City of Light, City of Sanctuary- Lantern Company

by Jackie in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

City of Light, City of Sanctuary- Lantern Company
We did it
On 5th March 2019 we successfully raised £875 with 49 supporters in 28 days

Explore a beautiful floating city of lanterns on the boating lake in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, glowing with real life tales from the city

by Jackie in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

We need your help to get the City of Light afloat!


City of Light, City of Sanctuary is an ambitious public art project to build a floating city on Sefton Park Boating Lake, Liverpool involving mass creative participation. 

Hundreds of lantern buildings will be constructed into a glowing cityscape – from shelters, houses and blocks of flats to warehouses and iconic buildings from Liverpool and around the world. 

Over a thousand Liverpool residents of all ages (both newly arrived and long established) are engaged in making the work. Using the simplest materials – sticks, paper and stories – City of Light is a public space for reflection on local and global experiences of migration, displacement, home and belonging. 

The idea was born from the increasingly urgent issues of displacement affecting many people and communities in the world today. The work asks everyone who engages with it what ‘a place to call home’ means to them, and seeks to promote dialogue and understanding between settled communities and dislocated ones.

Stories from the city 

To realise the project, we are working with partners Writing on the Wall.

The City of Light  is brought to life with real peoples’ stories and experiences. Residents of Liverpool, citizens of the world. An original soundscape brings this imaginary metropolis to life, blending sonic ebbs and flows that mirror its inner life, with original music, personal stories and poetry. 

 Writing on the Wall and four north-west based writers/ poets are engaging with residents of all ages and backgrounds to share stories, write and record poetry and build lanterns. By bringing generations and communities together, the City of Light gives voice to a multitude of diverse experiences and aims to offer a vision of hope, light and solidarity.

How you can help

To enable our City of Light to float on the water of Sefton Park's Boating Lake in Liverpool, we need to build 50 rafts to support hundreds of lanterns that are being made by members of the community and professional artists. We're asking you to sponsor a float!  We need 300 of them and each one costs £7.

Please can you pledge £7 (or multiples of!) for ballast to make sure we get this beautiful free event onto the water.

About The Lantern Company

The Lantern Company have grown a reputation over the last 16 years for creating unusual work of an excellent artistic quality. We have a wealth of experience in producing and directing arts festivals, one-off site specific events, carnival parades and visual theatre. We also undertake sculptural commissions and create processional kinetic floats, costumes and large-scale puppets.
At the heart of the company lies the desire to nurture and promote artistic excellence alongside a commitment to developing sustainable projects, which build skills and raise aspirations in community members, raising confidence, celebrating creativity and promoting social cohesion amongst participants and audiences alike.

We aim to make our events accessible to those who may not normally access visual or performing arts.

About Writing on the Wall

Est. in 2000, WoW is a dynamic writing charity that celebrates individual and collective creativity across Merseyside. Working in diverse communities, WoW delivers projects and events in creative writing and spoken word artistry, discussion and debate throughout the year with adults and children, whilst employing, nurturing and launching the careers of many local artists. WoW also produce the highly acclaimed WoWFest. The festival embraces a broad range of writing including journalism fiction and non-fiction, poetry, songwriting, and storytelling. WoWFest invites audiences to engage with crucial questions, diverse cultures, new ideas and artistic excellence in the beautiful venues and spaces that Liverpool has to offer.  The 2018 theme was ‘Crossing Borders’, attracting a diverse range of internationally renowned artists to Liverpool. Our engagement with diverse communities is recognized as ‘Outstanding’ by Arts Council England under their ‘Creative Case for Diversity’ programme.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£7 or more

22 of 300 claimed

Sponsor a float for the City of Light

Help to light up the night. Please buy a float for the City of Light

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Signed Limited Edition Poster - City of Light

Exclusive City of Light poster, signed by the creative team

£30 or more

4 of 22 claimed

City of Light Lantern Building

A beautiful artist made lantern of a city of light building, with an original poem written on the walls, and roof of each building.

£120 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Artist-led tour behind the scenes

A private tour of our amazing workshop for group of 4 people

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