The Atkinson in Southport was lit up by The Nightingale's Song, part of the Sefton Borough of Culture celebrations

A spectacular light show which lit up three landmark buildings in Southport, Waterloo and Bootle last March could return to wow crowds this year. 

The Nightingale’s Song saw The Atkinson on Lord Street in Southport, plus Waterloo Town Hall and Bootle Town Hall all take part in the unique extravaganza. 

It saw a trilogy of large-scale video projections created on consecutive nights, each a chapter in an interwoven story that connects the coastal towns and people in Sefton together by international projection artists, Illuminos.

The event was scheduled to be one of the major attractions of the 2020 Sefton Borough Of Culture.

It took place last March, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning to arrive in the UK. 

People who missed the spectacle could now enjoy the chance to see it this year. 

In a report to councillors, Sefton Council Executive Director Stephen Watson wrote: “The incredible Nightingale’s Song show was delivered at the start of lockdown, so visitor numbers were not enough to make the most of the opportunity.

“When safe to do so it would be proposed for Illuminos to return to play the show again, hopefully in 2021.

“This would be much more cost effective now that the creative work is completed.”

The Nightingale’s Song | Part 3 … The Atkinson,, Southport – 15th March 2020 – YouTube

A Nightingale’s Song is a tale of magic and wonder, of myths and wondrous creatures, spectacular nature, of ships and sailing, of peoples past and present that captures the history of Sefton.

The first part of the trilogy was projected onto Waterloo Town Hall on Friday, March 13, followed

by the second part on the side of Bootle Town Hall on Saturday, March 14. The final chapter was screened on The Atkinson building in Southport on Sunday, March 15.

All shows were free.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

Sefton had the prestigious honour for 2020 and staged a series of eye-catching events such as Constellations, A Nightingale’s Song and LEGO Brick Wonders, as well as staging a series of online events for people to enjoy during lockdown including Comedy Bingo via Zoom and the Origami Red Squirrel Project. 

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