TRANSITION

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Happy New Year everyone.

The whole city centre becomes a stage on Saturday January 10 2009.

The newly regenerated public space at the Pier Head will come alive with light and sound for this people’s celebration. At 6.15pm, there will be a sound, light and visual review of Liverpool’s history from 7,000,000,000BC to the present day. It will incorporate a history associated with its world heritage waterfront that has been reinvigorated like the rest of the city, and will be shown in full colour across several huge screens on the waterfront followed by a magnificent pyrotechnic finale from ships in the river finishing at approximately 7pm.

Many galleries will be open late with special events, also street theatre, dance and other live performances. Full details on the liverpool08 website

The whole city centre becomes a stage on January 10 2009.

The newly regenerated public space at the Pier Head will come alive with light and sound for this people’s celebration. At 6.15pm, a live MC will introduce a sound, light and visual reviewof Liverpool’s history from 7,000,000,000BC to the present day. It will incorporate a history associated with its world heritage waterfront that has been reinvigorated like the rest of the city, and will be shown in full colour across several huge screens on the waterfront followed by a magnificent pyrotechnic finale from ships in the river at 7pm.

Says Phil Redmond: “Just as we opened the year switching from the sandstone and cobbles of the 19th Century People’s Palace of St George’s Hall to the 21st Century steel and glass Arena, so we are opening 2009 with a new waterfront. Just as our forefathers walked to the river front and looked out to the world, so we will in the future.”

This ‘Transition’ will mark Liverpool’s 08 Year of Culture to its 09 Year of the Environment, and will mark the official handover to the European Capitals of Culture 09, the Austrian city of Linz and Vilnius in Lithuania. The exciting prospect is that Linz has agreed to ‘twin’ with Liverpool and stage a complementing light event in Austria on the same night.

Plus Liverpool Light Night
7 – 10pm
Various venues around the city

From 7pm, many of Liverpool’s extensive shops, Town Hall and 14 of its world renowned cultural facilities – including the Bluecoat, Open Eye Gallery, FACT, Tate Liverpool and the Maritime & International Slave Museums – will open late and there will be street theatre, music and dance performances in the city’s public spaces, pedestrian and shopping zones. Locals and visitors alike can venture into the city centre enjoy Liverpool’s Light Night, an evening of street performance, art and exclusive shopping.

Liverpool Light Night is part of a national programme of events covering the whole of the UK supported by the Association of Town Centre Managers www.lightnight.co.uk.

Mike Cockburn, Liverpool City Centre Manager says “Liverpool Light Night is about celebrating the city centre’s extensive and mixed cultural facilities, with shops and restaurants joining in to provide a super event for families. We hope Liverpool Light Night along with Transition Event will become an annual event in the city.”

Throughout the night, Liverpool’s many restaurants, bars and clubs will be ready to welcome visitors with the best in local food and hospitality.

Access is free for Transition and most of Light Night venues.

MORE at http://www.liverpool08.com/streets/Transition/index.asp

 

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