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Spectacular floating city of light and glowing animals coming to Sefton Park this February half-term

City of Light is bringing two unique public art events to Sefton Park, illuminating the dark nights this February half-term (20-24). 

'City of Light, City of Sanctuary' is a magical floating city of lanterns on the park’s boating lake, and 'Habitats’' - a trail featuring glowing animals and incredible plants in the Palm House gardens.

The 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 simple materials of paper, sticks and stories, City of Light, City of Sanctuary will be 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 in the park’s boating lake from February 21-24 (5-9pm).

For an up-close experience, audiences can buy tickets (£6 plus booking fee) to Habitats: Critters and Creatures Aglow.

Visitors can enjoy an illuminated animal story trail in the grounds of Sefton Park Palm House, from February 20-24 (5pm-9pm). Connected to the floating city by a short walk from the lakeside, audiences will be able to explore the trail and discover talking indigenous animal lanterns in their own habitats throughout the half term.

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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.

To be involved in the creation of City of Light, City of Sanctuary and the chance to work with the team at Lantern Company, open community workshops will take place in venues across the city in the run up to the event.

Jo Pocock, artistic director, Lantern Company, 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.”

Liverpool’s deputy mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Cllr Wendy Simon, said:

“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.”

Lisa Pearson, head of marketing, Arriva North West & Wales, said:

"We’re delighted to once again be working with Lantern Company for this event and are proud to be helping in bringing an amazing, artistic vision for Sefton Park to life. For more information on best ways to travel to City of Light in Sefton Park by bus, we recommend checking out our Journey Planning app."

Ashleigh Smith
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