The Stanley Street Quarter CIC has announced plans to transform the historic Exchange Station and host a one night only Grand Ball in conjunction with House of Suarez, Delifonseca and the Michael Causer Foundation.
It will to be a night celebrating the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) community, raising money for projects in the area and the work of the Michael Causer Foundation.
On Friday 22 May, the weekend that the world famous Cunard fleet will be arriving in the Mersey, another spectacle will be taking place – this time on land; The Stanley Street Quarter’s Three Queens Ball will see Exchange Station in the heart of the Commercial District transformed to host a night worthy of the liners and guests themselves.
As well as marking Cunard’s 175th Anniversary weekend, the event will celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community on Merseyside and the work that is being done to support it.
Produced by the award-winning House Of Suarez, creators of the Vogue Ball and drawn together by glamorous hosts including local drag legend ‘The Vivienne’ (pictured right) the ball will feature performances from the winner of this year’s Michael Causer Foundation ‘Out On Stage’ competition; The evening promises show-stopping entertainment with yet more star acts to be revealed over the coming weeks.
Andi Herring, Chair of the Stanley Street Quarter said: “This event is to raise the profile of Liverpool’s LGBT community and the Stanley Street Quarter – so what better time is there to hold it than when the fleet are coming? We have a great pool of talent within our venues and local community in the Quarter, so we would be crazy to not shine a spotlight onto this when there are over one million visitors expected to visit our city.”
Guests will enjoy the culinary talents of the Stanley Street Quarter too with a specially created, ‘Three Queens’ inspired menu from ‘Good Food Guide’ favorite Delifonseca as well as Kirkby based UK Events Group who will work to transform the space inside the former station.
Ticket sales and sponsorship will make the event possible and any surplus will help support the community through projects ran by the Stanley Street Quarter CIC; All proceeds on the night will go to local charity, the Michael Causer Foundation set up after the local teenager’s death with an aim to ‘Educate, Motivate and Accommodate’ young LGBT people who find themselves with no-where to turn.
Gary Millar, Chair of the Michael Causer Foundation said “On behalf of Marie and Mike, Michael’s mum and dad and the Trustees of the Michael Causer Foundation I would like to thank the Stanley Street Quarter and Liverpool’s LGBT and straight communities for their ongoing support in helping us tackle hate crime, ignorance and bigotry. We are so grateful for any fundraising help and this event and others keeps Michael’s legacy alive.”
The ball joins a growing line-up as part of the city’s One Magnificent City programme around the Cunard 175th anniversary and first transatlantic voyage.