John Lennon Season in Liverpool

The city of Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, is to a host an extensive season of cultural events to celebrate the life of John Lennon, one of the world's most influential and legendary musicians, who was born in the city.

From October 9 - which would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, to 9 December - the day after the 30th anniversary of his assassination; organisations in Liverpool will join forces to host a series of live music, film, poetry and art events which are estimated to bring tens of thousands of additional tourists to the city.

Events include 'Lennon Remembered', a major tribute concert at the 11,000 seat Echo Arena, a major birthday celebration at the world-famous Cavern Club, a Lennon-inspired international poetry competition, film festival, lecture programme and visual art exhibitions at Liverpool John Moores University. White Feather: Spirit of Lennon, an exhibition about life with John Lennon by his son Julian and former wife Cynthia, has also been specially extended.

The organisation of the John Lennon Tribute Season is being led by the world's leading permanent Beatles-themed visitor attraction, the Beatles Story and a team including regional tourist board, The Mersey Partnership (TMP); Liverpool City Council; Liverpool attraction, Cavern City Tours, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and shopping and leisure complex, Liverpool One.

Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of the Beatles Story said: "2010 is a big year for Beatles fans as it is 50 years since the band formed and 40 years since they split. Combine this with what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his death and you can see why we wanted to host a fitting tribute. The richness and diversity of the John Lennon Tribute Season represents the impact John's life had on music and culture, the city of Liverpool and fans all over the world".

Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, which owns the Beatles Story, said: "The Beatles legend is evergreen and attracts more followers all over the world with succeeding generations. It is fitting that we should mark this particular anniversary."

Councillor Gary Millar, the city's executive member for enterprise and tourism, said: "This Lennon Season will be a fitting way to remember two landmark anniversaries and an opportunity for the city to celebrate the legacy that John left for all. I am positive that the numerous fantastic events taking place will provide Lennon fans with a meaningful way in which to celebrate his life."

"I'm so pleased that the City Council is one of the key organisers of Lennon's tribute. I believe it's only right that the city gets involved and between October and December fondly remembers one of its greatest sons."

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Storey, said: "John Lennon is one of the most iconic figures of the Twentieth Century and a Liverpool lad who became known in every corner of the globe. His enduring message of peace is as important now as ever and continues to be an inspiration to many. The John Lennon Tribute Season will allow us to remember him as a man, celebrate his music, and his overall contribution to our city."

A selection of headline events from the John Lennon Tribute Season Programme:

Saturday 9 October - Thursday 9 December 2010

CAVERN CLUB - "Imagine" the tribute with Marcus Cahill: Daily

CAVERN CLUB - 70th Birthday Celebration Gig including top tribute acts: 9 October

FILM FESTIVAL - Liverpool ONE Odeon Cinema: November

LENNON POET 2010: Major International Poetry Competition: Final in November

"AN EVENING WITH": Weekly lecture programme with Lennon friends and family: Dates TBC

LENNON ART: Exhibitions at Liverpool John Moores University: Dates TBC


WALKING TOURS: View Lennon sites with VIP Guides: Weekly

WHITE FEATHER: The Spirit of Lennon: Exhibition by Julian & Cynthia Lennon, Beatles Story

JOHN LENNON REMEMBERED: Memorial Concert at The Echo Arena: 9 December (Tickets on sale 9am on the 9 April from ACC T: 0844 8000 400)

Organisations wanting to participate in the John Lennon Tribute Season should contact Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of the Beatles Story info@beatlesstory.com

The Beatles Time Line

9 October 1940 - John Lennon is born in the Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool

17 August 1960 - 'The Silver Beetles' change their name to 'The Beatles' shortly after hiring Pete Best as drummer

31 December 1970 - Paul McCartney files suit to dissolve The Beatles' partnership

8 December 1980 - John Lennon is shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building by his assassin

14 December 1980: In cities around the world, a day of mourning is observed for John Lennon. In his hometown of Liverpool, around 100,000 mourners take part in a seven hour celebration outside St. George's Hall. At the request of Yoko Ono, a 10 minute vigil of silence is observed around the world at 2:00 pm EST and hundreds of radio stations worldwide suspend broadcasting during that time.

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