Monday, 29 June 2015 15:50

Focus on: Liverpool Night Market

Liverpool Night Market Liverpool Night Market Source: Liverpool City Council

Boosting town centres and strengthening local communities is something councils are constantly striving to achieve.

Held on the first Saturday of each month, the Liverpool Night Markets started as a 12-month pilot project to bring residents back to the town centre and activate Liverpool’s night-time economy.

Since then, this fun family night out has grown into one of the highlights of the local calendar – boosting local businesses and fostering an increased sense of community spirit.

The Night Markets are set on Macquarie Street, Liverpool; a corridor that links the city centre with Macquarie Mall and public transport, but has seen declining patronage in recent years.

“Council wanted to bring life back to Macquarie Street, and the Night Markets have been a great way for residents to rediscover the area,” said Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun.

“Between 4 and 9pm, market stalls offer a variety of gifts and homewares, fashion, gadgets, CDs, jams and preserves and other delicious treats,” he said.

“Other highlights include a jumping castle, craft activities, face painting, a pop-up library, cooking demonstrations and a range of entertainment from local performers and musicians,” said Mayor Mannoun.

“During June, we even had ex-Masterchef contestant Amina Elshafei host free cooking demonstrations showcasing her unique fusion of Egyptian and Korean cuisine,” he said.

“Most importantly, the Night Markets offer families a night of great entertainment and unique local experiences in the heart of their city,” said Mayor Mannoun.

“Council wants to make Liverpool a more exciting place for its residents to live and work. The Night Markets is just one part of this plan, but the community’s response has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

“Saturday was chosen as it has traditionally been a day of limited trading hours in the Liverpool CBD. The market offers an opportunity for businesses to stay open longer and take advantage of the night-time foot traffic if they wish to do so.”

“Overall, the Night Market has been a resounding success. It is a fantastic way for residents to become more engaged with their local area, and paves the way for our upcoming urban revitalisation program Building Our New City,” said Mayor Mannoun.

Liverpool Night Markets. Image courtesy of Liverpool City Council

Last modified on Monday, 29 June 2015 16:42