Liverpool’s favourite cultural events returning in 2019
Familiar cultural favourites are returning to Liverpool in 2019, bringing another helping of exciting line-ups and unique additions.
Words by Natasha Young
Oyé on the way with another bumper line-up
Popular summer festival Africa Oyé will fill Sefton Park with the music and culture of Africa and its diaspora as it returns this summer.
Artists from Senegal, Haiti and the US are among the acts revealed in the latest line-up announcement for the event, which takes place for the 27th year on 22-23 June.
American hip-hop and soul duo O Shun will bring their fusion of digital and acoustic sounds to the much-loved greenspace, following the debut of their album series ‘Bittersweet’ and a two-month tour of the US and Canada.
Meanwhile Haiti born and raised Moonlight Benjamin will showcase her powerful vocals and Caribbean voodoo influenced sounds at the festival, which will also see the welcome return of Carlou D who first performed at Africa Oyé in 2010.
The trio of acts joins previously revealed performers including South Africa’s BCUC and Algeria’s Sofiane Saidi and Mazalda.
The annual event, which is the UK’s biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture will, of course, have a hearty helping of food and drink stalls, traders and other attractions alongside its growing offering of international entertainment.
First guests announced for long-running literacy festival, WoWFEST
Liverpool writing and literacy organisation Writing on the Wall has revealed the first batch of guests for WoWFEST 2019.
Comedian Jo Brand (pictured), human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, and model and activist, Munroe Bergdorf are among the names confirmed for the month-long festival.
Amid the chaos of Brexit, climate change, populism, fake news, digital surveillance and more, WoWFEST 2019 seeks to answer the question ‘where are we now?’ from 1-31 May.
Global attraction joins River Festival
Liverpool Cathedral visitors can witness the world under one roof in the coming months as the landmark welcomes majestic artwork ‘Gaia’ (pictured).
Following the success of last year’s ‘Museum of the Moon’, which attracted 60,000 visitors, this latest spectacle will see a 23ft replica of Earth featuring accurate and detailed NASA imagery hang in the iconic Grade I-listed building.
Going on display from 25 May to 23 June, the installation by British artist Luke Jerram will be complemented by a sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello-winning composer Dan Jones.
The artwork forms part of the city’s Changing Tides programme, which also incorporates the free family-friendly River Festival Liverpool on 1-2 June.
Other River Festival attractions include the ‘The Urchins’ – architect Jin Hoi’s large hand-crocheted works of art made from fishing nets – on the waterfront. The three-metre by six-metre fabric shell will be illuminated as it floats above the water.
Elsewhere the Pier Head will become a canvas for artist Jola Kudela, who specialises in working in public spaces and engaging with communities to recreate scenes from classic paintings with a 21st Century twist. Work will start on the new commission, named ‘Yolart’, in April.
A broken ship will act as a stage for performances, aerial circus, dance and soundscapes to tell the tales of sailors, survivors and rescuers in ‘Shipwreck: Receivers of the Wreck’ at Mann Island; and House of Suarez’s ‘On the Town’ dance commission will bring a New York-inspired tap extravaganza on land and shore at the waterfront.
In addition, Liverpool’s long-standing relationship with the Big Apple will be celebrated at the Pier Head main stage with live music performances.