The River of Light Trails returns to Liverpool today. The outdoor illuminated art gallery along Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront, will see 12 new installations in place in a celebration of light, art and music as we celebrate the colour and noise we have all missed.

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This season’s installations combine the love of music in Liverpool with the incredible art and cultural scene in the city. Bring the family, bring your friends, enjoy a series of installations celebrating a host of magical and musical themes.

Some of the highlights include:

Liverpool, Love of my life – Liverpool, Town Hall

Chila Kumari Burman is one of the UK’s most celebrated artists and she returns to her hometown for this unique new commission.

Inspired by Diwali – which is on the 4 November – and her love of Liverpool, this collection of neon artworks will take over the front of Liverpool Town Hall and be accompanied by an Indian and Bollywood inspired soundtrack.

Light Piano 2.0 XL – Mann Island Atrium

Light Piano 2.0 XL is part of the River of Light and has been programmed by Open Culture, who produce projects and events that create platforms for artists and to make the arts more welcoming and accessible to the public.

Inspired by the question “How can music and image become one?” The light cubes placed in the Mann Island Atrium installation are connected to the keys of the piano, meaning that Light Piano 2.0 XL can be regarded as both a work of art and an instrument. The sound and rhythm of the piano is visualized through light, allowing pianists not only to play the piano but to also play the light.

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Light Piano 2.0 XL Photo Credit: Visit Liverpool

Dance Together – Canning Dock Quayside, Museum of Liverpool

A brand new commission bringing together artistic studio Lucid Creates and Suzannah Pettigrew with Chibuku to celebrate recently passing the milestone of 20 years of events in the city.

This sound and light experience will bring together archive music from some of the most celebrated nights in the club’s history alongside site specific poetry created by multidisciplinary artist Suzannah Pettigrew.

This celebration of club culture will be accompanied by a collection of digital images from across the 20+ years of Chibuku in the atrium of the Museum of Liverpool.

The Pool – Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE

Jen Lewin has shown her interactive light sculpture around the world and is bringing one of her most celebrated works The Pool to Liverpool.

The Pool is a giant field of light comprised of over 100 interactive LED platforms that respond to touch, creating incredible colourful light effects when walked on. The piece will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack curated by the artist.

Spriteworks – Canal Basin, Pier Head

The first outdoor commission from Warrington-based artist Pastel Castles, this artwork is inspired by classic 90s computer games. Working in partnership with local collective The Kazimier, Spriteworks brings together a 3D visualisation of classic 2D gaming with a bespoke soundtrack created by the artist on her original Gameboy.

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Photo Credit: Visit Liverpool