Liverpool is host to many large festivals such as Creamfields festival in August and Hope Street Festival—the “urban village fete of the Hope Street Quarter,” as its organizers call it. This year’s festival, taking place Sunday 18th September, is the sixth year celebrating this historic portion of the world-famous village of Liverpool. Hope Street will again be full of the dance, theatre, music, and art that characterise Hope Street’s unique contribution to Liverpool. Festival goers will also enjoy the neighborhood’s great food, drink, and local produce.
There are many things that make Liverpool special; it has been called the “World Capital City of Pop.” Hope Street, named after William Hope, a merchant whose house once stood on what is now the Philharmonic Hall, is one of those things. It’s the only street in the world where a cathedral sits at each end, from the Roman Catholic Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral at the north to the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral at the south. It also contains several restaurants, bars and many there are many fine hotels in Liverpool to choose from.
Hope Street’s roots go back to the late 1700s and early 1800s. It has many interesting and historic sights that Hope Festival goers will enjoy as they listen to some great music and sample the great cuisine of the region. These sights, other than the ones already mentioned, include: a Masonic hall, two theatres, a bar, a bistro, three pubs, a hotel, a restaurant, three schools (a girls high school, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and the Liverpool College of Art), and the Liverpool Cathedral. Hope Street is also home to Gambier Terrace (a row of houses overlooking St James Cemetery and Liverpool Cathedral) and the Sheppard-Worlock Statue, which honors the life and work of two clergymen of the 1960s and 1970s.
If last year’s Hope Street Festival is any indication, this year’s festival should be a great success. In 2010, thousands of people attended, in spite of the rainy weather, and enjoyed the huge variety of food and drinks made available in stalls all along Hope Street. The entire street, along with some of its connections, was closed to traffic, which allowed people to browse the dozens of stalls at their leisure. These stalls included local traders with pick and mix sweets, chocolate treats (including a chocolate fountain), African and Caribbean chicken jerk, cheese, lobsters, and scones.
This year’s fares are sure to rival last year’s, and hopefully, the weather will cooperate. But no matter—people will come and have a great time.