A festival to mark one of The Beatles' most famous albums, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is to be held in Liverpool 50 years after it was launched.
A host of world-renowned artists have collaborated for the festival of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre in tribute to what is widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time.
Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home, will use each of the 13 album tracks as the "creative springboard" for new events starting in May, half a century on from the album's first release on June 1, 1967.
Critically acclaimed artists taking part include GroupeF, behind several spectacular Olympic opening ceremonies, New York's Mark Morris Dance Group, the "feminist Picasso" Judy Chicago, John Cage, Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, DJ Spooky and author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Highlights include, She's Leaving Home, performed in people's living rooms in Toxteth using local artists, taking over Aintree racecourse for a music performance with a cast of thousands, a live performance involving 64 choirs simultaneously, Indian ragas and a 300 member brass band.
Events are planned across the city, including Liverpool's Royal Court, Hope Street, Tate Liverpool, St George's Hall and both cathedrals.
Artistic director Sean Doran, said: "These 13 commissions invite artists not only to respond to the genius of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album but crucially to work with and take inspiration from the city of Liverpool as a world stage and an unrivalled creative community.
"We are honoured to have been asked to work with the city in this way."
Funding has come through a National Lottery investment of £750,000 from Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence scheme and events will be a mixture of ticketed and free.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This is a landmark anniversary for a seminal album and we wanted to stage a fitting celebration which brings about a whole new interpretation of this classic piece of music.
"Sgt Pepper pushed creative boundaries and we want to do exactly the same - this is a festival which brings high-end art into the mainstream and gives it a Liverpool twist which is thought-provoking, sometimes cheeky and always entertaining.
"It's a huge coup to have these critically acclaimed, international artists work in partnership with the incredible creative talent we have here in Liverpool and it will be fascinating to see their creative interpretations of each track brought to life."
More details are available at www.sgtpepperat50.com