On the back of a very successful year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, Culture Liverpool branched out its On The Waterfront programme, which incorporated three separate events in a jam-packed offering aimed at satisfying lovers of the arts as much as possible. 2009 also seen the inclusion of the city’s Go Penguins trail, following the Go Superlambananas trail in the previous year.
On The Waterfront 2009
Made up of three separate elements, On The Waterfront 2009 was ran in conjunction with Walk The Plank as creative producer and ultimately proved to be a huge success.
The three individual programmes making up the whole of the event included Music on the Waterfront (31 July – 2 August 2009), Art on the Waterfront (14-16 August 2009) and Film on the Waterfront (25 – 27 September 2009).
An estimated 15,000 people attended the Music on the Waterfront festival. Day 1 on Friday 31 July was headlined by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & The Rightful Owners of the Song, who joined forces in a performance which fused a Liverpool 08 commission – featuring some of the City’s finest singers from the pub circuit – with the mastery of the Liverpool Phil. Day 2 on Saturday 1 August welcomed Africa Oye, who showcased the very best of its festival favorites with Grammy Award-winning Oumou Sangaré of Mali topping the bill. The third and final day came on Sunday 2 August and carried a ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’ theme, with live music provided by The Grapes Band, Lightnin’ Willie and the Poor Boys, Connie Lush and 6ix Toys. In addition to this, Samba performances at the south side of the Pier Head by Liverpool Carnival Company, and music and dance from young performance groups working with Brouhaha International played throughout the afternoon.
Over 45,000 people visited the Pier Head and Albert Dock for Art On The Waterfront during a three-day stint between Friday 14 – Sunday 16 August. More than 250 street performers adorned the city’s waterfront, with a chance for the visiting masses to create their own art throughout the event. The highlight of the festival came on the Saturday night, as the Port of Liverpool building was illuminated in a dazzling sound and laser show.
Prior to its opening in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool was already contributing to the city’s cultural scene, as its window was transformed into gigantic 24-metre (70ft) wide cinema screen for Film on the Waterfront, which featured a number of classic films and audio visual performances. Terence Davies’s The Long Day Closes and the legendary 1954 Marlon Brando film, On The Waterfront, were among the classics beamed through the giant screen, as the Pier Head was transformed into an open-air cinema for three day, from Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September.
Following the success of the Go Superlambananas event during European Capital of Culture in 2008, Christmas 2009 saw us once again team up with Wild In Art to introduce Go Penguins.
The free seven-week event, ran in conjunction with Liverpool BID Company, featured 135 individually designed giant penguins around Liverpool City Centre, in addition to 98 mini-3ft penguins decorated by schools and community groups from within the city region the latter of which were publicly displayed across 13 locations throughout Liverpool, with organisation such as the Walker Art Gallery, Central Library and Met Quarter shopping centre among those to do so.
The Go Penguins trail covered the whole of Liverpool city centre, with a smaller number of displays in Wirral and St Helens. At the end of Go the seven-week event on January 10, there was an auction to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal and WWF, who used the event to promote its Adopt a Penguin scheme.
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