Imagine & Childrens Festival

Showtime on St George’s Plateau

A people-powered fairground and a pig-shaped inflatable theatre are just some of the experiences on offer in Liverpool’s cultural quarter this week.

Sensazione and PIG will join a host of other FREE attractions in the William Brown Street area between August 7 and 10, for the second half of the Imagine festival.

Here’s a rundown of what’s in store (various performances times apply):

  • On St George’s Plateau the spectacular Sensazione ‘Theatre of the Senses’ will offer visitors a theatrical experience with a difference – the specially created performing fairground uses audience interaction and movement rather than electricity to keep the rides going (suitable for ages 12+. Pre-booking available).
  • In World Museum Liverpool, visitors can take a magical journey through the heart of a lost boy in an intimate theatrical production, Small Worlds – A Short Adventure for One (suitable for ages 14+).
  • William Brown Street will be home to a giant film contraption, offering a range of cinematic treats from the past in Movieplex: World Cinema in a Nutshell (suitable for ages 10+).
  • Oogly Boogly in St John’s Gardens will provide babies with a fun and interactive show in a safe, toy-free inflatable space (suitable for ages 12 to 18 months. Pre-booking available).

Other highlights between August 7 and 10 include a mini train ride running along St George’s Plateau and William Brown Street sponsored by Virgin Trains (until Saturday 9 August); storytelling in the cells of St George’s Hall; Wii Workshops in Liverpool Central Library; and a 30ft inflatable PIG that houses special ten-minute shows.

On August 7 Imagine will host a special community arts day, organised by Liverpool Youth Service, featuring a climbing wall, stalls, workshops, and a ‘Creative Café’ celebrating young talent.

Meanwhile on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 August, St John’s Gardens (behind St George’s Hall) will be transformed into King Kazoo’s dream party, featuring circus skills, tightrope acts and puppet shows.

Imagine will reach a spectacular finale on Sunday, August 10 with the annual Liverpool Children’s Festival on William Brown Street, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at 11am.

The second half of Imagine follows the hugely successful Carnival Weekend, which got the festival off to a spectacular start with a performance of The Emperor and the Tiger on August 1. Thousands of people flocked to Newsham Park for the outdoor show, which featured a giant mechanical tiger prowling along a 100-metre stage.

Free advance tickets for Oogly Boogly and Sensazione are available at the 08 Place in Whitechapel. They can be collected in person at the 08 Place Box Office, Whitechapel, or by calling 0151 233 2457. There will be an onsite box office by the fountain at the top of William Brown Street between August 7 and 10.