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Publication date:- 2017-01-27

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Africa Oye is the UK's largest celebration of African music and culture, and takes place each year in Liverpool's Sefton Park. 2017 is Oye's 25th Anniversary year, so expect a "festival of headliners", featuring artists who have worked with Oye in the past 25 years.

The Comedy Trust, the brains behind the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival, will not only be celebrating their 15th Birthday, in 2017, but are also busy planning some exciting events as part of the 50 Summers of Love celebrations in the wonderful and fabulously funny City of Liverpool.

Inspired by the changes that took place in 1967 in Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery will host the Affecting Change exhibition from July to September which works with the next generation of photographers in the North West to look at the people and groups who are changing the City now. Their work will connect us to the stories of how Liverpool is still changing and evolving today.

There will also be 2 very special commissions taking place as part of the programme, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks. The first will feature an exciting series of special events celebrating the impact and influence of The Mersey Sound. The 2nd commission focuses on the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band and will see unique cultural events take place in tribute to the seminal album.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "The Summer of 1967 was a hotbed of cultural creativity and it seems as though 50 years on, nothing has changed. This is 1 of the 1st of a series of announcements about the 50 Summers of Love programme, and already, the number of organisations from across the region who want their events to be part of the season has been staggering. It's not only the quantity of events; the quality is outstanding. From major sporting events and free, family friendly festivals right through to incredible music commissions and even a flower power revival; there really is something for everyone. This season is all about celebrating creative ambition and diversity and it's great to see our partners across the region embracing the City's theme, rising to the challenge and proving once again that our cultural sector really is second to none."

To see the latest information about 50 Summers of Love visit:-, or follow #CultureLpool, on Twitter or follow 'Culture Liverpool' on Facebook.

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"2017 is set to be a very special year in the life of our Cathedral and we are delighted to be able to mark our Golden Jubilee with some wonderful events, many of which are in collaboration with our cultural partners across the City. I hope as many people as possible will join us and help us make this a truly celebratory fiftieth anniversary." Canon Anthony O'Brien, Dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

"As usual we like to do our own take on the City's wider cultural theme. 2017 is no different. Expect a number of interesting, exciting and surprising performances that revolve around the theme of Remember the Times." Yaw Owusu, Curator Liverpool International Music Festival

"The '50 Summers of Love' programme is a fantastic way for all of the Liverpool City Region attractions to work together to promote the fantastic arts and cultural offer we deliver for tourists and visitors. We attract over 500,000 visitors a year to our galleries, museum, Ancient Egypt Gallery, library and theatres but we hope that being part of this programme will encourage more people to visit us, the coast and The Gormleys, to see what else this culturally diverse region has to offer and to spend time discovering what is, just a train ride from the City itself." Emma Lloyd, Principal Manager Programmes - The Atkinson

"It's great to join together with our City region partners to deliver a spectacular season of events under the 50 Summers of Love banner. The hopeful message of Sgt. Pepper and 1967, that experimentalism and visionary breakthroughs in art can be the peaceful catalyst for cultural change, reflects our own messages about the importance of art and culture in bringing people together and making positive change. 50 Summers of Love provides a platform for us to share our work with an even bigger local, national and international audience, and we're so looking forward to being part of it." Taher Qassim, Chair of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

"Knowsley are delighted to be celebrating Liverpool's 'Summers of Love' in our weekend of events at Court Hey Park during the first weekend in August. We hope people are inspired to attend both of these family cultural events and even to start growing and entering this year's Knowsley Flower Show. We particularly invite new exhibitors to try their hand at gardening as there is lots of help and advice on offer and there are also some special themed classes to enter embracing '50 Summers of Love'. The Schedule of classes will be printed soon. And, as 1967 was the year that Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and All you Need is Love were released, visitors will be treated to some live Beatles themed music and will see lots of colourful Summer of Love décor throughout Court Hey Park." Councillor Steff O'Keeffe, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Service

"We are so excited to be a part of this historic and colourful celebration. Our event fits right into the theme of the summer which will honour an important part of Rock 'n' Roll history." Stacey Campbell, Vice President of Global Events for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

"It's wonderful timing that Oye's 25th Anniversary gets to be celebrated alongside the 50 Summers of Love festivities in the City. It marks a milestone in Liverpool's music and cultural scene and it's a programme of events I'm proud to have Oye associated with." Paul Duhaney, Artistic Director of Africa Oye

"There's so much to celebrate this year and we're thrilled to be a part of the 50 Summers of Love programme for 2017. It's so exciting from a comedy perspective to explore how the medium and its theme and content have evolved over the last 50 years and how we can represent that retrospective within our Festival." Sam Avery, Artistic Director of The Comedy Trust

"This is a really extraordinary event; gathering together with friends and neighbours in Princes Park to watch the sunrise at 4.45am is something very special. It's an event which celebrates community, togetherness and sharing and we are happy that it is part of the 50 Summers of Love programme." Clare Owens, Squash Nutrition.

"We're proud to be marking the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love with our major exhibition; Coming Out. We'll reveal more than two years of research by the Walker Art Gallery into LGBT history and visual culture, using our own collection and Arts Council Collection. We look forward to celebrating with the rest of the City with a programme of events and performances." Sam Vaux, Marketing and Publications Manager at National Museums Liverpool.

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