The world’s most celebrated street theatre company and its inspirational director are to be given the city’s highest civic honour.
Jean-Luc Courcoult, director of Royal de Luxe, is set to be awarded the Freedom of the City, following the recent ‘Liverpool’s Dream’ extravaganza with his world renowned ‘Giants’ last weekend.
It was the third and final time that these Jean-Luc creations will ever grace the streets of any city in the world, having attracted millions of visitors – and tens of millions of pounds in investment and economic impact – during their acclaimed visits to the city over the past decade.
To commemorate the relationship between Liverpool and Royal de Luxe, the company will be given the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions for services to the city at the same ceremony.
The Giants are renowned across the globe for their magical street theatre performances and Liverpool was their last public performance, adding to the city’s special connection to Jean-Luc and his team.
The proposal is also in response to dozens of suggestions from members of the public for some recognition Jean-Luc and his team to be awarded the city’s highest honour.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Jean-Luc and the Giants have a special place in the hearts of Liverpudlians, having brought so much joy and wonder to the streets of our city. We feel it’s a worthy honour to propose him for the Freedom of the City and I will be nominating him at the next meeting of the Council in November.
“We don’t give these awards out lightly, but the impact that Jean-Luc and his team have had on our city has been immense. The investment we have made in bringing The Giants here has paid for itself many times over and everyone who has stood in awe as they strode past will never forget the experience.”
He added: “I have always said that culture is rocket fuel for our local economy and the images of Liverpool that were beamed around the world showed we are a vibrant European city with a strong and abiding commitment to investing in culture.”