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Two Rivers Festival At Birkenhead School December 1, 2008

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natali-cleinThe Two Rivers Festival is an initiative devised by Andrew Thomson and Peter Davison to create a new festival of music and the arts in Wirral.

The aim is to use many of the beautiful buildings and locations on Wirral for arts events to draw attention to the heritage of the area. Wirral is a place of passage, a gateway to the sea and the Celtic lands. It is a landscape located between two great rivers, the Mersey and the Dee, steeped in history and surrounded by many natural wonders. The Two Rivers Festival will celebrate the arts in one of the least known but attractive environments in Britain.

Performances include:

Jonathan Small, oboe, Ian Buckle, piano
Entente Cordiale
English and French music
of the 20 and 21C
Friday 6 February at 7.30pm

Natalie Cleinn, cello
Meditative Moments
Music by Bach and Kodaly
Tuesday 17 March at 7.30pm

Noriko Ogawa, piano
Soundpictures
Music by Mozart, Debussy
Takemitsu, Greig and Chopin
Friday 24 April at 7.30pm

Ticket Prices
Per concert £15.00 (full)  £7.50 (U21)

Subscribe to all three £40.00 (full) or £20.00 (U21)
(Subscription offer applies until 6 February 2009) NB All seating is unreserved

How to book

By post
Please return the attached form with a sae to:
Mr. M. Hudson,
Birkenhead School,
58 Beresford Rd,
Prenton
CH43 2JD

By telephone
Call (0151) 651 3095 during school office hours. Major credit cards will be accepted. A booking fee of £2.00 per transaction will be charged.

Purchase tickets on the night
Tickets may also be purchased by cash or cheque on the door, but seat-availability cannot be guaranteed in the event of a sell-out performance. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

Barcamp Liverpool Is Coming December 1, 2008

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barcampliverpool6 & 7 December, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

And lo! The geeks shall inherit the earth. And so it came to pass.

Barcamp – a technology related ‘unconference’ open to all – is coming to Liverpool. Barcamp Liverpool invites entrepreneurs, technologists,programmers, developers, designers, bloggers, social media types, gamers, and artists to two days of unadulterated geeky Barcamp fun.

We are expecting over 150 technology geeks (and not so geeks) and will be welcoming guests from Liverpool, the North West and London and some from across Europe – all coming to Liverpool for Barcamp; the city’s first Technology “Unconference’.

You may have read about it in the Daily Post.

Barcamp has some great sponsors – from local technology stars such as Screencasts Online, Mando Group, Amaze and Glow New Media to the giants of the industry. We’re honored to be supported by BBC Backstage, Yahoo! Developer Network, and Microsoft who are sponsoring the party – yes, there’ll be a party!

If you’d like to sponsor – perhaps by sponsoring a prize at the Startup Stars competition, get in touch.

For more info and to sign up, please check out the Barcamp Liverpool Website.

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Get Unique Gifts For Christmas At Sparkle November 27, 2008

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wongAre you looking for something special as a gift this year?

Then check out the annual selling exhibition from the Mersey Jewellers And Metal Artists Network (MJMAN) – Sparkle 08.

The event takes place over the first and second weekends in December.

It’s a great opportunity to pick up hand-made jewellery, craft and art at reasonable prices. The event is always popular and you are sure to find something as a  gift (or even for yourself).

The exhibition is taking place in the Old Barber’s Shop on School Lane, to the left of the entrance to the Blue Coat Chambers.

jumped-up-pantry-boyDates:

Thurs 4th Dec 5 til 8pm
Sat 6th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm
Sun 7th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm

Thurs 11th Dec 5 til 8pm
Sat 13th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm
Sun 14th Dec 10.30 til 5.30pm

Get directions with Google maps

Arts And Cultural Grants Programme For 2009/10 November 25, 2008

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Here’s some info on the upcoming grants programme from our friends at the Culture Company. If you are planning any projects or events, these briefing sessions may be useful:

The Arts and Cultural Grants programme for 2009/10 will be announced shortly. In advance of the grant scheme going live we would like to draw your attention to the following programme of briefing sessions and surgeries which aim to provide officer support during the application process.

Booking

To book a place on the grant briefing sessions or to arrange a time at one of the surgeries please contact:

Phil Taylor
Liverpool Culture Company
Tel: 0151 233 5604
Email: phil.taylor@liverpool.gov.uk

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Tracy Emin Wins Arts Award For Liverpool Cathedral November 21, 2008

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tracey-emin-02Liverpool Cathedral was last night announced as the first winner of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Arts Award.

The award is designed to stimulate Liverpool’s tradition of patronage by rewarding the company or organisation who funded the best publicly available art in Liverpool in the last five years.

The piece, titled ‘For You’ by Tracy Emin, RA takes the form of a pink neon wall mounted sign in Tracey’s own handwriting carrying the message ‘I felt you and I knew you loved me’ The judges were impressed with this dual personal and spiritual message in such a sacred space.

The judging panel made up of the crème of the Liverpool arts establishment ; Lewis Biggs Director of  Liverpool Biennial, Brenda Parkerson, Business Development Manager of Arts & Business, John Entwistle, sponsor and Christoph Grunenberg Director of Tate Gallery Liverpool felt that the Cathedral’s on-going work with such a cutting edge contemporary artist had produced a very bold and courageous piece.

The award sponsor, John Entwistle commented: “I’m very keen that this competition encourages the tradition of patronage of the arts in Liverpool and I’m delighted that work of this calibre is being commissioned in Liverpool.”

Shortlist Announced For Chamber Arts Award November 10, 2008

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tonyhancockLiverpool Chamber of Commerce today announced the shortlist for its first Arts Award.  The award is designed to reward the company or organisation who funded the best publicly available art in Liverpool in the last five years.

After several hours of intense discussion and visits the judges; Lewis Biggs Director of  Liverpool Biennial, Brenda Parkerson, Business Development Manager of Arts & Business, John Entwistle, sponsor and Christoph Grunenberg Director of Tate Gallery Liverpool short-listed four pieces that have been sited in public areas of the city in the past few years. The finalists are:

  • Beetham Organisation for Face of the City a collaborative art and landscape project, situated in Old Hall Street. The judges liked the ambitious nature of the project.
  • Beetham Organisation for Skyline by Oliver Barratt positioned on the Strand. The judges admired the company’s desire to commission this piece of art after admiring the artist’s work.
  • Liverpool Cathedral for For You by Tracy Emin, RA. located within the cathedral. The neon work was the outcome of a courageous collaboration, producing a very bold artwork.
  • Liverpool Echo for Warlock Sheppard Memorial on Hope Street by Stephen Broadbent paid for in part by public subscription, it features subject matter is very close to the collective heart of the city.

The award sponsor, John Entwistle commented: “I’m very keen that this competition encourages the tradition of patronage of the arts in Liverpool. I hope it will take place every two years and the judging panel will continue to see work of the quality that they have seen today.”

The overall winner will be announced at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on 20th November.

Building A World Class City – Conference 5 Dec 2008 November 5, 2008

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cranecropInvestment and Regeneration in Liverpool:  Building a World Class City
5th December 2008, Radisson SAS Hotel, Liverpool

Regeneration in Liverpool has been accelerating at a rapid pace in the last few years. More than £3 billion is being invested in major projects which are changing the face of the city. Being the European Capital of Culture in 2008 has further aided this renaissance through drawing in new visitors and bringing attention to Liverpool’s cultural offering.

However, following Capital of Culture year what is the future for the city? Can the regeneration momentum be maintained in an economic downturn? What are the implications of changing regional structures for the city and surrounding area?

This conference seeks to examine the impact of the past year on Liverpool’s development, the impact of regional governance changes and their implications for regeneration and the city’s ability to weather the current economic crisis.

Speakers include:

  • Phil Redmond CBE
  • Cllr Warren Bradley Leader Liverpool City Council and Deputy Chair Liverpool Culture Company
  • Jim Gill Chief Executive Liverpool Vision
  • Paul Lakin Head of Development North West Development Agency
  • Neil Scales OBE Chief Executive and Director General Merseytravel
  • Peter Madden Chief Executive Forum for the Future
  • Jonathan Bracken Partner Bircham Dyson Bell
  • Sue Harrison Chair of the Board The BlueCoat
  • Pam Wilsher Head of Tourism Sector Development Merseyside Partnership (the official Tourist Board for Merseyside)
  • Guy Butler Project Director Grosvenor
  • Cllr Tony McDermott Leader Halton Borough Council and Chair Mersey Gateway Executive Board
  • Jack Stopforth Chief Executive Officer Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
  • David Guest Chairman Liverpool Commercial District Partnership
  • Simon Pierce Area Director for Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council (LSC)

For further information and a full programme please visit the event website, contact Waterfront on 020 7787 1210 or download the information and booking form here [PDF]

Greatest Hits Of Liverpool Exhibition Comes To Town November 3, 2008

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Artist Ian Fennelly gets inspired by Capital of Culture and exhibits his iconic cityscapes

Chester’s famous Watergate St Gallery is back on tour, this time in Liverpool with Ian Fennelly, acclaimed Merseyside based artist. The exhibition is free for all members of the public and will showcase iconic Liverpool landmarks and buildings captured with Fennelly’s typical charm.

When: Tuesday 11th November (VIP and press launch night from 6pm) – late December

Where: RENEW Rooms, The Tea Factory, 82 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4D

Following huge success back in March when Fennelly toured with the Watergate St Gallery in Manchester, and more recently to a grand reception in Florence, this time he is back where it all started, in Merseyside, where his inspiration began with ‘The Greatest Hits of Liverpool’, and this time he is exhibiting his famous talent in the city for two months in line with the Capital of Culture celebrations!

Ian Fennelly is an acclaimed cityscape artist and will be exhibiting his stunning artwork in the RENEW Rooms at Liverpool’s Tea Factory in association with RIBA Northwest and Chester’s Watergate Street Gallery.

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Does This ‘John Peel’ Train Stop On Merseyside? October 21, 2008

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Named train a lasting tribute to DJ and music icon John Peel

Legendary DJ and music icon John Peel is being honoured with a train bearing his name.

Merseytravel, will name the train as a lasting tribute to John’s memory.

Family and friends of John’s, who once admitted his second favourite song of all time was Amsterdam’s “Does this train stop on Merseyside?”, will come together to celebrate his life.

Sheila Ravenscroft, John’s wife, will join Merseytravel to officially launch the “John Peel” train and travel on its first journey into the city of Liverpool.

The train will leave Merseytravel’s Liverpool South Parkway interchange at around 3pm on Thursday 23rd October after a short dedication ceremony.

Ian Prowse, from Amsterdam, will perform the song “Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?” at the event in front of guests.

Speaking about the song as part of the Radio One tribute evening, John’s wife Sheila said: “John just loved the song. He always became emotional when he played it. He wasn’t capable of playing it without crying. If he played it on the radio he’d have to put something on straight afterwards because he wouldn’t be able to speak. When he played it at home, he’d always need a cuddle afterwards.

“We are just really delighted that John is being honoured with this train. He would have loved it!”

Copies of a new book, a collection of John’s writings edited by his wife Sheila called “The Olivetti Chronicles”, will be given out to passengers on the train during the journey.

The train naming ceremony will take place two days before the anniversary of John’s death on October 25th 2004, aged 65.

Train arrivs at 2.45pm on Thursday 23rd October, 2008
Train leaves at approx 3.20pm
Location: Liverpool South Parkway Interchange, Garston, Liverpool

In honour of the great man, here’s a vid of his favourite single, ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones.

Artist’s Talk At Liverpool Cathedral 27 Oct October 20, 2008

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Liverpool artist Terry Duffy will be giving a free talk at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral this coming Monday night at 6.30 (27th October).

He will be talking about Crucifix and RS Thomas Triptych on display in the Cathedral.

“Although painted over 25 years ago this will be the first time I have ever given a talk about the crucificion “Victim, no resurrection”. Dating back to after the 1981 riots the work has taken on a life of its own and only quite recently came back from America. It appears to have become even more relevant and challenging today because of the wars and attrocities that we hear so much about. The talk will also include the “RS Thomas Triptych” which is also at the Cathedral.”