journey across Liverpool with an ensemble of actors and a jaunt through the ages, all based on his humble red telephone box.

The theatrical event takes place at various venues including Rodney Street, Mount Pleasant, Lime Street, Liverpool Town Hall and Liverpool Cathedral.

The Crossing, Liverpool ONE: 4-8pm.

A One Magnificent City commission from Liverpool ONE, The Crossing is a 3-D sound installation being launched on LightNight, celebrating the links between Liverpool and New York forged over 175 years of Cunard's history.

The man behind it is Martyn Ware, of pop group Heaven 17, and his company, Illustrious. Face Lab @ Open Labs, Liverpool Science Park, Mount Pleasant: 4-11pm.

The people who reconstructed Richard III's face from the skeleton found in a Leicester car park are showcasing their work at this LJMU Open Labs event.

Discover the skills and technology behind Face Lab with hands-on activities on the night. Hex//Light DiVision: 8.35pm, 9.20pm, 10.20pm, 11.20pm The Harlequin Dynamics and collaborators, who brought Sound Battle to LightNight last year, present this new Open Culture commission with mesmerising light, music and movement.

It takes place at, respectively, Liverpool Cathedral plateau, University Square, off Brownlow Hill, the Pier Head and William Brown Street.

LightNight Heritage Bus: 6-10.20pm Not so much an event as a way of getting TO events.

But what a way!

Merseyside Transport Trust is providing a circular bus service between Pier Head, Jamaica Street, the cathedrals and William Brown Street on half-a-dozen classic charabancs during the evening.

It's a free service, but donations are welcomed - and richly deserved.


| Looks like the hunt is | |about to begin, as the Liverpool Duck Trail nears completion in time for tomorrow's LightNight Picture: JAMES MALONEY

Cathy Cross, of Make Space Create, as part of the Time Liners - each suitcase has a story | |about Cunard Picture: IAN COOPER
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 14, 2015
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