Street entertainers at Liverpool's Bold Street festival

All aboard for Bold Street festival

One of Liverpool’s most unique festivals is to celebrate its biggest edition this September – and is guaranteeing to raise a smile.

The acclaimed Bold Street Festival is celebrating its 5th year on Sunday, September 30 and is delighted to announce some major new developments, including its first ever headline sponsor in Merseytravel.

Festival organisers are also thrilled to reveal that the Liverpool Comedy Festival and the Royal Court will be making their Bold Street debut in spectacular style with satire and Shakespeare, along with Shiverpool’s ‘castle experience’ and an oriental cultural celebration from China Pearl.

The comedy festival, which runs from September 27-Ocotber 7, is showcasing comedian Simon Munnery’s ‘La Concepta’, a spellbinding act that involves eight guests in an amazing restaurant without food scene, described as “The fringiest Fringe experience of 2011” by The Guardian.

Joining Simon will be Tea Hee Hee – an alcohol free version of the old ‘Drink Up Stand Up’ tours. Four comedians will be at four different coffee shops with a compare leading the way with his trusty megaphone. Bags of fun and a great saucer amusement, you’d be Tetley mad to miss it.

Iain Christie from Liverpool Comedy Festival added, “We are delighted to be teaming up with the Bold Street Festival this year. We will be making sure that plenty of funny things happen all around town so we may as well start in the heart of the city. We’ve got some high art comedy; some TV names and some excellent general silliness happening so come and join us!”

The Royal Court will be showing off their talent with magical tasters of what’s to come for their winter shows including Macbeth and Midsummer’s night dream.

The all day FREE event, which will boast two stages along Bold Street, is taking place from 12pm to 6pm and is set to be more colourful, vibrant, entertaining and interactive than ever before with other highlights including:

Live music, both indoor and outdoor stages
Shiverpool ghostly ghouls castle installation
Roaming street performers, stilt walkers, actors, dancers
Black-E, co-operative games
Tai Chi demos
Vintage Fair at LEAF Cafe
Kids attractions and workshops
The Amazing Push Poem Machine
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The festival’s traditional Big Sweep, organised by Ambrose Reynolds from Urban Strawberry, will launch the festival at 12pm where all the businesses and general public will join forces sweeping the street from top to bottom with their hand deigned ‘pimped up’ brush. The street will be lined with large red and gold drummers to march in the sweepers.

And if that’s not enough, China Pearl is also celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with stunning elegant performers taking centre stage as well as offering workshops in storytelling, lantern making, dance, calligraphy short films about this traditional festival and Chinese community.

Organised by City Central BID and Bold Street Traders this year’s Bold Street Festival also marks the finale of The Summer of Love campaign. This campaign, which included highlights such as the city centre’s first ever bandstand in Williamson Square, was devised to stimulate footfall during the £20m redevelopment of Central Station which will be fully operational when the Northern Line re-opens on October 22.

Tracey Crosbie, Events Manager of City Central BID, said: ”This year’s Bold Street Festival is gearing to be the best ever. To have partners Merseytravel, Royal Court and the Comedy Festival on board has definitely taken it up to another level. It’s going to be a great way to end the Summer of Love campaign and we look forward to giving everyone a great day out on the hippest and coolest street in Liverpool.”

Councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, said: ”We are delighted to be supporting the Bold Street festival this year, and I would encourage visitors travelling to the festival by train from Wirral to use the newly refurbished Central Station to take them straight to the heart of the action.”

Liverpool Waterfront