Category Archives: HOPES: The Hope Street Association

Liverpool’s Hope Street Celebrates The Queen’s Jubilees And The 2012 Olympics

Hope Street in Liverpool has long been a place for celebrations.
The street, deservedly famed for its music and theatre, links Liverpool’s two cathedrals north-to-south, and its universities and colleges, east-to-west. It is inevitable therefore both that the Queen should visit Hope Street many times – not least in 1977 for her Silver Jubilee – and that the Olympic torch should be paraded along Hope Street (today, 1 June) as part of its three month tour of the UK before finally reaching the 2012 London Olympiad.

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Liverpool’s Everyman Bistro Is 40!

The Everyman Bistro is 40!The Liverpool Everyman Bistro on Hope Street is amazing – a hub of the Hope Street community, that exotic collection of performing actors and artists, students and academics, musicians, hospitality professionals, faith leaders and more. The Bistro has stayed true to its intention (initially thought very bohemian) to offer wholesome local food. And today sees its 40th birthday….

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Richard Gordon-Smith

Richard Gordon-SmithRichard Gordon-Smith is a composer, music animateur and violinist. Previously a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, he now commits himself full-time to educational and community activities in schools and elsewherework, and to serious composition.

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Josephine Butler House: Liverpool’s Saga Of Civic Shame

Josephine Butler House Liverpool, ruined Josephine Butler House in Liverpool’s Hope Street Quarter is named for the famous social reformer, and the site of the first UK Radium Institute. Latterly an elegant adjunct to Myrtle Street’s The Symphony apartments, it sits opposite the Philharmonic Hall. But the intended ambiance has been ruined by a dismal failure and omission on the part of Liverpool City Council, who have permitted Josephine Butler House to be grimly defaced with little prospect of anything better, or even just intact, taking its place.

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The Future Of Liverpool: One E-Network, Many Prospects?

Liverpool Tunnel airvent outlet & Liverbirds There can be few issues, at the local level, more pressing than what’s to happen to one’s city. As Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Year ends, perhaps the new LinkedIn Group on ‘The Future of Liverpool’ will help to sharpen our ideas.
The Future Of Liverpool
For Liverpool, 2008 has been a year of enormous change, as buildings have come down and gone up, roads have disappeared and re-emerged, and of course the European Capital of Culture has taken, massively, the centre stage.
But now the emphasis must move from these transitions to our longer-term future; new critiques and ideas will emerge and point us in as yet unrevealed directions. And everyone who can will need to be involved; not just those who sit in committee rooms.
To help the debate along a new LinkedIn Group open to all has been formed. To join, simply go to LinkedIn and then search Groups for ‘The Future of Liverpool’. Your contributions will be very welcome.
Read more articles about The Future Of Liverpool and see photographs of Liverpool & Merseyside.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham MP Thanks Liverpool Volunteers For Capital Of Culture Efforts

08.12.18 Liverpool St George's Hall & Capital of Culture Xmas 2008 Liverpool’s great St George’s Hall offered a splendid setting for the event at which Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Media and Culture, offered thanks and encouragement to the people who had made such an effort to deliver the 2008 European Capital of Culture programme. Volunteers and officers alike congregated to hear the Culture Secretary say well done, and to muse on the challenges of 2009. This he opined, as do many of us, is only the beginning…

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HOTFOOT Concert 2008 – Cafe Europe (Liverpool)

HOTFOOT 2008 flyer ~ Cafe Europe, Richard Gordon-Smith (world premiere commissioned by HOPES:The Hope Street Association) plus music by Saint-Saens, Coleridge-Taylor, Engleman, Rossini, Bizet & Mozart HOTFOOT 2008, in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 7 September [NB: 7 pm], is the twelfth such annual concert. Promoted as ever by HOPES: The Hope Street Association, the theme for the city’s 2008 European Capital of Culture year is ‘Cafe Europe‘, with music devised by local children working alongside professional musicians from HOPES.

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Liverpool’s Hope Street HOTFOOT Tee-Shirts, 1996 –

HOTFOOT 2005 Tayo Aluko (baritone soloist) wears his T-shirt Every year from 1996 HOPES has produced a limited edition T-shirt for everyone involved to wear for the Hope Street Festival; and only in that first year was there no special performance at the Philharmonic Hall. So 1997 marked the first of the subsequently annual HOPES HOTFOOT concerts which celebrate the exciting and diverse communities in Liverpool’s Hope Street Quarter. That’s a lot of people – orchestra musicians, singers, helpers and supporters

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The Liverpool Orrery Comes To Hope Street

08.05.29 Hope Street Liverpool Orrery Suitcases 147x98  001a.jpg The Liverpool Orrery came to Hope Street last week, to the Suitcases plateau; and with it came lots of happy and excited children, eager to see the universe from the Unity Theatre’s special SplatterFest! perspective. Using the public realm like this shows more clearly than any words how creativity can engage our communities and our imaginations.
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08.05.29  The Liverpool Orrery & Suitcases Hope Street  Splatterfest 500x380 007a.jpg
Read more about the Hope Street Quarter and the ‘Suitcases’ (A Case Study).
See more photographs: Camera & Calendar.
What is an Orrery? Find out here; and read about Unity Theatre and SplatterFest!.

Liverpool’s Hope Street ‘Suitcases’: A Case History

The Hope Street ‘Suitcases’, installed by John King in 1998, are at the junction with Mount Street, by LIPA (the old ‘Liverpool Institute’) and Liverpool School of Art, opposite Blackburne House Centre for Women. The labelled suitcases ‘belong’ to many of Hope Street Quarter’s most illustrious names and organisations.

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