Full programme announced: Wirral Festival of Firsts

Clare House Children’s Hospice to benefit from nine days of fabulous festival fun! 

Preparations are gearing up for Wirral’s Festival of Firsts and the big launch date on Saturday July 6.
This is the third year of the event, and this year there’s more going on than ever, with art exhibitions, poetry happenings, new drama, contemporary classical music, live bands, opera – you name it, it will be ALL going on in Hoylake from July 6 – 13!
All proceeds, from both ticketed events and collections at the free ones, go to Clare House Children’s Hospice, and organisers are hoping that this year, Clare House will get a record breaking amount from the Festival!
The full line up is on the festival website – www.festivaloffirst.com – and many event are free.
Headlines include:
·         Launch event at Holiday Inn Hoylake on July 6 (not open to public)
·         A full day of FREE live music in pubs and bars around Hoylake on July 13, to be launched by a New Orleans style Jazz Parade, and featuring the hotly-tipped Natalie McCool, Mono LPs, and DJ set by the Coral.
·         Number of theatre premieres during the week including ‘Tim: An Ordinary Boy,’ (based on events after the Warrington bombing), ‘Under Beechwood,’ (inspired by Dylan Thomas’ famous Under Milk Wood), ‘The Long And Winding Road,’ (based on a 1980s US road trip), and ‘Speeches That Changed The World.’
·         A traditional tea dance including waltz and cha cha taster classes – complete with tea and home made cupcakes! Also costume exhibition for inspiration!
·         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 become a published writer
·         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. Plus classical music and light opera events.
·         Gigs by The Fire Beneath The Sea, musician and writer Keith Wilson, and concerts by River Niger Orchestra, Wirral Ukelele Orchestra, and Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra, (plus many others).
·         Art exhibitions, photography, family events and workshops throughout the festival
·         Storytelling events in and around Hoylake
Further info is available from www.festivaloffirst.com.
Tickets are available from the HELP Shop, Market Street, Hoylake; fromwww.ticketswirral.com; or the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (telephone 0151 666 0000).
Where events are free, and throughout festival week, there will be collections for Clare House Children’s Hospice.