Yoko Ono Lennon is also an ambassador for the University of Liverpool’s new teaching and performance space. A long-time supporter of the University of Liverpool, Yoko established the John Lennon Memorial Scholarships at the University to provide opportunities for students to study at Liverpool who may otherwise not have been able to go to university.
As well as being a major philanthropist to the University, Yoko’s name is, of course, indelibly woven into the cultural history of the city through her relationship with John Lennon but also through her continued support and championing of the city of Liverpool and its cultural heritage.
She remains active as an artist and musician, and in recent years has worked with a number of cultural organisations in the North West, most recently performing her work ‘Bells For Peace’ at the Manchester International Festival in 2019 and collaborating with the Museum of Liverpool in 2018/19 on the ‘Double Fantasy - John & Yoko’ exhibition, during which she allowed access to her own personal and extensive archive.
The new Yoko Ono Lennon Centre keeps alive the proud tradition of Liverpool as a UNESCO City of Music. It also supports her personal commitment to helping disadvantaged students embark on a career in music, in a nurturing environment where it is hoped it will help them grow their passion for music and performing.
At this time more than ever, as we navigate the unchartered waters of the coronavirus pandemic, music and the communal sharing of music will be an important part of the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre and will go a long way in fostering good health and well-being for our community of students and audiences alike.
We are delighted to have the support of Yoko Ono Lennon and to name our new venue in her honour.
“I am thrilled to be recognized with the naming of the new performance centre at the University of Liverpool. I hope it will be a home for creative expression and learning for many years to come. Thank you to the University and to the people of Liverpool for this wonderful honour.”Yoko Ono Lennon
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