Liverpool is taking its European Capital of Culture celebrations all the way to Glastonbury this weekend.
The Orrery – a six-metre high sculpture representing the city’s cultural assets – will appear in the ‘Park’ area of the legendary annual music festival, which takes place between June 27 and 29.
And The Orrery won’t be the only Liverpool representative in the south east this weekend – city chart-toppers The Zutons and The Wombats both feature on the Glastonbury line-up, along with local acts The Rascals, 28 Costumes, Elle s’appelle, Eugene McGuiness, Amsterdam, and Sense of Sound.
Inspired by traditional astronomical instruments which show how planets orbit the sun in the solar system, The Orrery was created to reflect Liverpool’s position as ‘the Centre of the Creative Universe’, a reference to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s comments following a visit to the city in the 1960s. Ten of Liverpool’s key cultural organisations are represented by individually designed orbs – or ‘planets’ – suspended from the structure, and internal lights mean that it can be illuminated at night.
Originally developed as an educational project, The Orrery has recently completed a tour of Liverpool primary schools, giving more than 10,000 children an opportunity to experience the programme for European Capital of Culture 2008 through an interactive performance led by actors from Hope Street Ltd.
Phil Redmond, creative director and deputy chair of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: “The Orrery was designed to embody the richness and vibrancy of Liverpool’s cultural offer by bringing together some of the many organisations who are helping to deliver our European Capital of Culture celebrations.