wake a sleeping giant
THE brand new giant heading
to Liverpool will be on show for 27 hours before she starts to
explore the City. The Grandmother will arrive in the City, on
Wednesday, 23 July 2014, however, as she is travelling through time from
the past, it will take a couple of days before She is ready to walk
the City streets. As a result she will rest in the beautiful
surroundings of St George's Hall, and members of the public have the
chance to see her up close in the Great Hall where she will be
The statuesque 85 year old will remain in the Hall for 2 days, and
during this period there will be set viewing times for the public:-
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
10am to 1am on the Thursday
Thursday, 24 July 2014
7am to 7pm
Throughout the public sessions,
City Organist Professor Ian Tracey and a group of students will add
to the atmosphere with 10 minute performances of classical music.
There will be no tickets, and members of the public can arrive at
any time during these set hours via the north entrance (William
Please note, there will be a queuing system and there
may be lengthy queues at times.
British Sign Language Tours will be available at 10am, 1pm and 5pm
on Wednesday, 23 July 2014.
Audio Visual Tours will also be available at 10am, 1pm and 5pm on
Thursday, 24 July 2014.
All tours are free, but there will be an opportunity for visitors to
make a donation to St George's Hall.
Places on the sign language and audio visual tours must be
or calling:- 0151 243 9250 and indicating a time preference.
Manager of St George's Hall, Alan Smith, said:- "We were
approached around a year ago to look at the prospect of showcasing
one of the giants before they set off on their travels around the
We jumped at the opportunity and knew that the sight of the
grandmother asleep in the Great Hall would be stunning and will
really add to the buzz that surrounds this event already.
People have been asking me how she will fit in the Hall; I'm not
revealing any secrets but a little French magic and a drop of scouse
determination means anything is possible!"
At nearly 25 feet (7.4 metres) tall, the Grandmother is the newest
addition to the Royal de Luxe family (the world renowned street
theatre artists who created the giants). She was premiered in her
hometown of Nantes in June and Liverpool will be her first
appearance outside of France.
She will be in the City as part of Memories of August 1914; the
UK's flagship 2014 cultural event, marking 100 years since the
outbreak of the First World War.
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A local designer has been
selected to design the official print merchandise for Liverpool's
giant event. Freida McKitrick, who was born in Litherland and works
in the City Centre, has been chosen by the team behind Memories of
August 1914, to design the official prints and cards for the event.
The beautiful images show the Little Girl Giant and her pet Xolo
outside St George's Hall. Freida said:- "I feel
privileged and delighted to have been chosen as the official artist
for the event. Sea Odyssey was a joy to see on our streets, and
proved to be hugely inspirational for me as an artist. I was
delighted to be approached by Culture Liverpool who had seen my
work, and wanted me to be part of this year's spectacular. I was
also pleased to hear that Royal de Luxe liked my work as they are
very particular about pictures of their family of giants. I hope
everyone enjoys the event and will take a piece home of my work as a
The merchandise can be bought from the Tourist Information Centres
located at the Albert Dock and Lime Street Station, as well as the
heritage centre in St George's Hall. They can also be purchased
giantspectacular.com or at the official merchandise
pop up shops that will be in the City during the event which runs
from 23 July to 27 July 2014. Please note, the merchandise will not
be available to purchase in person or online until Friday, 18 July
Cards cost £2.50, the small prints are just £5 and the larger ones
Executive Producer from Royal de Luxe, Gwen Raux, said:- "The
image and portrayal of our giants is very important to us and we
always want anything produced to be in-keeping with how we want
these special characters to be depicted. When we saw Freida's
designs we thought they were beautiful and complemented the event
perfectly. They capture the magic of the event and will be a great
way for people to be able to take a bit of that magic away with
As well as Freida's products, there will be a selection of other
merchandise available including t-shirts, a limited edition silk
screen, a jigsaw puzzle and a magnetic dress up set.