05 September - 07 September
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In May 2006 something incredible happened in London. For four days the city stopped in its tracks and marvelled at the sight of a gigantic wooden elephant, and a little-girl giant in a green dress. Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the streets, astonished at the scale and beauty of the spectacular Sultan's Elephant.
Now Artichoke, the company that brought that event to London, is working with the engineering genius behind Royal de Luxe's giants, François Delarozière, and his company La Machine, to create a magical and astonishing new show especially for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008.
The precise details are a closely-guarded secret, but what's certain is that it will be huge in scale and utterly unlike anything seen in Liverpool before: an unforgettable piece of live theatre, played out against the landmarks of a great city.
Founded by Helen Marriage and Nicky Webb, producers of extraordinary live events, Artichoke works in unusual places: in streets, public spaces or in the countryside. Previous projects include the first arts programme at Canary Wharf in the early nineties, and the transformation of the Salisbury Festival from a local event into what The Times called 'a miracle of modern British culture'.
Artichoke believes that the arts shouldn't only take place behind the closed doors of our theatres and art galleries, choosing instead to put on events that, though ambitious and complex, have something to say to the widest possible audience. By putting on extraordinary shows that change the way people look at the world and working with the best creative minds, Artichoke produces events that live in the memory forever.