« December 2006 |
Owing to various problems with Movable Type, my hosting services and serial comment spammers I have decided to move all my blogs into Typepad.
This will cause some disruption at first but will hopefully make life easier in the long term.
I have also merged the Liverpool Art blog and Liverpool Culture blog into one Liverpool Art & Culture Blog
Please bookmark and subscribe to the RSS feeds at the new address
The Biennial Blogs will be following soon.
I only just noticed there's a website for the new International Slavery Museum to open in Liverpool in August.
The new Museum will open its display galleries on 23 August 2007, Slavery Remembrance Day. 2007 is the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade and 23 August commemorates the date of the outbreak of the slave rebellion, which created the first independent Black republic of Haiti.
The International Slavery Museum will be at Liverpool's Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site. The location is only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.
Also there is an update meeting this Wednesday...
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
International Slavery Museum update meeting
A meeting at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre in Princes Road to update on the development and progress of the forthcoming International Slavery Museum. The meeting, which will last for up to two hours, will be an opportunity to view current plans and speak to staff working on the project. Includes informal presentations with an opportunity for questions and answers. There will be plans available and object images.
Call 0151 478 4543 or email Lizzy Rodgers to book your free place.
Suitable for adults / seniors
3pm, Merseyside Maritime Museum
Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Princes Road
A good idea, one point of focus for all North West dance information.
You can easily search for information on Dance classes, performances, venues, companies etc.
You can also register then add your own information.
Mrs J is hanging out the window of our 4th storey flat trying to attach a flagpole to the brickwork, I'm holding onto her feet but this weather is making it very difficult.
Landmark locations and businesses in Liverpool are being urged to fly the flag for the city's 800th birthday.
Distributed free of charge, businesses with flag poles are being invited throughout this January to parade a special Liverpool 800 flag.
And at 10.30am on Wednesday 17 January 17 the city's official number one residence - Liverpool Town Hall - will set an example with a civic unfurling of its flag, witnessed by Lord Mayor Councillor Joan Lang and Leader of Liverpool City Council Councillor Warren Bradley.
The Liverpool Culture Company is encouraging businesses across Merseyside to support the 800th birthday year and help promote the commerce of the city in the run up to the city being European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Businesses with flag poles can request a flag, which come in two sizes - 4yard and 4ft by 2ft - by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All members of the 2008 business forum - 08businessconnect - are also being invited to display a free desktop version in their receptions, meeting rooms and on their company vehicles. Non-members can join 08 businessconnect for free to ensure they too receive a free flag, which can be picked up at the 08 place in Whitechapel from Monday 22 January.
The culture company have produced a Liverpool Music Tour Map with 7 mp3 files describing the places narrated by Pete Wylie from The Mighty Wah!
We found that just clicking on the link to the map pdf file gives problems with our browser. It does say to right-click and save the file and in this case it really is the best method.
Discover more about Liverpool with our music walking tour around the city. Pete Wylie from the The Mighty Wa! will take you on a tour of Liverpool's music scene from the 1960s to the present day passing clubs and venues in the World Capital of Pop.
The tour is free and designed to be downloaded to a computer and transferred to a portable MP3 player for you to enjoy on your visit to the city. A downloadable map accompanies the tour.
LINK to liverpool08 page
So the Cavern is 50 years old today.
There's lots about it on the BBC Liverpool webpages
Cavern celebrates 50 years
By Paul Coslett
The world famous club that launched the Beatles celebrates its 50th birthday.
The world’s most famous rock and roll club, Liverpool’s The Cavern celebrates its 50th birthday on Tuesday 16 January 2007.
The Beatles played at The Cavern 292 times and it was during one of their lunchtime sessions at the club that they were first seen by their future manager Brian Epstein.
The Cavern, named by owner Alan Synter after a Paris venue ‘Le Caveau’, opened on Wednesday 16th January 1957. The club began life as a Jazz venue, the first act was Merseysippi Jazz Band, and for three years the club would mainly feature jazz artists.
The Beatles first promoter Sam Leach recalls that The Cavern, because of its jazz associations was one of the last Liverpool clubs to feature beat music; “It makes me smile when you read ‘The Cavern where it all began’. They were the last ones in.
Sounds like a bargain. £5 for a show at the Unity.
Tom George presents 'Tallness'
This February 9th 2007, poet and musician Tom George returns to Liverpool's Unity theatre with a one-man show combining poems, songs, sketches and monologues exploring where the truth LIES.
"In a time of fundamentalisms, political spin, rabid advertising and media hype, truth is everything and nothing"
"In the infinite perspective of now, the sanest option is to be confused"
"Mummy, why is Mr Darwin's beard on fire?"
Guest stars Tony Blair, David Icke and Major Charles Ingram give a masterclass in twaddle, and after a taste-test in the belief supermarket, we are invited to watch the crash of logic.
Tom George has been performing poetry and music in Liverpool since 1999.
As well as performances in France, Spain and Nigeria, he has appeared on Channel 4 Television, Radio Merseyside, at Glastonbury festival, and countless North-West events.
With a style that has been described as witty, wistful and surreal, his two previous Unity performances drew acclaim:
"Mr George impresses over a range of disciplines...I urge you to catch his next show" - Black and White magazine
Unity Theatre (Unity Two)
Friday, 9th February 2007
Tickets: £5.00 from www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
or Unity box office, Hope Place, L1
0151 708 4988
Here's something that may be of interest.
It costs £5 which goes to the children's charity KIND.
You can have an email address of email@example.com . The email is simply forwarded on to your existing email.
An exclusive from The Echo. (full story) ..
THE world famous Boat Show could sail into Liverpool for 2008.
The ECHO can exclusively reveal that talks to stage the show, which could bring in up to £40m for the local economy and 140,000 visitors, are nearing completion.
Organisers the British Marine Federation said they were close to clinching the deal and the "motivation and desire to do it is very strong".
The show has run in London for 53 years and in Southampton for 36 years.
Organisers are looking at staging floating exhibitions in the Albert Dock's Salthouse and Wapping Docks and land-based exhibits and entertainment in the Central and Northern Docks area on land belonging to Mersey Docks owner Peel Holdings.
The Liverpool Commissions - invitation for proposals
The Liverpool Culture Company is inviting proposals from Liverpool and Merseyside-based artists and arts organisations, for exciting, innovative arts projects of international quality, to take place during 2008 and form a major part of Liverpool European Capital of Culture - a year-long celebration of creativity.
We are looking to commission a series of exceptional works, created especially for the year that:
React to and interact with the unique and unusual spaces and stories of our city, highlighting some of the city's great architecture, with a spotlight on public spaces and animating buildings both in the city centre and in the neighbourhoods.
Work which is created with the intention of film broadcast, touring or exchange, that will help consolidate and develop national and international partnerships and networks.
This new work must represent edginess, rebellion and non conformity, the essence of Liverpool.
Proposals should be led by Liverpool and Merseyside-based artists and arts organisations. We are particularly interested in proposals that both develop the work of these organisations through new creative collaborations with national and international artists and provide opportunities for collaborative working within Liverpool and Merseyside. Proposals across all art forms are welcome.
DEADLINE: For Initial Project Proposals Friday February 23rd
DEADLINE: Friday 30 March 2007, 5pm
BUDGET: Commissions will have an upper limit of £50,000
Please note this process is open to small and mid-scale arts organisations, and artists who are not receiving programme enhancement support through the 2008 programme budget.
Click to download more information on how to apply (PDF [131.5Kb].
A big crowd attended Central Library last night for the launch of Liverpool Reads 2007 with the author Andrea Levy reading from her book Small Island.
This is the largest mass-participation reading project that Britain has ever seen and with Bristol, Hull and Glasgow all taking part. The story tells of the arrival of black Jamaican immigrants – the descendants of enslaved Africans – in post-war Britain. It is particularly poignant for Liverpool to read this tale in 2007 as it is the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of British Slavery, of which the city played a part as a major port.
There are 10,000 free copies of the book being handed out. You need to pick up a voucher from a Liverpool Library but best to check with them first you can find library phone numbers here
and all but Walton and Lister Drive libraries are taking part.
A MAGICAL double-decker culture bus will be touring Liverpool in 2007 and the people of the city get to decide what it looks like.
Workshops are being held in the neighbourhoods of Liverpool in January for people to come along and get creative. They will not only have a ticket to ride when the bus gets going in Spring 2007, they also have the ticket to decide what’s going to be on the outside!
Liverpool City Council Leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said: “We’re really keen to get the people of the city involved with plans for the touring bus. What do you want to see on the sides of it to attract people’s attention and do you have an artistic talent that could be made use of in the design of the double-decker? If so, we want to see you at these workshops.”
Public open sessions will be held at the following venues and times:
Tuesday 16th January - 10.00am – 12.00pm at Parklands Library, Conleach Road, Speke.
Thursday 18th January, 10.00am – 12.00pm, the Roscoe Room, Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Places are limited to 15 per workshop and must be booked. Ring 0151 233 4399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Other sessions will take place with specific pre-arranged groups.
Liverpool-based artist, Donna Berry (pictured) has been chosen to help people express their ideas and get them documented for use by the workers transforming the bus, which has been provided by Arriva, an Official Supplier of the Liverpool Culture Company.
It is likely that the bus will include features like an information centre, a staffed reception area plus exhibition, screening and performance spaces.
A CITY-WIDE environmental initiative has been captured in photography and is on show at the 08 Place, the one stop shop for culture.
The G-Litter Challenge shows how creative neighbours, and community groups, can be when they pull together to transform their environment. Until the end of January, the work will be on show to the public at the 08 Place, Whitechapel, which is also a Tourist Information Centre.
Liverpool City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Berni Turner, said: “We’ve been thrilled by the quality of creative projects with an environmental theme, and we hope that the public are as impressed when they view the exhibition as we were. The desire by people to make the most of their environment, from brightening up neighbourhoods, right through to helping save the planet, has been really heartening.”
Money was given to groups to carry out the work and funding partners included Liverpool City
Council, Environmental Services, Neighbourhood Management Services and independent organisations Groundwork and the Environment Agency.
Both community groups and individuals have had the opportunity to apply for small grants to carry out a project of their choice within the Goodbye Litter Campaign. The programme has successfully run over the last three years with everything from neighbourhood tidy-ups to fashion shows of clothes made from recycled rubbish.
Projects in the programme have proved to be innovative and effective in improving people’s environments, while raising awareness of key issues like recycling and fly tipping.
SAVE WOOLTON CINEMA GIG
FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY 8pm - 2am
THE NEW PICKET LIVERPOOL
The original Quarrymen are playing - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the band that helped shape the Beatles. Yes, they're still alive and kicking and only making rare appearances.
Special Guest - Mike McCartney
Compare - Dave Monks from Radio Merseyside
The Good Intentions
The Mersey Beatles
Visit our MySpace to view the bands www.myspace.com/sallymg
New Bird Street
Liverpool L1 0BW
Tel: 0151 708 6789
Friday 26th January 2007 8pm - 2am
£8 or £5 unwaged/concs
Available from Probe Records Liverpool 708 8815 or directly from Campaign HQ - see our website for details
VACANCY:Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Artistic Administration, Officer
Salary band £12,000-£17,000
To join the Orchestra and Artistic Planning team.
Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years proven experience of arts administration, have strong IT skills, an active interest in and knowledge of classical music and enjoy welcoming visiting artists to Liverpool.
The successful candidate must ideally be able to start work from February 2007.
Details and application forms available from:
Deborah Dunning, Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic, Philharmonic Hall, Hope
Street, Liverpool L1 9BP
Telephone: 0151 210 1946
Closing date for applications: Mon 22 Jan 2007
Interviews in Liverpool: Tues 30 Jan 2007
A social fund from Glaxo Smithkline left for the community of Speke/Garston in Liverpool has been put to an unusual use…
The hilarious comedy film Under the Mud - a unique collaboration between a group of teenage first-time scriptwriters and Liverpool-based production company Hurricane Films was shot using £40,000 from the world’s biggest drug company.
After two years of workshops, the young writers produced a funny, bright and compelling script, which acclaimed actress and director, Kathy Burke described as ‘a beautiful read’ – advising them not to ‘change a word’. The film stars Drew Schofield (Scully) and Kate Fitzgerald (Brookside), and features stand up comic Keith Carter along with a host of talented new comers to the silver screen.
Shot in and around Garston, Liverpool - an area of chronic unemployment with one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe - the action takes place during a hectic twenty-four hours, and centres around the Potts household - second home to teenage slacker, Magic, who’s such a part of the furniture that his longing for the eccentric beauty Paula Potts goes completely un-noticed. To the love of his life he’s just her twin brother’s best mate.
With the family set on a course of self-destruction, aided by an old enemy of dad’s - and Paula arguing with her imaginary friend about running off to Ibiza with the local slime-ball, Magic realises that he only has a few hours to save the family, get the girl and change all of their lives forever.
‘A great achievement’ Jimmy McGovern Writer of Cracker & Hillsborough
‘A beautiful read’ Kathy Burke Director & Actress
The Gala Charity Screening in Liverpool will be at the Royal Philharmonic Hall on Friday 9th February 2007 Tickets available from Liverpool Philharmonic box office ( 0151 709 3789) or the Under The Mud website.
One problem with holding the firework displays in the Lime Street area is that its not visible from long distance.
Apparently there were quite large crowds on the Wirral waterfront but many soon gave up and went home as they could not see much.
This excellent photograph by Stephen McIver (www.zestimages.com) was taken from Seacombe towards the end of the show.
Pete Carr on the other hand, like me, was probably too close to the action but his wide-angle lens helped him get some good shots
Liverpool New Years Eve Fireworks 2006 were postponed until Friday January 5 2007 because of bad weather.
This is not the whole display - it was 20 minutes long and well worth the 6 day wait. The light show was especially good.
Here's some of the early part. (Part 2 is here)
Culturepool join Tenantspin for their January event at FACT
Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
When two boys fire a rifle at a tourist bus in Morocco, the lives of four groups of people, across three continents collide.
Saturday 20th January 2007
Film starts @ 2:50pm. Meet Luan and Vinny in FACT's cafe @ 2:30pm to receive your reserved ticket.
88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ.
tenantspin, Liverpool's High Rise Tenants' Internet TV Channel
Watch the film with tenantspin, followed by a discussion in the FACT bar. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tickets are FREE to culturepool members.
Call culturepool on 0151 236 0796 to reserve your ticket. Limited number of tickets so please book soon.
The Queen goes to Liverpool for the 2007 Royal Variety Performance
Liverpool, the birthplace of many of Britain's greatest entertainers, has been chosen as the host venue for The 2007 Royal Variety Performance in the year that the city celebrates its 800th birthday.
The very best of British talent, as well as international stars from the world of entertainment, will be performing by royal command for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh as a curtain raiser to the city becoming European Capital of Culture one month later in 2008.
Hosting the show on Merseyside continues ITV's recently-established tradition of staging The Royal Variety Performance in cities outside London. Previous host cities include Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
The star-studded spectacular will be screened on ITV1 in December 2007 and will be produced by ITV Productions, producers of the highly successful 2005 Royal Variety Performance which drew a staggering audience of 9.5 million viewers, peaking at 10.5 million, one of the highest ratings of 2005.
Next year's show promises an unforgettable evening of the best of today's pop and musical performance, show-stopping theatre, comedy and speciality acts.as well as a number of spectacular surprises
Update - From Amanda DeAngeles
Have you finished writing your novel, play or autobiography? Are you a local (or locally-based) writer, and is your work unpublished or self-published?
Do you want people to hear your written words? Are you willing to speak-up for yourself?
Word Is They Say . . . everyone has a book in them. Why not tell your story?
Contact me by January 20 2007 if you wish to take part in the first WORD IS THEY SAY . . . (January 2007)
Please tell me your book title, length in words/pages, subject and if it's fiction or non-fiction. I need to know this so I can arrange for the reading to take place at a suitable location.
Have you had it published or printed yet, either in paper or online? If not, is it ready for publication?
If you don't wish to read it out personally you may arrange for another reader, but you must be present at the event.
Feel free to pass this information to other writers. (No poetry, short-fiction or short essays, please).
Audio recordings are likely and local media will be invited to the readings, which will take place at several city-centre locations.
WORD IS THEY SAY January 2007
see www.amandadeangeles.net for more about me
Musicians will be invited to close each session. I will tell you more soon.
Tel/Fax 0151 280 3163
Mobile 07854 211 984
Happy New Year!
No fireworks in Liverpool due to the stormy weather but you can watch some of the London extravaganza on the Londonist website.
The Liverpool Heritage Forum's newsletter is always a good read and more relevant than ever this year and next. The January 2007 issue has just been circulated.
You can read them online on the website
I've just been virtually racing a Jaguar X-TYPE in the prestigious Streets of Culture time-trials!
Students at St Margaret’s High School in Liverpool have designed this computer game as part of an initiative to encourage social enterprise and responsibility. Proceeds from the sales are raising money for BBC Children in Need.
I discovered this a bit late via Merseyside Digital Development
I've been a computer 'geek' ever since the late '60s, they'd only just been invented, but I've never been interested in computer games so I can't say whether this is any good or not. I downloaded the demo and it worked ok. I even managed a full lap without crashing though it was probably an embarrassingly slow time.
I think it costs £5 to download the full version.