FOLLOWING today’s Hillsborough inquest verdicts, a commemoration event to mark the outcome will take place at 5.45pm tomorrow (Wednesday 27 April) on Liverpool’s St George’s Hall plateau.
Members of the public are invited to gather on the plateau and Lime Street for a special event, led by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson who will be joined by family members of the 96. It will be a mixture of tributes, music, speeches and moments of reflection looking back at the last 27 years.
To mark today’s verdicts, 96 lanterns are already on display on the steps of St George’s Hall along with a banner which names those who lost their lives on the 15 April 1989 and displays the words ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’. Flags will be flown at half-mast on all civic buildings, and today bells at Liverpool Town Hall and Municipal Building will be rung 96 times at 3.06pm – the exact time at which the match was stopped. From 4pm this afternoon the M62 digital screens will show the words ‘Never Forgotten’ in a visual tribute to the 96.
And tonight, iconic buildings across the city will be bathed in red light in a show of solidarity for the 96 and their families, including the Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building, Municipal Building and the Royal Court.
During tomorrow’s ceremony, the names and ages of those who died in the tragedy will be read out and displayed on large screens at the event. There will also be speeches by civic leaders, and BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips will compere the event.
The proceedings will conclude with Sense of Sound choir performing You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Anyone who would like to leave a tribute, for example flowers or scarves, can do so on the lower steps of St George’s Hall.
Mayor Anderson said: “Tomorrow’s commemorative event at St George’s Hall is an opportunity for the city to come together with the families and campaigners and show the world the overwhelming spirit of comradeship and solidarity that exists in this city towards them.
“So many people have been touched by their struggle over nearly three decades. They are an example to everyone who seeks out truth and justice and tomorrow’s event is a chance for the city to say ‘thank you’ to them and to remember the lives of their loved ones.”
The commemoration event has been organised by the city council and supported by representatives of the Hillsborough family groups, Liverpool FC and Everton FC and is expected to finish around 7.30pm.
Motorists are being advised that Lime Street and St John’s Lane will be closed from around 5pm until 8pm. Diversions will be in place but delays are likely. Travel information will be available from www.merseytravel.gov.uk or Traveline on 0151 236 7676.
Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture show won’t want to miss this sing-a-long-a extravaganza at St George’s Hall on Friday 22 April 2016
Singalonga Productions’ latest film show to come to The Concert Room at St George’s Hall Liverpool on Friday 22 April 2016 is based on the campest cult classic of all time.
Made in 1975 with Tim Curry as Frank ‘n’ Furter, Susan Sarandon as Janet, Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff and Meatloaf as Eddie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the craziest, not to say weirdest, movie ever made.
It’s packed full of terrific numbers including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Whatever Happened To Saturday Night?’, ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’, ‘Toucha Toucha Touch Me’ and, most memorably, ‘The Time Warp’.
Now at long last The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets what it’s been SCREAMING for – the full Sing-a-long-a treatment that has wowed audiences around the world. Following on from the original phenomenon, Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music (now in its fifth year in London), the unique interactive format, where the audience are the stars, has been used for Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Moulin Rouge, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. Sing-a-long-a Abba, the first live show to use the format, played to sell-out audiences at The Whitehall Theatre in London’s West End in 2003.
The fun-filled show starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary ‘magic moments fun pack’, containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. This is followed by a fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their imaginative creations. The audience then settles down to sing its heart out with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in. In the case of Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror, expect the howling to go on all night!
Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror Picture Show
St Georges Concert Room, Liverpool (entrance via North Hall)
Friday 22 April 2016
Tickets: £15.00 (plus per ticket booking fee)
Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, Online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or on 0844 800 0410.
The wonderful Winter Arts Market comes to St George’s Hall this weekend
Over 200 contemporary artists, designers & makers selling work at Grade I Listed venue St George’s Hall on 5 & 6 December 2015
The Winter Arts Market, Merseyside’s largest arts and design market, returns to St George’s Hall on 5 & 6 December 2015. Open from 10am – 5pm on both days, it’s the best independent shopping experience in the city and the perfect place to pick up beautiful, unique Christmas gifts.
The stunning Grade I-listed St George’s Hall will be transformed into a bustling festive market with work from more than 200 of the North West’s best artists, designers and makers. There’ll be thousands upon thousands of items for sale, with everything from paintings, screenprints and handmade jewellery and accessories to beauty products, upcycled items, Christmas decorations, cards, photography and textiles. There will also be a vintage fair upstairs in the Concert Room.
Shoppers will also be able to enjoy a range of other activities, including workshops, performances and live music to be announced in November. Delicious homemade food and drink will be available from Cuthberts Café at the North Entrance.
The Winter Arts Market is organised by Liverpool social enterprise Open Culture, who have been partnering with St George’s Hall to stage the event annually since 2009. The market aims to provide the public with a chance to purchase affordable, unique work directly from artists and makers; helping to support independent businesses in the local creative economy.
Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director said ‘We’ve been astounded by the record number of applications we’ve had from brilliant designers and makers who want to be part of the Winter Arts Market and we can’t wait to share their work with the public. The selection process has been really tough, but we’re really excited to present work by some wonderful new artists alongside favourites from past events. Our audiences really appreciate handmade work that is affordable and we’re looking forward to inviting them back to what will be an amazing shopping experience.’
Lucy Cutler is a freehand wirework artist whose work is largely inspired by natural forms, with every piece completely unique. She creates pieces on various scales and in different gauges and colours of wire.
Chris Turrell-Watts makes a series of ceramic animal sculptures based on Japanese anime, mythology and memories of childrens’ TV programmes. Each one is unique and hand made.
Jessica Collinge’s cute, kitsch and nostalgic designs bring a sparkle to even the gloomiest of days. Laser cut acrylic and plywood jewellery is handmade and embellished here in Liverpool, with all materials sourced from UK suppliers.
Ticket Illustration is a local print and illustration duo with an interest in 1960s psychedelic poster art. Influenced by artists such as Stanley Mouse and Victor Moscoso, they take inspiration from bands, movies and quotes and blend them into vibrant psychedelic designs.
Katie Craven’s intricate pen and ink illustrations feature wonderful adventures inspired by nature, animals and dreams. Her work has been featured in publications such as OPEN Magazine, The Skinny and The Double Negative.
For more details and a preview of some of the exhibitors visit www.liverpoolartsmarket.com
Winter Arts Market
St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Entrance via North Entrance or Heritage Centre opposite Queen Square Bus Station
Sat 5 and Sun 6 December 2015
Under 16s Free