Two dung beetles arrived in Liverpool to take part in the ninth annual Lightnight festival, the free one night arts festival, on Friday May 18th. We gave a 20 minute presentation at each of the following: Steble Fountain, Bluecoat Courtyard, and Albert Dock. The theme of this year’s Lightnight was Transformation, which suited us Dung Beetles perfectly.
Dung beetles were the scarabs worshipped by ancient Egyptians as symbols of transformation through death and rebirth. They have been around since at least the time of the dinosaurs. They assiduously recycle animal dung into food and nesting space for their young, and in so doing, they actually sequester greenhouse gases, thus unwittingly helping humans to reduce climate-warming emissions
Our dung beetles roamed the city posing questions, making music, and generally engaging with the public. How can we transform our world from one of remorseless consumption, pollution and inequality into a place where we all live to our fullest creative potential, while remaining within our biological constraints? What can we learn from the humble dung beetles who literally prevent our planet from overflowing with waste and crap? Our audiences were attentive, interested, and prepared to engage. It was a great first excursion for the Dung Beetles, and we will be out again soon!
And see the film here: https://youtu.be/_6py13E-YHc
LightNight Liverpool is produced by local social enterprise Open Culture.www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk.