Liverpool’s Sefton Park will be brimful of lanterns, magic and mysterious sightings on the Sunday 28 October, as the Lantern Company once again light up the park with the enchanting Halloween Lantern Carnival.
Bigger and better than ever, visitors can expect to see the giant floating Dreamer as she falls asleep, and take a peek at the dreams inside her sleeping head, courtesy of French masters of the surreal, Delirium Lumens, whose astonishing live projections create huge, vividly coloured landscapes of imaginary luminous beings.
Hundreds of people from all over Liverpool will also take centre stage as they carry their hand-made lanterns in the annual Lantern Parade in a dazzling display of creativity and community spirit
For those of an adventurous nature, a wander through the park will lead to the discovery of yet more extraordinary dreamscapes, talking stags, dancing wolves and Things that go Bump in the Night, as they light up the dark along the route. If you feel sleepy, you can even slip into bed yourself and have your own dreams or nightmares revealed!
A field of floating fire flowers, huge illuminated megaliths, a gaggle of gamblers, dream doctors, diviners and fortune tellers will set your head spinning and make this unforgettable night a glorious feast for the senses.
Jo Pocock, Artistic Director of the Lantern Company said: “We are very excited about the changes in direction for this year’s event, which looks set to be an incredible evening. As well as the huge community involvement in the parade and top quality work from local partners, we are collaborating with the exceptional Delirium Lumens from France, whose surrealist hand drawn projections and live animation have to be seen to be believed.”
Liverpool’s Lantern Company is now in its 10th year, and has earned an excellent reputation for creating stunning works of art that not only mesmerise onlookers, but are of outstanding artistic quality. Its work with the community and an artist-led ethos is at the heart of the company. The Lantern Company have worked extensively in Liverpool as well as gaining a national reputation for its work, including the River of Light Parade in Durham’s Lumiere Festival and creating fabulous dragons for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production of Dr.Faustus.
Throughout October, the Lantern Company are running workshops at venues all over the city, where you can make your own lantern and take part in the lantern parade. (Full list of venues below)