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New Brighton lighthouse among two locations revealed for Giants’ return

The Giants are heading to New Brighton’s Perch Rock Lighthouse during their Liverpool City Region visit in October.

The location has been revealed in new artwork (pictured) ahead of the spectacular event, and is one of two destinations confirmed to be featuring as part of the show.

Organisers have also announced that the towering puppets will pay a visit to Liverpool’s Princes Park during the 4-7 October production by Nantes-based Royal de Luxe, with some special activities planned for the green space.

Both locations will form part of the programme for the event, entitled ‘Liverpool’s Dream’, on 5 October.

Further details of which Giants will appear and the remainder of the route for the show are expected to be kept under wraps for some time, with Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon promising “more announcements around what Liverpool’s Dream has in store for the hundreds of thousands of visitors” during the four months ahead.

Councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, says: “I am thrilled we are bringing the Giants to Wirral. It will be a truly spectacular event, and I hope as many people as possible get a chance to see and experience them on our side of the Mersey for the first time, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

“Working with colleagues from across the Liverpool City Region to bring huge events like the Giants to our shores is exactly the kind of thing we should be doing. These events attract thousands of visitors, boosting local businesses and creating jobs.”

Liverpool artist Alice Duke, who created the new artwork to reveal New Brighton as a location for the Giants’ third and final visit, also worked on the 2014 event.

She says: “After making work for the 2014 campaign it was an honour to be invited back to create a piece of artwork to promote the 2018 visitation.

“Seeing the Giants is always magical and surreal; I think the way Perch Rock Lighthouse emerges from the sea and sand matches that perfectly. It was a beautiful location to research and paint, and will be a wonderful place to see the Giants.”

As a major highlight of the year-long Liverpool 2018 programme, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the city’s 2008 European Capital of Culture year, ‘Liverpool’s Dream’ is being backed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through a £5 million Single Investment Fund. Arts Council England has also provided support for the event.

Steve Rotheram, the city region’s Metro Mayor, says: “The last time the Giants visited Liverpool they attracted a million people and boosted our economy by nearly £50m.

“It is very exciting that this third instalment of the story will also include the Wirral and I am sure that the hundreds of thousands of people who visit will see what the wider city region has to offer as a visitor destination.  That’s why we’ve invested £5m into the 2018 cultural programme.”

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