Play It Again

Artists-are-encourage-to-get-involved-with-this-years-piano-festival (1)Other cities have buskers, in the summer months Liverpool adorns its streets with pianos and invites people to play.

The popular street piano busking festival, Tickle the Ivories welcomes both professional and amateur musicians, playing while shops are open through the summer.

Organised by Open Culture along with Liverpool ONE, organisers say last year’s performers were some of the most diverse they’ve had. Charlotte Corrie spoke to It’s Liverpool about the enduring popularity of Liverpool’s ‘Tickle The Ivories’.

“People really love it, it’s just a bit different. There’s something special about piano music and it’s not just music, some of our performers also sing, and tell jokes, which adds a whole other dimension.

“The 2015 festival was a huge success with a variety of performers taking part; everything from solo classical pianists wowing us with Beethoven to dance groups, and even school choirs.

“People really love it, it’s just a bit different…”

“Tickle The Ivories is a a perfect match for Liverpool, it’s quirky, creative and collaborative and it says something about the city’s generous spirit, as many people donate their time free of charge.”

Tickle the Ivories, now in its sixth year, will see six specially designed pianos in the city centre – the winning creations following an open call for artists. Featuring designs inspired by Liverpool past, present and people, the pianos will fill the streets with music. Dancing is optional, but certainly encouraged.

For more info an to book a slot click here.

Liverpool ONE
2 July – 6 September

Film: Collabor8te: ‘Tickle The Ivories’ dir. Glenn Hanstock, Electrobank.

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Published: 13/07/2016