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River of Light returns to Liverpool this October

The River of Light Trail will be returning to Liverpool this October featuring an outdoor illuminated gallery of stunning light installations around Liverpool’s City Centre.

For 17 nights from 22nd October – 7th November, a number of light and sound installations will form a trail on Liverpool’s Waterfront. The event which has proved popular, will be enjoyed by residents as well as visitors from further afield this time around.

This will be the second visit to Liverpool for 2021, after the success earlier this year in March which seen a 2k loop featuring 11 illuminated art installations from around the world. Previous artworks include a 30.5 metre rainbow bridge consisting of 25,000 LEDs which displayed sound-activated animations, a washing line of illuminated clothing, floating butterflies and giant flowers and a 3D rotating moon.

Details of the artists who will be part of the 17-night free trail will be unveiled next month, but visitors can expect the usual awe-inspiring pieces similar to the scale of the stunning installations which transformed the waterfront earlier in the year. Highlights included the iconic Rainbow Bridge by Josh Zubkoff and Srikanth Guttikonda, Neighbourhood by Sergey Kim – a beautiful illuminated washing line on Castle Street – and End Over End by Studio Vertigo which saw a giant slinky installed at Liverpool ONE.

The autumn route will be designed to allow people to maintain social distancing, but anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 should not visit the trail.

Please note, there will no fireworks at this year’s River of Light event.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle, said: 

“River of Light has become a firm favourite in the city, with people heading to the waterfront in their thousands to enjoy the trail and experience the city centre in a whole new light. 

“The response to the event in March was overwhelming – people’s appetite to be part of a cultural event after living through the dark times of a pandemic was evident. The reaction was massively positive and it was heart-warming to see people safely venture out and enjoy the incredible local, national and international artwork which was on their doorstep. 

“With restrictions eased, we hope to reach an even larger audience this year as we will be able to welcome people from outside of the city. 

“We look forward to revealing more information very soon and generating a real buzz around this free spectacular.”

For further information and updates visit www.visitliverpool.com

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