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Some images from the great Hope Street Feast on 18th September. There was a marvellous range of foods, of course, and the atmosphere was wonderful as all ages enjoyed what seemed like never-ending entertainment. Songs, music, street theatre, dance and more than a touch of the surreal throughout the day. The Philharmonic Hall was open for children’s films, young people’s performing music and song, the Royal Philharmonic Choir, and performances from folk, to Chinese and Irish artists sharing their culture. Sole artists and duest performed songs at the Mount Street and Myrtle Street stages. The Masonic Hall was open for tours, as was the former Irish Centre, now sadly derelict. Local venues for smaller events included the Caledonia and the Hope Street Hotel.

You’ll get a taste of the day watching the short video which will be our next post.


We mark the end of the first phase of our Hope Street Chronicles project with this event. It has to be said that we haven’t  included even half of what we intended. We have an archive now of posts including pictures, stories, poems and histories waiting to be published when time permits (We only meet two hours a week). And there is more and more new stuff suggesting itself every week. It’s been fascinating, and a great learning process, to see how much thre is to be discovered from one street.


The annual Feast is full of food and drink as always plus much, much more. Visit the website here for a full ‘menu’ and a downloadable pdf programme.

Highlights include the West Everton Children’s Orchestra we featured as our first post!. The Phil itself is open for tours, as is the Masonic Hall and, of course, both cathedrals. Hope Street Hotel’s lounge is a venue. The old Irish Centre is open too: that alone is a great visit down memory lane. Theatre from Hope Street Limited who we referred to in our post about the Everyman are presenting

Hope Street Limited presents

Free Radical Follies

12pm – 4pm


This is Hope Street Limited’s fourth street theatre spectacular at the Hope Street Feast following on from the hilarious antics of ‘Market of Optimism’, ‘The Big Nosh’ and ‘Wealth & Hell Being’.

Hear your radical fortune, start your own campaign at Manifesto Ville and be sure not to leave without having an extreme makeover…

Children… Join the Minor’s Strike and protest against broccoli, sandpit closures and early bedtimes!

Everyone… Come and listen to some untruths in the Lie Inn or bargain for a bottle of free advice or a Mersey sound at the Almost Free Market.

‘Free Radical Follies’ is commissioned by Culture Liverpool and presented by a multitude of local professional artists and directed by Trevor Stuart and Helen Statman of world renowned street theatre company Cocoloco.

There is a rich programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and much more on the day, far too much to list here so visit the website.

We’ll be there taking photographs and videoing so look out for posts in the coming two weeks.

As we’ve said, September 18 will be a marker of our project. That’s the day of the annual Hope Street Feast described on the organisers’ site as  the urban village fete of the Hope Street Quarter, full of the music, dance, theatre, art and great food, drink, local produce and learning that characterise Hope Street’s special contribution to Liverpool life. 2011 will be the 6th Hope Street Feast. At the site you can see video, images and reviews about last year’s festival.

Among the food and fun the Philharmonic is joining in with an Open Day:  a chance to get an insider’s view of the venue and experience some fantastic free live music. Drop in throughout the day for music and fun activities for all ages, with free performances from a range of ensemble, artists and bands, tasters of our learning programmes, chamber, jazz and folk music, films, stages and stalls all along Hope Street, and lots more surprises on the day.

The “Phil” will be featured in several coming posts – such as Harold Hikins’ and Co’s 1965 live poetry events called Fill the Phil.