It might be Friday 13th but Liverpool's late night art's festival is promising to be bigger and better than ever before. With over 100 free events there will be something for everyone, you can even travel around in style as Merseyside Transport Trust's beautiful vintage double decker buses will loop the city to transport visitors from venue to venue.
This is a chance to visit those buildings that are normally closed, or to experience a theatre performance, take part in an art installation, or even dance the night away at a silent disco. This is a fantastic way to explore the city and all that it has to offer, showcasing not only the amazing architecture around the city centre but also introduces people to new experiences.
If you have the energy after absorbing all that culture then why not finish the night off at the LightNight After Party at Constellations in the Baltic Triangle from 22.00 - 02.30. For information about the festival and a full listing of the free events please visit: http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/about/ for more details..
The Liverpool Small Cinema
March 20, 2016
Tucked away within the confines of the former Magistrates Court on Victoria Street is The Liverpool Small Cinema. As you enter there is nothing to suggest a cinema as you walk into a lovely spacious room, leather sofas with plenty of cushions and an array of board games on one side and tables dotted about. Decorated tastefully with classic film posters and a huge chalkboard displaying the varied menu, this is a place not just for a hangover breakfast. This space welcomes you and you are encouraged to kick your shoes off and sit back on the comfy sofas and enjoy a game of Connect 4 with your mates.
But a cinema it is. Launched in March 2015 The Liverpool Small Cinema is a community screening space which hosts a programme of screenings in partnership with local film programmers and writers. This is an excellent alternative to the main stream cinemas and is also very light on the wallet, the most you will pay is £5.00 and there are some screenings that are shown for free. For a full list of events please take a look at the website:
Liverpool is one of the most filmed locations in the UK, often doubling up for New York City as well as other major cities across the country. Major films shot across the years include: Fast and Furious 6, Captain America: The First Avenger, Sherlock Holmes and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The movie prequel to JK Rowling's Harry Potter will be filmed here, Fantastic Beasts starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne to be shot in October 2016. So with such a track record it seems only fitting that Liverpool should get its own film studio.
The former art deco Littlewoods building is set to become the 'Pinewood of the North' as Developers Capital & Centric set to transform the site into a major £30m film and TV studio complex. Work on the site, located just of Edge Lane will start at the end of this year and is predicated to create more than a 1,000 jobs. It is hoped that local talent will have the opportunity to stay in the North West rather than having to relocate to the south.
This is great news for a city that produces first class talent but does not always have the necessary money and opportunities to offer work, often leading to relocation to the south where opportunities are more plentiful. Hopefully this new initiative will encourage new talent to stay and will help Liverpool stamp its mark as one of the most creative cities in the UK.