Large artworks made entirely of sustainable bamboo will be showcased in Liverpool for a one-day, FREE family-friendly festival.


Imagine Bamboo is Everywhere will take over Great George Square in Chinatown on Sunday 20 August and will feature the intricate, creations of local artists including windmills, giant butterflies, bikes, bridges and other impressive structures.And what makes it even more special, the Borinda bamboo being used is originally from mountainous Tibet, but has been brought to the UK by a botanist working for the University of Liverpool and grown at Ness Botanical Gardens.


Along with the incredible work on show there will also be street theatre, performances from the Bamboo Orchestra as well as ‘have-a-go’ music and craft workshops and facepainting – all taking place from 11am to 4pm.     


The event is part of a Liverpool City Region (LCR) Cultural Events Programme which has already seen workshops take place across the six boroughs, bringing together residents of all ages, emerging climate leaders, community groups, academics, engineers and artists to explore the importance of bamboo and how this important sustainable material is used in design, construction, green innovation, farming and carbon capture.


Culture Liverpool is the lead producer, and throughout August the artworks will tour each borough. The team is working with independent creative director Orit Azaz and art specialists Imagineer Productions, who last worked in the city when they brought The Bridge to Walton as one of the first post-Covid community celebration events in 2021.  


Imagine Bamboo is Everywhere is funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and follows on from the Lost Castles and Constellations LCR Cultural Events projects that were held in the city region in 2018 and 2019.


The event on the 20 August will take place at the same time as the Sea Festival, which is a celebration of East South East Asian communities and culture.  


For more information, visit the Culture Liverpool website.


Bamboo Facts

  • Bamboo is a grass, not a plant
  • Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet
  • Bamboo creates more oxygen than trees
  • Bamboo is stronger than steel
  • Bamboo is naturally antibacterial
  • Bamboo is a nutritious food source
  • Bamboo does not require fertilizers or pesticides for optimal growth
  • Bamboo is also used as medicine
  • Bamboo provides housing for 15 per cent of the people in the world
  • There are over 1,500 species of bamboo