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What’s On – River of Light 2018

River of Light: The Elements with Royal Liver Building 360 will light up the skies above the River Mersey.

Acting as the finale for the China Dream season, part of the city’s 2018 cultural programme. There will be a series of arts installations from Friday 2 November – Sunday 4 November, themed around the five elements that underpin Chinese philosophy: water, fire, earth, metal and wood.

As well as the five Chinese elements being represented, from 5pm Sunday there will be a wide variety of streets performances on the waterfront including fire artists and performers. Visitors should also be on the lookout for a fire-breathing dragon patrolling the waters of the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, courtesy of artistic company Walk the Plank.

Find out more about what’s on below…

  • Fireworks – Liverpool

    Fireworks – Liverpool

    Pier Head
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Liverpool will stage an incredible visual and musical fireworks displays that is perfect for all ages and even better, FREE. One of UK’s most successful firework companies, Titanium Fireworks will take the

  • Fireworks – Wirral

    Fireworks – Wirral

    New Brighton
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    In Wirral, River of Light will be held in New Brighton with entertainment for all the family before the breath-taking fireworks display. Look out for the Spectral Pirates as they

The Elements (2 – 4 November)

  • Water – The Wave by Vertigo

    Water – The Wave by Vertigo

    The Strand
    Fri 2 Nov ‘18 - Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Forty, triangular, interactive gates with their own lighting and sound respond to people’s movement as they walk through the work. This means every persons experience is unique in this epic

  • Metal – Pool of Mirrors by Kazimier

    Metal – Pool of Mirrors by Kazimier

    Pier Head
    Fri 2 Nov ‘18 - Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Taking inspiration from Chinese ‘Magic’ Mirrors that were cast in solid bronze and shrouded in mystery, Liverpool based collective The Kazimier will bring ancient artefacts bang up to date with

  • Wood – Anahad by Stefano Casati

    Wood – Anahad by Stefano Casati

    Mann Island
    Fri 2 Nov ‘18 - Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Shown for the first time at this years Burning Man Festival, this is the European Premiere of Anahad. Six metre tall steel pipes are bent to create the effect of

  • Earth – Terra by Ad Lib Design

    Earth – Terra by Ad Lib Design

    Liver Building
    Fri 2 Nov ‘18 - Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    The iconic Liver Building – the home to our key supporter in the event RLB 360 – is the canvas for a light work exploring the traditional view of Earth

Family entertainment & street theatre

  • BRING THE FIRE – Fire Display

    BRING THE FIRE – Fire Display

    Mann Island
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: 4.30pm and 5pm - Williamson Square 5pm and 5.45pm - Mann Island Each performance lasts 15 minutes Date: 4 November Liverpool based fire tribe called Bring the Fire Project is

  • WALK THE PLANK – Dock Monster

    WALK THE PLANK – Dock Monster

    Salthouse Dock
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Salthouse Dock Date: 4 November Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm Inspired by the iconic dragons prevalent in Chinese culture, look out for our Dock Monster, a fire breathing dragon which will

  • FABAROONY – Facepainting

    FABAROONY – Facepainting

    Mann Island
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Mann Island Atrium Date: 4 November Time: 4pm – 6.30pm The fabulous Fabaroony is set to return once again, adorning faces with their many exquisite designs. This year there will be

  • LANTERN COMPANY – Create your own lantern

    LANTERN COMPANY – Create your own lantern

    Mann Island
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Mann Island Atrium Date: 4 November Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm Join the Lantern Company in making illuminated lanterns during this fun-packed workshop! Open from 4pm until 6:30pm, you’ll get to make

  • OPEN EYE – Light painting workshops

    OPEN EYE – Light painting workshops

    Open Eye Gallery
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Mann Island Atrium Date: 4 November Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm Back by popular demand the Light Painting Workshop will return this Bonfire Night, giving you the perfect opportunity to experiment and

  • PIGSY – Pagoda Arts

    PIGSY – Pagoda Arts

    Mann Island
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Mann Island Atrium Date: 4 November Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm Join us in our Year of the Pig challenge! Pagoda Arts need you to help fold 50,000 lucky money envelopes

  • GLOBAL GROOVES – Toni The Bat & Bessamer The Dragon

    GLOBAL GROOVES – Toni The Bat & Bessamer The Dragon

    Princes Parade
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Princes Parade Date: 4 November Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm This exciting street performance lights up the street and warms the atmosphere whilst our keepers - the sinister plague doctors - keep

  • LANTERN COMPANY – WALKABOUT

    LANTERN COMPANY – WALKABOUT

    Princes Parade
    Sun 4 Nov ‘18

    Location: Princes Parade Date: 4 November Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm See if you can spot the Great Sea Siren as she glides through the crowds, pulled by magnetic forces of the Moon