Valentine’s Day sparks declarations of love for Liverpool

100 heart-shaped balloons were released yesterday lunchtime at the Pier Head, each carrying declarations of love for Liverpool.


The event was scheduled just days ahead of Valentine’s Day and was orgainsed by the team behind Liverpool Loves, a new festival set to take place for the first time in August.

The three-day business and cultural festival will be staged at the iconic Pier Head under the shadow of the world famous Three Graces and Liver Birds, and against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rather than the traditional red, the balloons have specifically been chosen in a range of colours to reflect the vibrancy of the city.

Liverpool Loves is the brainchild of Orb CIC, who created Liverpool Pride 2010 and is co-creator of the Brazilica Festival.

The biodegradable balloons were released by representatives from a number of local community and cultural organisations supporting the festival. They include Liverpool Cathedral Volunteer Scheme, Everton in the Community, Richmond Fellowship, Reader’s Org, Movema and Bikram Yoga.

Each balloon released  carried a tag, on which a declaration of love was written. The messages were sent to the Liverpool Loves team via social media, from both members of the public and key Liverpool figures, stating what they love the most about the city.

Some of the messages received include:

“I love Liverpool’s life, culture, spirit, heritage”

“We love the creative culture and energy young entrepreneurs have in the city”

“We love everything, our independents, creatives and hidden gems nestling within its streets”

Councillor Gary Millar tweeted:

“Start with the air, water and people and then you’re guaranteed to be addicted.”

While Liverpool boxer Tony Bellew tweeted:

“I love how Scousers stick together! Good people.”

Anyone who finds a Liverpool Loves tag is asked to tweet a picture of themselves with the tag to @LiverpoolLoves and they will be entered into a prize draw. The first prize is an overnight stay in Liverpool with dinner for two, Liverpool Loves VIP Experience, plus a Liverpool Loves goodie bag. Two runners-up will each win a Liverpool Loves VIP Experience and goodie bag.

Liverpool Loves is a three-day business and cultural festival and takes place from 6th to 8th August 2015. It will provide a platform to celebrate, participate and create and will encompass everything people are so passionate about across the region.

This year, Liverpool Loves will focus on four main areas – Culture; Business; Food; and Well Being.

Liverpool Loves would like to hear from small businesses, producers, suppliers and performers who would like to take part.

Get involved by emailing your details to and interested musicians are asked to email

The new Liverpool Loves website goes live this week –

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