Coming and Going – Cities on the Edge

ali-van.jpg“I don’t know if I’m coming or going”
Billie Holliday

Coming and Going, 10 – 23 November 2008, is a two week programme of events investigating migration and cultural identity with artists, experts and “ordinary people” from five edgy cities: Liverpool, Naples, Istanbul, Gdansk and Marseille.

It’s been commissioned by Liverpool Culture Company from Quarantine, an award-winning theatre company based in Manchester.
“Quarantine has created a body of beautiful, fragile and authentic work, which finds the extraordinary in the ordinary lives of real people.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“We’ve been looking at what people bring with them when they move from one place to another, and how the identity of individuals affects the identity of the city – and vice versa. We’ve become particularly interested in food and music and their place in the cultural life of the city.”
Richard Gregory, Artistic Director, Quarantine

The programme of events comprises:

Radio Grenouille
Radio Grenouille from Marseille uses radio as a space for communication, performance, creativity and social change. They have moved their operations to Liverpool for the duration of Coming and Going and they’ll broadcast into and out of the streets of the city from Monday 17 – Friday 21 November.


Marsatac: Play on
Marseille music promoters Marsatac have brought together a diverse group of musicians from Marseille and Liverpool. All originate from outside their city and together represent a dynamic mix of musical forms and traditions. Hassan Boukerrou, Alif Tree, Ulrich Wolters (Marseille), Talib Hamafaraj, Olu Olaseinde, and Hannah Peel (Liverpool) will spend 12 days together creating new music to be premiered at the closing event of Coming and Going.

Ali Taptik: Transit
Photographer Ali Taptik has visited five ‘cities on the edge’: Liverpool, Marseille, Gdansk, Naples and his home city of Istanbul. His remarkable images, a meditation on travel, loneliness and love, can be found in maps distributed around the city.

In the neighbourhood…
Five Liverpool residents with origins across the world – India, Nigeria, Poland, Greece, Ireland and the Yemen – are inviting neighbours they don’t yet know into their homes for a meal. One meal host was born in Liverpool, one has been here for years, another arrived a few weeks ago. Istanbul sociologist and food expert Dr Zafer Yenal will be at each meal to share thoughts with the hosts about the history and politics of the food they’re preparing and reflect on how the personal journey of the cook mirrors bigger stories of global migration.

And finally…
When we talk about food we talk about everything
To close the project, there’s an evening of music, food and conversation to weave together all the strands of Coming and Going. Meal hosts from the In the Neighbourhood strand and their guests share food and discoveries from eating together. Zafer Yenal talks about the stories behind the food and its political and cultural journeys. Radio Grenouille broadcast live from the event and share sounds from their fortnight in Liverpool. Ali Taptik shows his photographs (and you will receive one of his maps). There’ll be live new music from the band: a dynamic, unpredictable hybrid of percussion, voice, electronica, fiddle, cooking sounds and more…

“The one thing guaranteed about a Quarantine show is that the nibbles will be good.” Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 8pm
Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, Liverpool, L1 9JD
Tickets £8/£5 including food. Limited capacity. Pay bar
Box office 0871 704 2063

Coming and Going: Play On – musicians’ residency
Friday 14, Saturday 15 November and Monday 17 – Thursday 20 November 4-5pm
Open Rehearsals
Free, Bird Theatre, NOVAS Contemporary Urban Centre,
41 – 51 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS. 0151 708 3510
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November, 8pm
Performances as part of When we talk about food we talk about everything
Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, Liverpool, L1 9JD tickets 0871 704 2063

Coming and Going: Radio Grenouille
Monday 17 – Friday 21 November
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Come and meet the Radio Grenouille team every evening in FACT during their broadcast.
Free, FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ 0151 707 4450

Monday 17 – Friday 21 November
Listen live online to the full broadcast.

Coming and Going
When we talk about food we talk about everything
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 8pm
Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, Liverpool, L1 9JD
Tickets £8/£5 including food. Limited capacity. Pay bar
Box office 0871 704 2063