A spectacular floating city of light and glowing animals is coming to Sefton Park this February half-term, courtesy of the internationally renowned Lantern Company.
City of Light brings two public art events to Sefton Park, illuminating the dark nights from February 21-24.
City of Light, City of Sanctuary is a magical floating city of lanterns on the park’s boating lake. This spectacular floating city of lantern buildings will be brought to life by an epic soundscape of original music, poetry and real-life stories, and will bring Liverpool communities, international artists and generations together through a breathtaking blend of community creativity, architectural artworks and family participation.
Using the simplest materials of paper, sticks and stories, City of Light, City of Sanctuary will provide an inspirational public space for reflection on local and global experiences of migration, home and belonging – issues affecting many people and communities across the world today.
City of Light, City of Sanctuary is free to attend and will take place from 5-9pm.
Connected to the floating city by a short walk from the lakeside, visitors aged 0-99 can also enjoy Habitats – an illuminated animal story trail in the grounds of Sefton Park Palm House.
Discover talking indigenous animal lanterns and incredible plants in their own habitats. Find out more about where our wildlife lives and learn how we can help protect them and their natural environments – direct from the hedgehog’s mouth!
Habitats, plus a series of community workshops, will be ticketed in order to raise funds to support the City of Light, City of Sanctuary installation. For an up-close experience, audiences can buy tickets for £6 plus booking fee.
Open community workshops will take place in venues across the city in the run-up to the event. See your own artwork become a central part of this iconic lantern cityscape! Tickets cost £10 (plus booking fee).
These workshops last from two-six hours. All children must be accompanied by an adult. And participants will be able to collect their lantern in the week after the event has taken place.
Mini-lantern workshops will also take place during the day inside the Grade II* listed Sefton Park Palm House. Book on or drop in to make a mini house lantern and take it with you to view the City of Light, City of Sanctuary installation. Tickets for the workshop cost £6 (plus booking fee). Family ticket – £20 (plus booking fee).
Liverpool’s deputy mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, councillor Wendy Simon, added: “City of Light in Sefton Park looks set to be another truly spectacular event from the amazingly creative minds at Lantern Company. Not only will the event look incredible, it will bring the whole community together to create something really special under the stars.”
Lantern Company is also hosting a two-day lantern-making masterclass, where participants will be able to create a large-scale lantern with internationally-acclaimed designer/maker Gavin Lewery and lighting designer/artist Rob Hill. The masterclass takes place at Central Library, Liverpool, on February 9 and 10, 10am-4.30pm. Places are limited at £160 each.
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