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Two More ‘On The Waterfront’ Events for 2010

Art on the Waterfront 2009
Art on the Waterfront 2009

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· Liverpool to stage two massive On The Waterfront weekends this July and August
· Parties by the river inspired by forces of nature – air, earth, fire and water
· First weekend also explores war and peace with events celebrating Lennon and Picasso
· Second weekend will see newlook waterfront host an international festival of dance

NATURE’S forces are set to combine to dramatic effect this summer when Liverpool draws on the elements of air, earth, fire and water in two incredible weekends of fantastic free events.

The ‘On the Waterfront’ weekends of culture in July and August will erupt with a feast of family fun, closely followed by the biggest free dance festival in the UK this year featuring the cream of European outdoor dance, all tied together by the natural elements that have helped shape Liverpool into the great city it is today.

In addition, the world changing human elements of ‘War and Peace’ will be explored using two giants of 20th century culture – John Lennon and Pablo Picasso – with events drawing on the landmark Picasso: Peace and Freedom Exhibition at TATE Liverpool, and the John Lennon ‘White Feather – the Spirit of Lennon’ exhibition at the Beatles Story at the Albert Dock; both icons were heavily influenced by the issues of war and peace in their work and lives.

Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council’s culture unit, has joined forces with Walk The Plank to produce an outstanding programme of FREE live events on the city’s £250m newlook waterfront, further cementing Liverpool’s place as one of the top visitor destinations in Europe. The weekend of 16 to 18 July will be a show-stopping party of quirky live street theatre, visual spectaculars, Picasso-inspired performance and Pirate palavers.

The spectacle starts with a bang on the evening of Friday 16 when Walk The Plank stage ‘A Wave At Picasso’ which will reflect the world of the great artist in and on the water, using light, fire, pyrotechnics, soundscapes, music, projections, choreographed performance and a series of floating sculptural images that will ignite the dock, stun senses, spark imaginations and leave a long lasting impact on the eyes, ears and minds of spectators.

The rest of the weekend is a packed programme of live street performance interspersed with ground-breaking visual displays including:

  • · A Picasso-inspired ‘Peace Garden’ commissioned by TATE Liverpool, with artist Sophie Cullinan
  • · A giant dove of peace sand sculpture
  • · A specially commissioned aerial performance on a Tall Ship
  • · A mass Sense of Sound choir singing songs inspired by the sea and waterfront
  • · The timber-shivering ‘Mersey Pirate Muster’ – a free, family fun day (on Sunday, 18 July) complete with live Pirate battle, black powder displays and monster hunt.

The ambitious and spectacular dance weekend from 6 to 8 August will showcase the very best of international outdoor dance and will be one biggest and best open air events in Europe this year. Music and strolling performances will build anticipation on Friday evening before the large-scale spectacular kicks off with world- famous Argentinian aerial company Voala.

The 18-strong troupe will perform a striking and lyrical airborne show, astonishing onlookers as cranes lift them high into the air. Original live music will form the perfect backdrop with poetry and magic entrancing the crowds.

Saturday evening will feature more dramatic performances including stunning water based choreography from Factoria Mascaro (Spain), whirling dervish Ziya Azazi (Turkey/Germany) and another chance to see the spectacular show from Voala. Dance highlights also include Axial, a UK-based contemporary dance duo who arrive, use and depart on an iconic 1963 Lambretta.

The excitement continues apace all weekend with live street theatre and a dynamic showcase of the best of new dance by Merseyside-based professional companies, along with dance demos and workshops. The festival will finally end with a gloriously lavish and extrovert Tea Dance, complete with Glen Miller Tribute Orchestra.