Liverpool and Nantes formed a connection via the Sea Odyssey as Nantes is the home of Royal de Luxe, the creators of the giants. The cities also have an interest in each other's journeys as port cities with a slave trade past. They are also now both regenerating for a new future with a focus on culture and environment. The Decade of Health and Wellbeing aims for Liverpool to be more "Equal, Well and Green" in 2020 and we believe Liverpool has potential to develop a green economy and its green and open spaces to improve quality of life in the city. The young researchers will be looking to Nantes for inspiration as it is the location for European Green Capital in 2013.
This research visit has been developed to play a key part of building a relationship of learning and exchange between the cities and to begin further discussions on these issues within the city. The young people have been nominated by their affiliated organisations - including two of FACT's Freehanders - to become the researchers for the project, create a film of their findings and present this back in the Autumn to key policy makers in Liverpool.
The young people will be interviewing key stakeholders in Nantes such as the Director of Voyage a Nantes, working with renowned Nantes based photographer Franck Gerard, and visiting some of the arts and culture sites across the city.
Throughout the trip the group of young people will be blogging and making a film about their experiences. Watch this space to find out how they got on!
This project has been funded by Liverpool PCT.