Three spectacular free events will take place over successive nights as part of the 2020 Sefton Borough Of Culture.
The Atkinson in Southport, Waterloo Town Hall and Bootle Town Hall will be lit up with stunning projections as the backdrops for A Nightingale’s Song.
The trilogy of large-scale video projections will be created on consecutive nights on Friday, March 13; Saturday, March 14; and Sunday, March 15.
Each will become a chapter in an interwoven story that connects the coastal towns and people together by international projection artists, Illuminos.
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 will be 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 will be screened on The Atkinson building in Southport on Sunday, March 15.
All shows are free and set to start at 8pm each evening.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s main sponsor for the Borough of Culture year, said: “I really
cannot wait for A Nightingale’s Song to light up these three iconic buildings in the borough.
“We are blessed with some spectacular civic buildings and these will be used to full effect to project a story over three days about Sefton’s amazing history.
“We want people to try and attend all three shows at the three different locations so they can witness the story in its entirety as part of our Borough of Culture year.
Southport and Ainsdale beach queues and yobs tackled by council
“We are expecting large crowds so please get there early and consider using public transport.”
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 has the prestigious honour for 2020.
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “A Nightingale’s Song will be a fantastic start to what I’m sure will be a brilliant year for Sefton. I can’t wait to see it!”
Rob Vale from Illuminos said: The projections are anchored through following the journey of the Natterjack Toad – the endangered amphibian who lives in the Sefton dunes. Known as the Birkdale Nightingale because of its extraordinary night time song, it becomes the character we follow, symbolising the growth and transition through ever changing stages of egg, tadpole, and toad – three chapters set across the three locations.
“The journey will take us through time and space, on boats and over dunes, through war time and summer sandcastles. Join us for these beautiful celebratory events built around storytelling, with children and families in mind, but inspiring for all.”
You can find out more about events takign place this year by Liking Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 on Facebook and by Following Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 on Twitter.