The team responsible for the festival’s artistic programme – Changing Tides – has commissioned Whale Song – a visually stunning water, sound and light show which will take place in Canning Dock each evening, from Wednesday 29 May until Sunday 2 June.

Audiences will see the image of a humpback whale emerge 15 metres out of the water and plunge back in, in an expression of its prowess and dominance. The six-minute show, which will be repeated from around 9.45-11pm, will also feature a soundscape of beautiful whale noise.

The globally-acclaimed designers behind the artwork, LCI productions, said the projection is to highlight our closeness and affinity to the earth, and is a warning that we pose a threat to the planet. The FREE, family-friendly River Festival itself takes place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June across the waterfront and audiences can enjoy Tall Ships, live music, street theatre, exhibitions, workshops and much more.

Along with Whale Song, Changing Tides will feature a brand new public art commission on the Pier Head, another installation will see huge floating hand-crocheted Urchins, a New York-inspired dance extravaganza and an unforgettable aerial and land-based performance around a shipwreck.

For full details of the programme, including locations of events and times, visit or follow @riverfestlpool on Twitter, or River Festival Liverpool on Twitter and Instagram.