Liverpool LightNight Photograph by Mark McNulty
dove: Regno Unito
Qualcosa di davvero unico sta per succedere nei musei britannici tra il 15 e il 17 maggio, quando apriranno le porte per speciali attività culturali notturne. Centinaia di musei, gallerie e spazi storici in tutta la Gran Bretagna resteranno aperti fino a tardi per eventi speciali: incontri letterari nei castelli, osservazione delle stelle da dimore storiche; pigiama party nei palazzi della Cultura, concerti e molto altro ancora durante l´iniziativa europea dal titolo "La Nuit des Musées".
Ceramicist Grayson Perry will be heading to the Yorkshire Museum in York, north England, for a Teddy Bear-themed Museums at Night event, while one of Britain´s leading photographers, Rankin, will be at St Ann´s Allotments in Nottingham, Britain´s oldest and largest allotment where Rankin will be photographing allotment holders during the day, and his photographs then displayed at an evening event on the site. www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
Global cult comic artists Modern Toss will be curating a travelling exhibition called The Cistern Chapel, featuring classic Modern Toss pieces displayed in the public toilets of four museum galleries - the Herbert Museum at Gallery in Coventry (central England), the Horniman Museum in London, the Gladstone in Stoke (central England) and Northern Print in Newcastle(north-east England) - reflecting the manner in which these works have been displayed in people´s homes up and down the country. www.theherbert.org, www.horniman.ac.uk, www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm, www.northernprint.org.uk
In Liverpool, north-west England, Light Night on 16 May will see over 50 city centre museums and galleries opening and staging over 100 special cultural events. Highlights include the opening night of ´The Vanity of Small Differences´ by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry at the Walker Gallery. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker
Wales´ capital, Cardiff, will welcome contemporary artist Janette Paris and 40 leading artists - including Adam Chodzko, Ruth Maclennan, Bob and Roberta Smith and four Turner Prize nominees - Simon Patterson, Paul Noble, Mark Titchner and Catherine Yass - as they create The Alternative Cardiff Story. This will involve dozens of faked artefacts set alongside the original museum exhibits. Spot which is real and which is fake and follow alternative tours of the galleries.
Keep awake for a cultural crawl
In Newcastle Gateshead, The Late Shows - north-east England´s legendary culture crawl (citywide culture crawls will also take place in Dorchester, Manchester, Bath and Cambridge) sees cultural venues open their doors at night offering a range of free events, exhibitions and performances. As part of the V&A Museum of Childhood´s touring exhibition Magic Worlds, the Great North Museum will be hosting an evening of magic and optical illusion with magic shows, tricks, optical illusion craft activities and strange food! www.thelateshows.org.uk
Festival of Museums in Scotland will include Mezzo soprano Helen Anne Gregory performing an array of operatic pieces in the atmospheric setting of Balhousie Castle; a 14th-century banquet with the Wolf of Badenoch, one of the most evil villains in Scottish history - at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore; a chance to learn all about the night sky at the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, with photography workshops, art activities, science experiments, light sculpture and the famousCoats Observatory. http://festivalofmuseums.com
And for a whole night at the museum...sleepovers!
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be hosting a sleepover on 16 May with an evening of activities within the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Action Stations. Design your own Royal Navy poster, play the giant battleship game and laser quest, catch a movie in the cinema and then sleep over in the historic building of Action Stations, which is over 150 years old!www.historicdockyard.co.uk
London´s Kensington Palace is throwing open its doors for a very special Museums at Night sleepover for children aged 7-11, where they can see what it´s like to be a Prince or Princess and enjoy an exclusive slumber party in a Royal Palace.www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace
Stressed out Londoners will be given the opportunity to grab 40 winks at The Big Power Nap at Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman Amphitheatre on 16 May, which will be transforming the Undercroft gallery - the ruins of London´s Roman Amphitheatre - into a 2,000 year old chill-out zone with ambient sounds and a roving masseuse on hand to provide a relaxing break from the buzz above.
Goodbye Piccadilly at the London Transport Museum on the same night will give visitors the chance to experience London life in 1914 at the opening of new exhibition ´Goodbye Piccadilly - from home front to Western front´ and discover the role London buses and bus drivers played in the First World War. www.ltmuseum.co.uk
Dusk til Dawn at the Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall (south-west England) will explore the themes of their ´3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night´ exhibition. Join their nocturnal artist in residence James Hankey, and help capture the essence of the night using experimental photographic techniques. newlynartgallery.co.uk
Magic and mystery prevail
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, will hold an Evening of Magic on 16 May, where curators will present the magical and mystical objects of the collection while visitors are invited for magic shows and workshops, tarot reading, stargazing, flamenco dance and more. www.ashmolean.org
And as part of the Chiltern Open Air Museum´s event, The Enchanted Museum, best-selling children´s author Kate O´Hearn, author of Valkyrie, the Shadow of the Dragon and the Pegasus series, will be hosting a dragon-themed evening of storytelling by lantern light, dragon crafts, the chance to build a dragon and knights´ training schools on 17 May.
For all listings, visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk
A night at the museum all year round
Once you´ve got the bug for visiting museums post daytime opening-hours, there are plenty more opportunities to experience the exhibitions after dark, often described as ´Lates´.
The Natural History Museum in London hosts the popular Dino Snores events - and it´s not just for kids! Dino Snores for Grown Ups is a fun night of music, science, art and cinema with dinner in London´s home of the dinosaurs. You can also visit the museum during its Lates programme. Neighbouring Science Museum runs Lates during the last Wednesday of every month and, spanning issues as diverse as alcohol and climate change, they always contain science shows, a pub quiz, Punk Science comedy shows and a silent disco (underneath real space rockets). The V&A Museum, across the road, runs its Lates on a Friday where its programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. www.nhm.ac.org, www.sciencemuseum.org.uk, www.vam.ac.uk
In north-west England, Thursday Lates at the Manchester Art Gallery allow visitors to enjoy live music or a talk by an artist as well as browsing the exhibitions. And over in Scotland,