Impacts 08 report released

University researchers have found that Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 has fundamentally improved perceptions of the city.

Led by Dr Beatriz Garcia from the School of Sociology and Social Policy, a five-year research programme called ‘Impacts 08 – the Liverpool Model’ was undertaken to assess the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of Liverpool’s status as European Capital of Culture 2008.  The programme revealed that the stereotypical image of social deprivation in the city has now been replaced by a renewed emphasis on its contemporary culture, rich history and vibrant community.

One of the highlights of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year was ‘Go Superlambananas,’ a parade of 125 individually-designed, two-metre high copies of the city’s iconic Superlambanana, a large yellow statue of a lamb crossed with a banana, which was created by artist Taro Chiezo. 

To celebrate the city’s metamorphosis, eight new Superlambananas, designed around the themes of comedy, music, architecture and heroes, have been specially created by artists who worked on the original parade in 2008.

The ‘Eight for ‘08’ will find a permanent home on the redeveloped concourse in front of Liverpool’s Lime Street station and one of the Superlambananas will also be taken to the World Expo in Shanghai next month.

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