Royal de Luxe has unveiled plans to bring its Giants to Liverpool this year for the third and final time.
A four-day event with the theme ‘Liverpool’s Dream’ will take place in areas of the city and Wirral.
The free spectacle, which forms part of the Liverpool 2018 celebrations, will take place from 4-7 October.
The Giants which will be heading to the city region for this latest adventure are set to be announced in the ‘near future’, and the full route of their Liverpool and Wirral journey will be revealed around September.
Jean Luc Courcoult, the founder and artistic director of street theatre company Royal de Luxe, says: “We love Liverpool and can’t wait to return.
“The welcome we receive from the people of the city warms our hearts and we are excited about not only bringing a brand new story to Liverpool, but also to exploring beautiful Wirral for the first time.
“As it will be our last Giant show here we think it will be very special, and we hope people will enjoy our final farewell to the city which is our second home.”
Royal de Luxe first came to Liverpool with its Little Girl Giant, her canine companion Xolo, and the Diver in 2012 with its ‘Sea Odyssey’ story inspired by the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.
The Little Girl and Xolo were then joined by a Grandmother in July 2014 for ‘Memories of August 1914’ (main picture), which saw the Grandmother tell stories of the impact the preparations of the First World War had on the city.
The second instalment attracted one million people and brought a £46m boost to the local economy, prompting it to be widely regarded as Liverpool’s biggest ever event.
Ahead of the third event, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Since the Giants left us nearly four years ago, we have been approached hundreds of times by people asking when they are going to return.
“We always wanted the Giant spectaculars to be a trilogy, but the final instalment had to be at the right time, with the right story – and what better than for it to take place in a year in which we celebrate how culture has transformed the city.
“The event details are shrouded in mystery, and all we can reveal at the moment is the theme around their visit is Liverpool’s Dream – which is fitting as at the turn of the millennium this city could only dream of the cultural transformation it was about to embark upon.
“To be able to share the Giants with Wirral will give this chapter an added, exciting dimension and a whole new backdrop for these huge, larger than life characters to perform in – and I’d like to thank the Combined Authority and Arts Council England for helping make their return possible.”
Wirral Council’s leader, Councillor Phil Davies, adds: “Working with our colleagues in 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 to our region, boosting local businesses and helping local people and families create memories which will stay with them forever.”