- Liverpool celebrates Faith in One City 2004
THE year 2004 is the year of ‘Faith in One City’, as part of the build-up for European Capital of Culture in 2008. The 12 month-long celebration is bringing the whole city together in a spirit of unity and friendship.
‘Faith in One City’ is the second of eight themed years encompassing Liverpool’s unique culture that celebrates the city’s diverse religious communities, individual and personal beliefs and confidence in the city and its future.
At the heart of the year is faith in people that covers the beliefs, passions, good deeds and contributions made by all the city’s citizens, from the oldest to the youngest, who make Liverpool such a special city.
Thousands of Liverpool people united at the Anglican Cathedral in January, as the year got off to a spectacular start. The Cathedral was alive with music, colour, light and performance, as Liverpool’s seven major faith communities staged a spectacular show to celebrate faith, hope, friendship and peace.
The launch has paved the way for an inspirational year of inclusive events which will reach out to all the city’s religious groups, celebrating Liverpool as a multi-faith and multi-cultural city.
A ‘Spring Awakening’ in April will bring people together through a range of cultural community projects which celebrate their passions, including a huge, city-wide G-Litter festival, to make Liverpool a cleaner, greener place for everyone.
The celebrations will also receive a huge boost when the Queen arrives in Liverpool at Easter. She has chosen Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to hand out Maundy money for the first time. it is a fitting tribute to Europe’s largest Cathedral, in the year it celebrates its centenary year.
In the summer, a ‘Voices Raised’ project will urge the whole city to proclaim their faith by raising their voices and singing, with events including the first national urban gospel summit outside London.
The City of Light programme – Britain’s biggest lighting scheme – will see many of the city’s most important buildings spectacularly illuminated, including some of its key places of worship.
And the year ends with ‘reminiscence’ projects which will celebrate the lives, reflections and memories of some of the city’ oldest citizens.
Faith in One City 2004 is the biggest multi-faith year ever seen in Liverpool
or in Europe. For further information about Faith in One City 2004 visit www.liverpoolculture.com.