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Late at Tate: Party Political

Late at Tate returns with a Picasso-themed spectacle – and you might even get a glimpse of ‘Picasso’ somewhere in the city centre!

Late at Tate returns with a Picasso-themed spectacle – and you might even get a glimpse of ‘Picasso’ somewhere in the city centre!

On Thursday 19 August Tate Liverpool will opens its doors until 21.00 and invites visitors to join an evening of performance inspired by Tate Liverpool’s blockbuster exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom. Party Political is produced by Hope Street Limited in partnership with Tate Liverpool, under the creative direction of Spaniard Montserrat Gili.

Picasso: Peace and Freedom explores the postwar period of the artist’s life, revealing him as a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace. Taking inspiration from the works in the exhibition, the Party Political performers have created a vibrant collection of performances and ‘happenings’ including ‘death under the dinner table’, communist journeys, bull fights, dictators and musical peace processions. The event will feature over 50 performers from across the world, as well as local community groups.

The performances will be accompanied by music directed by Jonathan Hering, New Music Producer at Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Philharmonic, and performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Tate Café will be serving a special Spanish tapas menu throughout the evening.

Performances will take place in the galleries, foyer and Albert Dock. In addition, a series of ‘pop-up’ performances are planned around the city centre and in Liverpool One in the lead up to the event. You may even see ‘Picasso’ - and eagle-eyed members of the public are being encouraged to take photos when they spot him and email them to - your photo might even get displayed at the event!

Editor notes

Late at Tate

Late at Tate is a series late-night openings at Tate Liverpool. Visitors have the opportunity to drop-in after 18.00 and enjoy one-off events themed around the artworks on display. On Late at Tate nights, Tate Café will be open until 22.00 (last orders 21.30). A bar in the foyer will provide refreshments. Entry to Tate Liverpool on Late at Tate nights will be free, although food and drink and entry to special exhibitions will incur a charge.

Hope Street Ltd

Hope Street Ltd is dedicated to the development of artists, art forms and arts in the community. This award-winning organisation has been central to the development of physical theatre, carnival arts, participatory arts, young people’s theatre, international arts and cross art form collaboration. Their community engagement programmes aim to combat social exclusion and raise the standard and expectation of community arts. Hope Street Ltd is a regularly-funded organisation of Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England.
For more information visit For more information about Hope Street Limited, contact Louise Walker – 07799 538 784.