Record Number of Community Culture Events Funded in Liverpool in 2010




  • · Record number of community culture events funded in Liverpool in 2010
  • · Arts programme first in UK to be backed by a council and PCT
  • · Hundreds of activities to run from April to support city’s Year of Health and Wellbeing


A record number of community groups are to benefit from a new way of funding grassroots culture in Liverpool.

Liverpool City Council’s Executive Board have approved plans today (Friday, February 12) to fund arts and cultural projects by 46 groups and organisations  – double the number in 2009 – as part of a unique partnership with Liverpool Primary Care Trust to celebrate the city’s themed year of Health and Wellbeing for 2010.

All of the events benefitting from the £200,000 programme, which is being jointly funded by both organisations, are scheduled to run from April to December.

Highlights in the programme, which features many activities engaging the elderly, minority communities and refugees in the arts, include:

  • A production of Romeo & Juliet at Croxteth Fire Station.
  • Recording history of LGBT people who have used mental health services in Liverpool over past 60 years.
  • A 40-minute musical on the theme of ‘Keep Your Heart Healthy’
  • High quality theatre for Liverpool’s homeless community, providing drama workshops for 60 people.
  • A cross arts project with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to create health related wall friezes with innovative ‘Talking Pens’.
  • A series of Chinese arts and culture workshops across the city, including storytelling, dance, calligraphy, origami focusing on the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
  • Art workshops across the city for young disabled people concluding in an exhibition of their paintings, mosaics, animations and sculptures.

Councillor Gary Millar, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet lead for Enterprise and Culture, said: ‘’Liverpool is awash with creativity and its fantastic to see so many organisations and artists in our communities responding so imaginatively to Liverpool’s Year of Health and Wellbeing.

‘’As always we were oversubscribed for this funding programme but with the PCT’s excellent support, we’ve been able to support a record number of groups and activities this year.

‘’I know this programme will provide thousands of people with many wonderful ways to celebrate our Year of Health & Well Being on their very own doorstep. And to have culture that is largely in the hands of the people for the people – well, there’s no better way to building a healthier city than that.’’

Gideon Ben Tovim (Chair of Liverpool PCT), said: ”2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing is an opportunity to raise awareness about how people across our city can improve their own health and wellbeing, and will provide a comprehensive programme of events for people to get involved in and try-out.

“The grants available will provide community organisations with an opportunity to make their own contribution to improving the city’s health through the arts and I’m sure they will make a real difference to those involved and everyone around them.”

The following groups are being offered grants:

Liverpool’s Arts Community Programme 2010:

A Foundation
Live in Translation
Exhibition to animate Liverpool 1 and a special event. Tatsumi Orimoto for 60 grandmothers as part of a global celebration.

All Things Latin
(City Wide)
Latin American dancers, musicians and carnivalists work with Kensington Fields Community Association for 10 weeks

Oliver ‘with a twist’
Anfield Breckside
(Anfield, Tuebrook & Stoneycroft)
New theatre show using local people to perform and run it. Community Council (ACT)

Navratri Dandiarass
Festival of Music and Dance
(Kensington, Old Swan)
A folk dance celebration over 9 evenings including music
Ankur in Merseyside (Wavertree, Woolton)
dress making, dandia decorating and dance workshops

Batala Youth Samba Band
Batala Liverpool Community
(Kensington, Picton, Princes Park)
Establishing a Batala Liverpool Youth Group in the Dingle.
Samba Band (Riverside)

Perform Liverpool
Black Box Creative
(Kensington & Fairfield)
Drama/movement and singing sessions to explore issues
Communities CIC Ltd such as alcoholism, smoking and mental well being.

Catalyst Dance
Catalyst Performing Arts
(Princes Park)
Dance & Drama workshops for young people, to address health and Be Fit Healthy and Fun & well being, through fun and enjoyable activities.

Care And Cure
Chaturangan Ltd
(Princes Park, Riverside)
With Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to develop health related story cards and wall friezes with ‘Talking Pens’.

Chinese Arts and Culture Workshops
China Pearl
(Allerton, Anfield, Everton, Kensington)
Chinese arts workshops on storytelling, dance, calligraphy and
(Old Swan, Riverside, Speke Garston) origami exploring Shanghai Expo and Cultural Olympiad 2012
Tuebrook & Stoneycroft, Wavertree, West Derby

Principles of Pleasure
(Princes Park)
Activities for people suffering mental illnesses, using art therapy. Healthy Arts Project to address smoking, drinking, obesity, cleanliness and exercise.

Songs from the Streets
Collective Encounters
(City Wide)
High quality theatre for Liverpool’s homeless community, providing drama workshops for 60 people.

Walk Unknown (Phase 3)
Crass Routes
(City Wide)
Live Art Action, well being workshops and yoga leading to a public sculpture and film on the power of art in recovery.

Contemporary Urban
Creative Ideas In Action
(Central, County, Everton, Fazakerley)
Creative art youth projects for 14-19 year olds, based at Novas for a festival celebrating urban creative arts genre.
Workshops (Kirkdale, Norris Green)

Building On What We’ve Got
(Kensington & Fairfield, Picton)
Development of a communications strategy to develop successful and established cultural network.

The Messengers are
Digital Production
(Princes Park)
Video, paintings, photography and an art exhibition to the Message by Disabled People address public health concerns.

“Act it Out 010”
Dingle Community Theatre
(Princes Park, Riverside)
A summer community drama festival on the health & wellbeing

Frakture City
(St Michaels, Mossley Hill)
Exploration of free improvisation and the creative process in Programme 2010  sound music and movement in multiple venues and locations.

Big Voices
Fuse: New Theatre
(West Derby)
A series of participatory storytelling experiences for children in hospital and health care settings.

Dance: Fun-filled
Growing Older
(Mossley Hill)
Commissioning and employing choreographers and musicians Healthy Ageing (Dis)Gracefully Dance Company to create performances for older people.

Creative Well-being Course
Healing Space
(Kensington & Fairfield, Norris)
Creative activities for people suffering from symptoms of depression, Green, Anfield

Cultural Health
Horn Africa
(Kensington & Fairfield, Princes)
Encouraging young girls and women from newcomer East African Park, Riverside communities to participate in the arts.

KVFM Community
KensingtonVision CIC
(Central, Kensington & Fairfield)
Contributing to the costs of this community radio station Broadcasting & Radio Picton broadcasting from 21st June to 2nd July.

Liverpool Samba Carnival
Liverpool Carnival Company
Open workshops for local residents wishing to take part in the Open Workshops build up to the Liverpool Samba parade in July 2010.

Christmas Act 1
Liverpool Lighthouse
(Anfield, Everton)
A 40-minute musical on theme of ‘Keep Your Heart Healthy’.

Daisy Chain
Liverpool WAC
(Anfield, Central, Everton)
Working with 20 young people to address issues around Teenage Pregnancy.

‘A Story to Make’
Liverpool World Centre
(Kensington & Fairfield, Picton)
A series of short stories written by young BME parents and ‘You Feel Good’ performed by Liverpool artists which explore healthy living.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Lodestar Theatre Co’ Ltd
(Princes Park)
A week’s theatre run of a successful show at a city centre venue, marketed towards LGBT audiences.

Chinese Arts & Culture
Merseyside Chinese Assoc’
(Kensington & Fairfield, Wavertree)
A Chinese ‘One Day for All’ arts & culture event that will thematically link with Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Movema – Dancing
(City Wide)
Around the City (DAC)
Co-ordinate & deliver a series of cultural/world dance workshops accessible to communities.

Exercise Culture Project
Osun Arts Foundation
Providing African style Music and Dance sessions for people of all ages.

My Story
LGBT Mental Health Service
Recording history of LGBT people who have used mental health services in Liverpool over the past 60 years. Users and Staff 1940-2010

Art Is For Everyone
Red Dot Exhibitions (Citywide)

Art workshops for young disabled people and an exhibition of their work including painting, mosaic, animation and sculpture.

The Royal Court
Royal Court Liverpool Trust (Central)

To provide entertainment for older people, especially those in care and sheltered accommodation. Afternoon Club

Expanding Horizons
Soap Box Films
Video projects on health & well being for young people from the (government defined) lowest 10% deprived areas of Liverpool.

Creative Connections
Sola Arts
(Princes Park)
Arts skills development for women from refugee & BRM communities

Liverpool Sound City
Sound City (Liverpool)
(City Wide)
Supporting a diverse programme of activity for Sound City 2010. Live Programme

Write Healthy
Splendid Things
(Princes Park)
Workshops in creative writing, poetry and short stories, that will be published on the Toxteth TV website.

Dance for Health
The Greenhouse Multi-Cultural
(Princes Park)
A 9-month programme of performance workshops for children and Well-being
Play and Arts Project  and young people, particularly from low income households.

Community Theatre
The Reader Organisation
(Clubmoor, County, Croxteth)
Series of social outreach projects leading to production of Romeo & Juliet at Croxteth Fire Station.
(& M’side Fire & Rescue Service). Fazakerley, Norris Green,  Warbreck

Sound Tracks
The Suitcase Ensemble
(Greenbank, Picton, Princes Park, Riverside, Wavertree)
Drama, Music and Movement in the newly refurbished Engine Room at Edge Hill Station.

Generation Art
The Liverpool Academy of Arts
Partnership project with PSS to improve intergenerational awareness of mental health issues in the artistic community.

Lunch at St Luke’s
Urban Strawberry Lunch
(City Wide)
Supporting the varied programme of arts and creative projects on offer at St Luke’s Church in Liverpool city centre.

Voice in the City
Voice in the City
(Croxteth, Norris Green)
Using arts to encourage young people to become positive role models within their communities

Active 2gether
Wavertree / Edge Hill
(Picton, Wavertree)
Supporting over 50s and those in sheltered accommodation to Learning Centre (WELC) to engage in arts, crafts and creative activities.

Special Edition
Youth Communications
Production of two special editions, written by Network CIC and aimed at the LGBT community,
LGB&T magazine examining topical issues with a health slant.