2008 Events – July Listing




5th July Chinese Dub

A Liverpool Commission, commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. Internationally acclaimed musician Jah Wobble has worked with music icons such as Bjork, Brian Eno, Massive Attack, Baaba Mal and Natasha Atlas, now he joins forces with the Pagoda Chinese Youth orchestra for innovative Chinese/European musical collaboration that crosses boundaries and engages with the cultural hybridism of Liverpool.

This project works on many levels, by raising awareness of the Chinese community in the city and also helping to promote Chinese music to a wider audience beyond the community in which it originated. It is a dynamic partnership between one of the UK’s most acclaimed musicians and the oldest Chinese orchestra in Europe, aiming to push the boundaries and breathe new life into the way Chinese music is perceived.

Liverpool was the first ever place in Europe with a Chinese immigrant population and this is another reason why this special project gains extra resonance. 2008 also marks the 25th birthday celebrations for the PCYO

Mountford Hall
5th – 11th July Shakespeare in the City

Shakespeare in the City is a unique fringe celebration showcasing youth theatre performances from across the UK.

Various venues
5th July Clipper 07-08 – race finish

The return of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race.

12th July – 1st November The Beat Goes On

From the Cavern to Creamfields, Billy Fury to the Zutons, The Beat Goes On will provide a journey through 40 years of Liverpool music.

World Museum Liverpool
16th – 20th July Fragrant at Tatton

Liverpool’s botanical collection exhibited at the RHS Tatton Show.

16th – 27th July European Youth Parliament

Nearly 300 young people will gather at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall for the European Youth Parliament. The 10-day session will bring together participants from more than 30 European countries, to share ideas, culture and experience.

Young people will take part in a variety of activities during the session, including teambuilding and committee work, culminating in the announcement of 15 resolutions which will be sent to the European

Various city centre – including
St George’s Hall
18th July John Lennon Songbook with the RLPO

John Wilson conducts the RLPO with guest vocalists in the John Lennon Song featuring especially orchestrated arrangements of Lennon’s musical
output as a member of the Fab Four and as a solo artist.

Philharmonic Hall
18th – 21st July Start of Tall Ships’ Races

The spectacular start of the Tall Ships’ Races – expected to attract a million spectators to the banks of the River Mersey.

Full details on liverpool08 website

July Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi

A new musical comedy, taking an irreverent but affectionate look at one of Liverpool’s iconic buildings throughout its extraordinary history. Writer and director Phil Willmott has spent the last twelve months gathering stories about the Adelphi Hotel before choosing the meeting of movie stars and 1930’s Liverpool as the setting for a new, romantic musical in what will be a joyful celebration of one of Britain’s favourite hotels.

Phil Wilmott is well known for his imaginative musical productions, such as Dick Barton and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Liverpool Playhouse
July Contacting the World

Contacting the World brings together hundreds of young theatre makers across the world to take part in an extraordinary process of international,
creative exchange. In October 2007, 150 young people from ten different countries were twinned for ten months to share their lives, hopes, passions
and dreams. In July 2008 twelve new theatre performances created as a result of this unique collaboration will be premiered together in Liverpool.

This work is presented alongside a programme of public workshops, discussions, late-night music and street performances. This production is brought
to Liverpool by Contact – a pioneering, award-winning theatre venue in Manchester.

Various venues
July Arabic Arts Festival

A celebration of Arabic culture in Liverpool. One of the major highlights of the 2008 programme will be Taoub-Collectif Acrobatique de Tangier – a dramatic acrobatic performance accompanied by live Arabic music and traditional song.

Directed by Aurelien Bory, a leading figure in French contemporary circus and dance who adds spice and humour to their ancient art. A spellbinding show for all the family and the first North West visit.

July (broadcast), November
High Hopes

A Liverpool Commission, commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. ‘High Hopes’ is a coproduction between First Take and Sydvest Films. Between Liverpool, England and Stavanger, Norway. The two Capitals of Culture in 2008.

The series follows the lives of 10 teenagers approaching adulthood in a tale of these two very different cities. The chosen characters all have a particular driving passion, a dream, high hopes for the future. The documentary series is a graphic example of what it’s like to be growing up in Liverpool and Stavanger in 2008 and serves as a lasting record for generations to come. It is a series is aimed at a young audience and artistically it will be fast paced, edgy, packed with images, special effects, and music, emotional depth and strong storylines.

Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the
UK, Europe and beyond will watch ‘High Hopes’. The dynamic style will lend itself to new technologies and interactivity so apart from the documentary series there will also be multi-media tie-ins.