The River of Light firework spectacular will return on Bonfire Night as Liverpool and Wirral once again hold a joint celebration.
The team behind acclaimed events including Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve party has been specially commissioned to stage a musical display.
Titanium Fireworks, which was also behind Hull’s City of Culture Year launch, Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and Adele’s Wembley finale this year, is said to currently be working on the never-before-seen spectacle.
During the 5 November event fireworks will be set off from the water’s edge and from huge barges floating along the river, while a musical soundtrack is played from key areas and venues along the waterfront
From 5pm there will also be fiery street animation along the Pier Head and The Strand during the build-up to the 6.30pm main event.
The inaugural River of Light took place last year, replacing Liverpool’s public Bonfire Night displays which previously took place in the parks.
Councillor Wendy Simon, assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, describes the 2016 celebration as a “real learning curve” for Liverpool City Council, adding: “This year, there’s a focus on the elements which proved really popular and generated a lot of positive feedback, and overall making sure the entire event is of the standard which Liverpool audiences have come to love and expect from our outdoor events.
“With less than two months to go, the team are working hard to pull together a fantastic, free, family friendly evening out, showcasing the very best of our world heritage waterfront.”
Wirral Council leader, Councillor Phil Davies says: “I am delighted we have been able to put together such an exciting event. With huge, spectacular displays along the river – with perfect vantage points for residents on both sides – this will be a truly unforgettable experience.
“I know thousands of people will flock to the waterfront to enjoy the show. We will have great entertainment and activities on offer, and I hope everyone enjoys what is set to be a fantastic, free family event.”
In Wirral, River of Light will form part of a weekend of firework festivities as six community displays also take place on 4 November.