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Free party as culture year ends

The Liverpool waterfront
The date will mark a year since the city's culture launch

Liverpool is to host its biggest free event as its year as Capital of Culture comes to an end at its waterfront.

Cultural venues across the city will be open later into the night as part of a special Transition Light Night.

It will be held on 10 January 2009 - a year to the day the city officially launched its culture year.

The evening will start with a "People's Celebration" at the new-look Pier Head. The show concludes with a pyrotechnic finale fired from ships on the river.

It will use the Museum of Liverpool's waterfront window as a cinema screen, with showing also at the New Mersey Ferry terminal and at the Arena Liverpool on Kings Dock.

we want to say thank-you for everyone who helped play their part - and in Liverpool's case that mean's everyone
Councillor Warren Bradley

The event will also involve artistic interludes such as a lantern installation of the new Leeds-Liverpool canal link, an arts and crafts market along the piazza at Mann Island and drum and dance performances.

There will also be ceremonial handovers to the cities of Linz and Vilnius, the European Capitals of Culture 2009, and to representatives from London 2012 to mark the launch of Britain's Cultural Olympiad, as well as a mass sing-along of the "All Together Now".

The Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool, the Bluecoat, Open Eye, FACT, Liverpool Biennial, the Contemporary Urban Centre and The Flying Picket are among the events taking part.

Councillor Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council and Deputy Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said: "2008 was a life-changing year for this city and we want to say thank you for everyone who helped play their part - and in Liverpool's case that means everyone.

"What better way to celebrate the city's transition from 2008 than to begin with a party at the waterfront where so much of this city's story began.''

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