2008 Events – June Listing




1st June Liverpool Sound

A once-in-lifetime concert to celebrate Liverpool’s status as the World Capital of Pop, featuring Sir Paul McCartney.

4th – 11th June The Big Hope

The Big Hope is Liverpool Hope University’s contribution to the Capital of Culture and to the European Parliament’s Year of Intercultural Dialogue. It will bring together 1,000 young people (18-35 years) from across the world who have faith and are potential leaders of their communities.

They will consider urgent issues such as the relationship between personal integrity and human life, the development a more humane global society and our roles as individuals.

The programme has international keynote speakers from the worlds of sport, culture, business, education, the environment, politics, human rights and reconciliation including John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Pius Ncube, Archbishop of Buluwayo; Stephen Green, Chairman of HSBC; Sushobva Barve of Delhi and many others. The Big Hope will end with the Liverpool 2008 International Faith Declaration led by Lord David Alton. It will reconvene in Liverpool in 2018 to assess progress.

Hope University
7th June Lord Mayor’s Parade

Specially enhanced for 2008, Walk the Plank and the Liverpool Lantern Company collaborate to add amazing images and colourful costumes to the Parade…. Artists will be working with community groups and local businesses to create spectacular floats, which are wheeled, pushed or pulled through the streets.

A chance for the many diverse communities that contribute to the cultural identity of the city to parade through the streets, with carnival bands and street performance spilling out from the Parade route to animate the whole city…featured floats will include those made by and with people from the Caribbean Centre, the Arabic Festival, Homotopia, Tara Park travellers community, the Hindu Cultural Association, Kensington Regeneration and associated groups, the Chinese community, and many, many more.

Liverpool City Centre

Starts at 13.00 from Pall Mall

19th – 22nd June Design Show Liverpool

Design Show Liverpool is set to be the most exciting design event the north west has ever seen. The Contemporary Urban Centre will showcase the very best of product design, cutting-edge technology and stylish living.

This is a unique opportunity for the public to browse and buy from over 150 selected designers, who represent the very best in regional, national and international modern design and contemporary fashion. Open to the public, trade buyers and collectors, visitors will see a fantastic range of innovative work, will be able to commission unique pieces for indoors and outdoors, and shop for functional items with a twist – from furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting and eco-design to garden products clothing, jewellery and fashion accessories.

There will be fashion shows, workshops and product presentations running throughout each day of the show. For family visitors there will be a children’s interactive play area where parents and children can enjoy themselves in a stimulating, safe and enjoyable environment.

Novas Contemporary Urban Centre
27th June – 31st August Pipilotti Rist

One of Europe’s leading contemporary artists, Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland) presents a major UK solo exhibition. Famed for her stunning sculptural video installations that are often presented in unusual locations, the exhibition will traverse the natural to the industrial world.

With the UK premiere of Gravity, Be My Friend, Rist’s spectacular and beautiful video installations celebrate the power of self-invention and the creation of new rules for humans living together. Fantasy and the everyday are re-mixed into a humorous and kaleidoscopic exploration of the female voice and body in contemporary

28th June Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

Production commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of European Capital of Culture 2008. Performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Liverpool Cathedral, Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and Choir of Cologne Cathedral. Britten’s War Requiem is one of the 20th century’s greatest choral works, a passionate outcry about the inhumanity of war.

Composed on a vast scale, the War Requiem was commissioned to celebrate the consecration in 1962 of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, destroyed during air raids in the Second World War. Dedicated to the memory of four of Britten’s school friends, three of whom died in the 1939-1945 conflict, the
War Requiem is a uniquely powerful work which combines the war poems of Wilfred Owen with the Latin Mass for the Dead.

Often angry, deeply unsettling and profoundly moving, it has passages of great tenderness and lyricism, contrasting the ugliness and futility of war, the senseless suffering and the death and destruction it brings, with the distant hope of man’s humanity and salvation. In joining in musical friendship with Cologne, Liverpool’s twin city, where a performance will also be given by these same forces, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is reflecting and celebrating Britten’s passionate desire for healing and reconciliation between former enemies.

Liverpool Cathedral
June Open Source City

Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company. An actual and virtual gathering of people working on the development of open access software, by Sound Network.

20-22 June
June Theatre in the Park

Spike Theatre presents the classic Lewis Carroll tale, Alice in Wonderland. Performed by a cast of 40 utilising puppetry, live music, and song some of
Merseyside’s lesser-known parks are transformed into a magical wonderland.

Alice goes al fresco

White rabbits and tea parties will be bringing some of Merseyside’s lesser-known green spaces to life this month.

Theatre in the Park returns for its fifth season in 2008 with an all-new outdoor production of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland.

Performances take place in Liverpool (Allerton Tower, June 14 & 15); Knowsley (Stadt Moers Park, June 21 & 22); and for the first time, Halton (Wigg Island, June 28 & 29).

Parks in Liverpool, Knowsley
and Halton
June – July (neighbourhood

Streetwaves is the Liverpool Culture Company’s annual new music competition. It’s a chance for talented musicians aged between 14 and 25 to take their first step in the music industry, get advice from industry professionals, and gain valuable performance experience.

Following a series of heats in Liverpool’s five neighbourhood areas, the ‘most ready’ acts will get the chance to play at a series of high profile music events during the summer.

Liverpool’s five neighbourhood
June – August Go Superlambanana

Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool is set to stage a world-class art participation event from late June to early September.

Go Superlambananas will celebrate Liverpool’s communities and see the streets, parks, neighbourhoods and open spaces of Liverpool transformed into an open air, free to view, mass public appeal art event. Up to one hundred, 180cm tall Superlambananas, one of Liverpool’s most iconic and best loved pieces of public art – originally, created by Taro Chiezo for Arts Transpennine in 1998 – will be painted, decorated and adorned by local and regional artists, community groups and celebrities.

The Go Superlambanana sculpture has been specially designed to act as a 3d canvas to showcase the creativity of Liverpool – its heritage; architecture; regeneration and its world renowned arts scene.
Through sponsorship and working with the creative sector, Go Superlambananas will bring together the business and creative sectors to celebrate the spirit of fun which is at the very heart of Liverpool.

Over the ten week period, Go Superlambananas is expected to attract thousands of visitors as well as encourage residents to become ‘tourists in their own city’. After the event many of the Superlambananas will be sold at a charity auction with a significant percentage of the proceeds going to local charities.

Across Liverpool
16 June – 25 August