New waterfront event springs into life
21 February 2011
The Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Joe Anderson today led a summit of partners to bring forward plans for a new event to replace the Liverpool Boat Show.
The event, titled ‘Spring On the Waterfront’, will be held between Friday April 29 and Sunday May 8 with a programme of events and activities spread across the waterfront from Princes Dock to Liverpool Marina.
Today’s meeting was an opportunity for public and private sector partners to hear from Cllr Anderson and Liverpool Vision Chief Executive Max Steinberg about progress in developing an alternative event following the cancellation of the Liverpool Boat Show.
The meeting was attended by 40 representatives of the city’s private sector, marine community and public bodies, who were overwhelmingly supportive. The organisations in attendance included the Albert Dock Company, National Museums Liverpool, British Waterways, Liverpool One, Liverpool Marina, Liverpool Yacht Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Neptune Developments, The Mersey Partnership and the emergency services all pledging to assist.
While plans are still at an early stage the aim is to build a programme around a number of key activities, including:
• Tall Ships - including Stavros Niarchos and Pelican berthed at the Cruise Liner Terminal
• Liverpool Comedy Festival, celebrating its 10th year
• Liverpool Kindred Clubs Regatta, featuring 40 – 50 yachts
• Liverpool Shanty Festival, featuring performances on the docks and ships
• Street Theatre, bringing animation and entertainment to visitors
Cllr Anderson said: “Our priority is to make sure we have a number of vibrant events on the Waterfront to attract both the city’s residents and tourists. I was very encouraged by the response from all sectors of the Liverpool community in the wake of last week’s announcement.
“We are already making good progress on a replacement event and with continued support from our partners I am confident Liverpool will develop a memorable 10 day programme of waterfront activity.
“It also means that Liverpool will be making best use of its main attractions in 2011 because we also have major events on the water in the Summer and the Autumn.”
The other maritime events taking place in the city in 2011 are On The Waterfront (the opening of the Liverpool Museum, including the Centenary of Liver Building) 22-24 July and The River Festival, 8-15 September.
Max Steinberg added: “There is a real will to minimise the economic impact of the cancellation of the Liverpool Boat Show and make sure that Liverpool and our world famous waterfront is alive with people and activity. We have made great strides in just seven days and now the hard work of shaping a week that the city can be proud of starts in earnest.”
Alastair Soane, Vice President of Liverpool Yacht Club, said: “The sailing community in Liverpool – ten clubs in all – is absolutely committed to making this event a success and we will be running regattas in the river and other sailing based activities in support.”
Julie Sharman, British Waterways, Head of Regeneration North, said: “I am pleased to see how quickly and positively we have moved in the last few days. Today’s summit has galvanised support from the organisations which is critical for continued progress in the coming weeks.”
David Fleming, Director National Museums Liverpool, said his organisation would host a series of complementary events to complement the new plans: “NML are delighted to support Liverpool's commitment to deliver a fantastic 'Spring Festival' at the Waterfront.
“We will arrange a week-long programme of family events and activities at the Maritime Museum and the Slavery Museum, and welcome visiting shanty performers and vessel crews to all our museums.”
For further information please contact Sarah Langworthy at Liverpool City Council’s news centre on 0151 225 5582 or Jonathan Caswell at Liverpool Vision on 0151 600 2946