Hope Street really comes alive as we head towards the end of 2017. This is the time when the cultural seasons start, the students arrive and we build up to Christmas when the street is the heart of Liverpool’s Festive celebrations.
On 24th September, Hope Street will host Makers’ Market, featuring an array of crafts, arts and food for the discerning at Blackburne House. From October and into 2018 this exciting event will take place on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The Metropolitan Cathedral continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of outstanding concerts and a major exhibition showcasing the design competition for the cathedral. Concert highlights include ‘The Sixteen-Choral Pilgrimage’ on 22nd September and Mozart’s Requiem on 15th November. The audio post trail ‘Voices of the Metropolitan Cathedral’ returns to the Cathedral and Hope Street in September, giving fascinating insights into the events of the last 50 years from those that were there.
The much-loved and newly refurbished Unity Theatre goes from strength to strength with a full programme of drama, comedy, music and family friendly events leading up to the ‘Jungle Book’ Christmas show. An Autumn highlight will be Homotopia in early November. The Everyman will of course be presenting the Rock n’ Roll Panto ‘The Little Mermaid’ but has a packed programme of exciting theatre during the Autumn months including ‘Tin Drum’, based on the novel by Gunter Grass. In November and December LIPA presents a series of performances including the musical ‘Mack & Mabel’.
The Philharmonic also has an extraordinary programme of music (popular and classical), comedy, film and other performances including the Orchestra’s own season featuring its renowned conductor Vasily Petrenko. Highlights include Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and ‘The Birds’ on 5th October. Sir Bryn Terfel is artist in residence, performing works by Verdi. In the run up to Christmas there are performances for all ages to get you in the festive mood featuring the Orchestra themselves, Katherine Jenkins and Alexander Armstrong.
In September and October Liverpool Cathedral will be celebrating the Chavasse family with an exhibition, drama and lectures about Noel & Christopher, the twin sons of the Bishop of Liverpool, one of whom was awarded two Victoria Crosses in World War 1. In October the Cathedral will become a cinema for two nights only. For Christmas there will be a full range of carol concerts and family friendly events including The Snowman, with the cathedrals at both ends of Hope Street celebrating the season.
At the far end of the street, the VG&M continues to host has ‘Beyond Dredd & Watchmen’, the first major retrospective of the work of Liverpool-born artist John Higgins, who found global success as a comic book artist and writer for 2000AD, DC and Marvel. From October, visitors will be able to experience the Egyptian underworld in ‘Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld’.
Based in Rodney Street, the National Trust’s Hardmans’ House launches a series of guided walks of the Hope Street area in September, exploring the photographer’s connections and inspiration.