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- 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
enrol please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.