Royal de Luxe’s Giants could make a return in 2018 as part of a proposed year-long programme to mark the 10th anniversary of Liverpool’s City of Culture celebrations.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has announced that work has already begun on the Eighteen for 18 initiative, which will include a series of 18 major events, exhibitions, seasons and performances.
Mayor Anderson revealed that talks have begun with Royal de Luxe to bring their giant puppets back to the city. He also confirmed the Tall Ships fleet could revisit Liverpool as part of the programme, along with “the world’s best” artists, musicians and cultural organisations.
He says: “We want everything we do in 2018 to build on the wonderful work which has taken place in the city since 2008. 2018 will be the next watershed year in the history of Liverpool and one which will make everyone who lives here proud, and everyone that doesn’t live here wonder why they don’t.
“Our official culture year quite rightly gets huge public and media recognition, but it is the years that followed which I am most proud of, the years which have seen us build on that success.”
The Eighteen for 18 programme, which will be announced in full this autumn, will tie in with a series of important anniversaries across the city, including the 30th birthday of Tate Liverpool, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and 10 years of ACC Liverpool and Liverpool ONE.