Hopefully there will be a significant visual art element for this event. There is the Lennon Art exhibitions at JMU but details are still to be confirmed. The White Feather exhibition which was originally due to finish last December has already been extended for a further year. If galleries or artists want to be involved then see the email address below for the Beatles Story who are the main organisers.
Liverpool to host major John Lennon Tribute Season
Two-month cultural programme will mark 70 years since Lennon’s birth and 30 years since his untimely death
The city of Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, is to a host an extensive season of cultural events to celebrate the life of John Lennon, one of the world’s most influential and legendary musicians, who was born in the city.
From October 9 – which would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, to 9 December – the day after the 30th anniversary of his assassination; organisations in Liverpool will join forces to host a series of live music, film, poetry and art events which are estimated to bring tens of thousands of additional tourists to the city.
Events include ‘Lennon Remembered’, a major tribute concert at the 11,000 seat Echo Arena, a major birthday celebration at the world-famous Cavern Club, a Lennon-inspired international poetry competition, film festival, lecture programme and visual art exhibitions at Liverpool John Moores University. White Feather: Spirit of Lennon, an exhibition about life with John Lennon by his son Julian and former wife Cynthia, has also been specially extended.
The organisation of the John Lennon Tribute Season is being led by the world’s leading permanent Beatles-themed visitor attraction, the Beatles Story and a team including regional tourist board, The Mersey Partnership (TMP); Liverpool City Council; Liverpool attraction, Cavern City Tours, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and shopping and leisure complex, Liverpool One.
Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of the Beatles Story said: “2010 is a big year for Beatles fans as it is 50 years since the band formed and 40 years since they split. Combine this with what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his death and you can see why we wanted to host a fitting tribute. The richness and diversity of the John Lennon Tribute Season represents the impact John’s life had on music and culture, the city of Liverpool and fans all over the world”.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Storey, said: “John Lennon is one of the most iconic figures of the Twentieth Century and a Liverpool lad who became known in every corner of the globe. His enduring message of peace is as important now as ever and continues to be an inspiration to many. The John Lennon Tribute Season will allow us to remember him as a man, celebrate his music, and his overall contribution to our city.”
A selection of headline events from the John Lennon Tribute Season Programme:
Saturday 9 October – Thursday 9 December 2010
CAVERN CLUB – “Imagine” the tribute with Marcus Cahill: Daily
CAVERN CLUB – 70th Birthday Celebration Gig including top tribute acts: 9 October
FILM FESTIVAL – Liverpool ONE Odeon Cinema: November
LENNON POET 2010: Major International Poetry Competition: Final in November
“AN EVENING WITH”: Weekly lecture programme with Lennon friends and family: Dates TBC
LENNON ART: Exhibitions at Liverpool John Moores University: Dates TBC
LENNON STREET ENTERTAINERS FESTIVAL: Liverpool ONE: October
WALKING TOURS: View Lennon sites with VIP Guides: Weekly
WHITE FEATHER: The Spirit of Lennon: Exhibition by Julian & Cynthia Lennon, Beatles Story
JOHN LENNON REMEMBERED: Memorial Concert at The Echo Arena: 9 December (Tickets on sale 9am on the 9 April from ACC T: 0844 8000 400)
Organisations wanting to participate in the John Lennon Tribute Season should contact Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of the Beatles Story firstname.lastname@example.org