Liverpool

Crowds gather for Pier Head dance festival

On The Waterfront
Image caption The festival showcases outdoor dance at Liverpool's World Heritage Site

Hundreds of people gathered at Liverpool's Pier Head on Saturday night for a festival showcasing the best of international outdoor dance.

The second of the city's free On The Waterfront festivals saw Argentine dance troupe Voala perform suspended from cranes 100ft in the air.

The show also saw performances from Spaniards Factoria Mascaro and Turkish Sufi dancer Ziya Azazi.

The festival continues on Sunday night with a group Lindy Hop dance.

'Real honour'

Visitors can take part in the dance, which was developed in New York in the 1920s and is based on the Charleston. It is named for the aviator Charles Lindbergh.

The event ends with a tea dance, complete with Glen Miller Tribute Orchestra.

Claire McColgan, director of culture at Liverpool City Council, said: "Our constantly changing waterfront is Liverpool's calling card to the world and this programme is at the heart of reclaiming this space, both for the residents of the city and beyond.

"The chance to showcase the work of the calibre of these artists is a real honour."

The first On The Waterfront festival was held in July when more than 50,000 people flocked to the Albert Dock and Pier Head for a special maritime-themed weekend.

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