Liverpool to stage second St George’s Day Festival on Sunday, 27 April

City to celebrate festivities with International Dance Day

FREE event to promote city’s historic St George’s Quarter with TV star Mike the Knight in attendance

Liverpool is to putting on its dancing shoes for a spectacular St George’s Day Festival on Sunday, 27 April.

Now in its second year, the festival will kick off a jam packed series of events by hosting the launch of the city’s International Dance Day celebrations.

In association with City Central BID, MDI will present an afternoon of world dance featuring performances from all the nations which celebrate St George’s Day. There will also be free workshops for the public to get involved.

And after proving a huge hit in the inaugural festival, TV character Mike the Knight is back by popular demand to show off his moves.

The focus of the festival, which has been organised to promote the city’s historic St George’s Quarter, with highlights including a historical medieval banquet in Queen Square.

There will be a host of indoor fun too at the World Museum, Royal Court, Liverpool Playhouse, Walker Art Gallery and St George’s Hall ranging from medieval arts workshops and story-telling to costume dressing and a knight’s trail.

Children are being invited to attend the FREE event in fancy dress on the theme of Knights, Dragons and Princesses with a prize for best dressed at under-10 and under-5.

Those attending in fancy dress will also be able to enjoy discounts at restaurants in Queen Square and discounted car-parking at Queen Square Car Park.

·      Liverpool’s St George’s Day Festival will begin at 11am when Mike The Knight launches the International Dance Day programme at Liverpool bandstand in Williamson Square. The event is scheduled to end at 5pm.

Gillian Miller, Chair of the St George’s Quarter group, said: ‘‘Last year’s St George’s Day Festival was a big hit with families and this year we’ve got an even better and bigger programme of free events for everyone to enjoy. To have the city’s International Day of Dance involved is a huge coup and we look forward to seeing everyone getting involved in having fun. We hope the app will give people a new way to enjoy and explore the unique heritage of the quarter.’’

Tracey Crosbie, Events Manager of City Central BID, said: ‘’St George’s Quarter is a jewel in the city’s crown and this festival reflects that position and gives the city a chance to celebrate St George’s Day in style. It’s a great advert for Liverpool that so many partners have come together to produce such an amazing day.’’

Steve Judd, Director of World Museum Liverpool said: “We are delighted to be part of the St George’s Day Festival and be involved in such a fun day. We’ll have a whole host of free events on offer on the day so hope to attract many knights, princesses and dragons to our Museum and also up the road at the Walker Art Gallery.”

Karen Gallagher MBE, MDI Artistic Director, added: ‘’MDI is once more delighted to be celebrating International Dance Day in the city and would encourage everyone to get involved. Dance is a universal language and accessible to all, we at MDI are looking forward to bringing a variety of dance styles to the festival.’’