It is getting
BIGGER... AND BIGGER!
WHAT’S better than a giant
exploring Liverpool? How about 2 giants…??? The city council
has been working with RDL since 2006, and the extravaganza is
expected to attract 250,000 people to the city. So as
the anticipation is already mounting around what will be the UK’s
biggest street theatre event in 2012, as April’s large-scale
extravaganza sees a 30 foot Giant Little Girl roaming North
Liverpool and the city centre. But she won’t be the only one as also
hitting the streets is her 50 foot tall uncle who will arrive in the
city as part of Sea Odyssey which runs from 20 April to 22 April
The stars of the show will explore North Liverpool and the city
centre, taking in some key city spaces.
The story around why the 2 giants
are here is secret until a few weeks before the event. However,
French creators Royal de Luxe (RDL) have promised a moving story of
love, loss, family and communication which transcends time. Set to
be the biggest and most ambitious event the city has ever held, it
will take audiences on an emotional journey through our maritime
history, with the city’s streets as the stage.
Sound exciting? Well why not be part of this memorable show?
Culture Liverpool is recruiting Sea Odyssey volunteers for the
largest programme the city has seen since 2008.
Open to anyone over the age of 18, there are more than 200 positions
available which cover 4 areas:-
► Giant operators; physically involved
with moving the marionettes (operators are also known as ‘Liliputiens’).
► Benevol team; becoming part of the
cordon to help move the Giants through the crowds.
► Volunteer support; technical and
operational staff including special effects assistants, sound
engineers, drivers, welders and production assistants.
► General volunteers; based in the city
centre and North Liverpool they will welcome visitors and provide
information about the event.
Some of the roles require specific skills and abilities, and most
will be physically demanding, so the team are on the look out for
people with a good level of stamina.
Details of all the roles can be found at:-
click on ‘Get involved’. Application forms can be
filled in online and must be submitted by 5pm on the 21 February
For anyone who would like to know more about Sea Odyssey and the
volunteer roles, presentations will take place in the Small Concert
Room at St George’s Hall on Thursday, 16 February 2012, at 10am, 2pm
and 5.30pm. The presentation will last for an hour and there will be
the opportunity to ask questions to the team involved.
Successful applicants will be invited to take part in informal
interview/auditions in March.
Liverpool city council’s cabinet
member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:-
"This event is growing and the excitement grows with it! To have 2
giants exploring the city, discovering some of our most-loved
landmarks, will be a fantastic sight and it gives a new dimension to
the whole Sea Odyssey experience. I’m delighted we can give people
the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the event. It will
be incredible to see the show, but to play a role at the heart of
the action; whether it’s operating the giants or welcoming visitors
to North Liverpool; is something that will stay with people forever.
I hope many people put themselves forward to be volunteers and be
part of something truly special."
Matthieu Bony, Directeur des Manoeuvres for RDL, said:- "After
a long period of research, the show in Liverpool is nearly here and
I am looking forward to working with the team to bring this moving
story to life. The Company were very keen for the show to extend
into the North Liverpool suburbs, making this the most challenging
route in terms of length and gradient which our Liliputiens will
have travelled with the Giant Uncle. As Royal de Luxe’s Director of
Manoeuvres for the Uncle, myself and the team have worked in many
cities, but Liverpool holds a special place in our hearts. We can't
As the project comes together the
funding is now in the final stages, but will be a mixture of public
and private investment. There is already support from the National
Lottery through Arts Council England and the European Regional
Development Fund and Sea Odyssey is the final event which will use
European legacy funding from the city’s Capital of Culture year in
Beautiful North, which represents 40 public and private businesses
in North Liverpool, will literally be hitting the streets and
working in partnership with the city council's street cleaning teams
by making sure the roads in the area are clean and tidy.
Culture Liverpool’s Arts and Participation Manager, Alicia Smith,
said:- "One of the legacies of 2008 has been the vital role of
the community in many of our cultural projects; but the role of
participation for Sea Odyssey is on a whole different level.
We’ve been holding regular meetings and the excitement and
positivity around what is going to take place in this city in April
is really overwhelming. People want to be part of it and the ideas
which different groups are bringing to us are fantastic, making the
whole project even more exciting!"
Liverpool Primary Care Trust is working with the city council and
has given funding for the participation programme.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust said:-
"This is shaping up to be a real once-in-a-lifetime event for the
city, and I’m delighted that Liverpool Primary Care Trust has been
able to help create opportunities for our communities to get
Sea Odyssey will bring people together and provide an opportunity
for young people across the city to learn new skills, both things
which can help people to follow the 5 ways to wellbeing and so
have an enormously positive effect on personal wellbeing; which
makes it a great fit with our Decade of Health and Wellbeing
Other organisations already working with Liverpool City Council
National Museums Liverpool, Everton FC, Liverpool FC, Liverpool John
Moore University (LJMU), Beautiful North, Isla Gladstone
Conservatory, Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Lighthouse,
Liverpool One, The Reader, Writing on the Wall, 20 Stories High,
LIPA, LJMU Art and Design Pod, Rotunda, Liverpool Community College,
Blackburne House, Hope University, Cut to the Chase, The Windows
Project, Rice Lane City Farm, Collective Encounters, Urbeatz, Open
Culture, Liverpool Personal Services Society, Ykids, Liverpool
Housing Trust, Riverside Housing, Arena Housing and City Central
Find out the latest by visiting
the Sea Odyssey
website , and why not
'Like' the Giant Spectacular page on Facebook or follow
Giant Spectacle on Twitter.
Civic honour for
Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre
LIVERPOOL Cancer Research
UK Centre was granted the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.
On Wednesday, 8 February 2012, the Centre was admitted to the Freedom Roll
of Associations and Institutions of the City of Liverpool in
recognition for its extensive research into treatment for cancer
sufferers in the region and beyond.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast, said:- "Awarding the Freedom of the City is the highest honour we can
bestow, and the Cancer Research UK Centre are a most deserving
Those working tirelessly to find a cure for cancer have made and
continue to make a huge difference to the lives of many people.
Their commitment and drive cannot be commended highly enough.
2012 is Liverpool's Action on Cancer Year, backed by the Council and
Liverpool PCT, and Cancer Research UK’s tenth anniversary. I can
think of no better time to reward the efforts of those working in
the Cancer research field."
Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre Chief Executive, Dr. Harpal
Kumar said:- "Cancer Research UK, and the partners of
Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre are extremely proud to be
receiving the Freedom of the City of Liverpool Award, recognising
our groundbreaking research. Together we will beat cancer in
Merseyside and Cheshire."
Before signing the Freedom Roll and the presentation of the
Illuminated Freedom Scroll classical singer, Danielle Thomas, sang:-
"You Raise Me Up", this was followed by The Sunflowers
Cancer Support Centre Choir singing:- "Here Comes the Sun".
Receiving the award on behalf of the Centre partners was the Chief
Executive of Cancer Research UK Dr. Harpal Kumar, and senior
management from University of Liverpool, Clatterbridge Centre for
Oncology, Royal Liverpool Hospital and NHS Merseyside.
The Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre brings together scientists,
doctors and nurses to boost key areas of research that will produce
the greatest benefits for cancer patients in Liverpool, Merseyside
and Cheshire. The Centre also focuses on tackling cancer in low
income communities in the region, where more people die from the
The Centre is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the Royal
Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, Clatterbridge
Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust, the University of
Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, and Merseyside and Cheshire
success over 2nd hand goods
HUNDREDS of second hand
electrical goods and items of furniture have been checked by
Liverpool trading standards officers in a drive to ensure safety for
A 3-month project has seen them inspect premises throughout the city
which sell second hand goods to ensure that unsafe items are not
A total of 106 shops were inspected including charity stores, house
clearance businesses, antique shops and ‘cash for goods’ national
About 1000 items were checked, nearly 700 of them being electrical
goods, and 68 were seized for not complying with safety
Among the goods seized were two fires, a fridge, coffee-maker, a
foot spa, lamps, sofas and chairs.
Where possible the seized goods were made safe by social enterprise
CREATE (Community Recycling Education and Training Enterprise) in
Speke and returned to traders to sell. A bike and nine electrical
items were recycled in this way.
"This was a very important project.
the current economic climate the number of people relying on second
hand goods has increased and this is reflected in the growing number
of traders dealing in these items.
We also have a number of new communities settling in Liverpool and
they may be looking for second hand goods as they set up home.
So, we want to make sure that they can be confident that anything
they buy; from furniture to fridges; is safe and been properly
tested. But this exercise was not just for the benefit of the
customers, it was also to help the traders. It was not about trying
to catch them out but to help them be more aware of what they need
to do to make sure the goods they sell are safe and that their
businesses comply with all the relevant legislation." said
Councillor Tim Moore, cabinet member for the environment and climate
All the premises visited were given free safety advice leaflets.
Well-attended training sessions were held for traders in conjunction
with CREATE and talks were given to members of new communities in
The project was partly funded through a grant from the Fire Safety
Fund which is part of the Electrical Safety Council.
Grand new location to get hitched
FROM 23 January St George’s
Hall has been the official home of births, marriages and deaths but
this weekend will see the first seven couples married at this
stunning new location, which is one of Prince Charles favourite
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Prendergast said:-
"St George’s Hall is a jewel in Liverpool’s crown and it is fitting
that this new location can now be used as the perfect setting to the
biggest day of many couples’ lives."
Pat Dobie, superintendent registrar for Liverpool, said:-
"We’re really excited by this move and are looking forward to some
wonderful times in 2012 beginning this weekend. It’s fitting that
the first weddings at this fantastic new venue will be held on
valentine’s weekend. It’s only right that, as a council, we can give
couples a day to remember in one of the most famous and iconic
buildings in the city."
The change will see a steady flow of extra visitors into one of
Liverpool’s best-loved tourist attractions. With every significant
stage of life now to be documented at the Grade I listed structure
it represents a complex relocation for the council. Also, for those
previously opting for affordable and simple wedding register office
ceremonies at the Cotton Exchange, the alternative is now an
altogether grander affair. Prices vary depending on the time of day
and day of the week but the cost will be affordable for most
families. At its cheapest the statutory £43.50 fee, plus a £67
notice fee brings the cost of a wedding ceremony to £110.50 At
busier times, like Sundays, the price rises to £267. For more
information or to book your big day, can be found