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Liverpool is a city steeped in history and rich culture, and is also renowned for being a thriving, stylish cosmopolitan city. It's alive with an exciting mix of things to see and do – there's an unbeatable variety of world class museums, galleries, theatres and music venues which millions of people enjoy every year. And of course the £1billion Liverpool ONE retail complex is a shoppers paradise as it's home to around 160 shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

So, when you're not being wowed by the Sea Odyssey spectacle make the most of the fantastic attractions here in Liverpool – a city where BIG things happen.

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ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena

20 - 22 April 2012, ACC Liverpool

In April, Giant Spectacular comes to Liverpool in one of the UK's most spectacular events. As the magical story is played out against the backdrop of Liverpool waterfront, ACC Liverpool - home to Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre - will have refreshments and convenience facilities open to members of the public over the three-day event. If you are planning to follow the Giant Spectacular along Liverpool Waterfront, then look out for catering facilities in the concourse area at Echo Arena as well as situated externally around the venue. Toilet facilities will also be open to members of the public.


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Other Event Highlights

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Yeoman of the Guard

21 April 2012, Liverpool Philharmonic

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and a cast of international guest singers conducted by John Wilson in a semi-staged performance (in full costume) of one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular topsy-turvy operas, set in the Tower of London.

Henry V

12 - 28 April 2012, Liverpool Playhouse

Henry V, Shakespeare's masterpiece about the turbulence of war and the art of peace is a collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe and opens at the Liverpool Playhouse prior to a national tour. It portrays the romantic story of Henry's campaign to recapture the English possessions in France. The charismatic King's ambitions are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war.

Innocence and Experience

21 April - 2 September 2012, Tate Liverpool

This brand-new gallery is co-curated by renowned singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull as part of the popular display DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture. Reflecting her own artistic influences and very public life, Innocence and Experience features works especially chosen from the Tate collection by Faithfull. Highlights include works by Francis Bacon, William Blake and Lucian Freud. Free to enter.

Out of the Blue - Picnic In the Park

20 April, The View Point in Everton Park

In the very first 'Out of the Blue' event, you are invited to join local residents on the summit of Everton Park to enjoy a picnic, sing songs, tell stories and share laughter. While the Little Girl Giant takes a well-earned nap, take time to reflect on the history of Titanic, the local folklore of 'Springheel Jack' and savour the stunning panoramic views of the City, the Mersey and Irish Sea beyond.

Robots and Avatars

16 March - 27 May 2012, FACT

Join FACT in near future world where robots, avatars and telepresence form part of an exciting new reality.

FACT teams up with interdisciplinary design collective, body>data>space to showcase some of the most exciting new ideas from artists and technologists in the field in this major new exhibition. Expect playful post-industrial creatures, sensory virtual worlds, and responsive inflatable objects in this major new exhibition.

Service of Commemoration

15 April 2012, Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is holding the city's major commemoration service to mark the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Bishop of Liverpool will be the preacher at this civic service which will be held at 7:30pm. The service will include contributions from the Maritime Liverpool Women's History Group, offering a soundscape that will bring to life aspects of the Titanic's tragic story. It will also reflect Liverpool's continuing relationship with the cruise liner industry. For further information visit

Stanley Park Festival

20 - 22 April, Stanley Park

In the first event of its kind in historic Stanley Park, join local residents and visitors for a family fun-packed weekend, including a food and drink festival, family fun zone and live entertainment.

Tate Liverpool

20 - 22 April 2012, Albert Dock

Tate Liverpool is open daily from 10.00am until 5.50pm and will open its café from 9.00am on Sunday 22 April, allowing visitors to Sea Odyssey to relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast menu whilst taking in magnificent views of the Albert Dock. Tate Liverpool shop will also be open.

Titanic Cities 2012

1 March – 9 June 2012, Various Locations

This year marks the centenary of many key milestones in RMS Titanic's construction and maiden sailing. Liverpool will mark the centenary of Titanic's sinking with an extensive and thought-provoking programme of events and exhibitions. For further information visit

Titanic & Liverpool: The Untold Story

30 March 2012 - 21 April 2013, Merseyside Maritime Museum

From the launch and drama of the voyage, to the tragic sinking and its aftermath: discover Liverpool's connection with Titanic in this compelling new exhibition. Film footage, images, costumes and interactive touch screens bring the optimism, endeavour and ultimate horror of Titanic to life.

Titanic: Liverpool's Participation Story

27th April - end of May 2012, Merseyside Maritime Museum & Sudley House

A selection of poignant artworks by local schoolchildren and community groups inspired by Sea Odyssey's magical giants and the legendary Titanic. The imagined thoughts, emotions and experiences of passengers and crew sadly lost become unique artworks by the people of Liverpool.

Titanic-Themed Art Installation Trail

14 - 30 April, St. Helens Town Centre

The art trail will highlight the ill-fated journey of the legendary vessel from the moment the passengers boarded the ship through to its tragic sinking. On Saturday 14th April be transported back to the Edwardian era, as costumed characters enlighten you with tales, facts and figures about the famous ship, along with live musical performances, themed street entertainment and nautical craft workshops for families. See the creation of a large mural in Church Square by international artists featuring iconic images related to the ship. The art installation trail will run until Monday 30th April.


3 March - 22 April, The Bluecoat

Ten artists explore fear of place through drawing, video, painting, sculpture, sound and installation. Why not visit the garden, browse in the independent shops and relax in the espresso or Upstairs bistro. Both serve superb locally sourced food. Open daily 10am - 6pm and free to enter.