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Pick of the weekend (June 10-12)

100 giants in carnival 'to rival Notting Hill'; Delifonseca's fifth birthday and high as a kite on Wirral

Written by . Published on June 9th 2011.

Pick of the weekend (June 10-12)

Chester – land of the giants
CHESTER is making history again this weekend with a carnival to “rival Notting Hill”. So say organisers of the Carnival of Giants. A record 100 giants and accompanying performers will pound the streets of Chester from 11am.

The event begins at the Amphitheatre and with each Giant having up to six handlers and four street bands over 1,000 people will be performing on the streets for two hours, all coached by Liverpool's very own Francisco Carrasco of One Latin.

There are giants coming from all over the UK and Belgium and the Chairman of CIAG, the World Giant Governing body in Barcelona, Jaume Lopez says he is not aware of any city in the world that has ever put 100 Giants out on the streets.

We have done street theatre in London, Liverpool, South America and Europe and never before looked to animate the streets with Giants. We know that everyone here has created something really special and I urge you all to get on to the streets of Chester to see this very special performance” said Francisco.

Chester’s Giants are part of a the MBNA Chestival where you can see the amphitheatre buzzing with Romans, vcaudeville and a large screen showing family films all day.

If giant figures parading around in historical surroundings is your thing, there’s never been a better day to pop over to Chester and enjoy.

*Chester Giants, 11am, Ampitheatre and Chester City Centre, Sunday June 12. Free.

Delifonseca celebrates its fifth birthday
CANDICE Fonseca has worked hard to make Delifonseca the best stocked deli in Liverpool city centre. Her Stanley Street food emporium was the original and has been copied by many – even themselves if you count their Brunswick Dock operation.

Now Delifonseca is celebrating its fifth birthday – with a “garden” party at its home on Stanley Street on Sunday from midday to 6pm, and for the workies, it continues on Monday.

delifonseca.jpgCelebrate in pop-up city centre garden as the deli reclaims the kerb. Over the course of the day there will be all sorts going down, including live music, games, a good old fashioned BBQ (but with chorizo) and an alfresco licensed bar. They are even holding a baking competition: the winner to be crowned the 2011 Delifonseca Honorary Cake Maker!

So why not have a mooch around, old sausage. Your suppers will never be dull again.

*Delifonseca Fifth Birthday Party, Stanley Street, City Centre, from Sunday 12 noon. Free entry.

High as a kite 
Good winds are forecast this weekend, and that's without even visiting a curry house on Friday night.

kites.jpgIt's the annual Wirral Kite Festival and the borough will again welcome flyers from Britain and as far as Indonesia and Tasmania, all swooping intoThe Dips, New Brighton.

This is a two day event all the family will enjoy with a variety of spectacular show kites on display, including artistic kites, giant inflatable kites, sports kites and power kites.

There will also be a kite-making workshop, the costs of which will be donated to Vision4Children. There is also a children's funfair, trade stands and food court.

*Wirral Kite Festival, The Dips, New Brighton,  Sat/Sun June 11/12, 11am to 4.30pm, Free.

Get those arms waving
dance.jpgFancy some exotic dancing? No, no, no, the real deal.

Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus presents some traditional Indian dancing, organised by Milapfest, a South Asian Arts Development Trust.

In this event you get to see Rama Vaidyanathan, one of India's leading classical dancers in action. Considered one of the best interpreters of the ancient art, Rama is renowned for her thought process and approach. While deeply rooted in tradition she has evolved her own fascinating style.

Milapfest prides itself in presenting the very best in Indian arts, whether it is music, dance, visual arts or theatre, and is the country's biggest producer of arts events and festivals from the Indian subcontinent.

*Akhilam Maduram Featuring Rama Vaidyanathan, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, Saturday June 11. Tickets £10.

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