LightNight and LJMU join forces

The University is offering its own unique cultural contribution to this year’s LightNight festival, through a partnership which invites all its students and staff to experience the annual one-night arts and culture crawl.

The University is offering its own unique cultural contribution to this year’s LightNight festival, through a partnership which invites all its students and staff to experience the annual one-night arts and culture crawl.

LJMU is the LightNight 2014 Principal Sponsor of the event which is organised by Open Culture and takes place on Friday 16 May this year.

LightNight is a showcase of the region’s cultural talent, offering one night of interesting, vibrant and surprising experiences, a celebratory reminder of what’s on in the city all year round.

For 2014, many LightNight events mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, as part of the local and worldwide commemorations. LJMU are playing an important role in the region's remembrance having initiated the Merseyside at War project. This is a 'living' archive, a website reflecting the experiences and sacrifices made by the servicemen who went to war, plus the men and women who worked on the home front and the children who grew up in communities profoundly altered by the conflict.

 Dr Edward Harcourt, LJMU's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement commented:

"This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to further expand our cultural offering to students and staff.  As a modern civic University, we recognise that events like this bring the community together and allow all members of LJMU, whether they are local, from across the UK or overseas, to experience the arts and culture of the City of Liverpool."

Fiona Shaw, Chair of Open Culture, the LightNight producers said:

"We’re delighted LJMU are partnering with LightNight Liverpool, this really is an exciting collaboration and a great opportunity to connect the student population of the city with the fantastic cultural offer on their door step, whilst signposting opportunities for arts engagement and skills development."

Download the free LightNight programme at www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk or pick one up from one of the participating venues.

For information about the LJMU Merseyside at War project please visit: http://www.merseyside-at-war.org/

Clare Coombes, Press and Publications Officer, Liverpool John Moores University, T: 0151 231 3004 press@ljmu.ac.uk 

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This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to further expand our cultural offering to students and staff. As a modern civic University, we recognise that events like this bring the community together and allow all members of LJMU, whether they are local, from across the UK or overseas, to experience the arts and culture of the City of Liverpool.
Dr Edward Harcourt, LJMU's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement