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2008 Events – September Listing




4th September Berlin Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle brings the Berlin Philharmoniker to Liverpool. Simon Rattle’s worldwide reputation for impassioned, compelling and memorable orchestral concerts across the classical repertoire means that his long-overdue return to Liverpool will be doubtless an eagerly anticipated event of 2008.

One of Liverpool’s favourite sons and, with Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Liverpool Phil’s Artist Laureate 2008, Sir Simon Rattle comes home to conduct the orchestra in the concert hall where he began his stellar music career. The programme includes a new work by Brett Dean, one of the most internationally performed composers of his generation. Simon Rattle is a leading interpreter of Brett Dean’s music. Dean currently holds the position of Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music and is working on an opera Bliss, based on Peter Carey’s novel of the same name.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
8th – 14th September Street Theatre at the Hope St Festival

Taking the Hope Street Festival Association’s European Street Market and the architecture of Hope Street as its inspiration, a group of national and international artists including Ian Smith will animate Hope Street and its buildings.

The performances will take place over a week, with one or two happenings each day, culminating on the final day with all the animations and performances and a few finale surprises.

Expect up to 20 ridiculous market stalls, specially invented street musicians, roof top hawkers, flapping carpets, singers and vendors of every description to join in the proceedings. Punters will be awarded 100 ‘neuro’s’ as they enter at either end of Hope Street and will be free to spend them however they wish.

Every ‘product’ would be inspirational or the answer to a wish however small and each stall and product will be designed as a unique artistic element. These
performances will incorporate lots of original music and songwriting / inventive sound installation/ much design, performance and sculpture. The whole
experience will be a cacophonous hurly burly somewhere between the world of ‘Oliver!’ and Marrakech.

Hope Street
15th – 19th September
(projections), 20th September
(live event)



A Liverpool Commission, commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool’s first locally held international Audio Visual (AV) Festival entitled, ‘AudioVision’. Kinetophone Records will be hosting a free six-day experience of video installations, audio-visual performances, film screenings and AV workshops.

Utilizing the visual capacities of the Mersey Tunnel Air Vent (AV) situated at the Georges Dock Building, South Piazza; ‘AudioVision’ will combine live multi-media musical performances to the backdrop of projected visuals. With the
assistance of the large format UK projection specialists ETC and Audile Lighting a son et lumière (French lit. ’Sound and light’ or ‘a sound and light show’) will be presented – transforming the air-vent building structure into a spectacular array of colour, light and sound.

Local artists will be collaborating with renowned international professionals from NYC and London to create new exciting work, which will be exhibited and performed live onto the Art Deco construction. Responding to Liverpool’s shifting formal architecture and urban structure. A public programme of workshops will be produced for the period leading up to 15th – 20th September 2008.

Mersey Tunnel Air Vent, St
Georges Dock Building
5th – 7th
La Machine

Commissioned by Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. In May 2006 something incredible happened in London. For four days the city stopped in its tracks and marvelled at the sight of a gigantic wooden elephant, and a little-girl giant in a green dress. A million people jammed the streets, astonished at the scale and beauty of the spectacular Sultan’s Elephant .

Now Artichoke, the company that brought that event to London, is planning a magical new show, created specially for Liverpool 2008. The precise details are a closely-guarded secret, but what’s certain is that it will be huge in scale and utterly unlike anything seen in Liverpool before: an unforgettable piece of live theatre, played out against the landmarks of a great city. Will you find it? Register now for updates and you just might


All over Liverpool
27th September Verdi Requiem

Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Verdi’s sublime and dramatic setting of the Roman
Catholic funeral mass.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

20th September to 30th November Liverpool Biennial International

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s only International Festival of Contemporary Art.

For ten weeks once every two years, many of the world’s most exciting International artists are invited to create new works in dozens of locations throughout Liverpool and hundreds of the best British artists compete for accolade through the John Moores prize for contemporary painting and New Contemporaries exhibition.

Additional exhibitions presented through a thriving independent scene create a real buzz in the city and the whole event throws means that for 10 weeks each autumn an international spotlight on Liverpool is the focus for contemporary arts in Britain attracting an estimated half a million visitors.

Unexpected sites in Liverpool
City Centre, Tate Liverpool,
FACT, Open Eye, The
Bluecoat and venues across
the city
September – November NOISE

Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. NOISE “City as Magazine” is a media festival comprising virtual and city-wide showcases of new talent and engaging young teams to create reportage of Capital of Culture events.

The NOISE television channel will be staged at a public Liverpool location to exhibit content produced by local young creatives and national competition winners trained by NOISE. The city’s streets will become a living magazine as young talent collaborates with European artists and curators to create a treasure hunt of city
art trails. These customisable tours can be downloaded from the NOISE website, to provide a guided tour with the original artists.

Various venues
September 4-7
DadaFest International 2008

International DadaFest 2008 is an International Disability and Deaf Arts Festival, bringing innovation, excellence and artistic work from disabled and deaf artists from every continent in the world in celebration of a global disability culture.

The festival will showcase work from the international Disability and Deaf Arts community.


Various Venue, mostly A Foundation
September Tour of Britain finale

Finish of the national Tour of Britain cycle race.

Autumn The Quiet Little Englishman

A Liverpool Commission, commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. In 1927, George Groves, son of Liverpool, recorded the first spoken words for the famous Al Jolson film ‘The Jazz Singer’ and with this he changed the face of cinematic sistory!

On a Liverpool dockside George Groves looked out across the Atlantic Ocean and dreamt a quiet dream. He bought his ticket…… … and he followed his destiny. In a warehouse on the very same docks Zho Visual Theatre will evoke through sound, image, movement and storytelling, the hopes, aspirations and achievements of this son of Liverpool – George Groves Sound Engineer.

From the pioneering work of this quiet son of Liverpool, the largest industry on the planet has evolved. It has enabled politicians to speak, protesters to be heard and the message of freedom for all to be broadcast around the planet. In the same pioneering spirit, Zho Visual Theatre will push the boundaries; converging cutting edge technology with live performance elements to create a new theatre for the digital future. Drawing international artists together for this unique production, the company will recreate the global artistic community of 1940’s New York and the pioneering world of early cinema.

Autumn Digital Departures

Co-commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. In 2008 the Northwest will become Europe’s shining light for micro-budget filmmaking with an ambitious plan to produce three feature-length films in Liverpool.

Northwest Vision + Media, together with its partners the Liverpool Culture Company, the UK Film Council and the BBC, invited writers, producers and directors from the city and across the broader Northwest to get involved in the ground-breaking Digital Departures project. Over 150 filmmaking teams applied, with 12 making it to the final shortlist.

Of these projects, three will eventually be green lit for production. Guided throughout by experienced industry professionals, each of the three Digital Departures films will have a budget of £250,000, to be fully financed by the partners. They will be developed, shot and post-produced in Liverpool and will premiere in the city in the autumn of 2008. The films will then be distributed nationally and internationally across a variety of digital platforms including the UK’s rapidly-expanding Digital Screen Network.

Various venues