Thursday 3rd of July 2014
The giants will be returning to Liverpool during July as the UK’s flagship event to commemorate World War I. It will be a five-day display, the Memories of August 1914, marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. It will take place from the 23rd-27th July, with a new story telling of when Britain was preparing for war.
Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant, who is coordinating the UK government’s commemorations of the centenary, said “2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of a war which transformed not only this country, but the world forever. There will be events taking place across the country throughout the four years of the anniversary, but Liverpool will without a doubt be home to one of the largest cultural commemorations. This is sure to be a truly powerful and memorable piece of street theatre which will shine a spotlight on an incredibly important period in our history.”
It has been commissioned jointly by Liverpool City Council and 14-18 NOW, with French street theatre experts Royal De Luxe bringing back The Little Girl and her pet dog Xolo involved in the event. They brought crowds of up to 800,000 people in 2012 with the Sea Odyssey story, with generated an estimated £32 million for the local economy.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said “For Liverpool to host the biggest WWI commemorative event in 2014 is a huge honour in itself. But to once again be working in partnership with Royal De Luxe makes this extra special. We’ve been in talks with them for some time about returning to Liverpool – but we always knew the story had to be right. I know Royal De Luxe will make Liverpool, along with the whole of the UK, proud with the outdoor magic they create which is guaranteed to be awe-inspiring.”