John Lennon 70th Birthday Tribute Weekend

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Friday, October 8: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the life and legacy of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Lennon surrounding what would have been his 70th birthday beginning on Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10.  Visitors will be invited to take part in a time capsule dedication of John Lennon’s post-Beatles recordings and fan contributions, participate in Spotlight Exhibit tours in the Beatles exhibit and view highlights from the Beatles’ and John Lennon’s inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The weekend will culminate with the free Imagine Peace World Festival featuring some of Cleveland best cultural performers. The Imagine Peace World Festival is presented by Ohio Natural Gas and sponsored by KeyBank.

Friday, October 8


·    John Lennon Time Capsule Dedication
10:30 a.m. (Main Stage) –  The Rock Hall and BoxofVision LLC will create authorized time capsules of John Lennon’s post-Beatles recordings and fan contributions submitted via BoxOfVision.com/TimeCapsule to carry his legacy of peace and love to future generations.

With the cooperation of Yoko Ono Lennon, the time capsules will be preserved and stored until they are opened in a ceremonial presentation on October 9, 2040. They will be stored at the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives and two additional world locations that have significance to John Lennon’s legacy.  The general public is invited to submit birthday wishes, commentary, musical performances and personal thoughts on John Lennon’s legacy at BoxOfVision.com/TimeCapsule through October 1.

·    John Lennon Message of Peace Card Signing
Throughout the weekend, fans are invited to sign a large birthday card expressing their wish for the world. The signing will take place in the Museum’s Main Lobby for John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The card will be sent to the Lennon family after the weekend.

·    Lennon Induction Screenings
2:30 – 5:30 p.m. - Rare induction ceremony footage of John Lennon’s induction as a solo artist in 1994 in the Museum’s Foster Theater.

·    Meet the Curator Gallery Talks
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Assistant Curator Meredith Rutledge will discuss the stories behind the John Lennon artifacts in the Museum’s Beatles exhibit in Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall

Saturday, October 9

·    Lennon Induction Screenings
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Rare induction ceremony footage of John Lennon’s induction as a solo artist in 1994 in the Museum’s Foster Theater.

·    John Lennon Message of Peace Card Signing
Throughout the weekend, fans are invited to sign a large birthday card expressing their wish for the world. The signing will take place in the Museum’s Main Lobby for John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The card will be sent to the Lennon family after the weekend.

Sunday, October 10


·    Imagine Peace World Festival
Noon to 4 p.m.– The Rock Hall’s annual World Festival will pay tribute to John Lennon with this year’s Imagine Peace World Festival. Through song and dance, this event affords an opportunity to showcase the true appreciation of the great melting pot of cultures, traditions and legacies of others. Performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Performers include Brazilian jazz combo Moises Borges, reggae band Nuhu and South Indian dancer Mahima Venkatesh. Latin praise singer Abraham Valezquez, the Murphy Irish Dancers, Wind and Sand Dance Company (Middle Eastern) and Christian Reggaeton artist Josef Cruz have recently been added to the festival line-up.

·    Lennon Induction Screenings
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Rare induction ceremony footage of John Lennon’s induction as a solo artist in 1994 in the Museum’s Foster Theater.

·    John Lennon Message of Peace Card Signing
Throughout the weekend, fans are invited to sign a large birthday card expressing their wish for the world. The signing will take place in the Museum’s Main Lobby for John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The card will be sent to the Lennon family after the weekend.





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Celebration of greater Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities is essential to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Ohio Natural Gas. The Museum’s community festivals offer opportunities for Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities to become more acquainted with the Rock Hall and the range of music styles and cultures it celebrates. Each festival offers free entertainment from national and local artists. These festivals are among the Museum’s most successful events, often with record-setting crowds. The community festivals are organized around specific dates and themes.

All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.

Rock Hall Community Festival Calendar

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Free admission day
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JUNE 39, 2014
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This festival celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of rock and roll music. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.

 
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
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