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The Jacaranda Club celebrate 60th anniversary with “This is Our Home” exhibition

The Jacaranda Club celebrate 60th anniversary with “This is Our Home” exhibition

This August Bank Holiday weekend will be full of celebration as the legendary Slater Street club, The Jacaranda, turns 60 years old!

“This is Our Home”: The Jacaranda Club 1958-2018 is a new exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Liverpool’s iconic Jacaranda Club opens Friday 24th August during a celebratory weekend of events. “This is Our
Home”: The Jacaranda Club 1958-2018 is an exhibition of photographs, advertisements, posters, and ephemera relating to the past and present history of the iconic Slater Street club, curated by Marlie Centawer, and runs the weekend of 24th – 26th August 2018.

As one of the first coffee bars in post-war Britain, The Jacaranda Club – affectionately known as “The Jac” – was opened by Allan Williams in 1958, featuring a record shop upstairs and live music in its basement. One of
these groups was The Silver Beetles, featuring art students John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, who Williams employed to paint the walls and a mural in the basement.

The exhibition features artefacts and ephemera from the Jac’s legacy and history; then and now, and is curated by Liverpool-based Marlie Centawer, a writer, musician and photographer, as well as an adjunct lecturer with the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture at Brock University Canada.

Much of the exhibition has been donated from original attendees, some loaned from galleries and collectors, and other images extracted from Beatle books and documentaries, including members-only cards used for entry to the club in the 1960’s, advertisements in local Liverpool music newspapers, and images of the venues’ interiors and layouts over the years.

Graham Clarke (The Jac’s owner since the 80s) explains: “We’re delighted to be spending the weekend drawing together and celebrating values and visions that are so close to our hearts. We are just as excited to welcome back familiar faces as we are to embrace those whose journeys with us are just beginning.”

The exhibition features an opening reception at 5.30pm on Friday 24th August, and runs for The Jacaranda Club’s 60th weekend celebrations, which include live bands, DJ sets, and more.

Edited by Maryanna Rice

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