Bat Night Market

Kuang-Yi Ku (Taipei/Eindhoven) & Robert Charles Johnson (London)

11 – 15 Jun

Science Gallery London

Prices from £18


Standard Tickets: £22

Concessions: £18


LIFT Festival Welcomes All: £5 Tickets for an Inclusive Experience!

We believe everyone should have the chance to experience the joy of arts and entertainment without financial worry. That’s why we’re offering £5 tickets for those who wouldn’t otherwise attend, to ensure our events are accessible to everyone, regardless of income. At LIFT, your presence matters more than your budget.

To book a £5 ticket, select a Full Price (£22) ticket and on the next page enter the promotion code MARKETPLACE to reduce the price to £5.


Age Recommendation: 8+


Approximate Run Time: 120 Minutes (no interval)


  • Captioning on all audio films
  • The venue is completely wheelchair accessible, if you wish to book a wheelchair ticket or have an access companion please contact
  • We do not have relaxed environment/performance, but if guests wish to come at less busy slot, please book either slot 1 or slot 2
  • BSL interpretation available on the 15 June matinee. Please get in touch before booking a slot


  • The audience will move through an immersive journey, there will be resting places available
  • Audiences will be invited to taste from the market, all allergens and ingredients will be displayed
A marketplace for the mind, an experience for the senses. Step outside your comfort zone and into a night market of the future. 

Today, in the face of global food shortages, humans need to re-examine our food sources. One presenting itself as a sustainable and nutritious option is the unassuming bat. These flying mammals have been a delicacy in some cultures for centuries, but this ancient dish is often viewed with disgust in the Western world. 

Yet with their numbers declining, is it problematic to consume bats? Should they instead be revered for their vital impact on our ecosystem? How do we navigate notions of delicacy, disgust and interspecies empathy as we radically rethink the norms of global consumption? 

Set in an imagined night market where bat species are extinct, Bat Night Market intersects performance, speculative design and science. We invite visitors to celebrate these enigmatic animals in an evening of discussions, games, tastings and sensory experiences.  

Bat Night Market is an international collaboration between designer UK artist Robert Charles Johnson and artist Kuang-Yi Ku, Taiwan/Netherlands. 

Co-commissioned by LIFT and Taipei Performing Arts Center, Presented at Science Gallery London part of King’s College London.



Lead Artist Kuang-Yi Ku
Lead Artist Robert Johnson
Dramaturg Ding-Yun Huang
Food Artist Rain Wu
Soundscape Design  Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Co-Commissioned by LIFT and Taipei Performing Arts Center.

Presented at Science Gallery London.

Image credit © Rain Wu. This is an AI-assisted image created with the support of Midjourney.

Funded by ARTWAVE and the British Council as part of the International Collaboration Grants, and the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF).

Supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund at the London Community Foundation & The London Community Foundation (LCF). Research and development supported by Science Gallery London, part of King’s College London, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UK. Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bao, Goldsmiths University of London, and Taipei Performing Arts Centre (TPAC)

Supported by Garrick Charitable Trust and The Leche Trust.


Science Gallery London





Will visitors need to eat bats as part of the experience?

No, all food served will be vegan. A list of ingredients will be provided.

Do I need to bring money to spend at the market?


Is there seating?

Yes, there will be some seating