2017 will be a very special year on Hope Street when it celebrates two Golden anniversaries: the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the publication of seminal poetry collection The Mersey Sound. Add that to the packed event calendar, world class theatre & astonishing music that happens almost every day of the year and there is no better place to be in Liverpool.
The Everyman Company have already impressed with Fiddler on the Roof which returns in June as the finale of their first season. Between March & October the VG&M 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. In March the two cathedrals celebrate Easter, one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. Stars of the future can be spotted at LIPA’s public shows from March to May
On 19th May Hope Street will once again be one of the principal venues for Light Night Liverpool, with events the full length and breadth of the street. Pentecost will be celebrated in June with a walk of witness between the two cathedrals.
13th May sees the beginning of the Golden Jubilee of the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral which will be celebrated with a series of outstanding concerts, artistic collaborations and masses. Highlights include: the ‘Liverpool Mass’ presented by the Bluecoat; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic performing ‘Gloria!’ with Sir James McMillan; a free flower festival from 2nd-5th June and a secret listening trail ‘Voices of the Metropolitan Cathedral’ which will take you all along Hope Street.
Between May & July Liverpool Philharmonic, Unity Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse will create a series of works to light up Hope Street as part of the city’s 50 Summers of Love celebrating The Mersey Sound, one of the biggest selling poetry books of all time. Over the years the names of poets McGough, Henri and Patten have become synonymous with Hope St.
From 13-29 April the Everyman Theatre will produce a new adaptation of Brian Patten’s The Story Giant, a tale for families of a giant who lives off new stories from around the world. Unity Theatre will combine poetry, live music, storytelling and film to create a new work Horny Handed Tons of Soil inspired by Adrian Henri’s poetic responses to the urban geography of Liverpool. The production takes to the stage from 13-15 July. Liverpool Philharmonic will work with Roger McGough on two special events. On 27th & 28th June Summer with Monika, McGough’s magical, iconic tale of love in the 1960s will be performed by Ensemble 10/10 as Roger reads his epic poem and will also feature more of his classic poetry set to music. 1967 saw the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joins forces with The Bootleg Beatles and Roger McGough once again, for an evening-long symphonic recreation of The Beatles’ most famous album. This sold out event will take place on just three evenings – Wednesday 31 May, Saturday 3 June and Saturday 8 July.
On 10th & 11th June a unique event Rita Riot/Rita Requiem by international performer Meow Meow will take over Hope Street from cathedral to cathedral. Known for pushing boundaries, Meow Meow will work with her Sleepless Beauties to produce a unique procession which will involve 300 members of a brass band, with a little help from the Kazimier. A thought-provoking installation in The Oratory will follow, with the event weekend culminating with both an “awakening” and a requiem. This will undoubtedly a first for Hope Street, the city, for traffic wardens and the world!
Following the outstanding success of the Winter event, 17th June sees the return of the Summer Arts Market to Liverpool Cathedral.
From 10th – 21st July Hope Street will once again be celebrating Graduation for both Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool students. The street will be dressed and animated to mark this important date in Liverpool’s year to give our students the best send off of any city in the UK. Continuing the celebrations, LIPA’s graduation is returning to the Liverpool Philharmonic at the end of July.
Towards the end of the year more cultural highlights can be anticipated in the Autumn cultural seasons. For Christmas on Hope Street will once again be the only place in Liverpool to celebrate the festive season with carol concerts, services, seasonal shows and festive dining.