Liverpool Hope University’s Cornerstone Festival returns

Liverpool Hope University’s annual public arts festival returns this November, showcasing the best in dance, music, drama and fine arts.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Cornerstone Arts Festival will feature more acts than ever before, including two different one-man shows, collaborations between dancers and digital artists, and classical Italian and Indian musicians. As well as ticketed evening events, there will be a range of free lunchtime performances available to the public.

The University’s new artistic director, Dr Alberto Sanna, explains the themes present throughout this year’s festival, saying: “This year’s Cornerstone Arts Festival celebrates the relationship between the ‘original’ and the re-imagined that is at the heart of any culture. The way that we approach existing works or forms as a starting point for new collaborations and interpretations raises questions about how we shape our own individual and group identities. We are looking forward to some very thought-provoking performances that explore these questions.”

The Festival opens on Friday 21st November with the premiere of Venice’s Janus Face, a musical re-telling of Venice’s history and rich cultural heritage. The programme then runs over nine days – instead of the usual three weeks – and features many talented acts, including Company Chameleon performing The Beauty and the Beast, performances from the Liverpool Hope Orchestra and a lecture from Guardian writer, Holly Baxter.

On Friday 28th November, children from Faith Primary School, in Everton, will perform a concert as part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony project. Launched in 2009, the project uses music to bring a positive change to the lives of young children, through playing instruments, creating music and performing regularly.

For more information on all the acts and ticket enquiries visit

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