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Giant Spectacular 2014 – Get involved!


Volunteers wanted for the event of the year

The Giants are returning to the streets of Liverpool and you can volunteer to take part in this historic event.

This is a big event in every sense, and Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team want to make sure as many people as possible get involved in the run up, during and after the show.

The number and range of roles needed to stage this remarkable event are staggering, so there’s an opportunity for anyone to get involved.  You might be an event organiser, a wardrobe dresser, an electrician, a welder or a sound engineer.  The list of roles is enormous!

If you would like to be part of the event there will be a number of volunteer roles including an opportunity to be a member of the Benevol (the people who protect the giants during the show) or a even Lilliputian (the manipulators who work the giants). If you would like to register your interest you just need to go to the Giant Spectacular’s ‘Get Involved’ web page and fill out the form.

If you are planning on organising an event to coincide with the commemorations you can contact the team via the ‘Get Involved’ web page and let them know.

Ray and I worked as Benevols when the Giants were here last time and I can promise you that if you get involved, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.

Read about our experiences working with the Giants last time round: –

Andrea: Walking In The Footsteps Of Giants

Ray: A Sad Farewell To Our Giants

Giants set to return to Liverpool!

Memories of Liverpool 1914 image

Liverpool to host UK’s Giant World War One tribute event

Some fantastic news to start the year off – the Giants are coming back!

Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant has confirmed the city will stage 2014’s flagship cultural event, marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.  The event is commissioned jointly by Liverpool City Council and 14-18 NOW, the First World War Centenary Cultural Programme.

Memories of August 1914 will be brought to Liverpool by street theatre tour de force Royal De Luxe, who captivated crowds of 800,000 people in 2012 with the Giant spectacular Sea Odyssey, generating £32million for the local economy.

A warm welcome will be given to two familiar faces – the Little Girl Giant and her playful canine companion Xolo – who return to the city.

The event will take place from 23-27 July 2014 and will see the huge marionettes explore the city as part of a brand new moving and emotional story recollecting a time when Britain was preparing for war.

Helen Grant has said that Liverpool “will without a doubt be home to one of the largest cultural commemorations.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, tells us that the city council has been working hard to bring the Giants back following the huge sucecss of the Sea Odyssey in 2012. he says,  “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.”

The eccentric French genius and founder and Artistic Director of Royal De Luxe, Jean Luc Courcoult, said: “We are excited to return to Liverpool once again – last time we were given such a warm welcome by the people of Liverpool that all of us felt like we were part of the city’s family!”

The full story and route will be announced at a later date, but throughout the event the King’s Regiment and the Liverpool PALS will play a prominent role.  There will be a focus on recruitment, and how Liverpool’s efforts impacted on the rest of the country. 

The show will act as the finale for the 2014 International Festival for Business which will see more than one hundred events taking place in June and July with the aim of accelerating UK economic growth.

To keep up with the latest news ‘like’ the Giant Spectacular page on Facebook, follow @giantspectacular on Twitter or visit www.giantspectacular.com.

The full 14-18 NOW programme launch will take place in spring. In the meantime, the latest information can be found at www.1418now.org.uk.

Liverpool will also have a programme of events taking place to commemorate World War One, which will be organised by various organisations, businesses and community groups across the city. Details will be unveiled in the forthcoming months.

It’s worth noting that visitors to the Liverpool City Region spend £3.4billion a year and support 46,000 jobs in the local economy.

A Giant Award

The legacy of the Giant Spectacular, one of Liverpool’s cultural highlights of 2012, continues.


No man, woman or child who witnessed the sight of the giants making their way through the city will ever forget the experience.  And now the magnificent team from Liverpool City Council that did the publicity for the event – the biggest the city has ever seen – has won a prestigious industry award, the CIPR award for Media Relations Excellence.  And well deserved it is, too.

The CIPR in giving the award said

“The extent and quality of media coverage secured and the clear and well-evaluated achievement of ambitious objectives make this a worthy winner of this category.”

Liverpool City Council's CIPR Award

Liverpool City Council’s CIPR Award

Working on a paltry council budget, Sarah Langworthy and the team were creative and inventive in embracing social media in the run up to the event, drip feeding snippets of information and clips of what was to come. The event was publicised around the world and bought in an incredible 800,000 visitors (they’d planned for 250,000).

Of the visitors who came, 50% were from outside the city and 6% were from overseas; an amazing achievement.  And I’m sure it was worth the trip.  The Guardian gave the event a very rare 5 star review and the response from media worldwide was overwhelmingly positive. An independent review estimated the economic impact of the event at £32m to the city’s economy.  Not small potatoes in anyone’s book.

When I tried to give Sarah a pat on the back for the award win, she told me

“[It was a] massive team effort, so cheesy as it sounds, it’s for the whole Sea Odyssey team.”

Quite right, too.

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