Liverpool will host 67-17: 50 Summers of Love; a season of events and performances inspired by the golden anniversary of the Summer of Love between 12th April – 3rd September 2017.
1967 saw some of the biggest cultural shifts of a generation and the moment the avant-garde forced its way into the mainstream. Liverpool played a big part, it being the year Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, The Mersey Sound poetry anthology was published, the Metropolitan Cathedral was opened and homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK.
Here’s our highlights for the season:
Tonight At Noon – Tonight At Noon is a series of exhibitions and events to celebrate 50 years since the publication of The Mersey Sound by Liverpool Poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. More info here.
Summer of Love Debate – 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. As part of the Jubilee celebrations, METRO-BOULOT-DODO are creating a fascinating audio project. Voices of The Metropolitan Cathedral is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project that will record 50 interviews with 50 members of the public to capture a variety of momentous occasions that have taken place at the Cathedral.
The result will be a fascinating listening post trail which will launch 13th May 2017. As part of this project there will be a debate on The Summer Of Love, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Spencer Leigh with Mike Broken and Ron Ellis on the panel. The Summer Of Love debate will look at the cultural context surrounding the opening of The Metropolitan Cathedral. The event is free and open to all members of the public and will offer an exciting insight into Liverpool’s influence on The Summer Of Love. The Event starts at 10am and finishes at 12.00. Event Date: Saturday 13th May – Thursday 31st August 2017. Full details can be found here.
Sir Peter Blake: Everybody Razzle Dazzle – Make sure to catch Liverpool’s iconic Dazzle Ferry, a moving artwork by the Godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, who famously designed the album cover for The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. This is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions and the first to be a working vessel. Event Date: Sunday 2nd April – Thursday 31st January 2019
Sgt Pepper Suits at The Beatles Story – The Beatles Story has unveiled its newest exhibits to mark 50 years since the era-defining Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was recorded and top of the bill is a full set of authentic Sgt. Pepper’s suits. Event Date: Wednesday 12th April – Sunday 3rd September 2017
With a Little Help From My Friends – Presented by Metal, With A Little Help from My Friends is a new work by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. Inspired by the Beatles’ best friend Brian Epstein, the work is about friendship, loneliness and love. Event Date: Thursday 25th May – Friday 16th June 2017
It Was 50yrs Ago Today – The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles team up to perform the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album live in its entirety marking the 50th anniversary of its original release. Event Date: Wednesday 31st May – Saturday 8th July 2017. Tickets
The Beatles Disco Wall – Head down to FACT when the sun goes down to take over the big screen on the front of the building. Tweet it using the hashtag #LoveBeatles and then the number of your favourite Beatle emoji, and watch John, Paul, George, or Ringo appear on the screen. Event Date: Thursday 1st June – Tuesday 13th June 2017
For the full list of events visit Culture Liverpool here.