Feast of Fire, Liverpool
For the weekend before Easter and Easter weekend, we returned to Liverpool, 10 years after producing the opening and closing celebrations for their European Capital of Culture Year in 2008, with Feast of Fire at St George’s - as part of the Culture Liverpool 2018 programme
Walk the Plank's Fire Garden has been a highly popular outdoor touring spectacle for many years, and has found its way into a range of locations - from city centre parks and stately homes to castles and other ancient monuments. In this latest version we wanted to create an event with additional elements, including live performances and an exciting food and drink offer.
The primal attraction of fire never ceases to delight people of all ages, which is why in its latest iteration we decided to make Feast of Fire the centre of attraction for a 7 day, two weekend programme leading up to and including the Easter weekend. We also road tested a new paid-for ticketing format in our first foray into staging an event part funded by ticket income.
This is also the first time that we have staged a fire garden over an extended period of time and our approach with this particular event was to create an early evening 'show' for families, followed by 'Feast of Fire Lates' aimed at providing a different cultural offering each evening for an older audience. Collaborating partners included the Kazimier, Africa Oye, Liverpool Pride, Milapfest, Liverpool SoulFest, Irish festival partners Movema and Chinese cultural group Pagoda Arts.
St John's Gardens, set against the dramatic backdrop of the iconic St George's Hall, was transformed into a fiery garden with our full line up of organic-shaped fiery installations, supported by a fiery performers from Bring the Fire Project. A main performance tent at the centre of the park provided the focus for the later evening performance content.
Feast of Fire was designed to be a social event that gave visitors the chance to enjoy fiery spectacle in a relaxed setting with fiery-themed food and drink from a line up of artisan food outlets. Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, in a location which has a particular resonance with the people of Liverpool, the event was the first main show in Culture Liverpool's Liverpool 2018 programme of events to mark the 10th anniversary of the city's 2008 Capital of Culture.
Feast of Fire is a site responsive event that we are now promoting to other city centre locations and tourist destinations. For more information, please contact John Wassell on 0161 736 8964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org