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THE LAND OF THE GIANTS

The Giants will walk the streets of the City of Perth from Friday to Sunday
The Giants will walk the streets of the City of Perth from Friday to Sunday

We’ve yet to hear their footsteps, but The Giants are indeed coming.

The Perth International Arts Festival has commissioned France’s Royal de Luxe of Nantes to create The Incredible And Phenomenal Journey Of The Giants To The Streets Of Perth in commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac.

The narrative for the story has been written by Jean-Luc Courcoult, the Artistic Director of Royal de Luxe. It gives background and context to what will occur on the streets of the City of Perth in the next three days and is related in full here…

‘The story starts before we meet the Giants. At the heart of the story is the Little Giant Girl, a 6-metre high character who will explore the city, looking for The Diver. Long ago, the Little Girl Giant fell from the sky into the desert and was cared for by the Noongar people.

‘It is also the story of an Australian Diver, ten thousand miles away and one hundred years ago, sent to recover soldiers from the bottom of the sea off the coast of Gallipoli. Over time he becomes an 11-metre high Giant.

‘The Little Girl Giant is given a storybook about a girl in a lighthouse watching Anzac troops sail to war, and seeing images of Gallipoli, she realises she must sail across the desert to Perth to call the Diver Giant home.

‘And so it is that one hundred years after he sailed from Western Australia, the Diver Giant is lifted by a tornado of bubbles and is carried back to Perth.

‘To find out what happens next, and whether they will find each other, audiences need to join us in Perth from Friday, 13 February to Sunday, 15 February.’

Here’s where to see The Giants as well as details of road closures around the city, courtesy of the Perth International Arts Festival.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

9.30am–12.30pm

Langley Park–Barrack Street–Wellington Square

9.30–10am

Langley Park

Pick a Spot: Join the Little Girl Giant at Langley Park as she wakes up and begins her journey in search of the Diver.

Road Closures: Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Adelaide Terrace), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Adelaide Terrace), Plain Street(Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Victoria Avenue (Riverside Drive to Terrace Road), Riverside Drive (Plain Street to the Causeway).

10–11am

Langley Park–Barrack Street–Hay Street

Walk with the Little Girl Giant: Meet the Little Girl Giant at Barrack Street and walk with her up Barrack Street to Hay Street and across to Hill Street, searching for the Diver Giant – where could he be?

Road Closures: Terrace Road (Bennett Street to Plain Street and Riverside Drive to Victoria Avenue), Plain Street (Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Victoria Avenue(Riverside Drive to Terrace Road), Riverside Drive (Barrack Street to the Causeway), Barrack Street (Riverside Drive to Hay Street), St Georges Terrace(William Street to Victoria Avenue), The Esplanade, Hay Street (Barrack Street to Irwin Street), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street).

11am–12.30pm

Hay Street–Wellington Square

Pick a Spot: Find the perfect spot at Wellington Square and wait for the Little Girl Giant to arrive.

Road Closures: Victoria Avenue (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Barrack Street (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Bennett Street), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Murray Street), Hill Street (Adelaide Terrace to Wittenoom Street), Murray Street (Victoria Square to Bishops Row), Wellington Street (Lord Street to Bennett Street), Wittenoom Street (Hill Street to Bennett Street).

4–7.30pm

Wellington Square–Hay Street–Langley Park

4–5pm

Wellington Square–Hill Street–Hay Street

Pick a Spot: Meet the Little Girl Giant at Wellington Square as she awakens after her rest.

Road Closures: Wittenoom Street (Hill Street to Bennett Street), Hill Street (Adelaide Terrace to Wittenoom Street), Wellington Street (Lord Street to Bennett Street), Hay Street(Bishops Row to Irwin Street), Victoria Avenue (St Georges Terrace to Victoria Square).

5–6pm

Murray Street–Barrack Street–Hay Street

Walk with the Giant: Join the Little Girl Giant as she strolls down Murray and Hay streets.

Road Closures: Murray Street (Victoria Square to Barrack Street), Barrack Street (Wellington Street to St Georges Terrace), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Hay Street), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Wellington Street), Irwin Street (St Georges Terrace to Murray Street), Victoria Avenue (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Hill Street (Adelaide Terrace to Goderich Street).

6–7pm

Hay Street–Hill Street–Langley Park

Walk with the Giant: Join the Little Girl Giant as she strolls down Hay Street to Langley Park.

Road Closures: Hay Street (Pier Street to Goderich Street), Victoria Avenue (St Georges Terrace to Victoria Square), Hill Street (Goderich Street to Terrace Road), St Georges Terrace (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street), Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street.

7–7.30pm

Langley Park

Pick a Spot: Wait for the Little Girl Giant to arrive at Langley Park in the early evening.

Road Closures: Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street).

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

9am–12.30pm

Langley Park–Beaufort Street–Weld Square

9–10am

Langley Park–Hill Street

Pick a Spot: Watch the Little Girl Giant wake up at Langley Park.

Road Closures: Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Bennett Street), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Goderich Street), Adelaide Terrace (Victoria Avenue to Bennett Street), Hay Street(Hill Street to Bennett Street).

10–11am

Hill Street–Barrack Street–Wellington Street

Walk with the Giant: Meet the Little Girl Giant in the CBD and follow her into Northbridge.

Road Closures: Hay Street (Barrack Street to Bennett Street), Hill Street (Adelaide Terrace to Goderich Street), Irwin Street (St Georges Terrace to Murray Street), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Murray Street), Barrack Street (St Georges Terrace to Roe Street) Murray Street (Barrack Street to Pier Street), Wellington Street (King Street to Lord Street).

11am–12pm

Beaufort Street–Weld Square

Pick a Spot: Visit the Little Girl Giant at Weld Square as she gets out of the sun for an afternoon siesta.

Road Closures: Beaufort Street (Wellington Street to Edward Street), Stirling Street (Beaufort Street to Edward Street), Roe Street (William Street to Beaufort Street), Newcastle Street (William Street to Lord Street), Aberdeen Street (Museum Street to Stirling Street), Francis Street (Museum Street to Beaufort Street), James Street (Beaufort Street to Pier Street).

9am–12.30pm

Langley Park–Beaufort Street–Weld Square

10.30am–12.30pm

Wellington Street–Hay Street–Wellington Square

9–10am

Perth Train Station–Wellington Street

Pick a Spot: See the Diver Giant awaken for the first time at Perth Train Station.

Road Closures: Wellington Street (William Street to Barrack Street).

10–11am

Wellington Street

Walk with the Giant: Follow the Diver Giant out of the Train Station down Wellington Street.

Road Closures: Wellington Street (Milligan Street to Lord Street), William Street (Roe Street to Murray Street), HorseshoeBridge.

11am–12pm

Wellington Street–Barrack Street–Hay Street

Walk with the Giant: You can walk with the Diver Giant down Wellington Street toward Wellington Square.

Road Closures: Wellington Street (William Street to Lord Street), William Street (Roe Street to Murray Street), Horseshoe Bridge, Barrack Street (St Georges Terrace to Edward Street), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Wellington Street), Murray Street (Barrack Street to Irwin Street), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Victoria Avenue)>.

12–1pm

Hay Street–Hill Street–Wellington Square

Pick a Spot: Wait for the Diver Giant to arrive at Wellington Square for a rest.

Road Closures: Hay Street (Barrack Street to Bennett Street), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Murray Street), Irwin Street (St Georges Terrace to Murray Street), Victoria Avenue (St Georges Terrace to Victoria Square), Hill Street (Adelaide Terrace to Wittenoom Street), Murray Street (Victoria Square to Bishops Row), Bishops Row(Hill Street to Hay Street), Wellington Street (Lord Street to Bennett Street),Wittenoom Street (Hill Street to Bennett Street).

4–7.30pm

Weld Square–St Georges Terrace–Langley Park

3.30–4.30pm

Weld Square–Beaufort Street–Francis Street

Pick a Spot: Join the Little Girl Giant at Weld Square after she has rested.

Road Closures: Parry Street (Beaufort Street to Pier Street), Newcastle Street (Lindsay Street to Stirling Street), Aberdeen Street (William Street to Stirling Street), Francis Street(Lake Street to Beaufort Street), James Street (Lake Street to William Street),Stirling Street (Aberdeen Street to Parry Street), Beaufort Street (Roe Street to Parry Street), William Street (Roe Street to Aberdeen Street), Nick’s Lane (Roe Street to James Street), James Street (Beaufort Street to Stirling Street) Museum Street (Francis Street to Aberdeen Street).
4.30–5.30pm

William Street–Wellington Street–Barrack Street

Walk with the Giants: Follow the Little Girl Giant past the Perth Cultural Centre and through the CBD for her longest walk while she is in Perth.

Road Closures: William Street (Francis Street to Wellington Street), Horseshoe Bridge, James Street (Lake Street to William Street and Beaufort Street to Stirling Street), Roe Street (Lake Street to Stirling Street), Stirling Street (Roe Street to James Street),Beaufort Street (Aberdeen Street to Wellington Street), Barrack Street (Wellington Street to St Georges Terrace), Wellington Street (Queen Street to Lord Street),Murray Street (Barrack Street to Pier Street and Hill Street to Plain Street), Pier Street (Murray Street to St Georges Terrace), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Plain Street), St Georges Terrace (William Street to Plain Street), Irwin Street (Murray Street to St Georges Terrace), Victoria Avenue (Terrace Road to Victoria Square),Hill Street (Terrace Road to Goderich Street), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Wellington Street).
5.30–6.30pm

Barrack Street–Adelaide Terrace

Walk with the Giants: Follow the Little Girl Giant past the Perth Cultural Centre and through the CBD for her longest walk while she is in Perth.

Road Closures: Barrack Street (Wellington Street to The Esplanade), Murray Street (Barrack Street to Pier Street), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Plain Street), St Georges Terrace (William Street to Plain Street), Victoria Avenue (Terrace Road to Victoria Square), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Goderich Street), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Plain Street (Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street).
6.30–7.30pm

AdelaideTerrace–BennettStreet–LangleyPark

Pick a Spot: Wait for the Giants spectacular reunion at Langley Park, where they will also be met by Noongar elders and given a Welcome to Whadjuk Boodja (Perth).

Road Closures: St Georges Terrace (Barrack Street to Plain Street), Plain Street (Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street), Riverside Drive (Barrack Street to the Causeway), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Irwin Street (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Victoria Avenue (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Bennett Street(Terrace Road to Hay Street), Barrack Street (Riverside Drive to The Esplanade),Burt Way (Terrace Road to Adelaide Terrace).

3.30–7.30pm

Wellington Square–Bennett Street–Langley Park

3.30–4.30pm

Wellington Square–Hill Street

Pick a Spot: Visit the Diver Giant at Wellington Square.

Road Closures: Wittenoom Street (Lord Street to Bennett Street), Wellington Street (Lord Street to Bennett Street), Murray Street (Victoria Square to Bennett Street), Hill Street (Hay Street to Wittenoom Street), Bishops Row (Hill Street to Hay Street).
4.30–5.30pm

Hill Street–Murray Street–Bennett Street

Walk with the Giants: Join the Diver Giant as he journeys down Bennett Street to find his lost anchor.

Road Closures: William Street (Francis Street to Wellington Street), Horseshoe Bridge, James Street (Lake Street to William Street and Beaufort Street to Stirling Street), Roe Street (Lake Street to Stirling Street), Stirling Street (Roe Street to James Street), Beaufort Street (Aberdeen Street to Wellington Street), Barrack Street (Wellington Street to St Georges Terrace), Wellington Street (Queen Street to Lord Street), Murray Street (Barrack Street to Pier Street and Hill Street to Plain Street), Pier Street (Murray Street to St Georges Terrace), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Plain Street), St Georges Terrace (William Street to Plain Street), Irwin Street (Murray Street to St Georges Terrace), Victoria Avenue (Terrace Road to Victoria Square), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Goderich Street), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Wellington Street).
5.30–6.30pm

Bennett Street–Terrace Road–Plain Street

Walk with the Giants: Join the Diver Giant as he journeys down Bennett Street to find his lost anchor.

Road Closures: Barrack Street (Wellington Street to The Esplanade), Murray Street (Barrack Street to Pier Street), Hay Street (Barrack Street to Plain Street), St Georges Terrace (William Street to Plain Street), Victoria Avenue (Terrace Road to Victoria Square), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Goderich Street), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Plain Street (Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street).
6.30–7.30pm

Langley Park

Pick a Spot: Wait for the Giants spectacular reunion at Langley Park, where they will also be met by Noongar elders and given a Welcome to Whadjuk Boodja (Perth).

Road Closures: St Georges Terrace (Barrack Street to Plain Street), Plain Street (Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street), Riverside Drive (Barrack Street to the Causeway), Pier Street (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Irwin Street (St Georges Terrace to Hay Street), Victoria Avenue (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Hay Street), Barrack Street (Riverside Drive to The Esplanade), Burt Way (Terrace Road to Adelaide Terrace).

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

10am–1pm

Langley Park

10am–1pm

Langley Park – Barrack Street Jetty – Wellington Square

Pick a Spot: Bring a picnic and find your favourite spot on Langley Park to stand alongside the Giants, as they pay tribute to the Anzac spirit in spectacular fashion, before departing Perth forever down the SwanRiver.

Walk with the Giants: Grab a position on the edges of the park and watch the celebration parade. Although the Giants’ walking on this day is limited to the perimeter of Langley Park, the outskirts of the park – including Ozone Reserve and sections of Riverside Drive, right up to the Bell Tower – will offer great spots to view them.

Road Closures: Terrace Road (Victoria Avenue to Plain Street), Hill Street (Terrace Road to Adelaide Terrace), Bennett Street (Terrace Road to Adelaide Terrace), Plain Street(Riverside Drive to Adelaide Terrace), Victoria Avenue (Riverside Drive to Terrace Road), Riverside Drive (Plain Street to the Causeway).

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