Let There Be Light

17th March, 2021

Royal Albert Dock is to be illuminated along with other Liverpool waterfront locations as part a series of eye-catching installations from leading local, national and international artists as part of the River of Light Trail, taking place from Tuesday 23rd March to Monday 5th April from 6-10.30pm each evening. 

The free outdoor art gallery will exhibit 11 audio and video installations across a 2km walking loop, with two of the leading artworks located at Royal Albert Dock, including the stunning Rainbow Bridge and giant butterfly, All in the Balance. 

Spanning over 30 metres long and 9 metres high, the Rainbow Bridge is presented in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and will be showcased for the first time outside of America in Canning Dock Quayside. The installation will shine brightly with more than 25,000 LEDs which will convey special visuals and messaging, taking centre stage and providing a perfect photo opportunity with the backdrop of the dock. 

Just a short distance away, you’ll be able to find All in the Balance, a beautiful kinetic artwork of a huge butterfly surrounded by wild grasses and flowers, outside the Dr. Martin Luther King building. Created by The Lantern Company, this installation is a celebration of nature and the arrival of spring. 

24 hour COVID safe parking is available at Royal Albert Dock and outdoor sanitiser stations 

The trail can be downloaded here:

Download Trail




Do I need to book a ticket?

No, it's free. There is no need to book. River of Light Trail is a self-guided trail. 

Is the trail ‘on’ all week?

The light installations will be switched on and off throughout the start and end time of the programme; they are switched on at 6.00pm and switched off at 10.30pm.

How long is the trail?

The trail is a 2km loop with no designated start or finish. It is recommended that people walk the loop anti-clockwise.

The trail is outside – do I still have to wear a mask?

For your safety and that of staff and other audience members, it is politely requested that you wear a mask when attending the trail, unless you are medically exempt.

All security / stewards / artists / crew and staff are all required to wear face masks at all times.

Why is the River of Light Trail being staged now? Wouldn’t it make more sense to wait until March 29?

The 23 March 2021 is the first anniversary of the start of lockdown, and as such, is a pertinent date to mark the challenges of the last year. As a symbolic marking of light and renewal, the River of Light Trail begins on 23 March.

Outdoor, safe and family focused, this will offer a reason for people of the city to return safely to the city.

Facilities at Royal Albert Dock - COVID secure car parks are open 24 hours and toilets are open 11-5.30pm daily.

Full details here visitliverpool.com/riveroflight