Bluecoat launches Liverpool Debates 2007

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Bluecoat launches Liverpool Debates 2007

Bluecoat is launching Liverpool Debates 2007, a series of debates on hot topics for the city. Five debates will take place between April and September 2007 and will focus on what really matters to Liverpool during its 800th anniversary year and as it approaches European Capital of Culture.

Liverpool Debates 2007, supported by the Liverpool Echo, is launched this month (February) when Liverpool’s citizens will be asked to vote via the Echo on which topics will be discussed. People will be invited to select their burning issues from a shortlist. Votes will be collated to whittle down the list to the top 5 issues to be debated.

Liverpool Debates invites everyone to focus on what really matters to Liverpool at this time when its past is being celebrated and its sense of its own culture scrutinized. How, for instance, can the city recognize its past whilst at the same time move forward into a new era that embraces change, without losing its bearings? This connection between Liverpool’s sense of history and its understanding of its future is at the core of these debates, plugging into some of the key questions about citizenship and identity currently taking place in the British media.

The debates series will raise the profile of debate in the city and develop intelligent and participative discussions that help frame 2008 in ways that are relevant to the lives of local people. They aim to re-ignite the radical city in a way that is serious yet not without fun.

Alastair Upton, Bluecoat’s Chief Executive comments, “2007 sees Liverpool’s 800th birthday, the build up to Capital of Culture and the reopening of Bluecoat. Liverpool Debates 2007 will provide a taster for Bluecoat’s role as a place for ideas, debate and new thinking when we reopen. We look forward to getting the opinions of Merseysiders on the issues that concern them at this exciting time and hope that people will really get involved and have their say.