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River of Light is back!

River of Light is back to illuminate Liverpool’s waterfront this autumn!

After this event’s huge success in March which saw around 120,000 people safely enjoy the River of Light Trail, demand has been high for this spectacular outdoor art gallery to return to the city.

From Friday 22 October to Sunday 7 November, light installations with the theme Rhythm of the Light will take over the city centre, with each artwork inspired by Liverpool’s musical heritage, the majority of which will have an accompanying soundtrack.

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 be no fireworks at this year’s River of Light event.

River of Light will be delivered by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team and is supported by Arts Council England.

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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.”