May 12 2011 Chester Chronicle
AS PART of the ever expanding MBNA Chestival programme the Chester Giants are staging a Carnival of Giants on June 12.
One hundred giants will take to the streets featuring giant makers from across the UK and Europe.
Preceding that date is the world’s first Giant Conference to be held at Highfield School in Chester.
The chairman of the conference is Arts Council supremo and Notting Hill Carnival veteran Pax Nindi.
He will be supported by the leader of the world giant organisation, CIAG, based in Barcelona, Juame Lopez and Debbie Lander who is the North West regional advisor for the Cultural Olympiad, explaining the possible giant role in the Olympics in 2012.
The conference will be exploring how giants work within festivals. There will be workshops explaining how giants can be made, what new materials are available for production, how they can become even more interactive within communities and associations and just how they bring people together across the world.
David Pickering chairman of Chester City Management and Chester the Giant City is delighted Chester is the venue for the conference.
He said: “It is simply great to see Chester’s heritage come to life through the medium of our giants.
He believes this will be the forerunner to much more giant activity in the city over the coming years.
He added: “To have so many giants on the streets in Chester is going to be an amazing spectacle, the likes of which has never been seen before and to have the people who make all this possible assembled in our city looking to communicate how you can do this in your town, city or county is something we are very proud of.”
Chester the Giant City has paid special tribute to sponsors for this event Bell Developments and Meadow Foods.
Kristine Szulik of Chester the Giant City said: “When I first touted the idea about giants very few companies could see what this was all about. Bell and Meadow did and now that people have seen William and Kate, our royal giants, they are all clambering to be involved - that wasn’t the case nine months ago.”
William and Kate were seen at the recent Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival where more than 27,000 people were stunned by the visual impact they made.
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