LightNight 2021: Play
Friday 21 May 2021

Online and in venues across Liverpool city centre

5pm – late


This event is part of LightNight, Liverpool’s free one-night arts festival.

LightNight invites audiences to stay up late, as our museums, galleries and studios throw open their doors to stage a free trail of special events for all ages, exploring the theme of Play.

Over 75 special events will take place in-person and online including hands-on workshops, exhibitions, tours, talks, installations and much more.

Produced by local social enterprise Open Culture, this year’s festival explores how Play can offer a space to create, re-imagine and find novel solutions to global problems.

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Creative Innovation

A joint event between Liverpool Science Park, Sensor City and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool), Creative Innovation is a series of playful online demonstrations in the form of virtual content showcasing the innovative technologies and creative offerings homed within Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.  

KQ Liverpool is a world-leading innovation district, spanning more than half of Liverpool City Centre, and is home to some of the world’s most influential players in science, health, technology, education, music and creative and performing arts. KQ Liverpool links up like-minded cultural and commercial organisations, academics, clinicians and scientists, to promote the world-class innovation that exists within our city region.

Whether it’s through rapid prototyping, gamification of technology, virtual reality or creative research and development, customers based at Liverpool Science Park and Sensor City are involved in innovation and experimental play, pushing the boundaries of the art of the possible. Located within the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool Science Park plays host to a community of like-minded and ambitious innovators, developers and scientists. Sensor City is a global hub for the development of sensor and IoT technologies.

Programme Live from 5pm: 

Spot the Dog ­– MTC 

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 with the objective of bridging the gap between academic and industry.

Meet Spot the Dog. This computerised canine can climb stairs and cross rough terrain, which would defeat most robots. Spot will help organisations to apply automation in dynamic and testing environments. Watch the launch of Spot the Dog and read about how Spot will be used in future projects in Liverpool and the North West.

Drones and their innovative capabilities – Drone Site Surveys

Drone Site Surveys use smart technology to offer construction professionals alternative visual options, enabling them to work smarter.

Watch the drones in action with aerial shots from around the city and learn about their innovative capabilities.

Virtual Gallery Tour – Scenegraph Studios

From virtual and augmented reality, to games and web design, Scenegraph studios is a multidisciplinary creative studio building interactive real time experiences.

Take a tour around a 3D online gallery and experience the future of immersive technology.

Revolutionary drumkit – Aerodrums 

Aerodrums is a revolutionary air-drumming instrument which plays just like a conventional drum set, minus the drum set. This award-winning, virtual kit is transforming the production and delivery of media and the arts, as well as solving the problems of portability, space and noise associated with traditional drum kits.

Watch the Aerodrums in action with covers of your favourite songs and listen to a learner’s journey of the experience of learning and playing the Aerodrums.

Playing House – RenderNation

RenderNation is a team of technology experts working hard to deliver innovative render farm solutions.

Navigate a 3D space and use the mouse to get a full 360-degree view in various locations around a luxury property.

*Please note this link is for laptop/desktop use only.