Giants to take over Newsham Park
In exciting news, the Giants are set to explore Kensington when they return this summer as part of their latest Liverpool adventure
Part of the UK’s flagship 2014 World War One commemoration event, Memories of August 1914, welcomes back the Little Girl Giant and her faithful pet dog Xolo in a special event marking the outbreak of the Great War.
The entire event runs from 23-27 July (with the main action taking place from the 25-27) and is expected to be the largest ever cultural event to ever take place in Newsham Park. The beautiful Grade II Victorian Park will be the sleep-over location for the giant visitors on the Friday night with the mesmerising marionettes exploring the streets around Gardener’s Drive and Sheil Road.
And continuing the epic journey, some of the action will also take place in the Peel-owned Clarence Dock area which is part of a world heritage site and Liverpool Waters. The huge space will also act as their sleep-over destination on the Saturday night, and will easily accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people expected to turn out to watch the spectacular as the story unfolds.
As with the 2012 Sea Odyssey event, it is hoped that by taking some of the activity out of the main city centre areas Memories will shine a light on areas outside of the city centre connecting with those communities and showcasing the potential development and investment opportunities.
Founder and Artistic Director of Royal de Luxe – the street theatre company who are bringing the event to the city – and officially our favourite eccentric Frenchman Jean Luc Courcoult, said: “It is our ethos to make sure free events touch the heart of communities and neighbourhoods. Seeing these beautiful giants walking past rows of houses, local shops and parks means that we are bringing magical theatre to an audience who may not usually engage with art. We are passionate that art connects communities so we literally take art to their doorstep.”
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Sea Odyssey had a huge impact on north Liverpool and we received fantastic feedback from residents who were delighted that an event of this scale was performed on their doorstep. It gave them a real opportunity to showcase the area and in turn engendered pride, inspired creativity and built community cohesion.
“We hope for a similar reaction this year, particularly in the Newsham Park area, and we look forward to working with residents, businesses and community groups on how they can make the most of this amazing opportunity which will shine a national spotlight on Liverpool.”
The event takes place from 23-27 July. Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 July will be a static (i.e no giants walking around the city) city centre element of the show.
The full route and story won’t be released for another couple of months, but the current performance times are:
- Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July – 10am to 7-7.30pm (approx)
- Sunday 27 July – 9am to 1pm (approx)