Autumnal greetings from St Luke’s’ Bombed Out Church! As the cooler months have arrived we thought we’d let you know what’s been happening here at St Luke's Bombed Out Church.
Back in June we were delighted to be a host venue for the Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux festival, featuring many of Liverpool’s leading chefs and kitchen stars hosting free cookery demos alongside wine tastings from across the Channel.
We’ve had numerous theatre and musical productions over the summer months, with family friendly shows including Alice In Wonderland, Love Labour’s Lost, Bard In The Yard & The Canterville Ghost. Topping up our unique theatre experience, we were also delighted to welcome back Liverpool Theatre Festival for twelve days of fantastic local works featuring the best regional talent.
Opportunities to participate and get creative at St Luke’s are really special and its one of our objectives to programme more and more art workshops as we grow. Lately, we’ve loved having Movema join us, a local dance company inviting attendees to explore their creativity; and the fantastic Paint Parties have also proven a big hit this year.
We’ve also been delighted this year to partner with the Bluecoat to deliver ‘Above Us Only Sky?’, an exciting art trail created by local born artist Tony Phillips, which depicts the history of manned-flight across 19 hand painted panels installed upon nearby buildings. An installation with the walls of St Luke’s called ‘The 20th Century Chapel’ also forms part of the trail and is well worth a look on one of our open days.
We also welcomed two silent discos inside the church walls as part of the wider Our Place In Space events taking place across the country. Its also been fantastic to support more local charities, with the Maggie’s Culture Crawl visiting us; a heartwarming event where walkers raise money for cancer support.
We enjoyed putting on our Sparks and Scarves event again this year for Guy Fawkes Night with fire dancers, magic tricks, food and drink and spectacular digital fireworks projected onto the church. The garden bar is closed but will be returning for a few special events until we fully re-open for another season in Spring 2023, we will continue opening St Luke’s for open days throughout the colder months.
The Maker’s Markets has been a lovely addition to our event calendar each month, with markets also scheduled in December. These are very popular and aim to showcase local retailers and their produce. We will also be welcoming back our Record Fair in December too. Both events are a great place to get unique gifts for Christmas.
Looking further ahead to 2023 - we are in the process of planning heritage and cultural research projects, with the objective of engaging more people with the story of St Luke’s in new ways; to interpret the communal and historical significance of the site in a way which is accessible and relevant to the city, while reaching out to new audiences who may not have had the opportunity to attend an event or participate at the Bombed Out Church before.