Liverpool & Wirral prepare to walk in the footsteps of GIANTS
After four years of speculation, rumours and crossed fingers, it’s official… the GIANTS are back!
Preparations are underway as the city gears up to welcome some very special Giants for what will be their third and final Liverpool experience. Royal de Luxe, the world’s leading street theatre company, is returning to its second home for a free, unmissable show from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October 2018.
Fans of the previous Giant Spectaculars won’t be surprised to hear plans for the October outing are currently under lock and key, and all that can be confirmed so far is that the action will take place in areas of Wirral and Liverpool, and the theme of the four days is Liverpool’s Dream.
Which Giants will be embarking on this adventure will be announced in the near future, and the route itself will be revealed around September.
Founder and Artistic Director of Royal de Luxe, Jean Luc Courcoult, said: “We love Liverpool and can’t wait to return.The welcome we receive from the people of the city warms our hearts and we are excited about not only bringing a brand new story to Liverpool, but also to exploring beautiful Wirral for the first time.
“As it will be our last Giant show here we think it will be very special, and we hope people will enjoy our final farewell to the city which is our second home.”
The event is one of the major highlights of the Liverpool 2018 programme, a year-long celebration which marks a decade since the city held the game-changing title of European Capital of Culture. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is supporting several highlight Liverpool 2018 events with £5 million from the Single Investment Fund (SIF).
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “For many, this event will be one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Since the Giants left us nearly four years ago, we have been approached hundreds of times by people asking when they are going to return.
“We always wanted the Giant spectaculars to be a trilogy, but the final instalment had to be at the right time, with the right story – and what better than for it to take place in a year in which we celebrate how culture has transformed the city. The event details are shrouded in mystery, and all we can reveal at the moment is the theme around their visit is Liverpool’s Dream – which is fitting as at the turn of the millennium this city could only dream of the cultural transformation it was about to embark upon.
“To be able to share the Giants with Wirral will give this chapter an added, exciting dimension and a whole new backdrop for these huge, larger than life characters to perform in – and I’d like to thank the Combined Authority and Arts Council England for helping make their return possible.
“The power of staging these large-scale activities should never be underestimated. They bring in visitors from across the world and generate millions of pounds into the local economy. But the impact on people is priceless. A city which is ambitious and pushes creative boundaries engenders pride and makes it somewhere people want to live, work and play in which is invaluable.”
Royal de Luxe first came to the city in 2012 with Sea Odyssey – a story inspired by the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. The adventures of the Little Girl Giant, her playful canine companion Xolo and the Diver attracted crowds of around 800,000 and brought in £32million to the local economy.
The Little Girl and Xolo returned in July 2014 for Memories of August 1914. This time they were joined by a Grandmother whose stories brought to life the impact of preparations of the First World War had on the city. It is widely regarded as the city’s biggest ever event, attracting one million people and bringing a £46m boost to the local economy.
The event has been made possible thanks to support from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Arts Council England. Any businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities should email: Giant.Spectacular@liverpool.gov.uk
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