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DaDaFest - the largest UK festival celebrating the work of Disabled and Deaf artists - starts on November 14 2006 and runs until December 12th.
You can now vote online for your favourite artists from the short-lists for the 12 categories
Go to http://www.nwdaf.co.uk and click on the Dada Fest logo
Comedy highlights of the festival include first-class local comedian Laurence Clark with his new show, ‘Jim Fixed it for me’ at the Arts Centre in Liverpool on 25 November.
New and more outrageous sketches are promised from acclaimed comedy troupe, the Nasty Girls with the help of fresh up and coming disabled female performers at Unity Theatre.
Award-winning delectable boy wonders, Aisle 16 join the festival to perform ‘Poetry Boyband’, an accessible comedy show bringing verse to the unversed in Liverpool on 8 December at Royal Court.
Theatrical highlights include local talent, Brian Wharton with his DaDaFest debut with ‘Footballer’s Boyfriend’ on 6 December along with acclaimed performer, Julie McNamara’s new hit, ‘Pig’s Sister’ at the Alima Centre.
Caroline Parker interprets, translates and signs, telling the stories of songs that have touched a generation of music-lovers in her fabulous new show ‘Signs of a Diva’ at the Unity Theatre on 29 November 2006.
And the cream of international deaf artists provides Liverpool with the biggest Deaf Culture Celebration in the UK on 18 November at Liverpool Playhouse. Acts include the superb Ramesh Meyappen (Singapore) and local favourites Common Ground Signed Theatre Company and Frank Essery plus surprise guests.
Using Drama to help relieve life’s pressure and stress
Sun 12th November 2006 13.00 - 16.00
At The New Belve. Youth Centre, Miles Street, L8
Part Of a Weekend of Events to raise awareness of the campaign for a Community Theatre in the Dingle.
Alan Barton, an experienced practitioner in the field of using Drama to help reduce anxiety and improve health, takes a practical taster session on some techniques that can be used
To find the New Belve. go towards the bottom of Park Road (Ullet Road End) turn along Peel Street....Miles Street is half way along long on the left. The Belve. is on your right as you go up
Supported by Heal8
To guarantee place call or text details and contact to 07716848894 or
Or take a chance and turn up on the day.
Hope that didn't scare you too much!
The spectacular Halloween Lantern Carnival, now an event run annually by Liverpool Lantern Company and partners will take place on Tuesday 31st October 2006 in Sefton Park.
The event will commence at 18.00 with pre-parade performances and sideshows. These will be situated beyond the café towards the lake.
The procession begins at 18.30 from the Obelisk. This year's theme of "The Displaced" views the ideas from both a satirical vantage point to poetic and poignant observations about the displaced inhabitants of Liverpool's many buildings and communities which have been or are currently being demolished.
The event will feature kinetic sculptures, visual installations, spoken word, music and sound, dance, theatre, puppetry and hundreds of community made lanterns as part of the procession.
The event will culminate in a stunning finale creating a celestial city of light with six angelic beings and a sixty strong group of live drummers, fire sculptures and pyrotechnics. A large team of both local and national artists has engaged with colleges, schools and community groups to collaboratively deliver this project.
Full details on the website
Obviously an important part of the job will be to keep artinliverpool.com fully briefed.
Artistic Marketing Manager
Salary: £38,310 - £40,764
Closing date: 17 November 2006, 6pm
The European Capital of Culture 2008 represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a city to reposition itself as a world-class city and for a marketing professional to make a difference.
The Liverpool Culture Company is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced marketing professional to lead its arts marketing efforts (fixed term contract 31 December 2008). The role will report to the General Manager Marketing and will be responsible for the development and implementation of an audience development strategy, its artistic marketing campaigns and ensuring the right mix of strategic planning and creative flair for the artistic and creative communities programmes.
The successful applicant will be a key figure in working with partners and stakeholders to take full advantage of this opportunity to re-position Liverpool through the Arts locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Educated to a degree level or equivalent, the candidate will be able to demonstrate major successes achieved through working at a strategic level in arts marketing across visual, performing and festival marketing as well as European or global campaign development.
Go to liverpool08.com to download job description
he Executive Group of the Liverpool Culture Company today confirmed a number of changes to the structure of the Culture Company Board and also announced a senior appointment.
Michael Elliott is to join the Culture Company as Cultural Advisor on a part-time secondment from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, where he has been Chief Executive since 2001. He will take up his role on November 7th.
Michael will work with the Culture Company Chief Executive, Jason Harborow, and the creative team to advise on the Culture Company's planning and its relationship with the cultural organisations and practitioners in Liverpool and build on the already close links with the DCMS and Arts Council England. He will also work closely with the Chief Executive in assessing the artistic and cultural structure required to manage the future development of the 2008 programme, its communication and delivery. He will be a member of the Strategic Steering Group, Directors' Management Group and act as an advisor to the Board.
Michael is a former Chief Executive of the Heart of England Tourist Board and from 1989 until 1996, he was Chief Executive of West Midlands Arts, the Regional Arts Board for the West Midlands. He has advised successive governments on cultural policy and the creation of national and regional structures in both arts and tourism.
On his new role as Cultural Advisor to the Culture Company, Michael said: "I am delighted to have been invited to assist the Liverpool Culture Company by providing advice and support to Jason Harborow and his team. I look forward to playing a key role in the planning for 2008 and in supporting the on-going relationships with key stakeholders in the City and nationally, as we prepare to deliver a successful year as European Capital of Culture in 2008."
Jason Harborow, chief executive of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: "It's great news for European Capital of Culture that Michael is assisting us. He will advise the already strong team we have in place, working closely with our partners at a local and national level on developing a memorable 2008."
Councillor Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council and deputy-chair of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: "As a Board member at the Phil, I'm delighted that Michael has agreed to take on this role at an important time for the Culture Company and for the city. The collaboration of all the cultural organisations in Liverpool is what will make European Capital of Culture uniquely special."
Roger Lewis, chairman of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic added: "Michael is an outstanding Chief Executive whose contribution in steering the Phil's recovery and growth has been immense. It is a testament to his abilities that the Phil should be invited to support the Liverpool Culture Company through the loan of his expertise. Michael remains our Chief Executive and we will implement internal support arrangements that will underpin our on-going success and achievements."
After the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Liverpool City Council, the Culture Company Board is to be reduced in size to a maximum of 14 directors, including three council representatives, and meeting quarterly. There will also be a small Operational Board, replacing the current Executive Group, which will meet approximately every six weeks to drive the Company's activities forward.
An Advisory Group is being established to create a wider stakeholder group of key representatives, funding partners and other organisations who are not members of the Board. This group will meet twice a year to allow the Board to draw on the extensive field of expertise available.
Professor Drummond Bone, Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: "The appointment of Michael together with the structural changes that the Executive Group have set out today will provide a renewed focus for our strategic direction as we move ever closer to 2008. The new Board structure will allow for more efficient decision-making processes while at the same time ensuring that the Culture Company taps into the experience and expertise of as wide a group of people as possible."
Proposed personnel changes to the existing Board will be considered further at the next meeting of the Liverpool Culture Company Board on November 29th.
Liverpool History is Hot Seller
Editor of Liverpool 800: Culture, Character and History, Professor John Belchem will be signing copies at the 08 Place in Whitechapel on Saturday, October 21 from 13.30
The first comprehensive review of Liverpool's history for a century has hit the shelves - and its proving to be a world-wide hit.
Liverpool 800: Culture, Character and History went on sale on October 1 and is attracting sales from America to Australia and reportedly 'flying off the shelves' in stores.
A second print is already being considered and the city is also ensuring the book reaches audiences of all ages for generations to come, by issuing a free copy to all 194 Liverpool schools and all 24 public libraries.
Professor John Belchem, Professor of History at University of Liverpool, has spent three years drafting and editing what acclaims to be the definitive final word on the city's past. He will be among the guest speakers and will present a special edition to the Lord Mayor.
The 532 page book has been written by historians within the University of Liverpool and outside it, including researchers from Liverpool Hope, Lancaster University and the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
They have made a path-breaking biography of the city, tracing its society, politics, economy and culture over eight centuries, from fishing village to world port and more recently from the post war decline to the beginnings of a new renaissance in the 21st century.
Fully illustrated the book contains more than 300 images of adverts, maps and photographs (many of them rarely seen before) sourced mainly from Liverpool City Council's Record Office, which recently received national recognition for its archives.
Councillor Mike Storey, Executive Member for Special Initiatives, said: ''This is an essential book for anyone with an interest in this truly remarkable city. Every Liverpool home should have a copy and it makes for a cracking Christmas gift.
''It's a measure of Liverpool's rollercoaster nature that after decades of decline our future looks as bright as our once glorious past. Arguably our greatest chapter is about to be written over the next two years, with Liverpool 800 and European Capital of Culture 2008. The momentum from this dual celebration of achievements past and to come could easily shape our next 100 years.''
Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: ''Everyone involved in this book deserves our thanks and I'm delighted we are sending a copy of this book to every school.
''We owe it to our children to give them a sense of identity and civic pride. By providing them the opportunity to celebrate their history and city through a whole series of events in 07 and 08, we're also giving them the tools to play their part in shaping our future.''
Liverpool 800: Culture, Character and History was commissioned by Liverpool city council, and was co-funded through its Libraries service and the University of Liverpool.
Professor Graham Dockray, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: ''The University sees itself very much as part of Liverpool and is therefore proud to have collaborated with the city council in enabling the Liverpool 800 project to engage in major historical research, the fruits of which are published in this splendid book.''
Published by Liverpool University Press, it is available in three formats, paperback (£14.95), hardback (£35.00) and a limited edition of 800 individually numbered and superbly bound slip case copies (£100.00).
Robin Bloxsidge, Director, Liverpool University Press, said: "Liverpool University Press is proud of its long association with the City of Liverpool and its contribution through publishing to an awareness of the history and heritage of the city. We are especially honoured to have played a part in this landmark book.
''We all know Liverpool has a high international profile but we have been genuinely surprised and delighted with the strong sales."
Imagine! Yoko - 08 Ambassador
Yoko Ono has given her support to Liverpool's European Capital of Culture celebrations by signing up to be an official 08 Ambassador.
On what would have been John Lennon's 66th birthday, the New York based artist opened her heart, expressing her love for the city and how it had shaped the man she loved.
She said: ''I am so proud to support the Liverpool 08 Ambassador Programme! I fell in love with Liverpool the first time I went there in 1967 as an artist. When I arrived in Liverpool, the first thing that caught my eyes was the beautiful, old elegance of the city by the water.
''The professors at the Art School were young, alert, and all very hip to my stuff. When I performed at the Bluecoat Society, the place was filled with students who welcomed me warmly...a barely five ft. asian artist who could have come from Mars for all they knew! It was an experience I would never forget.''
The Japanese-born mother-of-two is a frequent visitor to the city, recently donating Lennon's Childhood home to the National Trust and participated in the 2004 Liverpool Biennial festival of contemporary visual art.
She added: ''After John's passing, the people of Liverpool have been very kind to me. Now, I feel like I am an adopted Liverpudlian. When I'm in the far corner of the world having a hard time for one reason or another, I think of Liverpool, and it calms my heart.
''It is the city that shaped the man I love: John Lennon, his poetry, his sense of humour, and his Northern resilience to hard life. I am also from an old city by the water called Tokyo, which gave me a sense of poetry, humour and Asian resilience to life's hard blows. We met, and we fell in love. And I know, that part of John's heart was always with Liverpool, his hometown. He was a proud Liverpudlian, and when I prayed that Liverpool would be chosen for 2008, I knew that John was with me all the way.''
Yoko joins a long list of high profile 08 Ambassadors from the world of politics, entertainment and sport such as Liverpool FC ace Steven Gerrard, Ken Dodd and Cherie Booth, QC.
Yoko's support also comes just a month before the city prepares to make the first highlights announcement for the 2008 programme (on Monday 6 November).
In her 08 Ambassador form, Yoko ended with the line: ''Liverpool, Liverpool, stay magical and beautiful. Your future is whatever you wish to make. I love you!''
HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM APPOINTED FOR LIVERPOOL
National Museums Liverpool are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Benjamin to the position of Head of International Slavery Museum. In this crucial role Richard will play a key part in the development of the new museum, due to open in 2007, the bicentenary of the abolition of the British Slave Trade.
Formerly the Community Consultation Co-ordinator for National Museums Liverpool, Richard has recently completed a PhD in Archaeology and throughout his career has combined academic research with community work to provide wide-ranging experience ideal for the role.
Having undertaken a visiting research scholarship at the WEB DuBois Institute of African and African American Research, Harvard University in 2002 Richard went on to become a Widening Participation Officer at the University of Liverpool where he worked with black and minority ethnic communities to provide routes to education.
David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, said ‘The combination of Richard’s academic background, his ongoing links with the community and his engaging inter-personal skills made him a great prospect for this challenging position.’
Richard Benjamin, Head of International Slavery Museum, said of his appointment ‘I am extremely proud to be given the opportunity of heading this world class museum and research centre which looks at both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery. I aim to make the museum a valuable resource for the local community, as well as visitors from elsewhere, which not only acts as an instrument of education but as a tool of social change to challenge many of the misconceptions generally held towards the subject of slavery and its legacy.’
To commemorate the bicentenary year National Museums Liverpool is creating a new International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, which will build on the groundbreaking Transatlantic Slavery Gallery in the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, opened by Dr Maya Angelou in 1994.
The galleries of the museum will open on Slavery Remembrance Day 2007 (23 August) a day that commemorates an uprising of the enslaved Africans on the island of St Domingo (modern Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in 1791. Designated by UNESCO, the date was chosen as a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation.
Liverpool was once Europe’s capital of the transatlantic slave trade in the late 18th Century and grew rich on the profits of trading in enslaved people. It is therefore fitting that this subject should be marked and explored in the city.
The museum galleries will feature new dynamic and thought-provoking displays about the story of the transatlantic slave trade. Crucially, it will include new displays about the legacy of transatlantic slavery and will address issues such as freedom, identity, human rights, reparation claims, racial discrimination and cultural change.
The project will include the development of a new visitor-focused resource centre with an events programme of performance, public lectures and debate using the newly-acquired Dock Traffic Office. A research institute based in the museum is being developed in partnership with the University of Liverpool.
To commemorate 2007 there will be a full programme of events and activities ranging from a series of debates to a schools twinning programme.
Momento Mori presented by the Momentum Theatre in collaboration with Tanya Khabarova from Derevo
Described as “dance theatre of the highest class”, Momento Mori is deeply evocative and physically dynamic, mesmerising piece which is based on the myth of Orpheus' descent into Hades (the underworld)
“Amazing... non-stop drama in which the two dancers constantly surprise... an originality I have rarely seen before” Phil Key - Liverpool Daily Post
Friday 27th October 2006
Meet @ 7:30pm in the first floor bar
1 Unity Place, Liverpool, L1 1BG. Click here for a map.
Elinor Randle and Yorgos Karamalegos
The performers Eli and Yorgos will join us after the show for a chat and a drink
Tickets are available for £8/£6 conc.
Please visit or call the Unity box office on 0151 279 4988. NB - this show has sold out quickly in the past!
Liverpool Blogger and fan of The Doctor, Stuart Ian Burns (Feeling Listless blog) has written an interesting review on the current exhibition at the Spaceport in Seacombe for the Doctor Who Blog (yes, there is a Doctor Who Blog) 'Behind The Sofa'
The exhibition itself is - abbreviated. After the prerequisite display of merchandise and an old black & white television showing the first Doctorless five minutes of An Unearthly Child, you're confronted by a giant poster pointing out the various incarnations with another one opposite of Tennant, his head the size of the Face of Boe. To the side is a small 'theatre' showing The Satan Pit and straight ahead an Auton arm and the test tube filled with anti-plastic.
LIVERPOOL Central Library is about to be taken over by prancing parents, crafty kids and even radical robots!
A special family day packed full of exercise sessions, arts and crafts, wildlife and robot building is proving there's much more to libraries than books.
The 'Libraries Love Families' Day at Central Library on Saturday 14 October, is a completely free event which aims to get the whole family using libraries and show them all the fun, educational activities on offer.
It's all part of family learning week, co-ordinated by independent charity Campaign for Learning, which aims to place learning at the heart of family life.
Liverpool City Council Leader Warren Bradley said: "Our libraries are a wonderful resource for families. There's something for everyone - from hundreds of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs to free computer and internet access, and from community and family-themed events to exercise and yoga.
"This special event is about capturing the imaginations of families and showing them how fun, exciting and educational their local library can be. Hopefully we can get them hooked and coming back to their library again and again.
The event includes family exercise taster sessions, healthy eating advice and the chance for people to check their blood pressure.
Kids (and big kids!) can build a family robot and take him home.
Park rangers will be giving an introduction to bird boxes and feeders and familes can plant their own flower to take home. Children can also make their own wildlife mask.
Merseytravel will also be helping families get creative with arts and crafts sessions and families can log-onto a new Liverpool history website, whatwashere.com and add their own stories.
And there's storytelling to suit all ages, a treasure trail with a fantastic family prize on offer, and even confidence building sessions to make everyone in the family feel 10 feet tall!
Councillor Bradley added: "In recent weeks, we've introduced free book, CD and DVD borrowing for children and slashed prices for adults. This is the latest part of our mission to make our libraries even more attractive for local people."
The fun takes place at Liverpool Central Library on Saturday 14 October from 12noon - 4pm.
Parks light up for Bonfire night in Liverpool
Tens of thousands of people are expected to witness Liverpool's November 5 displays which will be synchronised to music, in recognition of Liverpool Performs 2006.
Displays will be taking place at Walton Hall Park, Newsham Park, Sefton Park, all from 19.00
Please note there will be no river-based display this year.
The Sefton Park location has also changed from 2005 to the Review Field. This is located off Croxteth Drive, close to Cleopatra's Needle Monument and Solna Hotel.
Walton Hall Park, Newsham Park, Sefton Park, Liverpool, Merseyside.
Date(s): 5/11/2006 - 5/11/2006
[t]:0151 233 2008
From Milap Festival Trust
Call for Applications (Deadline Extension)
We are looking to fill three vital posts as part of a dynamic, high profile national South Asian Arts Development Agency. The work is varied, challenging, and offers opportunities for training, travel and career development.
Applicants should be ambitious, well-trained, and willing to work as part of a team. Based in the office of the agency in Liverpool, Milap Festival Trust expects its employees to work with a regional and national focus.
ADMIN MANAGER/30 hrs per week
(Office administration, communications and event management)
MARKETING OFFICER/37.5 hours per week
(Planning, publicity and distribution)
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC/Freelance-Part-time
(Music leadership, training, compositions work)
Closing Date for Applications: 20th October 2006 //
Shortlisting & Interviews: Week Commencing 23rd October 2006
For job descriptions, salary and further information, please contact the National Manager-Milapfest:
T: 0151 707 6645
A bit short notice but if you were planning on going to see the Scrap Arts Music show at Royal Court tonight (as I was) then don't bother.
Its had to be cancelled as their instruments have been held up in Dallas due to the heightened security at US airports.
You can call the Royal Court on 0870 787 1866
Thanks to Cheng Hock Toh for bringing this to my attention (after the event!). I admit it completely passed me by. Anybody got any pictures, I'm having trouble visualising it.
"For those who missed "Shimadai-when orchids fly" by Scarabeus in Sefton Park at the weekend, you should be truly disappointed. It was an artistically evocative performance that also made one proud of Liverpool's beautiful surroundings-in a manner analogous to how well "Bollywood Steps" worked on the Cathedral backdrop during this summer's Brouhaha. More of these for Liverpool 08 please and hats of to Sefton Park Palm House for organising this one!"
THURSDAY 12th OCTOBER 2006 - JOHN PEEL DAY 2006.
(Football Tournament details below).
Liverpool honours legendary DJ at the 'new' Picket in Liverpool’s Independent District.
Featuring Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah!
With DJ. Stormin’ Normin’
Doors 8pm till 2am. £8 + b.f. available online at ticketmaster and ticketline
JOHN PEEL MEMORIAL TROPHY.
The competing teams.
The Farm-Liverpool band, The Deltasonic label- Liverpool record label, home to the Coral/the Zutons, Cream- Liverpool's world renowned club and promoters, Medication Club- Liverpool club night promoters, Elevator
Recording Studios- Cup Holders and Liverpool recording studio, Robot Records-Liverpool record label, The Picket/Africa Oye- Liverpool venue and Festival Organisers, Ravenscroft Stanley-John and Sheila's sons team, The
Dry Bar-Liverpool Young Promoters group, The Friday Foundry, LIPA-‘Macca's’ Fame School, Groundpig-Liverpool band.
VENUE: Liverpool Football Club Academy, Simonswood Lane/Arbour Lane,
Kirkby, Merseyside.Tel.0151-477-3030. Thursday 12th October 2006. Kick off @ 12.00 noon to finish at 5pm.
FREE: MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE TOURNAMENT.
PRESENTATION AND FESTIVITIES.
Sheila Ravenscroft- John's widow-will present the winners with the trophy at the new Picket later in the evening at an event to honour John that will see Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah plus special guests perform. DJ Stormin'
Normin' will be playing music from Liverpool bands, Peel Faves and classics. 8pm start, Tickets £8.00 + booking fee, available online at Ticketweb and Ticketline.
WHY A LIVERPOOL JOHN PEEL DAY?
Liverpool held a special place in John Peel's life. It was his spiritual hometown; his passion for Liverpool Football Club was immense.
He featured many 'Scouse' bands in session on his Radio One show: Frankie goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah, the Lotus Eaters, Teardrop Explodes, Half Man/Half Biscuit, The Farm,
Ladytron, The High Five, Cook da Books, Personal Column, Dead or Alive, Personal Column, Come in Tokyo, China Crisis and many others.
His 2nd favourite song, after 'Teenage Kicks' by the Undertones of course, was "Does this train stop on Merseyside", written by another Liverpool band, Amsterdam. A song that moved John to tears.
Two of John's kids attended University in Liverpool and they loved their time in the city. He was a great friend of Liverpool music venue the Picket, supporting its campaign against closure by writing to Tessa Jowell
MP the Government's Culture Secretary in protest at the closure of the music facility in 2005.
He provided his services free to produce a radio advert to publicise the Picket and attended the official opening of the Picket in 1996 as guest of honour. After the ceremony John was presented with a framed photograph of
Bill Shankly the legendary Liverpool FC manager, which proudly hangs on the wall in the kitchen of his Suffolk home, 'Peel Acres'.
One of John's proudest moments was when he carried Mr. Shankly's bag, coming off a flight after returning from a European game. He also broadcast his Radio One programme live from the Picket in October 1999 presenting
local band Ooberman in concert. The gig was broadcast as part of Radio One's Sound City Festival. More recently John 'Deejayed' at Chibuku, one of the best dance nights in the city, that has helped to put Liverpool
clubbing back on the map.
In John's home studio there is a photograph of Kenny Daglish on the wall with the inscription "God-a likeness".
"I'm fabulously lucky, I've got everything I wanted as a kid - a house in the country, an outstanding wife, really great children and a job on the radio, if I drop dead tomorrow, I'll have nothing to complain about - except that there'll be another Fall album out next year." John Peel.
More info. about Radio One’s John Peel Day events are @ bbc.co.uk/keeping it peel
HOW TO FIND THE NEW PICKET.
Landmark: Look for Cains Brewery, (formerly Higsons- on Parliament Street) close to the River Mersey. Approaching the River, turn right at the traffic lights onto Jamaica Street, and then second left into New Bird Street, the entrance to the venue is located on New Bird Street. Tel: 0151 708 6789.
For a virtual tour of the Picket in Liverpool's Independent District go to www.loveliverpool.com
For further information about the Picket and it's contribution to Liverpool's Music and Cultural history please goes to www.savethepicket.com
Diary note: Update Meeting
If you missed last week's 08 update meeting at St George's Hall - then fear not, there's another chance to find out and question plans for the 800th birthday and 2008. The next update meeting will be held at St George's Hall on Tuesday 12 December, starting at 6.30pm. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
Bang On A Can All-Stars at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - Wednesday October 4th 2006
An excellent concert by six fine musicians from New York. The All-Stars grew out of the Bang On A Can Festival which started in 1987. So this is not a new group by any means but the concert included two European premiers including Manhatta by Michael Nyman (arranged by Andy Keenan) with 1921 film of the same name by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler including the poetry of Walt Whitman.
The concert opened with clarinetist Evan Ziporyn playing Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint. Then the others came on stage to perform 'I buried Paul' by Michael Gordon which takes the discordant ending to Strawberry Fields as its starting point.
The second half started with the band playing a set of pieces by Don Byron as accompaniment to more old film footage, this time Ernie Kovacs late 1950's comedy sketches 'Eugene'
All very entertaining, what a shame there were not more people there to enjoy it.
NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2006
Thursday 5th October – Identity: LIVERPOOL – City of Poets
North End Writers will read 10 poems in 5 Liverpool libraries in the north end of the city on Thursday starting at Fazakerley (10 am), then Walton (11.30 am), Breck Road (1 pm), Norris Green (2.30 pm) and Kensington (4 pm). These readings were designed as a celebration of many wonderful poets from Liverpool on a day that has taken Identity as its theme; also, for North End Writers, the readings had other purposes – to take poetry to people in the North of the city which, they believe, often misses out on cultural and creative opportunities and to raise some funds to help develop the work they are already doing, through sponsorship from friends and local businesses.
They read from the work of Felicia Hemans, John Tessimond, Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, Brian Patten, Deryn Rees Jones, Matt Simpson, Mohammad Khalil, Michael Murphy and Paul Farley. The reading concluded with a spoken version of the Beatles In My Life – performed as a love poem to the city itself.
Pauline Rowe, Co-ordinator, said – “We decided to start with one of the most parodied poems of all time, Felicia Hemans‘ Casabianca which opens: ‘The boy stood on the burning deck, whence all but he had fled..‘ Hemans was one of the best-selling lyric poets of the nineteenth century and she was born in Duke Street – whether we like it or not her writing reflects an imperialistic worldview which is part of the city’s story.“
The readings also included a poem by Birkenhead born John Tessimond (who died in 1962) whose work is being increasingly recognised for its originality and pathos – and the famous three – Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten – whose 1967 penguin anthology The Mersey Sound has been one of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time. Pauline Rowe said: “There’s a shed load of snobbery about their contribution to the development of contemporary poetry - which we think is intolerable. Coming up to the city’s 800th birthday there should at least be some kind of permanent memorial to Adrian Henri (who died in 2001) - and Roger McGough and Brian Patten should be invited to key events and celebrations here because they are true cultural ambassadors for Merseyside.“
One of the most significant poems included in the readings, with the blessing of its author, is Muhammad Khalil’s Slavepool. Other poets included in the North End Writers line-up were Deryn Rees-Jones and Paul Farley (both recognised as New Generation poets by the Poetry Society) and Michael Murphy a writer and academic – whose collection Elsewhere was published by Shoestring Press in 2003.
Pauline Rowe said: “We’re also reading from the work of Matt Simpson and if Liverpool decided to have its own laureate it should be him – he writes movingly of his life and experience of the city and has done so with quiet brilliance for nearly 30 years.“
Currently North End Writers have writing groups based in Norris Green and Tuebrook, a Young Writers group in Old Swan and a writing team working on a community pantomime for 2007; for further information contact their Co-ordinator, Pauline Rowe, at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Poetry Day Thursday October 5th 2006
Library Services across North West England are joining the worldwide Book Crossing phenomenon and at the same time encouraging people who may have never picked up a poetry book before, to read and enjoy something new.
On National Poetry Day, library staff will be leaving specially purchased poetry collections by poets from the North West region, in public places such as health centres, leisure centres, pubs and cafes, hairdressers’ salons- wherever they think someone will have time and curiosity enough, to pick up a book and read a poem or two. Finders of books can read and keep them, or pass them on, after registering their “find” on www.bookcrossing.com These books do not have to be returned to libraries.
The intention is to get poetry into the hands of people who may never have picked up a poetry book before. We hope that after finding a Book Crossing book by chance, some readers will be motivated to visit their local library for more poetry books.
Book Crossing is a worldwide book group with almost half a million members. It asks readers to share the books they have enjoyed with other people, by leaving them in public places. Books have their own unique number registered on the Book Crossing website, so that they have the potential to be tracked on their journeys round the world.
While books are being released across the whole of the NW region, four poets are crossing 4 points in the region to give short readings of their own poetry and tell people about the Book Crossing project. Rosie Lugosi in Liverpool (Tate Liverpool), Mandy Coe in Manchester (BBC mobile studio), Joy Winkler in Carlisle (Castle) and Jennifer Copley in deepest Cheshire (Deep Store) are all reading briefly before leaving their own collections somewhere in the locality.
Rosie’s reading will take place in the DLA Piper Series: International Modern Art display on the
1st Floor of Tate Liverpool at 15.00 on
Thursday 5 October.
I saw Steve Gerrard in the World Museum Liverpool this morning!
Not in the flesh sadly but I was honoured to be one of the first people to view this 4 minute video of the Liverpool FC captain touring the Museum and the Walker Art Gallery talking about his love of the cultural side of the city.
Lorraine Rodgers, the Chair of Tranmere Rovers FC was there as she also appeared in the video. In fact, as a trustee of National Museums Liverpool she is particularly keen to encourage more involvement in the arts from sportspeople.
The large group of young schoolchildren enjoyed the film and being filmed by the likes of BBC and Sky Sports too.
The video is showing to coincide with the launch of a new exhibition opening on Saturday October 7th 2006 called LoveSport
LoveSport is a free exhibition that explores how playing sport equals a healthy body, a healthy mind and even contributes to a healthy economy through advances in technology. Gerrard gives an insight into how he sees his own sporting mind: ‘I give everything I’ve got, in every training session, every game. When I come off the pitch I try to have no regrets, you have to work as hard as possible to achieve your dreams.’
LoveSport is everything that sport should be – accessible, fun, challenging and, most of all, for everyone.
LoveSport strives to combine visually all the feelings associated with sporting endeavour – from grass roots to superstardom, from the World Cup to using jumpers for goal posts – feelings Steven Gerrard would identify with.
Sport is for all and by using subtle visual clues LoveSport creates a warm, human, informative environment that makes sport fun and accessible for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
The five main themes of the exhibition are presented in three different zones:
Zone 1: The outer layer of the exhibition is full of sporting challenges and is highly physical with astro-turf and netting. This zone deals with the first three themes The Sporting Body, The Sporting Mind and Fit for Sport.
Zone 2: The middle layer contains six interactive towers and dramatic lighting, using games and graphics to interpret key messages and explain concepts. This zone deals with the theme Sports Technology.
Zone 3: The inner core has a far deeper level of learning, having a softer, quieter feel with a chill-out area for visitors to reflect and consider what they have learned. Visitors consider their experiences from the other two zones, compare them with others and are offered the opportunity to extend their experiences beyond the exhibition. This zone deals with the final theme Over to You.
Visitors are given score cards to record their results as they go around the exhibition.
You can watch the Steven Gerrard video via the NML Blog site:
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