LightNight 2021, in person, who would have imagined that after the last 14 months? Well, last year’s LightNight event was a bit disappointing in its online version, but this year it was pretty amazing. As usual, I looked on their programme to decide where we should go. My husband is not bothered, usually makes recommendations from the list I make. With restrictions for indoor activities relaxing only a few days previous to the event, it was a leap of faith for them to organize the event as they did. It paid off.
We started by going to the Baltic Market for food, but the vegan options were not great, only a couple, despite being mentioned on the website that they cater for vegans. So, we went on the next place on our list: Liverpool Cathedral. We’ve enjoyed it so much that we broke with the tradition of going to a few places for LightNight and we spent the rest of the evening at the cathedral.
The Peace Doves installation was gorgeous. It’s not clear from this picture, but these are white paper doves, thousands of them, which contain messages of hope, peace, and love. This installation was created by artist Peter Walker.
The messages on the doves were written at the cathedral during last year and ~23,000 were sent to schools, which is lovely. Each dove was pin into place by hand on those long paper strings, which make the art piece even more moving.
These are the doves, in another art piece in the church.
The dove theme was central to this year’s event at the cathedral. This is an interactive project. A lot of buttons were on a nearby table, for people to take one and put it in the dove, giving them a moment to reflect on someone who they lost last year. I didn’t add a button, but I though of the acquaintances; three people who died last year (two with covid).
Opera was lovely. We heard eight arias, in Italian, French, English, and German, such as Sous le dôme épais and Madamina, il catalogo è questo.
Concert, a mix of organ with drums, amazingly fascinating. It was so different. I’ve enjoyed it a lot. There is a short clip on my Instagram (Liverpool tag), if you fancy listening to that.
It was also an organ concert and a choir sang popular songs.
This is my husband in angel form or, I think, he would prefer a dove/bird. Only after taking the pictures I realized that he had a lovely blue light while mine was pink, how so very appropriate.
And… this is me.
Had dinner at the bistro. How gorgeous is this view?
I didn’t expect to find vegan burgers, but we did. They were also very popular too. We had some fries with the burgers and it was a really lovely meal. They also had vegan desserts, but we are going to try those next time.
We’ve had a wonderful time. People paid attention and kept the recommended social distance, almost all with masks, and there were lots of hand sanitisers in the church. It was a covid-safe event, but it did not hindered the experience at all. It was just so lovely.