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WE PLAY programme for 2012 launched today


WE PLAY programme for 2012 launched today

It wasn’t easy but we managed to get to the National Cycling Centre (the Velodrome) in Manchester before 10.30 this morning. As cyclists cruised almost silently around the track, Debbi Lander (Northwest Creative Programmer for London 2012) introduced the event and various speakers before officially launching the project by firing a starting pistol.

More than 200 people from the region’s arts, cultural and sports sectors attended the launch of WE PLAY the North West’s 2012 cultural legacy programme linked to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There were some excellent live interventions from Hard Knox Crew, Plunge Boom, Fairly Famous Family, Folly’s Pixel Playground and FACT. A mock cycling race also took place.

WE PLAY is a £3.02 million programme funded by the Legacy Trust UK and led by Arts Council England, North West, on behalf of exciting new partnerships.

So what is actually happening?…

The programmes which make up WE PLAY include:

Abandon Normal Devices: a regional festival of new cinema and digital culture that spills from screens and galleries into the streets and imaginations of the north west, combined with a programme of participatory events exploring and critiquing the theme of normality in relation to the image and identity of the human body in a scientific, technological and cultural economy.

Abandon Normal Devices will be delivered in partnership with FACT, Liverpool, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Folly, Lancaster.

Lakes Alive: a Cumbria wide outdoor animation programme of regional, national and international reach and significance which will have a transformational affect on people, places and image, bringing international events and community opportunities to play in public spaces across the whole of Cumbria.

Lakes Alive will be delivered in partnership with Kendal Arts International and Manchester International Arts.

New Cultural Journeys: a major youth led culture and sport participation programme based around social networking and the creation and delivery of a series of online and outdoor routes and trails as physical and cultural journeys which connect culture and cycling to the Fylde Coast and Lancashire.

It will be delivered in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Borough Council and Creative Lancashire.

we-play-120We are very excited about this here at artinliverpool. Its great to see so many NW organisations working together and though there’s still a lot of flesh to add to the bones the projects sound interesting and challenging. So we have created a special category on this site for WE PLAY news.

Look out for the WE PLAY logo.

So we had a good day in Manchester, we distributed a few Liverpool Art Prize flyers, had a great vegan lunch at Earth cafe and saw John Davies’ British Landscapes exhibition at CUBE.

For more details see

Be Inspired:

Abandon Normal Devices:

Lakes Alive: