Music, Art and Film on Liverpool Waterfront this Summer


All The World Heritage Site’s A Stage…and a Gallery…and a Cinema…

Liverpool’s Pier Head and Albert Docks will become Britain’s greatest FREE outdoor cultural venue for a spectacular season of ‘On The Waterfront’ events this summer.

Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Councils’ culture service, with Walk The Plank as Creative Producer, are to create a FREE programme of events using a wide range of media, over three weekends, featuring Britain’s biggest outdoor cinema screen.

The ‘On The Waterfront’ season, which plays on the city’s connections with New York, will involve collaboration with key creative partners such as the RLPO, National Museums Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, FACT and Liverpool Lantern Company.

The waterfront festival is one of the showpiece highlights of Liverpool’s 2009 cultural calendar and will incorporate elements of Liverpool’s critically acclaimed European Capital of Culture programme.

The schedule: (all timings tbc)

Music on the Waterfront         31 July – 2 August 2009

Friday 31 July 20.00 – 22.00 Pier Head
Liverpool Phil & The Rightful Owners of the Song.
The return of the sell-out Liverpool ‘08 Commission featuring the city’s best pub singers delivering a unique performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 1 August 17.00 – 22.30 Pier Head
World Music at the World Heritage Site
An evening and night time programme of family-friendly, culturally diverse music from internationally renowned artists.

Sunday 2 August 13.00 – 16.00 Pier Head
Lazy Sunday Afternoon
An easy and gentle afternoon of jazzy bluesy niceness produced by some of Liverpool’s finest players on the stage, supported by world music performers.

Art on the Waterfront   14-16 August 2009

Fri 14th 21.00-22.00 and Sat 15th 20.30-22.30 Pier Head
Inspired by Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition Colour Chart, the evening programme will lead to a special Sound and Light event featuring coloured lanterns, coloured fire, lighting effects and projections working to an especially commissioned sound score with additional performance elements on the Saturday night.

Sat 15th and Sun 16th 12.00 – 17.00, Albert/Salthouse/Canning Dock
With Colour Chart at Tate Liverpool as a catalyst, join us for a family-friendly weekend programme with interactive theatre performances, an outdoor Colour Tent in Mermaid Court hosting a range of colourful creative activities including lantern making.

Expect colourful interactive animations, street performances and aquatic installations.

Film on the Waterfront   25 – 27 September 2009

Located at the south end of the Pierhead site, with the window of the new Liverpool Museum acting as a gigantic cinema screen, this is a weekend of cinema and digital arts produced in partnership with FACT.

Fri 25th 19.30 – 23.00
Abandon Normal Devices – AND Festival
AND is a Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, and a partnership between three of the northwest’s media art organisations ;FACT, Folly and Cornerhouse. Expect cinematic shenanigans and an evening of remixed and remastered innovative and contemporary screen work.

Sat 26th 19.30 – 22.00
Pictures at the Pierhead
A night of big screen cinema classics, with thematic connections to the waterfront location, and a supporting programme of locally produced short films.

* More details of the ‘On The Waterfront’ season will be announced over the coming weeks.