The environmentally themed Lantern Festival took place over 3 evenings, on the 18th, 19th and 20th February 2016. Liverpool Lantern Company, in partnership with Liverpool City Council, brought the brand new Spring Festival of Light, Luminous Landscapes, to the Festival Garden site at Otterspool, Liverpool.
Prior to the event, Family workshops to create your own lantern/illuminated creature took place at community venues across Liverpool between 14th – 17th February 2016.
The gardens and woodlands were transformed into an extraordinary and peculiar luminous landscape, where what usually hides beneath the lake beds and woodland floors crept and crawled up to the surface, which thoroughly delighted and astonished spectators.
Attracting a total of 9,000 people, the sold-out events lasted from 5.30pm till 9pm each night, and audiences were free to roam the trail at their own pace with hand held lanterns, experiencing a world turned upside down, where micro became macro, humans changed place with the insects and all experienced the natural world from an unbelievable new perspective!
Organisers say Luminous Landscapes aims to raise environmental issues around landfill and recycling in a humorous and thought-provoking way.
It has been created with the support and funding from Culture Liverpool, Arts Council England and the Granada Foundation, as well as public donations.
Lantern Company artistic director Jo Pocock said: “Featuring a strong environmental theme, audiences can expect a luminous, otherworldly journey through a secret woodland and waterway route, revealing pockets of illuminated magic, giant insects, live music and other incredible sights.”
As light-enthusiasts, our marketing team was extremely curious and went along to what was an unforgettable night that unfolded in spectacular ways.
Hundreds have praised the event’s social media page, stating that many of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant and beautiful evening, with a reoccurring question of “will it be returning next year?”, we certainly hope so!