2008 Events – March Listing




4 – 28 March ‘Paradise Stories’
Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company and RIBA.

Viewing March 4 2008 18-20.00 then continues at International Gallery
Exhibition March 4 to March 28 2008

A huge duck with a foxes head, a Scouse Buddhist monk, an interactive wigwam-igloo and an Indian woman dancing to gospel and techno… just some of the characters, flora and fauna inhabiting artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung’s Paradise Stories exhibition.

Liverpool’s transformation and mankind’s endless pursuit of happiness have inspired Yung to create a unique two venue multi-sensory exhibition that employs a mixture of art forms to explore the quest for utopia, inviting visitors to find a sanctuary from reality and reflect on the city’s journey to current day European Capital of Culture renewal.


Renew Rooms

International Gallery

7th & 8th March Bahok – Akram Khan

Co-produced by the Liverpool Culture Company for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 with Merseyside Dance Initiative and Akram Khan Company.

Bahok is the long awaited new group choreography by Akram Khan. After the more intimate duets with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Zero Degrees) and Sylvie Guillem (Sacred Monsters), Akram Khan again joins forces with Mercury Award winning composer and producer Nitin Sawney, and has brought together a new company of nine dancers.

A collaboration with China’s classical ballet flagship company, The National Ballet of China, the dancers come from different cultures, traditions and dance backgrounds: Chinese, Korean, Indian, South-African and Spanish. As such they resemble a present day version of the tale of Babel.

Being a community that wants to create together a utopian project but speaking both with their bodies and tongues different languages. They meet in one of this globalised world’s transit zones and try to communicate, to share ‘the things they carry with them’

Liverpool Playhouse
w/c March 10th Arts Council England Carnival Seminar

The seminar is a 2-day event primarily for, but not limited to, UK based delegates as a forum for preparing for 2012. The event will offer delegates an insight into the preparation for and delivery of an Olympiad style festival and events by researching, debating and initiating a programme of projects and events designed to ensure the preparedness of the Carnival Arts sector for participation in activities leading up to and during 2012.

15th March Karl Jenkins – Stabat Mater

World premiere commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as part of Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karl Jenkins. Welsh musician Karl Jenkins is a true original who initially made his mark in jazz and rock.

Best known for Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary, Jenkins has recently enjoyed high-profile commissions for Bryn Terfel and Catrin Finch, while The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace has been taken up worldwide.

Following the success of his Requiem, which shot to No.1 in the UK classical charts, his next major work is the 13th-century Latin poem Stabat Mater; both of which will be recorded for EMI Classics in 2008. The powerful and moving words of the Stabat Mater, which deals with the suffering of Mary, Jesus Christ’s mother, during his crucifixion, has been set to music by many composers, but Jenkins is a new approach.

Liverpool Cathedral
30th March Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the European Union Youth Orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s most prestigious and dynamic orchestras. It unites Europe’s most talented young musicians, under some of the world’s most famous conductors, in an orchestra that transcends cultural, social, economic, religious and political boundaries and performs all over the world.

The EUYO will be conducted by Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Orchestra’s Music Director since 2000. Ashkenazy famously defected from Russia to the West on the steps of the Adelphi hotel in 1967 and has had a fondness for Liverpool ever since.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
March The Liverpool Art Prize – Exhibition

Six short-listed artists – 1 Winner
Opens Feb 29 2008
Ends April 10 2008

CUC North West
March The Long Walk

Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. The LONG WALK is a new composition and also a framework for a larger music development project that particularly engages with Chinese communities and culture.

Over a weekend in the middle of March 2008 audiences will take part in a musical journey across Liverpool that considers issues of displacement, exploitation and journey that are relevant to people, whatever their background or nationality. The LONG WALK is a response to the tragedy of February 2004 in which more than 21 Chinese cockle pickers died after becoming trapped by rising tides on Morecambe Bay.

It is created through workshops run by a range of musicians working with the acclaimed community music organisation MORE MUSIC. Liverpool Culture Company and Arts Council England have commissioned this new major composition and an extended music project from Peter Moser – Artistic Director of More Music. Together with the poet, Lemn Sissay, the composer worked with hundreds of people in Morecambe and Lancaster from September 2006 for six months to create the first performances in March

Tbc – various venues
March SONICStreams: Sound Art, Science, Health

A creative collaboration between FACT and Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital exploring the impact of sound on the human body. Working with an established team of new media artists, medical professionals, education experts and young people, FACT and Alder Hey set out to explore the impact of one of the few sensory factors that can be changed within a healthcare environment:sound.

The results of this collaboration will be presented and debated at the SONICStreams Conference in March 2008.

Launches in March Metal Pavillion

Pavilions specially commissioned for and by their communities will ensure that residents in Vauxhall, Garston and Kensington will show their creativity in awe-inspiring structures built by international artists and architects.

Community engagement is a key element of the 2008 public art programme and, like the Winter Light series, will be led by the Big Table partner organisations across the city; Rotunda College in the north, Metal in the east and Garston Cultural Village in the south. The Pavilions will be inspirational and create a sustainable connection between the city centre and the neighbourhoods and act as catalysts for interaction and engagement with the local community.

All three sites have been selected as representing a focus for transformation and change for those areas and all three commissions are specific to those areas needs and character. The involvement of the pavilion designs in the three areas will re-introduce the local residents to existing underused space with which events and cultural exchange for community cohesion will be programmed for throughout 2008. (Part of public art programme, commissioned from Liverpool Biennial by the Liverpool Culture Company)

Launches in March Visible Virals – urban spaces

Virals is a set of three projects in three different environments and contexts in the city infrastructure, Transport (January 2008), Urban Spaces (March 2008), Green Spaces (May 2008). They will have a positive, highly visible ‘infectious’ effect and engage with large numbers of people throughout the city.

The nature of the ‘infection’ will be specific to each context and engagement is seen as being a central element of the green spaces and urban spaces commissions. (Part of public art programme, commissioned from Liverpool Biennial by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008).

March – December Waiting

Waiting is a creative health and well-being programme which brings arts and creativity into health care centres and hospital spaces. It focuses on waiting areas and also on journeys of waiting from the womb to the end of life. It explores what happens to us when we wait and how this experience can be different by changing our internal space and our external environment.

The programme is jointly funded by the Liverpool Culture Company and Liverpool Primary Care Trust and delivered by a range of artistic and cultural organisations including the Comedy Trust, Chaturangan (focus on dance with other arts) and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

Various venues
March (film released) All Day and All Night

Award winning filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor aim to create a groundbreaking feature length community film in close partnership and
collaboration with four partners from Liverpool, Newcastle Gateshead, Birmingham and Dublin.

This project will use the methodologies employed in the filmmakers’ highly acclaimed and award winning series of short films, Civic Life. With a cast of several hundred local people from the four participating cities, this highly ambitious film called All Day and All Night will allow for an unique and visually stunning portrait of the four cities and their inhabitants.

Shooting begins in October 2007, with the finished film expected to be ready for release in March 2008. A provisional touring schedule has been agreed which includes screenings at over 12 cinemas around the UK and Ireland.