Hope Street

Pentecost 218 - The final moment on the steps from the rear

To the Philharmonic Music Room to help launch the impressive  Impact of Hope  report (read the full document hereA4-Hope-St-Brochure WEB ) published by the Hope Street CIC.  Impact of Hope effectively shows how Hope Street makes an impact locally, nationally and internationally.

The extraordinary combination of world class culture, academic excellence, astonishing architecture, fine and independent dining and its faith roots provide a compelling offer of worldwide appeal.

Or as I tend to put it

What other street in Europe or the World is bookended by two Cathedrals, has 3 Universities, 3 major arts organisations and a whole host of brilliant, creative SME’s and eateries.

Here’s just a few facts from the report

  •  Members of the CIC (including the two Universities) provide almost 9,500 jobs at the heart of the city.
  • The four cultural venues (Philharmonic, Everyman, Unity and LIPA) sell over 360,000 tickets a year. During Christmas alone almost 150,000 people attend religious and cultural events on Hope St.
  • A total of 950,000 people a year visit our three attractions (the two Cathedrals and the Victoria Gallery and Museum)
  • Our academic institutions have over 44,000 students from all over the world, and graduation brings 25,000 people to Liverpool.

Michael Eakin, Chair of the CIC and Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Chair of the CIC said:-

This report proves how crucial Hope Street is to the future of Liverpool, in this part of the city we are leading the way in improving the city’s reputation across the globe. Almost a million visitors come to our attractions every year to experience the beauty of the Cathedrals and other sites putting over £81 million into the local economy’

Whilst I  got to share pictures of Unity as we are now (in the middle of Build Unity Better) and how we will be, as just one example of the many capital projects which have seen £62 million invested in Hope Street in recent years (including the Everyman (£27m), Philharmonic (£14m) LIPA (£20.8m) to name but a few.

I also got to touch on some of the events planned across the street for 2017, whilst Fr Anthony O’Brien talked about the programme of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral in 1967.

.Highlights include

hope street sgt peppers

  • Fifty Years Ago Today at the Philharmonic Hall on tour.  Sold out in Liverpool and at the Albert Hall, tickets left in Manchster and Nottingham….if you are quick!
  • Lovely Rita, Meter Maid – by Meow Meow with the Kazimer. Part of Sgt Pepper at 50, coming back home.
  • hope street Pierre_Vinyl_MED-e1490352309241The Pierre Henry Mass de Liverpool – originally commissioned for the 1967 opening of the Cathedral, but never finished in time.  50 years later receives its first performance in the Metropolitan Cathedral

Hope Street is an extraordinary street, and an extraordinary stage.  As these photos suggest it always has been thus

And as the report shows it is especially so today – and with the continued support of our many partners can continue to be so for many years to come.

A4-Hope-St-Brochure WEB

Background notes:-
The Visit Hope Street Community Interest Company (CIC), was established in 2009 and comprises some of the key businesses and organisations in and around Hope Street. The mission of the group is to promote Hope Street as a great visitor destination in Liverpool.
The members of the CIC are:

Blackburne House
Hope Street Hotel/The London Carriage Works
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts
Liverpool John Moores University
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
60 Hope Street/Host/The Quarter
The National Trust
Unity Theatre
University of Liverpool

The group is an eclectic mix of businesses, cathedrals, cultural and educational institutions, united in their passion for Hope Street and working together to develop its future. We represent the voice of businesses in the Hope Street/Rodney Street area

Keith Blundell
M: 07753 286307
E: keith@bluechiptourism.com

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