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The Outdoor Illuminated River Of Light Trail Is Returning To Liverpool’s Waterfront This Autumn

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

The Outdoor Illuminated River Of Light Trail Is Returning To Liverpool’s Waterfront This Autumn

The trail will showcase light installations with an accompanying soundtrack.

The city’s waterfront is about to get a glow up once again with an outdoor illuminated art gallery set to take over the area for 17 nights as part of the River of Light Trail. This autumn, the people of Liverpool can experience a series of spectacular audio and visual installations along the Mersey, which will showcase the work of leading local, national and international artists.

From October 22 to 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 the usual awe-inspiring pieces similar to the scale of the stunning installations which transformed the waterfront earlier in the year.

The River of Light Trail which took place in the spring featured 11 stunning audio and visual installations across a 2km walking loop, where there will be Covid-safe measures in place. 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.

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.”

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. Details of all the artworks, which can be viewed each evening throughout the event, will be revealed soon and you can found out more about the trail here.

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