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Cash boost for Liverpool Community Culture

Cash boost for community culture

· Four years of community arts investment reaches climax
· Nearly £3.5m spent on grassroots funding between 2004 and 2008
· More than four million people participate in creative projects

Liverpool is marking the final stage of a four year, multi-million pound investment in grassroots culture.

Since 2004, the Liverpool Culture Company has awarded nearly £3.37m in funding to a mixture of community groups, arts organisations, and individual artists, enabling them to deliver a massive programme of work which has engaged millions of people from all corners of the city.

The scheme will culminate this month as the Culture Company commits a final instalment of £410,000 to support nearly 100 projects. The cash will fund a variety of events, exhibitions and performances during Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, including:

· Double Dutch: A girls’ sport project by Pidgin Productions promoting heath, exercise and confidence through team skipping.

· Lodge Lane Days: A project involving an artist using the windows of community groups and businesses on Toxteth’s Lodge Lane as an open gallery space, while working with the local community to produce new work.

· Life of Totem Chinese Ethnic Dance Show: A showcase of Chinese ethnic dance.

· In the Frame: An exhibition showcasing the work of disabled artists in Liverpool.

· Wales and Liverpool 2008: An exploration by Merseyside Welsh Heritage Society into the distinctive contribution that the Welsh have made to the character and culture of Liverpool.

The money also encompasses funding for many existing projects and festivals, including Liverpool Fiesta Latina, Liverpool Reads and The Liverpool Shakespeare Festival.

Phil Redmond, the Liverpool Culture Company’s creative director and deputy chair, said: “These projects make an important contribution to the overall programme for European Capital of Culture, and ensure that the voices of local people are central to the celebrations for 2008.”