This month sees the launch of a Wirral’s very own festival of music, dance, poetry, art and culture.
For nine days, Wirral Festival of Firsts brings Hoylake alive with events ranging from tea dances, to live gigs, to photographic and art exhibitions showcasing a vast array of local and regional talent.
This year also features poetry, happening around the coast at New Brighton – so there’s even more of a cross-Wirral focus.
Most events are free (with collections for Claire House) and tickets for ticketed events are selling fast.
In just a few years, the Festival of Firsts – organised and run by volunteers – has grown to become a regular fixture on the festival circuit.
Highlights this year include:
· The first public reading of the play ‘Tim: An Ordinary Boy,’ by journalist and poet Steve Regan, focussing on events after the IRA bomb in Warrington, plus other new works by local writers and poets.
· A full day of FREE live music, launched by a New Orleans style Jazz Parade, and featuring the hotly-tipped Natalie McCool, Mono LPs, and DJ set by the Coral, in pubs and bars around Hoylake.
· A traditional tea dance including waltz and cha cha taster classes – complete with tea and home made cupcakes!
· Poetry events including Poetry Proms at New Brighton, and at Hoylake, as part of an ‘Art On The Promenade’ day, featuring workshops, exhibitons, and fun activities for all the family
· ‘First write’ writing workshops aimed at helping you write a CV, become a writer, and get published
· Premiere of ‘Mersey Sound,’ an exciting new work by young Hoylake-based composer and singer songwriter Rachel Nicholas, inspired by the sounds of Merseyside, and featuring contemporary UK composer, Howard Skempton
· Gigs by The Fire Beneath The Sea, and musician and writer Keith Wilson, and concerts by River Niger Orchestra and Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra.
· Art exhibitions, photography, family events and workshops throughout the festival
For further info see www.festivaloffirsts.com
Where events are free, there will be a collection for Claire House Children’s Hospice. Where prices are given, it is a ticketed event, with tickets available from the HELP Shop, Market Street, Hoylake; www.ticketswirral.com; or the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (telephone 0151 666 0000).