Community spirit to shine in parade of Liverpool life

A truly unique dance event takes over the city streets on Sunday 13 July as MDI present We are the City.

Topping off this summer’s fantastic dance events with MDI, this Big Dance event looks to celebrate the local community, engaging with local groups, crafts, associations and societies creating a stunning moving installation in a tapestry of Liverpool life which has been created by renowned Austrian artist Willi Dorner.

Big Dance 2014

A part of Big Dance 2014, this is the latest Moving Dance Forward project – which seeks imaginative projects to create a new vision for dance in the North West. This parade style event starts on Anfield Road at 1:30 pm and participants will make their way along the length of Anfield Road and culminates in a final celebration in Stanley Park.

Organisers are excited to have commissioned a brand new piece of music for the event. Working with composer Tom Rea Smith the piece is to be performed by Liverpool Brass Band, creating a fantastic soundscape to accompany the choreographed procession which will include bee keepers, knitters, Ballroom Dancers, bikers, Anfield boxers, Liverpool Homeless football team, street cleaners and the fire brigade.

Karen Gallagher, Artistic Director of MDI, said:

“This is a very different project for MDI and we are very excited to see and hear how it all comes together on the day. Making visible those people and services that we can so take for granted is a very important aspect of this event and we hope the people of Liverpool get behind it and let us know what they think.”

This spectacular parade will make its way through Stanley Park for an exciting climax which will be met by performances from Brouhaha as part of their Beautiful North Festival, including local and international performances, dancers, circus artists, musicians and acrobats who will dazzle audiences with family focussed performances.

There is a wonderfully varied collection of local groups signed up to be involved and MDI are excited for everyone to see the results of all their hard work and commitment to their community. This free event will bring Anfield alive, instilling a sense of community spirit for all to witness and enjoy.

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