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River of Light Festival

1-9 November 2019
Address:
Liverpool
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River of Light returns to Liverpool and the Wirral, bringing another special firework display to our amazing city...

From Friday 1 to Saturday 9 November the Liverpool waterfront will be transformed with light, colour and sound as 12 incredible art commissions by some of the most exciting international light artists will be on display in iconic locations across the city.

In its most ambitious programme to date, the waterfront will become the must-visit selfie-spot, as each evening the artworks will transform the area into a light spectacular.

As part of the longer, new-look festival, the hugely successful River of Light fireworks will return for one night only on the 3 November as once again the River Mersey becomes a stage for Titanium Fireworks – one of the world’s leading pyrotechnic companies.

Two simultaneous displays, from the Waterfront in Liverpool and as part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture year in New Brighton, will start at 6.30pm with a soundtrack featuring artists and songs which have been big in the city this year. 

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The artworks are:

1. Liverpool Jackpot

The Plaza Building on Old Hall Street will become the canvas for a set of neon lights which playfully comment on the city's history and resilience. Originally commissioned in 2007, the piece has been brought back by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool BID Company as a signal of Liverpool's future ambitions. Runs from 5-10pm each night.

2. Intrude

Australian artist Amanda Parer will bring her crowd-pleasing, large-scale glowing, inflatable rabbits who will make Exchange Flags (behind Liverpool Town Hall) their new home. Runs 5-10pm each night.

3. Globoscope

Located in the courtyard at Liverpool Parish Church, this immersive sound and light journey is made up of more than 200 luminous spheres. It has been designed by critically acclaimed French arts company ‘Collectif Coin’. Runs 5-10pm each night.

4. Flight

River of Light will kick-start a brand new, illuminated chapter for the Royal Liver Building as they unveil Flight – a six-minute light show which will be a permanent installation once the festival has finished. The show will take place every 30 minutes from 5-9.30pm.

5. Spiders

The waterfront side of the Cunard Building will be getting an arachnid makeover as spider-shaped light sculptures appear on the façade, courtesy of French artists Groupe Laps. Runs 5-10pm each night.

6. Submergence

Taking over Mann Island Atrium, this large, immersive and responsive walkthrough experience uses thousands of individual points of suspended light to transform its environment. It’s the brainchild of Squidsoup which is one of the UK’s leading digital augmentation companies. Runs 5-10pm each night. 

7. Cetus

Taking inspiration from the Cetus constellation, an underwater display in the Mann Island basin will see the area come alive with this multi-sensory artwork created by The Kazimier. As the sun sets, the water will shimmer and pulsate mimicking the ancient Greek myth of the sea monster Cetus. Runs 5-10pm each night.

8. Portal

A brand new commission; three large-scale kaleidoscopic images will transform the inner quayside of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, responding to human movement and dance. Local artist Sam Wiehl is responsible for the hypnotic artwork. Runs 5-10pm each night.

9. Run Beyond

A single figure will dominate the skyline of the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool as viewers can track their leap to freedom in a consecutive sequence. Created by Italian artist Angelo Bonello, he wants the artwork to represent the leaps we make at points in our lives. Runs 5-10pm each night.

10. Whole Hole

A light portal to another dimension will appear on the wall of Wapping Dock (near the M&S Arena and Convention Centre) created by Dutch artists Vendel & de Wolf. Runs 5-10pm each night.

11. Flock 

Standing at over 3 metres high, step inside these beautiful and illuminated angel wings for your perfect 'selfie' this winter. Located near John Lewis in Liverpool ONE, Flock symbolizes the coming together of people both near and far. 

12. Light Bench

Located at Thomas Steers Way, Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE, six benches are illuminated through a programmed sequence, adding a new dimension to the experience of taking the weight off your feet. 

All River of Light events and installations are completely free.

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If you're watching from Liverpool City Centre then your nearest station is James Street, which is a short walk away from the Waterfront for Wirral line services. Moorfields is a few minutes walk for Northern line services. If you're watching the fireworks from the Wirral side of the Mersey then your nearest station is New Brighton.

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