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- Posted on Mar 25th 2010 6:20AM by James Lawrenson
The Liverpool Daily Post reported that events will include Lennon Remembered, a tribute concert at the 10,600-seat Echo arena in the city. There will also be a major birthday celebration at the Cavern Club, a Lennon-inspired international poetry competition, a film festival, lectures on Lennon's life and visual art exhibitions at Liverpool John Moores University.
An exhibition curated about living with the star, by Lennon's former wife Cynthia and son Julian, will also be created. It will be called White Feather: Spirit of Lennon and will be hosted at the Beatles Story on the Pier Head (just behind the Liver Building).
As you might expect, this isn't the only time of the year Liverpool celebrates their most famous sons. There is an annual International Beatle Week Festival every August, this year taking place between Aug. 25 and 31. It features live music and a fair selection of the many tribute bands the Beatles have spawned over the years.
The Lennon event will also mark the 30th anniversary of Lennon's tragic death, when he was shot by Mark David Chapman outside his New York apartment on Dec. 8.
There are hopes this year's festival will be a major tourist attraction, bringing thousand of the singer's fans into the city. Currently it seems Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, will not be involved, although this may well change.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor, councillor Mike Storey, said in a statement, "John Lennon is one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century and a Liverpool lad who became known in every corner of the globe.
"His enduring message of peace is as important now as ever and continues to be an inspiration to many. The John Lennon Tribute Season will allow us to remember him as a man, celebrate his music and his overall contribution to our city."