Anti-War Calendar 2014
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Burjesta Theatre are holding auditions for their 9th production
to date, an in-house adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic
anti-war novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front' on Wednesday 13th
August. It is set in World War I, and seen from the perspective
of ordinary German soldiers, both at the front fighting with the
French and British and also on the Home Front. There are plenty
of parts and not exclusively for men with significant parts for
John Owen reports from the march held in London on July 19th against
the Israeli bombing of Gaza.
"From a warm and sunny Liverpool just
coming awake the pitta patter of tourist feet and squeak of luggage
in search of cheap digs a coach miraculously appeared to whisk promptly
in 6 hours to London.
The group slowly morphed together over the journey that was to become
the Liverpool friends of Palestine contingent going away to make
our mark and protest over the bombing of Gaza by Israel."
Liverpool Quakers and Blackburne House are committed to equality
and to building community. That's why the opportunity to open a
new venue in the centre of Liverpool was too hard to resist. The
vegetarian cafe will offer a broad menu with an emphasis on fresh
and seasonal with Pam our pastry chef making cakes and pastries
daily. All profits generated by the cafe will support the charitable
aims of the organisations, such as providing bursaries for women
to access training and developing work around concerns for poverty
Images of the Demonstrations that took place in Liverpool about
the attacks on Gaza and outside the Neil Young concert over his
decision to play Tel Aviv.
The Liverpool Academy of Arts have been in Seel Street for over
25 years but they have to vacate the building at the end of August
and their future looks uncertain. For their final exhibition they
are holding an open exhibition (but this time with no specific theme)
and are asking for people to show their skills with colour, shapes,
texture etc. Entries have to be in by July 28th and the exhibition
runs from Wed 6th August to Thurs 28th August 2014.
- Sat 12th July 2014
Dance along to the mighty drumming sound of KalentuRa from the Netherlands
and catch the highest stilt walkers around from the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago. Liverpool International Carnival is an explosion
of costumes, dance and music and sets off at midday from the City
of Liverpool College, Myrtle Street, making its way through Toxteth
and coming to rest in Princes Park. The World in Princes Park will
be bursting with exciting new collaborative productions, home grown
talent, cultural food and activities for all the family to enjoy
and takes place from 1pm - 7pm, Sat 12th July.
What happened when Len McCluskey, boss of the Unite union, was due
to attend a screening at FACT, and the Industrial Workers of the
World announced they would be holding a picket outside in solidarity
with workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, who are holding regular
strikes for a London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour.
The Everyman & Playhouse theatres are looking ahead to an autumn
season featuring three ambitious new productions, full of invention
and humanity. Juno and the Paycock, Sex and the Three Day Week and
Bright Phoenix have been created to reflect our time and place and
the theatres’ desire to be daring and create plays that connect
the theatrical inventors of the present and future to the heartbeat
of the city.
- Sunday 6th July 2014
One World Festival 2014 will celebrate the multiplicity of cultures
in Liverpool and feature a cultural fusion via Street Arts, Animation,
Music, Dance, Acrobatics and Carnival artists, presenting an artistically
diverse programme bringing the city centre to life and turning it
into a powerful cauldron of global arts.
- Saturday July 26th, 2014
Having sold out across St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church and The
Shipping Forecast in its debut year, Liverpool Calling has grown
into a huge one day event for 2014, spanning across 10 city centre
venues and hosting over 50 acts. Joining the acts already announced
are scouse legends Space, indie-rock starlets The Repeat Offenders
and dance music’s new darlings D R O H N E.
- Saturday 5th July to Friday 10th October
The Cornerstone Gallery is ten years young this summer and to mark
this occasion is presenting an anniversary exhibition titled TEN,
starting on Saturday 5th July until Friday 10th October 2014 to
coincide with the Liverpool Independents Biennial. The Gallery has
hosted seventy-three exhibitions within the last ten years.
Walking in Princes Park on a sunny, autumn
afternoon and 'It's oh so quiet' now – as in Bjork's song
title – but I remember the Brouhaha Festival in July when
the multitudes gathered see the parade enter the park followed by
live music and a riot of colours.
Then, seeing the tennis courts, I give a wry smile recalling how
I first learned how to cycle there in 2005! Also that February when
the park was covered in a white blanket with the snow flakes drifting
down from the heavens, making it look not too dissimilar to Narnia.
Burjesta Theatre are beginning a new series of workshops entitled
'Portraits of Liverpool'. They're working on nine stories that workshop
participants have come up with, true stories they've witnessed in
Liverpool over the last six months. Some are dramatic and intense,
some touching. There are funny ones, ones full of pathos and some
just plain weird!
- Sat 21st and Sun 22nd
Chumki Banerjee looks at the line-up for this years Africa Oye which
includes Misty In Roots, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Abdoulaye
Samb and Minnjiaraby, and Finley Quaye and is on the weekend of
21st and 22nd of June in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Plus an interview
with Kenny Murray,
the founder of the festival.
I am not sure if it was the music of William
Byrd that drove Saul mad, or whether he was already mad and just
looking for a trigger. In the end it doesn't matter, and anyway,
last time I saw him he seemed in a state of ecstasy that few can
reach. God knows where he is now.
We worked together in the old central library in Angel Row Nottingham,
now demolished and replaced by something more modern and high tech.
Outside the city centre where it is cheaper to build things.
By Tom George: "My first visit Berlin
six years ago coincided with the global financial system going into
meltdown. It was all over every screen in my hostel, with panicked-looking
people in suits trying to explain incomprehensible columns of figures.
But I wasn't there as a financial journalist; I was on a mission
to explore a very different universe which exists at the heart of
Germany's capital - the radical underground of Berlin..."
- 5/7/2014 - 10/8/2014
John Davies has an international reputation for his B&W photographs
of dramatic urban landscapes but during May this year he decided
to make a series of colour portraits of people who are regular visitors
to Sefton Park Meadows in Liverpool. Many people, who may have otherwise
refused to have their picture taken, were positive because their
image might help promote awareness of the potential loss of these
ancient and valued Meadowlands.
- 26th June – 26th
To run in advance of and concurrently with the Liverpool Biennial
one of the distinctive artistic installations will feature a derelict
shop window, which will in the evening open its shutters to host
a vast water tank of 20 living jellyfish.
Geoghegan Jackson are delighted to be supporting the Breast Cancer
Campaign by staging a fundraising gig at the Lomax on June 7th.
Entrance is free – but donations (£4.00 waged/£2.00
unwaged) are encouraged. Geoghegan Jackson are an exciting acoustic
duo based in Liverpool, UK, playing original indie/folk music and
You can be forgiven for not knowing, that whilst the media has been
focusing its euro attention on Nigel Farage and the Eurovision song
contest that during April and May the Balkans (also in Europe) has
been hit by largest floods in decades, leaving dozens dead and ten
of thousands of people without food, security or shelter.
- 3rd - 31st May 2014
Going to the newly refurbished Liverpool Central Library is a weird
experience. With its shiny up-to-the-minute feel, it serves as a
hint of what public services could be like, if only a decent amount
of resources were dedicated to them. On the other hand, it also
doubles as an excuse for Liverpool council to point to as they devastate
public services - including public libraries - and the lives of
the people who rely on them.
Urbin Flack's new short story collection TALES FROM THE VALCRO ROOM
VOLUME 3 is out now. Available in News From Nowhere for £2.
I write this down not because I need to make
a point and not because I feel the behavioural approach to life
needs one more jot of justification. I merely obeying a compulsion
that has served me well so far (and which I perhaps execute with
- 25th May 2014
Part of Farm Feast 2014 on Sunday 25th May, Peter Hook and the Light
are the confirmed headline act playing a mix of Joy Division and
New Order tunes, Stealing Sheep are supporting and have recently
supported huge music acts such as Alt- J, Vampire Weekend and St.Vincent.
- 16th May
– 10th August 2014
A series of six tapestries by the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson
Perry will be shown this summer at the Walker Art Gallery as part
of Liverpool Biennial 2014. Produced in 2012 as part of the documentary
BAFTA award winning Channel Four series “In the Best Possible
Taste”, they analyse the ideas of taste held by the different
social classes of the United Kingdom.
John Owen reviews the Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance
and News from Nowhere’s 40th Birthday events held at the Adelphi
Hotel on Saturday 3rd May, 2014.
“Life begins at 40”, “100
is the new 30”, with this in my deteriorating cranium and
addled mind I expected to find some people eluding the Grim Reaper’s
call, people who should have let go of the reins long ago.
2 events on May 3rd 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel. From 11.30am Liverpool:
City of Working Class Resistance with talks, discussions, film,
music and poetry.
From 5pm News From Nowhere's 40th Birthday Party with live music
from Dead Belgian, River Niger Orchestra, Bolshy, Saytr Play.
- 23rd May
- 1st June 2014
An exhibition by Jan Sear presenting a visual record of the Liverpool
and Birkenhead docks before they disappear from our landscape.
At Lark Lane Community Centre from Friday 23rd May – Sunday
1st June, 11am-5pm.
- Fri 25th & Sat
26th April 2014
The Brimstone players present Doctor Faustus, written by Christopher
Marlowe and performed at the Valley Community Theatre, Childwall
Valley Road, Belle Vale, Liverpool, L27 3YA on Friday 25th and Saturday
26th April 2014, 7.30pm start.
Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions. Book online at .
Enquiries and reservations: 07973 930 271
People walking along Lime Street might have noticed that the former
station hotel which has been student housing for many years has
recently undergone a name change. The sign that used to announce
ownership by Cosmopolitan Student Homes
has been replaced by Sanctuary Students.
The same has happened with Cosmopolitan Housing signs everywhere
else. What happened?
May 10th 2014
In the 19th century Karl Marx used the vampire as a metaphor for
the capitalist class he saw around him. We've taken his idea and
applied it to the 21st century, thrown in a bit of 'Blade', a sprinkling
of Jason Bourne and a great soundtrack of music to get your feet
tapping and your hips swaying.
Over the last year or so the word LOVE has been appearing around
Liverpool city centre. Spray-painted onto walls and pavements it
is the work of urban artist Love ArtUK who was a tank soldier for
twelve years before having a mental breakdown brought on by his
experiences in the forces. Returning home and attempting suicide
he found himself in psychiatric care. It was whilst in hospital
that he began painting in the occupational therapy department. It
was here that Love ArtUK was born.
In the third of a three part series on her addiction to vinyl records,
Chumki Banerjee interviews Geoff Davies of Probe and Probe Plus.
An omniscient child of a certain time, place and musical climate,
Geoff literally pulled the rug from under his own feet, quitting
the carpet showroom, taking a trip in more ways than one to float
his own magical mystery carpet, Liverpool’s first independent
record shop, Probe.
Nerve and FACT have collaborated closely in the past, and this has
been productive for both organisations, so we are hugely disappointed
that FACT have decided to dismiss workers and then use zero hour
contract staff or volunteers to fill their jobs. It is with regret
that we have to announce that, unless FACT reconsider their position
with regards to these changes in working conditions, we can no longer
work with them.
In the second in a three part series Chumki Banerjee subjects Bob
Packham from Cult Vinyl and Carl from Hairy Records to cross-examination.
Next week will have Geoff Davies from Probe Records.
In the first in a three part series Chumki Banerjee reveals her
love for vinyl records and explores the remaining places in Liverpool
that feed her addiction. Parts Two and Three in the following weeks
will have interviews with Bob Packham from Cult Vinyl, Carl from
Hairy Records and Geoff Davies from Probe Records.
"The Tactical Aid Unit appear out of control"
Simon Pook, solicitor. Monday's brutal arrest of Barton Moss protector
and mother of three, Vanda, by Greater Manchester Police Tactical
Aid Unit shocked tens of thousands of people around the world who
viewed the disturbing film and still images. Yesterday, incredibly,
Vanda was charged with assaulting the police and jailed at Styal
Prison for a week until her court hearing on 25th March.
- Tues 1st Apr - Fri 4th Apr 2014
This April The Nomadic Academy for Fools brings their unique improvisational
theatre to Liverpool with The Penis Monologues. To date the show
has had three sell-out performances in Bristol and Glastonbury,
Somerset and has just returned from a successful run in London.
Activists chained themselves to the railings of Liverpool Town Hall
on Saturday 8th March 2014 to protest the impact of national and
local government cuts on women, this International Womens
Day. They borrowed a direct action tactic and dress style from suffragettes,
to highlight their opinion that the interests of women are still
not represented by those in elected office, and call for women to
organise resistance against cuts which disproportionately affect
- 29th March 2014
Legendary ambient house progenitors and international club favourites
The Orb are set to return to East Village Arts Club in Liverpool
on Saturday 29th March for a special late night show. With dancefloor
friendly chart hits like Little Fluffy Clouds and Toxygene
The Orb were at the forefront of ambient house, securing their place
as icons in the electronic music history books.
- 14th - 22nd March 2014
An English photographer finds himself in Chicago. Exhibition of
photography by Robert Harrison runs from 14th - 22nd March at the
Art Gallery, 30 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 2AA. The Art Gallery is
a new independent space in Liverpool specialising in outsider art
and alternative photography. Opening night 14th March.
Celtic Bazaar started life in 2008 with a series of contemporary
folk and blues concerts at the Old Police Station in Lark Lane and
the aim of the nights is to present the best of music with the emphasis
being on supporting local, emerging and established singer/songwriters
and bands. Every third Friday of the month at The Pilgrim (upstairs)
in Pilgrim Street.
- 8th - 9th March 2014
The first ever HOPE Fest is a two-day music festival, in aid of
The HOPE Project (a young, volunteer-led organisation which helps
the homeless) and will be held over the weekend of 8/9th March 2014
at The Brink and Lomax respectively. Featuring 30 acts including
Osaka Punch, Joe Symes & The Loving Kind, Field Trip to The
- 27th March –
22nd June 2014
A major contemporary science fiction exhibition will be at FACT
(Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool between
27 March – 22 June 2014. Artists will present works which
explore how technology is creating new ways of living (and dying)
making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction.
On the 5th March 2014 Liverpool Council will vote in more cuts.
According to the Guardian, Liverpool is the poorest place in the
country, and will be the most deeply cut of all by nearly twice
the national average. With 56% of its funding gone, it will now
cut 25% of statutory adult and children social services, with mass
closures of adult day centres and children's centres, with more
libraries and swimming pools going.
Tracey Dunn was invited by a friend, who teaches Somali children
in Toxteth, to attend this event at the Devonshire Hotel in Edge
Lane which is not far from where many of Liverpool's Somaliland
community live around Lodge Lane, Toxteth. The President, Ahmed
Mohamed Mohaoud, studied at London and Manchester Universities in
the 1960's taking a bachelor's degree in economics.
V-Day Liverpool 2014 Presents A Benefit Reading of The Vagina Monologues
with Migrant Artists Mutual Aid and friends. On February 14th, 2014,
at 7.30pm, V-Day Liverpool will present a one-night only benefit
reading of Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues
at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University.
Dorothy Kuya died on 23rd December 2013 after a short illness aged
81. Dorothy was a tireless campaigner against discrimination and
racism and she has been variously been described as a cultural historian
(reflected in her interests in African culture and heritage), a
political activist (member of the British Communist Party from a
young age), a community champion (a leading member of Granby Residents
Kodo are back in Liverpool, by popular demand, with a brand new
show, never been seen before on Wednesday 19th February 2014 at
7.30pm. They are famous for spectacular, athletic stage shows (which
inspired Stomp and Cirque du Soleil) and a dedication to preserving
all traditional Japanese culture.
Laid Bare Theatre will take multimedia theatre show Project XXX
on a 10 performance date tour of the Northwest region in January
and February 2014. This dark, romantic comedy explores the mainstreaming
of internet pornography, the changing face of technology and its
impact on human relationships and a young person’s burgeoning
sense of self.
Burjesta Theatre are auditioning for their latest production 'History
of the Vampires' on Saturday 1st February at The Casa, Hope Street,
Liverpool from 12pm onwards. Audition will be in the form of a workshop
followed by script reading and an informal chat afterwards and will
last a few hours in total.
- 27th Feb
- 2nd March 2014
The Capstone Theatre, organiser of Liverpool International Jazz
Festival 2014, is delighted to announce four new acts for the festival
as it officially launches its second year. Liverpool International
Jazz Festival is back and will run from Thursday 27th February –
Sunday 2nd March 2014, promising to be even bigger and better than
its 2013 debut, when audiences were treated to four days of the
finest artists on the national and international jazz scene.
A project using photography to show a refugee and asylum seeker
perspective, on at the Central Library, William Brown Street (First
Floor, outside Picton Room) from Friday 10th - 25th January 2014.
- 6th December - 7th March 2014
Photography exhibition featuring Colin Serjent & Jane Groves
at The Brink, Parr Street, Liverpool till 7th March 2014. The photographs
of Colin Serjent and Jane Groves capture natural scenes in and around
Special Launch event: Friday 10th January 2014, 6pm - 9pm. All welcome
This Friday 29th November at 3pm at the World Museum on William
Brown Street is the launch of the Collaborative History Project.
10 Co-operatives took part in the project, leading to 5-min films
about the history, successes and difficulties they encountered.
It would be great to have your support and see you there. Refreshments
will be available after the films.
Please RSVP: email@example.com or call 0151 709 9948
Liverpool’s Everyman theatre will begin the next chapter in
its history with a parade and event on Hope Street on 1st March
and a ‘Housewarming’ on 2nd, before the theatre bursts
fully back to life with Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz’s
production of Twelfth Night, from Saturday 8th March.
Merseyside Polonia in partnership with the Polish Society at the
University of Liverpool has a pleasure to invite you to the 'Rethinking
Freedom' event reflecting, celebrating and discussing freedom today.
The event will take place on the 15th of November (Friday) at the
University of Liverpool and will feature speakers discussing and
presenting their take on freedom from different perspectives as
well as experience.
- 29th Nov -
2nd Dec 2013
Burjesta Theatre presents….The Poisoner’s Progress at
the Casa, Hope Street on Fri 29th and Sat 30th Nov, Sun 1st and
Mon 2nd Dec 2013.
A bittersweet romance of all things sugary…
Come see a Christmas Show with a difference…
As the night unfolds in the style of an advent calendar!!
- 13th - 14th November 2013
Dingle Community Theatre are putting on a show at the Lantern Theatre
on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th November. The show called
“Modern Times” looks at the madness of the way we live
today. It has been devised, written and produced by students on
the Workers’ Education Association course.
– 16th November 2013
The Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival starts on Saturday
2nd November and runs for two weeks in venues around Liverpool.
Featuring a range of documentary films including Nostalgia for the
Light, Paths Through Utopias, Arna’s Children, plus discussions
and live music.
Many sanction decisions are illegal because they are unreasonable,
malicious, or because they are not in accordance with the benefits
regulations. They could also be illegal if you were sanctioned because
your jobseekers agreement or claimant commitment was set up to ask
you to do things you were bound to fail at.
Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust has received funding from
the Nationwide Foundation to enable 10 empty properties in Liverpool
8 to be turned into decent, affordable homes for people in need.
The grant of £125,000 will go towards renovating and repairing
currently unused properties in Cairns Street, Liverpool 8.
- 14th - 16th November
The Everyman and Playhouses Everyword writing
festival returns to Hope Street this year with a line-up of events,
insights from industry experts and new plays in development. From
Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th November 2013 writers and audiences
can watch performances in the secret spaces and hidden places of
Liverpools Royal School for the Blind on the corner of Hope
Street and Hardman Street, as Everyword invites you to explore new
plays in new ways.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is trying to overturn
a decision made in May which found the Workers' Capability Assessments
carried out by Atos discriminated against people with mental health
issues. People from various groups including Disabled People Against
Cuts, Mental Health Resistance network, Winvisible and Kilburn Unemployed
Workers Group held a vigil to remember all the people who have died
after cruel Atos decisons.
Redskye went to the march against NHS privatisation and Con-Dem
government austerity held in Manchester at the same time as the
Conservative Party conference. The march was made up of a wide variety
of protestors and members of the public, including many fire officers
from across the country, numerous NHS campaigners protesting against
closures, anti-Bedroom Tax protestors, anti-cuts campaigners etc.
Tom George is a Liverpool-based musician, poet, journalist and film-maker.
He has also done event promotion, magazine publishing, graphic design,
photography, illustration and cartoons. He tends to focus on different
artforms at different times; right now he is primarily a musician,
but that may change. Tracey Dunn met up with Tom for a chat.
Upstairs at the View Two Gallery was the creative output of Carl
Fletcher on display. Collages, 3D sculpture, 3D graffiti and paintings
filled four walls and beyond, it required a well considered overview,
you couldn't simply pop in and try to take it in quickly - there's
just no way! I know because I tried a quick overview before my interview
John Owen interviews David Peace, the author of the book Red or
Dead which deals with the legendary Bill Shankly's spell as manager
of Liverpool Football Club. In its ambition, scope and narrative
drive it makes The Damned United, and by extension all other football
novels, read like Roy of the Rovers. All of Peace's writing is uncompromising,
but Red or Dead takes that to near pathological levels.
Account by John Owen of the psycho-geography walking group's trip
up the Leeds Liverpool Canal on September 13th 2013.
Starting off from the Eldonians, I got there
early on my bike, then doubled back to find a group on the corner,
off the road, talking the talk. We sashayed over to the the canal
and minced off in a general forward motion to the land of OZ or
Bootle Strand, as its known locally.
Burjesta Theatre are beginning on Wednesday 25th September a new
series of workshops on Horror, Suspense, Thrills and Revenge. The
first workshop will be an introductory one. We'll be looking at
what makes us scared and how to best scare others!! Along the way
we'll be looking at Medea, the Greek tragedy by Euripides, as well
as the The Revenger's Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur.
Talk at the Bluecoat on 17th October with Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh,
author of Language, Resistance and Revival, who reflects on his
ground-breaking, unique research with Republican former prisoners.
Based on in-depth interviews, and analysis of the politics of incarceration
in Long Kesh throughout the Conflict in the North of Ireland he
reveals the centrality of the Irish language to prisoners’
resistance in their bitter struggle against the British State.
A new theatre project is about to start in Liverpool’s Valley
Theatre beginning Wednesday 18th September from 10.30am -12.30pm.
The 12 week course aims to develop a piece of theatre from scratch
later to be performed at The Valley Theatre. Participants will work
towards writing, developing and performing the piece.
Showing of the film "Bloodshot: The Dreams & Nightmares
Of East Timor" at Next to Nowhere on Tuesday, 17 September
2013, 7pm - 11pm.
In 1991 Peter A Gordon made an undercover documentary in a far off
island under occupation. It changed the course of a nation - and
led to extraordinary changes in the lives of the crew that made
The Capstone Theatre bills itself as 'Liverpool's International
Arts Venue', and why not? It has grown in stature since opening
it's doors in 2010 to an eclectic mix of diverse and sometimes challenging
opportunities for performers and audiences alike in an auditorium
worthy of the enterprise.
Homegrown Bananas are proud to announce that they will be curating
the day of music at the first Wirral Earth Fest on 14th September
2013. The daytime event, which will take place from 10am at the
prestigious venue of St Bridget’s Church and field as part
of a wider day of festivities from Wirral Earth fest will see performers
from both sides of the water perform.
John Fay, Liverpool-born writer of the acclaimed TV series “The
Mill”, will be the guest of Dingle Community Theatre on Monday
September 9th for a special workshop in which John will talk about
his writing, what inspires him, his influences, and his latest work
as well as passing on some tips to aspiring writers in the audience.
If you had known, would you have considered going to the Liverpool
City Centre Sleep Out held overnight on Saturday 24th August? It
was a protest against the Bedroom Tax and all the wider Welfare
Benefit cuts. A friend of mine rang me around 10.30pm to ask if
I was coming down, I was too fatigued, but felt motivated enough
to meet up and say hello. I ended up staying all night until 9am
and didn’t sleep at all!
On the 6th and 7th of August, the Unity Theatre hosted How To Fall
In Love, the latest production from the disability theatre group
RAWD, with a story spanning across Liverpool’s city centre.
jjSchaer reviews the production and interviews Graham Hicks, the
director of the piece and founder of RAWD.
An interview with Krista Kline of Los Angeles Regional Committee
(LARC) for Climate Change and Sustainability. As fracking in the
UK becomes a major issue it is timely to interview Krista Kline
who recently visited Liverpool. Krista was here for a Low Carbon
Liverpool conference to talk about what Los Angeles is doing for
a sustainable future.
Visitors to the Fallout Factory art gallery will have the opportunity
to see Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson as they have never
seen him before - wearing pyjamas and slippers! The life size sculpture
of Anderson will form part of the 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph' exhibition,
showcasing the work of Liverpool-born Steve Gibson, who has spent
the last fifteen years based in the Spanish city, Zaragoza.
Burjesta Theatre are beginning on Wednesday 31st July (and for the
five Wednesdays following), a series of workshops where we'll be
looking at Commedia dell'arte, the Italian form of theatre, originating
from the 16th century with improvised performances based on sketches
or scenarios, looking comically at the status of society and involving
a romantic love intrigue.
22nd July 2013
The Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Choir will soon be here-visiting
Liverpool - and we'd highly recommend catching them! 'The Church
of Stop Shopping is an activist performance group based in New York
City, led by Reverend Billy, the stage name of Bill Talen. Using
the form of a revival meeting, on sidewalks and in chain stores,
Reverend Billy and his gospel choir exhort consumers to abandon
the products of large corporations and mass media; the group also
preaches a broader message of economic justice, environmental protection,
and anti-militarism, protesting sweatshops and the Iraq War.' -
22nd July, The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ. Suggested donation:
25th July - 28th August
This summer’s exhibition from Lark Lane-based community co-operative
Arts Hub 47 plays host to some of Liverpool’s brightest homeless
artistic talents. The new exhibition opening on 25 July 2013 takes
place in the not-for-profit Hub, a gallery space dedicated to local
artists above the Arts Hub 47 on Lark Lane. Arts Hub 47 is the only
arts-based community cooperative in Liverpool. Tabitha Moses, winner
of this year’s Liverpool Art Prize, will be opening the launch
event at 3.30pm.
The government plans to privatise every part of the NHS. Join the
fightback and stop it being put into retirement!
The NHS we want and need: Universal:
Health care for all, Publicly funded through taxation, Publicly
accountable if things go wrong, Our health comes first, Comprehensive:
Full range of health care.
Liverpool based experimental metal band Torture Garden are preparing
to issue their second LP, politically inspired double CD The Great
Depression. Nerve met up with them for an interview.
- 22nd July
Dingle Community Theatre are all set to take their new play
– “Bedroomed!” – on a tour of North West
Venues. The play is a comedy, looking at some of the issues raised
by the “Bedroom tax”. The main character in the play
faces some difficult choices in order to make ends meet after she
learns that she will be affected by the new Government Benefits
penalty on “spare” bedrooms.
- 20th & 21st
Featuring Drama - Burlesque - Live Music - Clowns
Introducing the Burjesta Clowns in the comic play ‘The
Belly of Merrie England’... Liverpool, 2013 and the Burjesta
Clowns arrive in Britain in search of wealth and good living.
Follow them as they forlornly search through a British society in
conflict and decline for ‘money hanging from the trees’.
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July, 7pm till late…
- Sat 6th July 2013 at 3pm
On Saturday, July 6th 2013 between 3pm and 5pm the first in a series
of documentary films, Secret City, will be screened at the CASA
on Hope Street Liverpool. A film about the City of London, the Corporation
that governs it, and its role in the economic crisis.
Showing on Sat 6th July at 3pm at The Casa, Hope Street. Free admission.
- 4th, 5th, 6th
Based on the diaries and last testaments of Greek Women Resistance
Fighters, from 1944 through to 1949. From fighting fascists in the
towns and villages of Greece through to island concentration camps.
This beautiful and harrowing play challenges perceptions of the
Second World War and British involvement in Greece.
4th - 6th July at 8pm at The Unity Theatre, Hope Place -
Action Mesothelioma Day - A commemorative
day to raise much needed awareness about Mesothelioma (a cancer
caused by Asbestos) and to raise money for research. This event
is free and open to all members of the public. Friday 5th July at
Liverpool Town Hall.
The Real Monsters Revealed - A
tale of...Industrial Pollution…The Appropriation of Science
for Profit…And the Continuing Battle to Rid the World of Asbestos.
Thursday 4th July @ The Casa, Hope Street.
Hosted by the LJMU Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation
and Social Exclusion, the theme of the conference was to explore
hate speech and hate crime. The evening featured interviews with
Dominique Walker and Sylvia Lancaster, a discussion with Paul Amann
and a comedy set from Laurence Clark.
- 17 May till 16
The project is a big interactive art gallery which is attracting
the interest of passers by and inviting the public in to create
and contribute something in the venue, artists are encouraged to
bring in their work for display too. Artists Jan Williams and Chris
Teasdale conceived of the project as an outcome of the public wanting
to participate in their creativity.
Old Swan, Kirkby, Huyton, Breck Road and Prescot post offices will
close or be franchised under plans affecting 76 across the country.
Strike action will take place all day on Tuesday May 28 by 4,000
staff working in 373 Crown (main) post offices.
For two weeks the artist collective If Only… took over the
space in Gallery 3 of the Bluecoat to host a series of events under
the banner of OCCUPY. Partway through the second week a meeting
was held to discuss developments in The Ropewalk’s area of
town which is currently under bidding by private developers. This
has meant that the businesses and venues in that block may be forced
to close down. This includes MelloMello, Drop The Dumbbells and
The Kasimer, all key venues for Liverpool’s burgeoning grassroots
The purpose of this article is to help give an assessment of the
employment system on a personal level. The job centre’s aims
are to stop people claiming means tested benefits so therefore they
advertise work for minimum of sixteen hours, but is this cost effective
on the taxpayer in practicality? Do people with Asperger’s
syndrome get justice? Or are they even treated equally? Remember
equal does not mean identical, I will discuss more on that later.
- Friday 10th May 2013
‘How Corrupt is Britain?’ is a one day conference at
the University of Liverpool which will bring together campaigners,
academics, journalists and activists to explore how we can expose
and confront the corruption of the police, politics and the private
sector in Britain.
Mandy Vere writes a tribute to Molly Sayle who died on March 11th
She was my friend, and, for such a small woman,
her death leaves a huge Molly-shaped hole which I can only try to
fill by following the mantra another mutual friend reminded me of
this week, Molly's mantra, expressed with a commanding passion,
"You NEVER give up!".
On Wednesday, February 6th 2013, Cairde na hEireann launched their
report into the continuing prevalence of attacks against the Irish
community in Liverpool by Far-right and loyalist groups. The meeting
was attended by a broad swathe of community groups, trade union
officials, Irish press and other concerned organisations across
the NW and beyond.
12, 13, 15, 19, 20
...the greatest story never told...Scottish writer Peter Burton’s
controversial take on Jesus the revolutionary, the man, the lover
and the creation of the fantasy of ‘Christianity’ after
his death by Paul. Spanning over a century of Jewish revolt against
the Roman Empire, the stakes are high and brutality and massacre
are common place. At the Casa, Hope Street.
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife
in urban conditions.
I made a big pan of scouse so spud proud you
could stand a spoon up in it. ‘That’s the last meal
of winter,’ I announced. My confidence was misplaced: in spite
of the growing light, the activities of the birds and the massed
green spears of barely opening daffodils - all proclaiming springtime
- it has been colder than at any time in the winter.
Mainstays of the city’s gig circuit, female fronted art rock
quartet SeaWitches have recently released impressive debut EP Spacegun,
a collection of brittle art rock that offers a new spin on the music
that came out of the alternative sector in the late 70s/early 80s.
Nerve met up with them in MelloMello to discuss the record.
Sandra Gibson reviews the exhibition by Carl Fletcher, The Gappalioness
Monkey Project, which is at the Fallout Factory until 12th March.
Artist Carl Fletcher is part of the growing
protest movement against consumerism. Recycling and subverting capitalism’s
products, slogans and cultural preoccupations, he favours collage
which has an immediacy compatible with being current and believes
art “feeds your soul”.
Starting this Wednesday 27th February and running over the next
month or so Burjesta Theatre will be running workshops looking at
various ways of ‘storytelling’. Aside from creating
enjoyable and challenging workshops in themselves, we hope to create
a cohesive, core theatre group ready to go on and produce and perform
work created from the workshops.
Local artists Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Juliann O’Malley
and Laurence Payot have been revealed as the shortlist for the 2013
Liverpool Art Prize as it returns for its 6th successive year. All
four will exhibit their work in Liverpool from Friday 26th April
– Sat 8th June and the winner will be revealed at an awards
ceremony on Wednesday 29th May.
Actors, performers and designers needed for a large scale theatre
performance. The play will link with the 70th anniversary and final
national commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic. Using the
stories of the people of Liverpool, who risked their lives, that
have been passed down through generations. Using drama as a tool,
the project will provide recreational weekly workshops culminating
in a performance for the participants to invite their audience.
The other weekend, the labyrinthine Williamson Tunnels in Edge Hill
were transformed into an art exhibition crossed with a concert.
It was centred on the theme of advertising and it’s ever intrusive
presence in our daily lives. jjSchaer went along and interviewed
two of the Lemon Collective, the organisers behind the event.
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife
in urban conditions.
It’s likely that Geoffrey Chaucer was
the first writer to link Valentine with romance. His poem Parlement
of Fowles introduces the notion of St Valentine’s Day
as a time for the pair bonding of birds and hence of love birds
from our own species.
Report from the protest outside the Convention Centre where council
and faith leaders, from all over the country, were in Liverpool
to discuss how they can pressure the government to introduce ‘fairer’
cuts. On the same day there was an occupation of the ‘People’s’
- Sat Feb 9th
Burjesta Theatre are auditioning for their next production ‘The
Jesus Conspiracy’ an original and modern play by Scottish
playwright Peter Burton. The play imagines Jesus as a historical,
rather than religious, figure, a revolutionary fighting against
the Jewish and Roman authorities and portrays his life and death.
Auditions will be held at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ
on Saturday 9th February.
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife
in urban conditions.
Our deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter.
There’s a sound economic reason: they need to conserve energy
and minimise any damage caused by bad-ass weather. Cold dry winds
strip moisture from leaves, which have a large surface area, and
diminishing sunlight means decreased efficiency.
The old Mitchells Bakery is to reopen as a community run business
and training facility. Homebaked Community Land Trust has raised
the money they need through crowdsourcing for an oven.Jess Doyle
one of the campaigners involved in the bakery said: “We have
reached our target with 14 days still left of the campaign, but
every penny donated can still help.
‘Scouse Mercury Prize’ the GIT Awards are returning
for a second year after a hugely successful debut outing in 2012.
Nerve met up with awards founder and writer/editor of the Getintothis
blog Peter Guy to discuss the 2013 prize.
Radio Training - From Tuesday January
Learn to produce your own radio show or podcast professionally.
Setting up and using equipment for recording, editing and broadcast
over twelve 3 hour sessions. Planning content, conducting interviews,
editing it all together, making it sound good, and then of course
finally broadcasting or publishing it to the world.
This is a 12 week course running at Toxteth TV, 10am-1pm on Tuesdays,
beginning Tuesday January 8th 2013. To register an interest or to
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DIY musician Claire Welles, who has released well over a dozen self-recorded
and self-released albums recently issued Nincompoop, the best distillation
of her wayward pop songs to date. Nerve met up with her for an interview.
Mr. A writes about his experiences on the Work Programme:
The dole told me that as I had been on Job
Seekers Allowance (JSA) for over 12 months I had to go onto the
new Work Programme that was getting everyone a job (sic) who went
on it. Now this sounded great to me, because I was looking as hard
as I could to find work as a welder pipe fitter. I thought this
is good - they have contacts, that's great- I should be working
by Christmas (2012).
Mr. A writes about his experiences at the food bank:
I walked a mile or so to the food bank. They
gave me a big food parcel and I was really thankful. The only problem
lay in all the food (except for a pack of bickies, cereal and long
life milk) needed to be cooked ie. heated, boiled or at least microwaved.
What I am going to do with all this food that needs cooking?
- Jan 25th, 26th,
28th, 30th & Feb 1st
‘Sometime in the near future’ and Liverpool is
a city in crisis…As the Mayor closes down hospitals, schools
and libraries...A plague of rats overruns the city….
Come from ‘afar’ the Pied Piper soon realises...That
all is not as it seems at the Town Hall.
Burjesta Theatre presents….‘The Pied Piper of Liverpool’
at The Casa, Hope Street.