This year marks 50 years since the 1967 Summer of Love which saw some the biggest cultural shifts of a generation.
It was 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.
To celebrate this golden anniversary, a host of related events and activities have been organised by the city and different cultural organisations across Liverpool.
Venues including St George’s Hall, Bluecoat, Everyman, Homotopia, Hope Street CIC, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Unity Theatre will be producing works reflecting the momentous year.
This festival is a massive celebration of everything Liverpool holds dear and 30 James Street would love to celebrate it with you.
We’ve put together a guide to all the arty events coming up in the Summer of Love programme, so you don’t miss a thing.
The Summer of Love Festival
How much: £2.50, children under 16 free
Where: St Georges Hall
When: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th August
This summer St Georges Hall and Plateau will come alive with live music, street foods, a licensed bar, a collection of eclectic artists, makers and creatives, indoor and outdoor activities and a buzzing artisan market that will create a magical shopping experience.
This fantastic festival will celebrate 50 years of cultural creativity within one of the world’s finest examples of neo-grecian buildings and arguably one of Liverpool’s greatest treasures.
A three day family friendly festival, this event is perfect for a fun day out with activities and experiences that are made for all ages and abilities.
Friday 11th August – 4pm – 10pm
Celebrate the beginning of the weekend at the Artisan Summer Night Market in St George’s Hall.
A perfect family friendly evening, the markets will offer delicious street foods from local vendors, bars selling craft ales and cocktails, live music and lots of mood lighting that will showcase the beauty of this magnificent building.
Artisan products will be available from local producers, from deep filed pies, to sweet and savoury pastries, jams, chutneys, creamy fudge, freshly baked bread and unusual cheeses, there’s something for everyone.
For the kids there will be a mountain monkeys 30ft climbing wall, an exhibition of rescued birds of prey and an educational talk on the life of a honey bee.
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August – 11am – 6pm
Over the weekend, the Artisan Market will continue to sell its treasures alongside many more activities and events that will take over the hall.
There will be ‘flower power’ face painting, drumming circles, pottery painting, badge making and creative zones that will encourage free thinking and imagination.
In celebration of the Summers of Love, the festival will release your inner hippy with creative flower garland workshops, talks from inspired makers and relaxing music.
There will also be beautiful stalls that will be selling art, fashion, jewellery, home-ware, ceramics and specialist plants, perfect for finding a unique gift for someone special.
Or, why not sit back and relax in the quirky tea room, soak up the atmosphere and marvel at the incredible architecture.
The Summer of Love isn’t just about the festival, the whole of Liverpool is celebrating this amazing anniversary! Check out what else is going on around the city.
Evening Cruises Over the Mersey
This year, the Mersey Ferry have launched their special Summer Evening Cruises as part of the 67-17: 50 Summers of Love.
The popular two hour evening cruises feature live music from a variety of artists, who will perform classic tracks from the Summer of Love period.
On board there is also a licensed bar and of course spectacular views of Liverpool’s unique UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.
The cruises book up very fast so it’s best to get in there quick!
Sgt. Pepper’s Suits – The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story has unveiled its newest exhibit to mark 50 years since the era-defining Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was recorded, a full set of authentic Sgt. Pepper’s suits.
They also have a dedicated section to the life of Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager who passed away 50 years ago.
Coming Out – The Walker Art Gallery
The Tate have a special ground-breaking exhibition which reveals the unprecedented exchanges between contemporary art, popular culture, civil unrest and the moral upheaval during the 1960s and early 70s.
It marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales with a major exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection and its own collections.
Bringing together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967, the exhibition will reveal the findings of over two years of research by the Gallery into LGBT history and visual culture.
It will include artists David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas among others, as well as new acquisitions to the Walker’s collection.
Creative Workshops and Talks – The Museum of Liverpool
Have a fun-filled crafty weekend at the Museum of Liverpool with their brilliant family craft sessions.
Create beautiful artwork inspired by the iconic Beatles’ album Sergeant Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band and colour, paint and draw to your hearts content.
For the parents, there is also a talk on the brilliant Liverpool Beat poets in the Wondrous Place gallery on the 20th August at 3pm.
Book a Stay at 30 James Street
At 30 James Street you can enjoy a fantastic luxury stay, within walking distance of the Summer of Love events.
Book a stay in one of our opulent suites and be treated to spectacular views over the River Mersey whilst you enjoy a weekend of culture and creativity.
Each room within our famous hotel is decorated and designed with comfort and indulgence in mind, with stunning crushed velvet features, gold detailing and historic touches that hark back to the lavish era of the Titanic, this hotel is the perfect place to rest your head after a fun-filled weekend.
Whether you’re looking for a room perfect for couples, or family sized accommodation, 30 James Street has a range of rooms that cater for all group sizes.
After you’ve explored the delights of the Summer of Love events, head back to your hotel room and sink into one of our decadent whirlpool baths and find full relaxation.
Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant
Why not make your way to our awe inspiring rooftop restaurant, Carpathia and enjoy dining on dishes of excellence whilst you lookout over the beautiful waterfront.
With a range of tasty dishes that have been expertly crafted by our master chefs and stunning surroundings that tell the story of RMS Carpathia, there’s no other restaurant like it in Liverpool.
Call and arrange your summer of love stay on 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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