River of Light set for autumn return

AFTER it’s debut in March, the River of Light Trail will return from Friday October 22 – Sunday November 7, 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 soon, but visitors can expect pieces similar to the scale of the 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 – an illuminated washing line on Castle Street – and End Over End by Studio Vertigo which saw a giant slinky installed at Liverpool ONE.

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.

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

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.

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