LIFE BEGINS AT 50!

SUMMER of love is the theme for Festival 50, which celebrates its third
anniversary this year.

Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company, the festival aims to make sure
that people aged over 50 in Liverpool feel celebrated in the run-up to the
best ever European Capital of Culture year in 2008.  Whether it's acting,
dancing, music or workshops about drugs, there's something for everyone in
this recreation of the Summer of Love.

Full programme for Festival 50:


Introduction to Playwriting
Monday 13 June, 2pm-5pm /
Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Hope Street /
£3 / To book call 0151 706 9112.
For anyone who has ever thought of putting pen
to paper for the stage, this workshop will offer a
whirlwind taste of the craft of the playwright, covering
character, story and structure to provide you with some
tools for the development of your play.

Live Script Workshop
Friday 17 June, 2pm-5pm /
Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Hope Street /
£3 / To book call 0151 706 9112.
Renowned writer Robert Farquhar currently under
commission to the theatres, shares some of the earliest
moments in the development of his new play and
explores some of the tools writers can use with a
director, dramaturg and actors to shape and bring
to life a new play.

Rookery Nook Theatre Day
Thursday 30 June, 10.30am- 4pm / Liverpool
Playhouse, Williamson Square / £10.50 (Includes
Page to Stage, Lunch and Matinee) / To reserve
a place, call 0151 706 9112.
The actors take a section of the script and look at the
process of creating a performance on stage, followed
by an opportunity to have a light lunch and to see the
matinee performance of Rookery Nook.
First performed in 1926, this hilarious and celebrated farce
by Ben Travers is full of wild and wacky characters living
out the delirious mayhem of the 1920s.

Playhouse Tour
Thursday 16 June, 2pm-4pm / Liverpool Playhouse,
Williamson Square / Free / To reserve
a place, call 0151 709 4776.
Join us on a tour of the historic Liverpool Playhouse.
Originating in 1866, a major renovation and development
from 1966-1968 reflected the modern architecture of the
Swinging Sixties. Our experienced guides will take you
through the history of the building and highlight the
happenings of the 60s / Refreshments will
be provided.

Liverpool Everyman
and Playhouse Theatres
Stones in His Pockets Workshop:
Creating Character
Demonstration
Friday 10 June, 2pm-4pm / Liverpool Everyman
Theatre, Hope Street / Free / To reserve a place,
call 0151 706 9112.
Watch as the actors demonstrate how they create 15
extraordinary characters from the award-winning Irish
comedy, Stones in his Pockets.

Merseyside Dance
Initiative (MDI)
50 Moves
Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 June / 11am-12.30pm
Studio 24, 24 Hope Street / £2 per session /
To reserve a place, call 0151 708 8810.
Dance for the 'mature mover' with the emphasis on fun!
The class uses release dance to improve alignment and
strengthen muscles and joints, creating dances that are
fluid yet controlled. Classes are friendly and informal and
no experience is necessary, so come along and improve
your fitness and make new friends at the same time!
Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) is an agency working
to develop dance throughout Merseyside.
MDI will also be running dance sessions at Tate Liverpool
and National Museums Liverpool exploring themes of
the Summer of Love and the 60s on 9, 23 and 30 June.
Please see sections on Tate Liverpool and National
Museums Liverpool for more details.

National Museums
Liverpool & Tate Liverpool
The Summer of Love

This year, for Festival 50, National Museums Liverpool
in conjunction with Tate Liverpool will explore music, fashion,
memories and the use of drugs in the 1960s. The theme
is inspired by Tate Liverpool's Summer of Love: Art of the
Psychedelic Era. Merseyside Dance Initiative is supporting
this programme. Feeling Groovy? Do you remember what
it was like in the 1960's? Take a trip down memory lane
and celebrate the music, fashion, magazines, film
and art during the Summer of Love.

A Stroll Through Time -
60s Music, Pop Stars & Memories
Thursday 9 & 16 June 11am-3pm / Museum of
Liverpool Life, Pier Head / Free / Just turn up on the
day / Information from Jackie Ross on 0151 478 4428.
This workshop is designed for older people living in care
situations and will be hosted by Jackie Ross and the
volunteer reminiscence guides.The traditional Stroll
Through Time will be enlarged to include memories of
The 60s' music, pop stars and reminiscence sessions
that will bring back memories. Merseyside Dance Initiative
will treat us to a 1960s dance session and Tate Liverpool
will join us to talk about their Summer of Love: Art of the
Psychedelic Era exhibition. Memories will be recorded
in the Festival 50 memories' book / Bring a packed
lunch and drinks will be provided.

Drugs Now & Then Workshop
Thursday 23 June 11am-3pm / Museum of Liverpool
Life, Pier Head / Free /Just turn up on the day /
Information from Jackie Ross on 0151 478 4428.
This workshop is in conjunction with HM Customs
and Excise Museum. We will work with Liz Stewart,
the Education Officer and find out more about drugs
of the 60s and how they differ from drugs today.
The afternoon will be spent exploring Tate Liverpool's
Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era exhibition
and dancing with Merseyside Dance Initiative /
Bring a packed lunch and drinks will be provided.

Fun 1960s Dance Workshop
Sunday 26 June 11am-3pm / Museum of Liverpool
Life, Pier Head / Free / Just turn up on the day /
Information from Jackie Ross on 0151 478 4428.
Are you perpetually young at heart? Have you memories
of dancing the night away in your local dance hall?
If you have this workshop is just for you. This session
will involve a visit to Tate Liverpool. Wear comfortable
clothes and be prepared to have fun / Bring a packed
lunch and drinks will be provided.

A Stroll Through Time -
with focus on the Swinging 60s
Thursday 30 June 11am-3pm / Museum of Liverpool
Life, Pier Head & Tate Liverpool / Free / Just turn up
on the day/ Information from Jackie Ross on 0151
478 4428.
A classic Stroll Through Time, which connects memories
and the events of the swinging 60s. Jackie Ross and the
volunteer guides will be your hosts.
The afternoon will be spent at Tate Liverpool with
an opportunity to view Summer of Love: Art of the
Pscychedelic Era exhibition and, if so inclined, dancing
with Merseyside Dance Initiative / Bring a packed lunch
and drinks will be provided.

Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic
Rehearsal Visit to
Live from Broadway

Monday 20 June / 1.45pm- 4pm / Philharmonic Hall,
Hope Street, Liverpool / Free / To reserve a place,
call Education Department on 0151 210 3804 /
Refreshments will be provided.
An opportunity to see behind the scenes at Philharmonic
Hall. Join the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
and conductor Carl Davis as they prepare for the first
of this season's Pops at the Phil concerts, Live from
Broadway, which features a selection of music from
everyone's favourite musicals, including Chicago,
Phantom of the Opera, and The King and I,
performed by Simon Bowman and Claire Moore.
The rehearsal visit will commence with a talk on the
fascinating history of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra, and its home, Philharmonic Hall.

Rehearsal Visit to White Nights

Wednesday 29 June 1.45pm-4pm / Philharmonic Hall,
Hope Street, Liverpool / Free / To reserve a place, call
Education Department on 0151 210 3804.
Join the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and
conductor Carl Davis as they prepare for the second
of this season's Pops at the Phil concerts, White Nights,
featuring some of the most romantic Russian music ever
written: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky's
Eugene Onegin, and Shostakovich's Romance
from The Gadfly.
The rehearsal visit will be introduced by one of the
musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,
who will talk about life as an orchestral musician.

Sixties Singalong
Friday 17 June 2pm-4pm / Rodewald Suite,
Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool / £2.50
(includes refreshments) / To reserve a place, call
Education Department on 0151 210 3804.
Liverpool Philharmonic Community Choir Director,
Gareth Owen, will lead a singing workshop featuring
music of the 1960s. No previous singing experience
or ability to read music is required - just a vague
recollection of the music of the era!