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A light festival and extraordinary fireworks – a new-look River of Light is back in Liverpool for 2019, bigger and better than ever!

(Bottom left image credit to Nunzio Prenna)


From Friday 1 to Saturday 9 November the Liverpool waterfront will be transformed with light, colour and sound as ten 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.


For the latest information, head to www.visitliverpool.com/riveroflight and use #RiverofLight on socials.


The Installations 

Globoscope 

Location πŸ“ Liverpool Parish Church Courtyard

Artist Collectif Coin

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.

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Spiders

Location πŸ“ Cunard Building

Artist Groupe Laps

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.

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Cetus

Location πŸ“ Mann Island Basin

Artist Kazimier Productions

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.

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Intrude

Location πŸ“  Exchange Flags 

Artist Amanda Parer 

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.

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Flight 

Location πŸ“ Royal Liver Building

Artist ARUP

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.

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Whole Hole 

Location πŸ“ Wapping Wall

Artist Vendal & de Wolf 

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.

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Run Beyond

Location πŸ“ Salthouse Quay

Artist Angelo Benello

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.

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Submergence

Location πŸ“ Mann Island Atrium

Artist Squid Soup

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.

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Portal 

Location πŸ“ Royal Albert Dock

Artist Sam Wiehl

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.

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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.  

All River of Light events and installations are completely free.


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