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Brazilian Carnival night.
Live music with Liverpool's very own Batala, the country's best Brazilian percussion band, disco with DJ Juanito (Samba-Lambada-Pagode-Carioca Funk) and now some Reggeton! Dancers AND a celebration of Brazil's forthcoming
World Cup campaign- come in fancy dress, costumes, masks! Prizes for the best ones and best dancers! Lots of NOISE guaranteed!
Friday 9th June. 9pm - 2am. 3 pounds entrance.
@ The Pacific bar and grill, Temple St,
Off Victoria St,
Liverpool city centre.
Liverpool International Nets Title Sponsor
Finance broker TFS-ICAP has announced today that they will be sponsoring the 2006 Liverpool International Tennis Tournament (13 -18 June, 2006).
As with any major sporting event, sponsorship is essential to the growth of the event and its sustainability.
Carl Bradshaw, Tournament Manager, commented, "We're delighted TFS-ICAP is supporting the tournament and for the support to come from a London-based company - it certainly adds calibre to the event.
''Sponsorship allows us to attract bigger players to the tournament such as Goran Ivanisevic. The event itself is growing every year and is now firmly established on the tennis calendar."
David Pinchin, CEO of TFS, commented, "The Liverpool International is one of the great sporting successes and a highlight on the sporting calendar. TFS-ICAP is pleased to sponsor such an event that showcases a host of first-rate tennis players."
Calderstones Park provides a unique venue for the summer event, which attracts over 20,000 spectators.
ATP ace, Xavier Malisse, said, "It's a great event and the round robin set-up guarantees the players lots of valuable grass court practice before Wimbledon."
The event, now in its fifth year, enjoys a global audience of over 20 million thanks to TV coverage from Sky and the American Tennis Channel. As a result, the tournament has elevated in status and is now Europe's largest tennis exhibition tournament.
Organiser, Northern Vision, has already secured a number of world-class players to take part in the tournament including World No 4 Ivan Ljubicic. Headlining the event will be 2001 Wimbledon Champion and 2005 Davis Cup Winner, Goran Ivanisevic, who will play against another '87 Wimbledon Champion, Pat Cash.
Joint partners in organising the six-day event are Liverpool Culture Company and Liverpool City Council.
Sponsors of the 2006 Liverpool International include Lexus, Radisson, Total Fitness and local property developers Magull and Gerrald Murphy.
Northern Vision are delighted this year to announce they have signed rising Belgian star Xavier Malisse, as well as American's Vince Spadea, Robert Kendrick, Bobby Reynolds and Augustin Calleri.
Following the success of Martina Navratilova at the tournament last year, Northern Vision is introducing a WTA event this year, which will include America's Ashley Harkleroad.
One of the events big attractions is the Legends tournament held alongside the ATP and WTA event. This year the tournament will see the return of Ilie Nasatase, Mansour Bahrami, Henri Leconte and Pete McNamara.
For further information and ticket enquiries, please telephone 0151 227 5940 or visit www.liverpooltennis.co.uk
The 2006 Liverpool International Tennis Tournament runs from 13th - 18th June. For further information about the event and ticket enquiries, telephone 0151 227 5940 or visit www.liverpooltennis.co.uk
Takes place on Saturday June 3rd 2006.
There will be African and Irish dancers, and martial arts performances starting from St George's Hall at 11.45am.
The event, which starts at 1pm, is also set to be the greenest parade on record – rickshaws and a horse-drawn dray will take their place alongside pedal-powered floats, an electric vehicle and hundreds of costumed performers on foot.
Walk the Plank and the Liverpool Lantern Company are working together with a number of community groups to expand the scale of the floats in this year's Parade. Both arts companies are known for their imaginative design and large-scale outdoor theatre, and they promise to bring a dose of theatrical magic to the five floats they are creating. Fifteen artists, including some of the most experienced carnival artists in the UK, will be working alongside children, young people and adults to ensure Liverpool Performs...A Great Day Out on 3 June. For more information about either company visit www.walktheplank.co.uk
The crew of the Liverpool 08 Clipper have already proved they are king of the waves.
Now their kit puts them in pole position in the fashion stakes.
The team are sporting trendy new outfits as they sail towards Panama City on the latest leg of the 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race.
The crews left Victoria, Canada, on Tuesday.
Crewman Joe Caddick said: "It is fantastic! We have every bit of kit that we need and it is the right kind of stuff too for ocean racing; we have gear for snow, hail, wind, rain or sunshine.
"We are the best dressed crew in the fleet now and proud to be representing Liverpool 08.
"I will be very proud to come back into Liverpool in our brand new kit. All the crew can't believe we have such great quality gear."
The Liverpool Culture Company have sent out T-shirts, polo shirts, long waterproof trousers, waterproof jackets, fleeces, caps, and woolly hats to the crew.
The crew embarked on the next leg of the round-the-world race at the weekend which will see them sailing from Victoria, Canada, through the Panama Canal to New York, a 4,200 mile journey which will take three weeks.
Latest News on the Clippers
I see that the 08 online shop is now open.
You can now kit yourself out in 08 logos from head to toe without even leaving your home.
There's everything from 08 golf balls to Anfield Road T Shirts.
Take a look: www.onlinemerchandising.co.uk/liverpool08/
More than 30 youngsters, mainly teenagers, will make their opinions known on all aspects up to, including and beyond Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year in 2008
The group's members are from all neighbourhoods of the city and have been chosen on the strength of their contribution to an open application process. It follows research carried out online by Liverpool John Moores University about how young people wanted to be involved in Capital of Culture. The Liverpool Young Culture Action Group based at the Greenhouse Project in Toxteth was instrumental in this research.
Liverpool City Council leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said: "The young people I've spoken to, want not to be asked once as a token gesture, but to be continually consulted on events, artistic and community programmes. They will have an important role to play, not only in events which are intended mainly for young people but to provide a fresh and alternative viewpoint for all of the undertakings of the Culture Company."
Chief Executive of the Liverpool Culture Company, Jason Harborow, is fully behind the scheme. He said: "Young people are valuable ambassadors and this group will no doubt be able to talk to other young people, often with more effect than many adults. Peers are often equally if not more respected than adults in authority and the Youth Advisory Group will use this to its advantage to create a Capital of Culture that is fully inclusive of today's youngsters."
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society has a long and proud tradition in the music world. Founded in 1840, it is one of the oldest concert-giving organisations in the world, and the second oldest in Britain.
In association with the University of Wales, Bangor, we are seeking to recruit a New Media Development Officer (KTP associate)
to develop and embed music technology capabilities and use online resources to broaden audiences and realise new commercial income streams. Key responsibilities include management of our current website, testing and scaling-up the transfer of our wide-ranging multi-media archive and creating a business model moving forward to utilise this archive intelligently.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) support high level business development projects between companies and Universities. Graduates (KTP Associates) are recruited into the partnership to work on challenging high-profile projects. In addition, business and management training is provided and there is the opportunity to register for a higher degree (M.Phil or PhD).
The successful candidate will have a good Honours degree in Music, Music Technology, Media Studies or related field. Experience in the online music industry or in development of new media is preferred. A good level of IT competence, excellent writing and editorial skills, and a passion for music required.
Salary: £19,000 - £21,000 / Fixed two-year contract
Position based in Liverpool
Further information available on http://www.liverpoolphil.com
Application forms and further particulars should be obtained by contacting:
Human Resources, University of Wales, Bangor;
tel: (01248) 382926/388132
Job Reference no: 06-5/203
Deadline for applications: Monday 5 June
Britain’s only touring theatre ship sails back to Liverpool, 8-11 June
The UK’s only touring theatre ship stops off in Liverpool 8-11th June as part of a nationwide coastal tour of the British Isles between May and August 2006 with Walk the Plank’s entertaining twist on the world’s most famous nautical tale, Noah’s Ark. The ship will drop anchor in Canning Dock, Liverpool with performances daily.
The Fitzcarraldo, owned and operated by Walk the Plank for the last 14 years, is a former Norwegian cargo and passenger ferry, which has been transformed into a unique touring theatre. Her crew includes actors, technicians and stage managers as well as the Captain, Mate and Engineer. The team all live and work onboard, with the actors learning to heave ropes and scrub the decks and the Captain helping to rig lights and fly scenery.
The ship will return to Liverpool in August, to prepare for a winter programme of events on board including, cabaret & comedy nights, arts events and performances, DJ and Music gigs. The ship is also available to hire and makes a unique venue for parties, conferences and launches.
A new course to develop performance guiding skills
There is a growing demand for lively events to complement the city's celebrations during the run-up to Capital of Culture 2008 - and beyond.
To support this demand, a short course in Performance Guiding will be piloted in June 2006 for aspiring performers who wish to develop or refine their delivery skills. This is being developed by The Mersey Partnership and Liverpool Culture Company.
If you are passionate about Liverpool's history and heritage and would like to be a part of its growth and development within the tourism sector, this course could be for you.
It is designed to enhance the visitor experience, by developing appropriate skills for a variety of dynamic events.
If you have the confidence and flair to devise costumed performance events and themed walks, download a Course Outline, Person Specification and Application Details by visiting www.merseyside.org.uk/most/viewcontent.asp?ckey=1499
Please note, the closing date for applying to this course is Friday 26 May
I caught the end of this programme on Saturday, waiting for the Culture Show to start. Didn't realise he was a local lad, he's bloody good!
From Daily Post...
Last night, clarinet player Mark Simpson was preparing for an international career as a musician.
The 17-year-old, from West Derby, provided the latest boost to Liverpool's Capital of Culture status when he won the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Mark, who is also a budding composer, triumphed after giving a dazzling performance of Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto at the final in Gateshead on Saturday.
After a weekend of celebrating, Mark will be brought down to Earth again today, when he returns to King David High School, in Childwall, where he is studying art, German and music A-levels.
He also attends the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is principal clarinet with the National Youth Orchestra.
Another date for your diary...
This annual extravaganza is in its 34th year and attracts thousands of visitors. It is the first major event that the new Lord Mayor takes part in and is a great opportunity for her to see first-hand how Liverpool can put on a great show.
Spectators can look forward to a visual extravaganza of colour and creativity at this year's event. Floats will follow the theme of ‘performance’ to tie in with Liverpool's fourth themed year in the run-up to European Capital of Culture 2008. The event, which starts at 1pm, is also set to be the greenest parade on record – rickshaws and a horse-drawn dray will take their place alongside pedal-powered floats, an electric vehicle and hundreds of costumed performers on foot.
Date(s): 3/6/2006 - 3/6/2006
Start: Pall Mall, Liverpool, Merseyside,
[t]:0151 233 2008
Everyword casting confirmed - 23rd to 27th May 2006 at the Everyman
Everyman Theatre are delighted to announce the cast for the series of readings taking place at the Everyman next week as part of the Everyword festival. Full details of the workshops, talks and readings that will be on next week can be found by clicking here.
Hatch by Collette Kane will feature Leanne Best (Unprotected), Nick Moss (Urban Legend) and Andrew Schofield (On Tour).
The cast for Loose Lips by Jonathan Larkin will include Annabel Dowler (Breezeblock Park) and Gillian Kearney (Hedda Gabler, Shameless).
For The Electric Hill by Michael McClean we welcome back Louis Emerick (Master Harold and the Boys) and Kevin Harvey (Yellowman).
Intemperance by Lizzie Nunnery will feature Mark Arends (Urban Legend), Paul Copley (The Street, The Lakes), Gillian Kearney (Shameless, Hedda Gabler) and Kay Lyon (The Morris).
The Back Pages: Sporting Stories monologues will be read by Annabel Dowler (Breezeblock Park), Neil Caple (Unprotected), Paul Duckworth (Unprotected), Nick Moss (Urban Legend), Michael Ryan (Paradise Bound) and Andrew Schofield (On Tour).
Since 2001, the Liverpool Summer Pops has become established as an important part of the European summer music calendar, with some of the greatest names in music having played over the past five years.
Elton John, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Meat Loaf and Bryan Adams are among the dozens of artists to have performed at the event which attracts 100,000 people annually.
July 2006 will see the return of the Pops to Liverpool with its usual array of stars.
So far this year's line-up includes The Who, Simply Red, Il Divo, Whitesnake and Bryan Adams with more acts to be announced in the coming months.
Friday 30 June - Best of the Australian Pink Floyd Show - Part One
Saturday 1 July - Oscar Peterson
Sunday 2 July - Pet Shop Boys
Monday 3 July - Whitesnake
Tuesday 4 July - Deacon Blue
Wednesday 5 - The Who (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 6 July - The Who (SOLD OUT)
Friday 7 July - James Brown
Saturday 8 July - New Order
Monday 10 July - Simple Minds
Tuesday 11 July - Corinne Bailey Rae
Wednesday 12 July - Jeff Beck / Buddy Guy
Friday 14 July - Ronan Keating
Sunday 16 July - A-Ha
Monday 17 July - Westlife
Tuesday 18 July - Simply Red
Wednesday 19 July - Simply Red
Thursday 20 July - Sugababes
Friday 21 July - Il Divo
Saturday 22 July - Best of the Australian Pink Floyd Show - Part Two
Sunday 23 July - Bryan Adams
For tickets call the hotline on 0870 151 4000 for more details.
from the Culture Company...
Funding for projects
Have you got a great idea for a community project but need some cash? This is where the Liverpool Culture Company comes in. This year we're looking for projects that link in to the theme of Liverpool Performs, but which also have a positive impact on real people, plus help the city build up to 2008 when it becomes European Capital of Culture. View details.
From liverpool08.com ...
Theatre director to share experiences of life in the spotlight
The founder of the Liverpool Everyman, Terry Hands is to share his experiences of the theatre at a public lecture at the University of Liverpool.
Terry Hands is the second guest speaker in the university's Performance 06 lecture series, which was launched by Liverpool football legend, Alan Hansen, last month in recognition of the city's sporting heritage.
Establishing the Liverpool Everyman in 1964, Terry Hands went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, becoming joint Artistic Director in 1978 and Chief Executive in 1986. He later took over Theatre Clwyd (now Clwyd Theatr Cymru) to prevent its closure, which went on to win numerous awards and accolades.
Terry will visit the University to share his experiences of the theatre in celebration of the city's top actors and actresses in Liverpool's 'Year of Performance.'
Terry said: "I have fond memories of Liverpool, particularly during the early days of the Everyman Theatre when we met with exciting new writers, directors and so many daring young actors and actresses. The theatre was a catalyst for visionary thinkers and performers and the Everyman became known for its meaningful dramas and ambitious ideas.
"So many talented performers began their careers at the Everyman, such as Sir Anthony Sher, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, David Morrissey and Willy Russell. I am proud to have worked with so many of them and look forward to sharing my experiences with a Liverpool audience in the city's Year of Performance."
Terry Hands' public lecture will take place on Monday 22 May at 6.30pm in the university's Sherrington Building, Ashton Street.
Tickets are free and can be obtained from:
* Blackwells University Bookshop, Brownlow Hill
* 08 Place, Whitechapel
* Tourist Information Centre, The World of Glass, St Helens
Tickets can also be obtained by calling 0151 794 2650.
From the Homotopia people....
Homotopia, Liverpool's Celebration of Queer Culture: Call for artists, producers, promoters and writers.
Homotopia is Liverpool's annual celebration of Queer Culture. A two week festival of film, art, theatre, heritage, photography, video, music and performance.
As part of the forthcoming festival we are giving artists, writers, producers and promoters the opportunity to get involved.
Liverpool's annual celebration of Queer culture is going from strength to strength and as part of its future development we are introducing 'Queercore' which is the route for artists to show their work, ideas and talents to Liverpool and beyond.
So if you want to present your work in Homotopia this year then this is the time to get in touch.
Homotopia has already supported and collaborated with a wide range of Liverpool companies, artists and events including: 'Outsiders' Liverpool's first ever Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 'Tales From Yester-Queer' the first ever research project into the hidden history of Queer Liverpool, Queer Storytelling Festival, 'Gayzin Liverpool' film, 'It's a Drag' Photographic exhibition, 'Wildelife' Photographic Exhibition, 'Hello Sailor' Group Exhibition to name but a few.
To find out more about Homotopia and Queercore please go to
We look forward to hearing from you!
From Liverpool Welsh Choral Society...
'WHO WAS JOE GREEN?
A man of passion. A man who understood women's emotions. A man who suffered personal tragedy. A man who could make the human spirit soar. A man who wrote exquisite music. He was Guiseppe Verdi!
You too can be part of the 'VERDI EXPERIENCE' in Liverpool. You can hear music which caused an uproar in the Italian press. You can reflect on the emotive, surging sounds. You can judge a piece described as a work of genius. You can see 300 musicians and singers performing.
What? VERDI REQUIEM.
When? Sunday 4th June 2006.
Where? Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Who? Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Liverpool Welsh Choral. Tallaght Choral [Dublin].
How? Phil Box Office 0151 709 3789.
SUPPORT LIVERPOOL PERFORMS 2006!'
Capital of Culture Present:
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Playhouse - 7 June - 8 June at 19:30 pm
Trisha Brown Dance Company comes to Liverpool for the first time.
This is a special invitation from The Liverpool Culture Company to one of the greats of American modern dance. Based in New York , a city close to the hearts
And histories of Liverpool, Trisha Brown lifts our dance experience to a new level in 2006.
Trisha Brown, the most widely acclaimed choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era, first came to public notice when she began showing her work with the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s. Along with like-minded artists including Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, she pushed the limits of what could be considered appropriate movement for choreography, and in so doing changed modern dance forever. This “hot-bed of dance revolution,” as one critic of the time called the Judson group, was imbued with a maverick spirit and blessed with total disrespect for assumption, qualities that Brown still exhibits even as she brings her work to the great opera houses of the world today.
“One of Liverpool's most famous music names will be at the heart of a
cultural quarter, which opens next month. The Picket has finally found a
new home after a two-year search. When the £1.5m Jamaica Street venue opens
on May 27 the Picket will be the base for a new culture zone in the city.
The area, recently named the Independent District, is being developed into
an event and festival site in the run-up to 2008 by organisation Love
Culture, working with the Picket and with support from city officials.
The original Picket in Hardman Street closed two years ago because of
debts. A Save the Picket campaign supported by names including Sir Paul
McCartney, the late John Peel and Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Pete
Townsend and Paul Weller failed, and the site is being redeveloped.
A licence has been granted for the new venue in an old printer's in Jordan
Street, near the River Mersey.
Liverpool legends Deaf School have reformed to headline the official
opening event on Saturday 27th May, with support from brand new
local band The CB’s and DJ Stormin’ ‘the Cat’ Normin’.
Picket founder Philip Hayes said: "The past 12 monthshave been up and down.
We've found the availability of space in the city is limited; luxury
apartments are occupying lots of it. Long term we'd like the area to become
a locality for indigenous cultural organisations, we're working with Love
Culture and the City council on that idea. We'd like to get the area
ring-fenced for local organisations and festivals. Our plan, which is being
well-received, would create a positive cultural legacy for the city and
would go a long way to addressing concerns that Capital of Culture has
become about property and investment in apartments."
Jayne Casey, director of Love Culture, said: "The opening night represents
a milestone in our long journey, and a significant moment of opportunity
for a whole new generation of musicians and independent music promoters
who plan to make the Picket and the Independent District their own."
Elvis Costello said: "It's great to see the Picket back on the Liverpool
scene. It deserves your love and support, whether you're in the
corridors of power or just walking in the door with a guitar in your hand."
Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley, who has been in discussions
over the development of a new cultural quarter, added: "It's great news for
Liverpool that the Picket is to reopen.”
Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo.
For a Virtual Tour of the Picket in Liverpool’s Independent District,
please go to www.loveliverpool.com
Tickets for Deaf School, ‘the Picket is Back’ gig on Saturday 27th May
2006,are now available in Liverpool; Probe Records, Slater Street,
Liverpool, L1. Tel- 0151 708 8815. Radio City Box Office, 58a Houghton
Way, St. Johns Centre, Liverpool, L1 1LP.
In Manchester: Piccadilly Box Office,8-10 Exchange Street, and St. Anne’s
Square, Manchester M2 7HA.
ONLINE: www.ticketline.co.uk CREDIT CARD HOTLINE:0870 100 0000.
Cost £10.00. plus booking fee.
A homecoming date has been fixed for the 05-06 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The 10-strong international fleet, which suffered a month's delay for repairs in the Philippines, are to complete the world's longest yachting race on the River Mersey at around 12 noon on Saturday, July 29.
The Liverpool Culture Company is preparing to roll out the red carpet for what will be an emotional finale to the most dramatic race in clipper's history, which began in Liverpool last September.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor will lead a civic welcome with aerobatic displays and street entertainment planned before the final prize-giving in Salthouse Dock at 4pm.
Thousands of people are expected to throng the Mersey and they can expect a tense climax as the leading three yachts in the overall standings - westernaustralia.com, Liverpool 08 and Durban - all have a chance of winning the coveted Clipper Cup.
Currently competing Leg 5 in the northern Pacific with 2,000 miles to Vancouver, Durban is second, Liverpool 08 third and westernaustralia.com trailing in fifth. Leg 6 to Jamaica is to begin on May on May 14 and Leg 7 to Liverpool is to begin on June 20 via New York and Jersey.
Professor Drummond Bone, Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said: ''It's great news to finally have a homecoming date for the race. We can now prepare to give the fleet the welcome they deserve. I'm sure the Liverpool public will be out in force to support them after what has been a real roller coaster experience for the crews.''
For the latest 05-05 Clipper Race news visit www.clipper-ventures.com
Spreading the word
Liverpool Culture Company has launched its first local and national ad campaign promoting the city as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. Images of our most iconic attractions are being used to transform perceptions of the city in the run-up to 2008. The ads for the national campaign have been transformed into e-postcards for you to send to friends and family around the world.
Full details on the liverpool08 page: www.liverpool08.com/AboutLiverpool/Campaign