Night Scenes took place online between 30 April and 15 May 2020 and examined how night spaces have been imagined, produced, experienced and narrated in European cities by communities who have mobilized around particular migrant identities or histories. These events are linked to a three-year transdisciplinary European research project – NITE – exploring nocturnal public spaces in eight European cities (Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cork, Galway, Lisbon, London, Rotterdam). The project, and events, set out to explore night-time urban settings in their complexity as sites of crisis and regeneration, memory and heritage, visibility and invisibility, community solidarity and growth, and to contribute evidence from the arts and humanities to policy and wider debates on cities at night.
On 15 May 2020, the NIGHT MODES panel included three talks from Rob Shaw, DJ Ritu and JC MacQuarie. At a moment when many night-time activities were interrupted by lockdown due to Covid-19, these considered different modes of being in and traversing cities at night, with a particular focus on issues of labour, logistics and social mobility.