Giant Finale to IFB 2014

Liverpool will host the UK’s flagship 2014 World War One (WW1) commemoration event – and it’s going to be big. Well, giant to be precise.

‘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 the city in 2012 with the Giant spectacular Sea Odyssey, generating £32million for the local economy.

The event will take place from 23-27 July 2014 and will act as the finale for IFB 2014 which will see more than two hundred events taking place in June and July with the aim of accelerating UK economic growth.

The show 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. 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.

Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant, who is co-ordinating the UK government’s commemorations of the centenary, 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.

To read the full news announcement about this event please click here.

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