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Issue Date:- 26 May 2008

Liverpool Street Ahead

OVER the bank holiday weekend, 24 May 08 to 26 May 2008, Liverpool’s central streets were alive to a wide variety of entertainments, from Liverpool and from all over the world, brought in by ‘Liverpool Streets Ahead’. From opera to pop, music enlivened the scene accompanying by adventurous street theatre. Exciting bands played and entertainers from jugglers to dancers, mime artists to acrobats and many more, performed at a number of venues and stages in Church Street and neighbouring streets, Lord Street and Derby Square, where there was a mock La Scala Opera House.

Throughout the weekend, numerous strolling acts wandered around mingling with the crowds that thronged the city centre, including a pair of elderly Muppet-like backpackers, angels on roller skates, umbrella carriers sheltering from simulated rain, a chap with exploding bananas, who really amused the children and a troupe of very realistic gorillas befriending the humans. In the windows of many Bold Street shops, on Sunday, clever mannequins performed for passers-by, amid much speculation as to whether some characters were real or not. Others were very definitely alive but unfortunately were deemed too OTT for general spectators, including young children, and withdrew for Monday. At the head of Bold Street, ruined St Mary’s Church once again provided a great venue for rousing music of all sorts. Williamson Square sheltered stalls, action art and paper craft for the public and had a large stage from which many lively acts performed. Finally, in the evenings, St George’s Plateau and the area around Steble Fountain became the focus for other spectacular performances.

There was a deliberate attempt to bring something for everyone to this weekend, and to involve people of all ages and interests in events outside their usual round, and all for free! Happenings did not appear to be too obtrusive for the determined shopper and all seemed to be going well. Even the weather treated us kindly, despite it being Bank Holiday. We’ll let the photographs describe the rest. More photographs from this event will be in next week’s issue as well!

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