River of Light will return in November, lighting up both sides of the Mersey with a specially commissioned musical display.
Entitled ‘The Elements’, the spectacle will act as the finale for the Liverpool 2018 programme’s ‘China Dream’ season as well as the area’s bonfire celebration.
Taking place on 4 November, the display will once again be delivered by Titanium Fireworks and will be accompanied by entertainment on both the Liverpool and Wirral sides of the water.
The pyrotechnic team is behind acclaimed events including the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve party, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the launch of Hull’s City of Culture year.
In Liverpool a series of arts installations will be themed around the five elements that underpin Chinese philosophy: water, fire, earth, metal and wood.
Meanwhile New Brighton will see the appearance of ghostly pirates on the Black Pearl.
Spectators are advised to attend the event from 5pm before the fireworks, which will be set off from the water’s edge and huge barges floating on the Mersey, start at 6.30pm.
Announcing the comeback of the event, which attracted around 90,000 people across both sides of the river in 2017, Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, says: “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2017 spectacle, so in true Liverpool style we are building on this and bringing in some new surprises.
“The team are working hard to pull together a fantastic, free, family friendly evening out, showcasing the very best of our world heritage waterfront as one of the final events in our Liverpool 2018 programme marking 10 years since we were European Capital of Culture.”
Wirral Council leader, Cllr Phil Davies, adds: “These spectacular displays on both sides of the River are becoming a firm highlight of our annual programme and shine a light on our beautiful waterfronts.
“With family-friendly entertainment on offer in the build-up to the dazzling fireworks display, it will be an amazing experience for the thousands of residents and visitors who will come to enjoy the show.
“It has been an incredible year for events like this in Wirral as part of our Imagine Wirral year of culture, creativity and ideas. River of Light will set the scene for another great year in 2019 as we become Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture.”
Last year’s River of Light celebration is also said to have generated a £4 million boost for the economy, as it saw Liverpool’s annual fireworks display take place on the waterfront for the second year running following a relocation from parks around the city.
The 2018 event is being sponsored by Royal Liver Building 360 – a newly announced tourist attraction being delivered by Heritage Great Britain for the landmark Royal Liver Building. It’s scheduled to open in 2019.