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Floating lantern city coming to Sefton Park lake

A gorgeous and atmospheric floating city of lanterns will appear in Sefton Park in February.

City of Light, City of Sanctuary is set to attract thousands of people to the boating lake in the South Liverpool park over half-term.

The Lantern Company spectacle will be accompanied by an epic soundscape of original music, poetry and real-life stories, bringing Liverpool communities and international artists together.

And it will be complemented by Habitats, a trail featuring glowing animals and incredible plants in the Palm House gardens. Visitors will be able to explore the trail and discover talking indigenous animal lanterns in their own habitats.

Both events will take place from February 21-24.

City of Light, City of Sanctuary is free to view, and tickets for Habitats, which runs from 5-9pm nightly, cost £6.

There is also a chance to make your own lantern in community workshops ahead of City of Light. Each workshop lasts for between two and six hours and they cost £10 per person.


Lantern Company artistic director Jo Pocock said: “City of Light, City of Sanctuary will see hundreds of illuminated lantern buildings, made through community participation and by our professional team, come together into a glowing cityscape floating on Sefton Park’s boating lake - from shelters, houses and blocks of flats to warehouses and iconic buildings from Liverpool and around the world.

“The soundscape and voices of the city will also be an amazing experience for visitors to listen to as they wander around the lakeside.

"We‘ve been working with Writing on the Wall over the last few months through an outreach writing project to record real life tales and reflections to incorporate into the soundscape.

“By bringing generations and communities together, City of Light, City of Sanctuary gives voice to a multitude of diverse experiences and aims to offer a vision of hope, light and solidarity.”

More details about the ticketed events HERE

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