River Festival Liverpool

Back again for another year, the River Festival based around Liverpool's iconic waterfront will be a hub of exciting activity, a great day out and free fun for all the family.

Event details

1 June 2019 to 2 July 2019

Liverpool Docks

Leeds & Liverpool Canal


St James Mt

L1 7AZ

This much loved festival attracts visitors by the 'boatload' and this year is celebrating the Port of Liverpool and its tall ships culture, music and art. Covering Royal Albert Dock, Salthouse Dock and the paved area of The Strand and Mann Island.

Here are the highlights, so you don't miss out:

  • Royal Albert Dock will be home to three ship stages dedicated to showcasing Indian, African and Irish live music and performances
  • Lancashire's famous Nobby Boats will also be allowing people to come on board
  • See Brian Boru, Adventure Wales, Pelican of London and tall ships Maybe and Blue Clipper
  • Storytelling, music workshops, street theatre and dancing showcases taking place across the weekend.


Located in Liverpool Cathedral, the artwork called Gaia, a huge 23ft replica of the earth will hang majestically, featuring detailed NASA imagery of the earth. The installation, by renowned British artist Luke Jerram will be complemented with a sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-wining composer Dan Jones. Open for four weeks from 25 May.

Art and performance

The Urchins will be at the waterfront, featuring hand-crocheted works of art made of fishing nets. Floating on land and above the water, it will be illuminated creating a beautiful glow for all to see. 

Yolart, a brand new commission destined for Pier Head, will be engaging with communities to recreate scenes from classic paintings with artist Jola Kudela. 

Shipwreck: Receivers of the Wreck, is a lone, broken ship act on Mann Island. A highly physical show featuring performances, aerial circus, dance and soundscapes to tell the tales of sailors, survivors, wreckers and rescuers.

Sailing through time, a dance piece by House of Suarez. New York inspired tap extravaganza.

Pier Head will also be celebrating a piece of New York with live music from Disco Inferno and Motown Gold.

Visit www.theriverfestival.co.uk for more details and information about what's on and how to get there.


Liverpool Waterfront Courtesy of Culture Liverpool Liverpool Waterfront Courtesy of Culture Liverpool