Articles for Sep 07

Reaction to 2008 Announcement

''I'm very excited about Liverpool being the European Capital of Culture in 2008. We have a fantastic series of events which are sure to get you excited too. I'm very proud of the city and I look forward to welcoming you all and showing you a good time. It's going to be a great year!'' Sir Paul McCartney

''I'm coming to Liverpool to see what you're doing in 08 and I'm really looking forward to being part of the opening weekend. I'm going to stand on the top of St George's Hall so you can all see me! And the next day were going to play in this huge concert that's going down in the new arena. How great is that? And we're going to have a lot of fun. What could be better? Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 08 - yeah! Peace and love.'' - Ringo Starr

"It's a very exciting time to be in Liverpool and along with our musicians, I am looking forward very much to playing my part in making 2008 an exceptional year, in firing our audiences' imaginations with new musical discoveries and forgotten musical jewels and encouraging as many people as possible to join us and experience at first hand the power and excitement of live music." Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

''Liverpool's cultural offering in 2008 is one that will be a hard act to follow and underlines why people have labelled us for so long as the 'centre of the creative universe'. The quality and variety in the programme is a product of a city that has taken the question of what culture means in our modern life to its heart. The answer will showcase Liverpool and Britain at its very best - stimulating all the senses as well as the mind. This is culture by the people, of the people, for the people. I've no doubt being European Capital of Culture will change how Liverpool thinks and how the rest of the world thinks of Liverpool.'' Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council and Deputy Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company

''By bringing together such a diverse and exciting range of events we are confident that Liverpool will deliver a truly memorable year as the UK's European Capital of Culture. The programme highlights the city's world-class cultural offering and enhances an already thriving cultural scene. The broad range of events and activities reflect the dynamic character of this city and will ensure that residents and visitors have plenty of opportunity to experience the celebrations. The Capital of Culture will leave a lasting legacy that the whole of the region and the UK can be proud of.'' Bryan Gray, Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company

''All who live in and visit Liverpool next year are in for a ride of their lives. The programme for 2008 lives up to everything a European Capital of Culture should be. It has a fantastic energy to spur Liverpool on to even greater things - and there's still more to come! The beauty of the year is that it is so accessible - the vast majority of events are free and are taking place all over the city. It's not often you get a chance to please all of the people, all of the time but I think Liverpool will get very close in 2008.'' Jason Harborow, Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company

"Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture is set to be spectacular - not just for Liverpudlians, but the whole of the UK. As the highlights announced today show, many world-class events will showcase the best of Britain's cultural sector. But the year will also leave a lasting legacy for the City of Liverpool and the whole of the UK." James Purnell, MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

''Liverpool European Capital of Culture is an extraordinary opportunity for the arts in the city, and in the UK as a whole. As can be seen from today's announcement, the programme that is being developed is building on the remarkable cultural strengths of Liverpool, and is also truly worldwide in its perspective and ambition. Arts Council England is delighted to be supporting, and working closely in partnership with Liverpool Culture Company and the artists and arts organisation in the city. We aim to help ensure that this is a memorable year which makes a lasting difference to Liverpool and its artistic vitality.'' Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Arts Council

"We're delighted that this programme of new art in the city's streets, delivered by Liverpool Biennial for Liverpool Culture Company, will be at the very heart of the 2008 cultural programme. Our ambitious, year-long programme responds to the growing public appetite and enthusiasm for contemporary art by artists of international stature working within our neighbourhoods and with the support of local organisations. It builds on Liverpool Biennial's superb track record for bringing artworks like Antony Gormley's Another Place to Merseyside as well as showing the world's most exciting visual artists during the Biennial festival. We are confident the programme will be a talking point for residents and visitors alike, impossible to miss as art fills the city's streets and squares." Lewis Biggs, Director, Liverpool Biennial

"Like the new Liverpool, we are building on the great strengths of our past to create something different, ambitious and very exciting. The Bluecoat will be a place where you can see creative talent on the cusp of national and international renown - the Turner Prize winners of tomorrow, leading new composers, choreographers, musicians, designers, writers, craftspeople and artists of all kinds. Our 2008 programme, to be announced later this year, will set the bar high, establishing us as a major landmark on the UK map of contemporary culture and a unique expression of a changing city with a dynamic vision for the arts." Alastair Upton, Chief Executive of Bluecoat

''The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse are engaged in producing an extraordinary year of theatrical excellence for 2008. This will be drawn from the astonishing array of local writing and acting talent as well as partnerships with national and international theatre stars. It will see us build on our remarkable reputation for home produced work with an increase in in-house "Made in Liverpool" productions as well as building on the quality and range of touring companies from all around the world. We are liaising with the very best theatre practitioners to produce a rich and varied calendar of work worthy of any European Capital of Culture. There will be work representing the best of this great city. There will be the best of theatre chosen FOR this great city.'' Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director Everyman and Playhouse Theatres

''FACT's 2008 programme reflects our position as a world leader in the field of presenting awe-inspiring, stimulating and challenging art by some of the most internationally respected and admired artists. In SK- Interfaces we will deliver an exhibition of the kind the UK has never seen: encouraging both artists and audiences to break boundaries, and consider who we are and how we exist, from a fresh perspective. Within our over-arching theme for 08, Human Futures, we want everybody in the city of Liverpool to contribute to the debate and help us develop a vision of the kind of world we want to live in. The articulation of these ideas is central to building new audiences, social engagement and the promotion of conscious living in the twenty first century.'' Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT

''2008 will enable us to redefine the city of Liverpool in the eyes of a still sceptical world. This is a city where the personality of its people shines as brightly as anywhere in the world, and this personality is reflected in the extraordinary quality of its culture. It is time to shout that from the rooftops. The revival of Liverpool is one of the great urban success stories of recent decades, and we have a momentum which I believe is unstoppable. National Museums Liverpool has planned a huge variety of activity, from blockbuster exhibitions about Liverpool's incredible musical heritage, to the creation of a giant portrait of the city. The new Museum of Liverpool will be a fitting legacy for the city as the European Capital of Culture - a title which is wholly deserved.'' David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool

"The scale of our programme for 2008, which includes 30 commissions from many of today's most dynamic and creative composer, welcoming the world's great artists in Liverpool to play with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, providing a showcase for local talent and the presentation of a number of first performances is a truly remarkable achievement and one of which the Phil and Liverpool can be very proud. With our Orchestra, led by one of the most exciting conductors of his generation in Vasily Petrenko and through the range and quality of artists and repertoire, concert and events we are bringing together at Philharmonic Hall, and in our Orchestra's performances in venues across the UK and Europe, we are committed to building an exceptional year and to securing a legacy for Liverpool as one of 21st century Europe's most dynamic cultural centres." Michael Elliott, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

"2008 will be a very special year for Tate Liverpool. Not only will the Gallery be celebrating its 20th anniversary in May, Tate Liverpool will also be unveiling an exciting and ambitious events programme to mark the European Capital of Culture year in 2008. The year begins with the Turner Prize 2007 - a thought-provoking curtain-raiser to the 2008 celebrations - and will be followed in the spring by a major exhibition of work by Franco-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. In the summer, Tate Liverpool will present the UK's first major exhibition of work by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. An exhibition of international calibre, Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900 will present key paintings in spectacular settings. With the Liverpool Biennial concluding the Gallery's programme, and masterpieces from the Tate collection on display throughout the year, it is clear that Tate Liverpool is fully committed to delivering a spectacular Capital of Culture year that lives up to its promise." Christoph Grunenberg, Director, Tate Liverpool

"Liverpool has pledged to present the best European Capital of Culture programme for residents and visitors alike to enjoy throughout 2008, and the programme published today sets the destination firmly on course to do just that. It's a fantastic collection of events and activities with an incredibly wide appeal. There really is something for everyone and underpinning it all is the unique experience of being able to see and enjoy these events in one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world. With three months to go, we really are ready to welcome the world to Liverpool." Martin King, Director of Tourism at Liverpool City Region's official Tourist Board, The Mersey Partnership

"During 2008 unity will play up to it's strengths as a mature and confident professional organisation, a cultural thoroughbred that has its roots in the local artistic communities, and an unequivocal reputation for supporting emergent artists and companies from Liverpool. We will be premiering a programme of new work from Big Wow, Momentum, Rejects Revenge and Ullaloom amongst others. All this work will subsequently be touring nationally and internationally carrying the originality, excellence and quality of Liverpool created work with it. We will be playing a significant part in hosting the performances resulting from the Liverpool Commissions programme, which will involve local theatre makers and practitioners in the creation of radical new work". Graham Phillips, Artistic Director of Unity Theatre