LIPA’s 10th anniversay

Monday, January 30, 2006

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From Art In Liverpool:

Liverpool Performs as LIPA turns 10

THE WORLD-RENOWNED Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) will celebrate its tenth anniversary next week, with a joint event that will also launch Liverpool Performs 2006 – the fourth Capital of Culture themed year.

On Monday 30 January – ten years to the day since LIPA’s inauguration – nearly 250 LIPA students and graduates will take part in a gala performance at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.

The performance will also herald the official launch of Liverpool Performs 2006 – a twelve month celebration of Liverpool’s outstanding track record in the arts, sport and business – the latest in a series of themed years leading up to European Capital of Culture in 2008.

LIPA itself is one of the city’s best known success stories, committed to its aim of providing high-quality teaching to prepare students for sustained careers in the industry, either as performers or those who make performance possible. Currently, 1,250 people are taught at LIPA each year.

Sir Paul McCartney, co-founder of LIPA, will be taking part in a joint press conference to mark the event. He said: “I always feel great pride in LIPA – sheer pride in the students and their talent.

“The dream we had to save my old school and turn it into something really worthwhile has happened. I find it very moving.”

Cllr Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: “It is extremely fitting that we launch Liverpool Performs on the tenth birthday of LIPA – a national institution which is now a standard bearer for the way the new Liverpool invests in and trains talent to enable people to perform at the highest level.

“Liverpool Performs 2006 will be a year-long celebration of the city’s tremendous achievements in the field of performance. The programme for the year includes the first artistic works to be produced by the Liverpool Culture Company which will appear under the theme of City in Transition (CiT), taking inspiration from the tremendous changes currently taking place in the city. […]

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