Why Liverpool ticks all the boxes
The most recent feather in Liverpool's cap is the Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular. A three day event that took place between April 20-22nd in the city centre and North Liverpool, an area that has suffered economically for years. Having read and heard a lot about this 'Little Girl Giant', I was intrigued and decided to head over to Liverpool on the Sunday for the culmination of the event. I was astounded at the sheer number of people who had turned out to support the event, there were huge crowds and although difficult to find a good viewing spot for fear of squashing little children, I love that the event brought the community together to share in such a memorable occasion. I found a good spot on the Pier Head and waited for the three marionettes, a 50ft diver, 30ft 'little' girl and a 9ft dog, called Xolo, to float past on the Mersey.
The Sea Odyssey was inspired by a letter a young girl posted to her father in 1912 when he was a steward on the Titanic. Sadly, the letter was never delivered. A French street theatre company, Royal De Luxe, created the remarkable story, rather like a fairytale, of a giant who died on the Titanic, his orphaned little girl giant, the diver uncle and a giant dog. The whole concept is such a unique and unusual way for Liverpool to mark its links with the Titanic, 100 years after the ship sank to the depths of the Atlantic, taking with her those 1,512 passengers who sadly perished. The Sea Odyssey is a fitting tribute and a inspiring way for children as well as those who don't know much about the Titanic, to develop an understanding of what happened on 14th April 1912 and the legacy she has left behind.
Aside from the cultural impact the Giants will have on Liverpool, the event, which cost £1.5m, has boosted the local economy by at least £12m according to Liverpool City Council. Over 500,000 people visited the city to see the little girl, her pet dog and diver uncle wander through the streets of Liverpool with a wonderful backdrop of some of Liverpool's most beautiful buildings. I wonder what Liverpool will think of next?
I will leave you with the story of the Giants:
Story written by Jean-Luc Courcoult, Author, Artistic Director and Founder, Royal De Luxe.
For more information visit: Giant Spectacular and don't miss Liverpool Museum's new exhibition, 'Titanic and Liverpool: the Untold Story'.