A Nightingale’s Song
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A Nightingale’s Song – Schedule

Fri 13 Mar, 8pm – Waterloo Town Hall
Sat 14 Mar, 8pm – Bootle Town Hall
Sun 15 Mar, 8pm – The Atkinson, Southport
Free Events. Each projection will last approximately 15 minutes.

International projection artists Illuminos will light up three prominent buildings across Sefton in a unique light extravaganza as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a spectacular celebration of Sefton’s coastline as Waterloo Town Hall, Bootle Town Hall and The Atkinson in Southport provide the backdrop for A Nightingale’s Song.

A trilogy of large-scale video projections will be shown on consecutive nights, each a chapter in an interwoven story that connects Sefton’s coastal towns and people together.

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.

Projection artist Rob Vale from Illuminos said:

“Working with local experts and knowledge, 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.

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. We are expecting large crowds from across the City Region at these events so please get there early and consider using public transport.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“I’ve always said that our region is the UK’s culture capital, and I launched Borough of Culture to allow each of our six districts to showcase their own unique cultural highlights. I think that 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!”


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.

Follow Sefton’s Borough of Culture year on Twitter and Facebook @sefton2020. Find out more about Borough of Culture on the My Sefton website.

Sefton Borough of Culture