67-17: 50 Summers of Love

Date Posted: 08/02/2017

Learn more about what’s on offer for groups during Liverpool’s Summer of Love and beyond.

1967 was a defining year in the history of culture - when the world turned from black and white to colour.  Dubbed the 'Summer of Love', it was responsible for some of the most influential and well loved music and arts of a generation. Liverpool was at the heart of that movement.

The city played a central role in the outpouring of creativity in 1967, as the year saw the release of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the publication of one of the world’s most popular poetry anthologies - The Mersey Sound, and the opening of the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral.

Fifty years on, Liverpool will play host to 60 events, happenings and performances to celebrate some of the incredible moments, and use them as inspiration for 2017’s 'Summer of Love’. Running from 12 April until 3 September, Liverpool will be the place to be for groups of all sizes who want to enjoy a visitor experience like no other.

Highlights include Tonight at Noon which commemorates The Mersey Sound by Liverpool poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten through two exhibitions celebrating both The Mersey Sound Archives at Liverpool Central Library, and Adrian Henri – Painter, Poet, Performer at St George’s Hall.

There will also be a specially commissioned concert response to the anthology by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame on 30 May and a new poetry response by five current poets at the Bluecoat on 16 May. Plus, on the anniversary itself, 25 May, the city will be taken over by the words of the three poets as their work hits the streets once again.

In addition, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Unity Theatre and Everyman Theatres host Sgt Pepper themed concerts and performances inspired by Adrian Henri, while Roger McGough performs In Summer with Monica.

Plus, there’s a ‘50 Years of Memories Listening Trail’, three flower festivals across the region and a performance of The Liverpool Mass - a very special tribute to the work of one of the pioneers of electronic music, French composer Pierre Henry.

In addition, Liverpool International Music Festival from 21 to 23 July will be themed around Remember The Times; there is Liverpool Arab Arts Festival from 8 to 16 July- the UK’s biggest annual celebration of Arab arts and culture, while Sound City from 25 to 28 May will feature global music legend John Cale taking to the stage with the only European performance of The Velvet Undergound and Nico Album.

National Museums Liverpool will host Coming Out, a major exhibition exploring sexuality and gender identity since 1967 at the Walker Art Gallery; Milapfest, Liverpool's Indian arts organisation, will be staging a classical Indian dance show andLiverpool Pride Festival returns with a theme of International Love.

The Rock ‘n’ Liverpool Marathon and half marathon on the weekend of 27 to 28 May will be embracing the music and culture of 1967 as will the International River Festival, a stalwart of the city’s annual events calendar. LightNight will be focused around the theme of time whilst Africa Oye - the UK's largest celebration of African music and culture - celebrates its 25th anniversary year.

To see the latest information about 50 Summers of Love, find out about all the events taking place and full event details visit www.50summersoflove.co.uk, follow culturelpool on Twitter or Culture Liverpool on Facebook or search for #50Summers. If you are looking to book accommodation, special offers, have a group booking or want to know more about the programme please contact a member of the tourist information team direct on liverpoolvisitorcentre@liverpool.gov.uk or 0151 233 2008.

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