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The Epstein’s Youthful Magical ‘Now Festival’

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‘Rebellion’ the all girl rock band, are just one of the latest local groups to hit the Mersey scene. These 15yr old youngsters from across Liverpool; trained in classical music, then turned their hand to the rock sound in a bid to connect with Mersey youth over an issue seldom spoken of.

Working closely with a number of organisations such as the British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Critical Thinking Project, Liverpool Lighthouse Music Hub, ‘Time To Change’ mental health project and the Merseyside Youth Association, they creatively delivered an innovative socially inspiring message about mental health, through words and music in a dynamic way.

‘Rebellion’s’ key message through the project, is that they hope to raise awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being especially with the youth who at times find it impossible to share their feelings and anxieties.

The Liverpool NOW Festival gave this group of Polish girls, the chance to engage and develop new ways of working and cooperating with individuals, groups and communities.

This Festival has given, local children and young people the opportunity to showcase their original live performances and films devised around the theme of Mental Health on Wednesday 10th February and Thursday 11th Feb.

NOW! Young People’s Arts Festival features youths aged 8-18 from 14 Liverpool schools and youth organisations who have performed with guest artists Darren Suarez, Maurice Bessman and Carl Cockram along with a number of organisations including the Ariel Trust, CAMHS Wellbeing Partnership and Brighton University..
Be there and be seen!!!!

Liverpool Epstein Theatre 6.30pm £5 Wed 10th/Thursday 11th

Panto Pronto!!!! So much to see and enjoy this week.

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It’s still not too late to grab yourself a front row seat at one of the many Liverpool premier theatres for the ‘panto’ experience.

Just enjoyed a last minute booking at the Unity Theatre Tel (0844873288) for a 2pm performance of ‘The Princess & The Pea’ and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was a truly pleasant, heart-warming, uplifting performance with a pleasant romp through pantoland, embellished with witty song dance and the usual comic gags that give the mums and dads a good share of the festive fun, that’s cheap at the price.

A short walk down Bold Street and the Epstein Theatre Tel (08448884411) has a pulsating charmer with Callum Best and Merseybeat legend Beryl Marsden who punches out a spellbinding enchanting Cinderella panto with all the trimmings.

This is certainly a powerful production with all the laughs but made all the more potent and enjoyable by Beryl Marsden’s masterful vocals. A super evenings entertainment enjoyed by all!

A little further afield at a stones throw down the E. Lancs brings you to the St Helens Theatre Royal Tel (01744756000) for another rags to riches story of Cinderella. With one wave of a magic wand, you will be whisked off to a glamorous ball this Christmas as Regal Entertainments present their classic tale.
This years offering is bigger than ever with an all-star cast including bad boy Rob Donovan of ITV’s Coronation Street, Marc Bayliss and with Benidorm’s favourite Cissy Rock staring as one of the Ugly Sisters, bringing a real touch of raucous laughter to the plot.
Not to be out done, Simon Foster retains the comic element as the Fairy Godmother bringing lashings of magic and sparkle.

A belly full of laughs and the very best of Christmas family entertainment will be had with all these seasonal theatre offerings.

Meet a wicked Queen, a giant Pea, Shetland ponies, enchanted pumpkins and a sparkling fairy-tale carriage not to be missed in these festive fantasies for all the family to enjoy.

These are Christmas shows that will make you laugh, sing and glad you got off your backside and bought a ticket!
Have fun!
And A Merry Christmas!

China Kaleidoscope a Confucius Institute Performance.

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Hundreds of Merseyside pupils were witness to a stunning performance at Liverpool University’s Mountford Hall today, when the troupe of outstanding students majoring in Martial Arts and Art Performance from the Capital University of Physical Education China, showed off their fantastic skills, to perfection.

This UK Tour, is committed to a display of Chinese traditional culture and a deepening cultural exchange by martial arts and dance. Well, today it certainly hit the spot with this young audience.

All praise goes to the Liverpool Confucius Institute who organised this performance tour, and for transforming the Liverpool University’s Mountford Hall into a dazzling array of fast paced performance acts with split second high kicks and acrobatic somersaults, as this professional Chinese group leaped to and fro across the stage, all to the sound of magnetic drum beats and well timed lighting.

The whole afternoons programme oozed with cultural splendour and excited both child and adult alike.

Halfway through this gripping production, the Chinese Olympic Champion medallist gave a demonstration of martial arts, showing the traditional etiquettes and basic movements and invited the children on stage to partake in the demonstration.

Performances showed the origin of martial arts and as the story goes, in order to survive in the past, humans had to fight against the beasts. We witnessed in one performance, a fight between humans and beasts, with the Humans defeating the beasts by their intelligence and martial arts skills.

In another dance sequence, called Warriors Triumphal Dance, they showed in artistic performance, both the braveness and beauty of women soldiers.

Every act and visual portrayal of exotic moves, showed the expertly choreographed eye, mouth and head movement of the dancers, which in every move, told a story, all to the rhythmical beats and tones of the haunting background Chinese melodies.

This was a fantastic afternoon, showing the beauty of Chinese dance, music and culture.

Today, Mandarin is one of the most up and coming languages today and the Liverpool University has taster courses to suit all.
I was surprised at so many schools in Liverpool both Primary and Secondary that had taken up the challenge of Mandarin, and taken a trip to see todays performance.

They were both educated and inspired by todays performance, to experience and deepen their cultural understanding and awareness of China.

More information, visit:
http://www.liverpool.ac.uk/confucius-institute
or call: 0151 795 0551

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