Cornerstone Festival 2008

imageThe eighth Cornerstone Festival, held at Liverpool Hope University’s award winning Cornerstone Building launches on Wednesday 19 November and will run until Saturday 6 December 2008. 

This year’s festival will explore the trans-Atlantic cultural links between two of the world’s most vibrant and cultured cities – Liverpool and New York.

The festival celebrates new work in music, dance, writing, theatre, film and visual arts and tonight kicks off with a performance by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the RLPO Ensemble 10/10 of a brand new Liverpool Culture Company commission ‘The Silken Thread’.

Since launching with four events over a weekend in 2001, The Cornerstone Festival has grown into an annual event which celebrates the work of national and international practitioners, young artists and students, as well as members of the local community. This year’s Cornerstone Festival will feature 52 events over 18 days, and the festival is a key event in the autumn schedule for the Capital of Culture celebrations.

The Cornerstone Festival 2008 celebrates some of the most exciting names in contemporary arts and culture from both sides of the Atlantic and is based at Liverpool Hope University’s Deanery of Arts and Humanities at it’s city centre campus in the stunningly refurbished Cornerstone building on Shaw Street.

This year’s highlights include:

  • First performance outside the US of kinetic program “The Only Moving Thing”, featuring new commissions by Steve Reich, and New York composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe performed by Grammy Award winners eighth blackbird.
  • New Dance from the Limón Institute in New York, Alan Danielson, will preview his solo “eye see you (ICU)” which will also include a performance by students from Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool Community College of specially commissioned work from choreographer Geraldine Cardiel.
  • American piano music recital by internationally-acclaimed pianist Joanna MacGregor.
  • Exhibition of New York paintings by prolific Liverpool artist and poet Adrian Henri.
  • Stockhausen Anniversary Concert
  • Community Pantomime from North Liverpool Community Justice Centre
  • Expressive, mythical play Slave Ship by Amiri Baraka, portraying African-American history as a continuum of experiences, performed by State University of New York
  • Award-winning comedy from Liverpool Comedy Trust.


For full details of this year’s programme please visit
or call the Festival Box Office on 0151 291 3578