2008 Events – October Listing




2nd October – 18th Jan Le Corbusier

The life and work of the most famous and influential architect of the 20 th century, Le Corbusier, will feature in a major, new international exhibition
premiering in Liverpool in 2008, during its year as European Capital of Culture.

Organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Trust, Le
Corbusier – The Art of Architecture will be exhibited in one of the most distinctive and dramatic spaces in Britain – the crypt of the Metropolitan
Cathedral of Christ the King, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The exhibition will then travel to the Barbican, London, to mark the 175 th anniversary of the RIBA. Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture is curated by Le Corbusier scholars, Stanislaus von Moos, Arthur Rüegg and Mateo Kries, for Vitra Design Museum, Basel, in collaboration with the RIBA Trust and the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam. The UK curator for the RIBA Trust is Graeme Russell, formerly Director of CUBE, Manchester.

The Crypt, Metropolitan
2nd October Simon Rattle conducts the RLPO

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme that includes Sibelius Symphony No. 5 and the world premiere
of a new work by Brett Dean.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
12th October Burial at Thebes

Composed by Dominique le Gendre, directed by Derek Walcott and conducted by Peter Manning. Based on the concept that Greek stories can be
used to investigate modern politics and cultures, in “The Burial at Thebes”, the victorious leader Creon is forced to choose between his public responsibility and personal concerns when faced with Antigone’s disobedience. All too late, Creon realises the fatal consequences of personal inflexibilities that have wiped out his family. This is the first time Nobel Prize winner, Seamus Heaney, has exposed his own great work to musical interpretation.

Composer Dominique Le Gendre will use the orchestra, soloists and chorus to recreate the action in Heaney’s epic poem with dramatic narration by Trinidadian Rapso, played by the actor Wendell Manwarren. It is a groundbreaking approach to a 1,000 year-old tragedy with universal and contemporary resonance. This performance is part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
31st October Halloween Lantern Parade

Liverpool Lantern Company’s annual event, the Halloween Lantern Carnival in Sefton Park has become a highlight of the Liverpool calendar, involving 15 partner organisations and over 20 community groups.

In 2008 the Halloween lantern carnival will incorporate a kinetic lantern, water and fire festival with the theme of ‘Phoenix Rising’ and a cast of over 200 performers, pyrotechnicians and musicians in an extraordinary celebratory uprising in Sefton park, Liverpool.

Sefton Park
19 September – 11 October Eric’s – The Musical

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present the world première of Eric’s – The Musical. Mark Davies Markham, Liverpool-born author of the hit musical
Taboo , turns his attention to the notorious Liverpool punk club, which sparked a cultural revolution and inspired a generation.

The late ‘70s and ‘80s in Liverpool were for many defined by strikes, mass unemployment and hardship. As the black clouds of recession hovered above the Liver buildings, the rebellious and creative fire of Eric’s burnt brightly. An extraordinary array of characters (Julian Cope, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, Jayne Casey, Pete Burns, Holly Johnson) defined, and were defined by, the Eric’s spirit of do it yourself: and do it your way. Now it’s time to catch the fire once more in this glorious musical celebration.

Liverpool Everyman
October (finale) Generation 21 conference

Part of the European Capital of Culture schools programme. Generation 21 will see Liverpool children and young people becoming city planners to
vision a new, healthier Liverpool for the 21st century. Designs and installations from the programme will form the centre piece of a national Creative
Learning Networks conference at the Liverpool Echo Arena and Convention Centre in October.

Liverpool Arena and
Convention Centre
October BBC Electric Proms

The BBC Electric Proms brings together the best new and established live performers. In 2008 it will take place in Liverpool – the first time outside of

October Mark Simpson commission for the RLPO

A new work commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from BBC Young Musician and Composer of the Year 2007, Liverpudlian Mark Simpson. Paul Daniel will conduct the concert.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
October Stephen Pratt commission for the RLPO

A new work commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from Stephen Pratt, conducted by Clark Rundell.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
October – November Babel the Blue Bear

A Liverpool Commission, commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. 20 Stories High is a dynamic new
company that works with and captures the imagination of young people with its bold renderings of contemporary tales.

Once upon a grime in a land not so far away lived a young man called Benny. He existed in limbo in outer space with his only friend Blue Bear for company. However one day something unexpected happened….. Benny looked down, upon the earth and saw himself hooked up to a life support machine. Babul and the Blue Bear explores the themes of cultural identity, divided loyalties, racial tension and a sense of belonging in a multi-cultural Britain.

With the help of Bob Firth from Horse and Bamboo, the company brings the worlds of Hip-Hop and theatre, Heavy Grime music, spoken word, body-popping, mask and puppetry into a dynamic and exhilarating way. The play is suitable for ages 13+.

Valley Theatre, Netherley
October Powerplant

Power Plant is a specially commissioned work of sound and light installations. It was originally commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. The artists’ aim was to create a series of works which took their inspiration from and responded to the
environment of the garden in different ways, working together to create a magical auditory and visual night time journey.

The installations use a wide variety of approaches from video and electronic sound to modifications of old gramophones, moving speakers, sound sources hidden in the undergrowth, circular saw blades played like gongs and balloons filled with tuned harmonicas that whispers an eerie melancholic requiem.

The result is a strange, magical and surprising night time journey through a sonic landscape which explores the relationship between sound, light and the garden environment. Part of a special programme of outdoor work.

Calderstones Park
October – November Homotopia

Liverpool’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts festival returns with a specially-enhanced programme for 2008. One of the highlights of the festival will be ‘Liverpool Is Burning’. An epic dance piece, excavating the shared LGBT community experience of vogueing, In collaboration with House of Suarez, Liverpool Is Burning will blur the boundaries of dance, live art fused with club culture reconnecting with contemporary lesbian, gay and transgender communities and mainstream dance movements. Other highlights include ‘Drama Queen’ – a new play by Shaun Duggan which will receive its world premiere at the Unity Theatre.

Various Venues
October 9 – 19th
Bluecoat Literature Festival

Writing at the Bluecoat: Liverpool’s Literature Festival for the Capital of Culture. Following its major capital development the Bluecoat reopens in 2008 with a full programme of contemporary visual and performing arts. Live literature is prominent in the programme, including this two-week festival
featuring UK and international writers.

The Bluecoat