At seven years of age, I was well use to the Beatles, as I ran to primary school passing the photographers of the day outside Ringo’s terrace house and sat in a classroom he would have sat in at school.
At eleven years of age I sat in Paul McCartney’s desk at the Institute and was taught for two years by John Lennon’s uncle. Over those years a certain amount of Beatlania came my way via aunty who lived next door to Ringo.
Years later the Institute changed to LIPA and Paul, a LIOBIAN like myself reflected in conversation, upon days gone by during the opening night, not that I was his generation but the figures of the past and stories of school days long gone remain the same in every Institute boy.
Years later my girlfriend was organising an event for a celebrity in Notting Hill and I was thrown into contact with Paul again along with Brian Ferry, Stella and a host of others too numerous to remember.
So, with that little history aside, it is this annual celebration of the music of the Beatles in Liverpool that has always been an interest to me and it returns, with performances, screenings, exhibitions and more.
There will be bands from over 20 countries on the bill and so much to do and see.
Organised by Liverpool’s leading tour operator Cavern City Tours, the annual International Beatlesweek Festival celebrates the music of the most famous pop group the world has ever known.
As well as the live gig’s there are exhibitions, memorabilia sales, guest speaker’s, video shows, sightseeing tours and a Convention.
Festival venues include, the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub in Mathew street, the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Cathedral and the Philharmonic Hall.
As usual the promoters will answer all your queries and direct you to the functions and events during the weekend if you give them a call (0151 233 2008) or just checkout the Liverpool Beatle Week Festival.
Personally, I would just visit all the above venues and see what’s doing in my own time on Saturday afternoon.
You never know….might get lucky!
The Danish Broadcasting Company (DR) arrived in Liverpool this weekend with their mission- to produce a television-series around Europe, visiting each member state and discovering the views of the people on the EU.
Along with the flm crew, two members of the European Parliamant, Dan Jorgensen and Morten Messerschmidt joined the team to pose those indepth, searching questions.
Dan was a pro-EU and Morten an EU-pessimist.
Their objective on Saturday morning when I met them, was to look at opposition against the EU and they wanted to see the Polish community in Liverpool. They particularly wanted to discover how the Polish people were actually contributing to society.
We felt that a visit to the Liverpool Polish Saturday School in Old Swan would be very interesting and positive. It would be a story that would show the Polish community’s awareness and feelings of responsibility to intergrate youngsters in the British society, while keeping a cultural heritage in mind.
Well, we were right!
On Saturday morning, I had a particular class of 13yr-14yr olds, that I teach PSHE to. Thats Personal, Social, and Health Education. We discuss all things political, topical, historical and geographical for 30mins, as a warm up before their actual formal curriculum lessons. On this occasion, they had the best lesson ever. The film crew entered the classroom, very informally, along with the producer and MEP’s who made themselves at home with their jokes. They sat on the “little” chairs infront of my group, who were all seated on the carpet and then, bombarded the children with a torrent of questions which they superbly answered.
I was delighted with the childrens responses to questions about the EU and how they, and Britain, might fair when entry controls are lifted at the end of the year, especially when Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants arrive.
What do you think about voices that fear for more immigrants in the UK?…. seemed to be the one question pressed more often to the children.
Questions about their likes and dislikes in a foreign country, what they miss most?, Is it easy to get new friends?….. what they feel they will contribute to the society here?….searching questions…about what challenged them upon arrival?…but they all had an answer and didn’t shy away from any. The crew delighted in the filming of a traditional Polish dance in full costume, courtesy of the after school Cultural dance club.
Their visit took them to experience the delights of a Polish shop and the taste of Polish meats and confectionery.
In all, they truly gained an “experience” and had their questions answered in full, both from the staff, parents and children who were all interviewed on the day.
I would like to thank Dorthe Gad Thuemoes and her team who certainly gave us an “experience” in Pan European relations.
The morning was an unforgettable experience for both children and staff.
Liverpool’s Threshold festival is back bringing more bands with bigger and better art installations.
This irrepressible young festival will once more run amok all over the Liverpool Baltic Triangle taking in a great many of the city’s best loved venues.
This favourite Multi-Arts Festival with three days of treats pouring out of Camp and Furnace, The Picket, Elevator Bar and the many Baltic Creative venues, will have an additional two afternoon fringe festival FREE at the Albert Dock.
This multi-venue, grass-roots festival has a programme packed full of goodness with over 180 performances and artists geared up to give you Alternative, Electronic, Folk, Hip-Hop, Metal,Pop/Commercial, Punk, Reggae, RnB and Ska.
Right from the start, Threshold’s ethos has been to engage with the arts, music and performance promoters, and provide them with a platform to create and explore.
With a line-up featuring Frances Wood, Natalie McCool, Dominic Dunn, Robert Vincent, beans on toast, and Paddy Steer, the scene looks good.
On the Mainstage in Camp and Furnace, the line -up is JC Villafan from LA as part of his European tour and a Soul inspired hypnotic Coffee and Cakes For funerals who were named repeatedly as a band to watch this year.
On installations, the festival has never had better. Speaking to the wonderful Liverpool Art Prize winner Robyn Woolston, she tells me that she will be returning with a new, top secret installation ahead of her forthcoming exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.
Artists Charles and Sam will create a bespoke exhibition which they describe as “echoing Arnold van Gennap’s tripartite concept of liminality” Yes, well, maybe the Egg Cafe will enlighten you with some interactive moveable art walls and the brilliant Pam Sullivan returns with revisits showing her triumphant Biennial piece Unterschlupf from last years St Lukes Church.
If you know the Camp and Furnace area then be prepared for a shock as a superb forest of found items will be created with a tunnel through which festival goers will travel from the Camp to the Blade Factory.
This will be a mega event of escapism, transformation, and collaboration this weekend……be there and get involved but above all enjoy!
Tickets from webticketmanager, Skiddle, Camp and Furnace and Made-Here Shop.