Liver Building light spectacular, culture, and quality of life
This week has been something of a cultural and artistic smorgasbord with the opening of the New Museum of Liverpool and the On the Waterfront festival this weekend.
I am yet to visit the new museum, so I can't pass judgment on it apart from saying the general reaction seems to have been very positive.
As a fan of technology and cinema The Macula Spectacular is the first public event since Capital of Culture that has truly got me excited.
For those that don't know about it, the show will involve projecting moving images onto the Liver Building in an audio visual display like no other. But that description really does not do it justice, watch the video above to get an idea.
"Audiences will watch in amazement as the buildings tell the story of Liverpool using cutting edge digital projection. The effect promises to be a once in a lifetime moment for the city," says the promotional website.
Quite a claim, but as you can see from this Youtube video and the picture at the top (taken at 2am today), if it comes anywhere close it really will be a not-to-be-missed show.
And the following weekend Liverpool's own Wired Aerial Theatre will be performing at the Anglican Cathedral, in another evening spectacular.
Events like these don't come cheap, and when the council is forced to make difficult budget decisions in future it is easy to see that culture could be an easy target.
That is not to say that there is no pay back. The council estimates that people coming to the three showings of The Macula Spectacular will generate £1m for the city centre businesses.
We've known for a long time that it is impossible to quantify the impact of delighting and enriching the life of the city's residents. But we do know that it is good for our general wellbeing, everyone enjoys that fuzzy feeling inside after experiencing something
extraordinary. And being part of a wider shared experience with others only heightens the emotion, that is of course if it doesn't rain!
For more information about On the Waterfront click HERE.