SEFTON PARK-CLASSIC FM – LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Well it’s Friday 23rd August, and all the anticipation of watching the amazing transformation of one of my favourite parks, Liverpool Sefton Park was indeed worth the wait.
Classic FM hosted the performance of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, along with our very own Sense of Sound group, was such an enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining evening for me; and I suspect the many thousands of people who came out to support this opening event.
Liverpool Culture Company-Liverpool City Council, along with their many high-profile sponsors and partners represented at the VIP Launch Event of this first Liverpool International Music Festival, must have been delighted with such an enthusiastic and diverse crowd throughout the evening proceedings.
Personally, just watching the Chief Conductor Mr Vasily Petrenko getting into the grove of his varied musical offerings, along with his fellow accomplished musicians was a joy to behold.
Copious amount of media coverage was in evidence on Friday, and what a coupe for Liverpool to be hosting such a prestigious event within such historical green surroundings. A spectacular firework display rounded off a most enjoyable evening.
Well done to all concerned, and a massive thank you (Ms Linda Conroy) to the many creative and dynamic visionaries, who continue to embrace and celebrate our rich and diverse musical heritage, beyond the traditional Mathew Street Festival.
For full listing of LIMF events in Liverpool over this August Bank Holiday and beyond visit:-
The Liverpool Culture Company web site, and
Art Auction provides a unique opportunity to invest in Liverpool’s Artists and their work.
This Friday, 3rd May, Arena Studios and Gallery will host its 11th Annual Auction in association with Liverpool Art Month. Both established and newly emerging artists from a diverse range of disciplines have submitted work which will be sold at the auction in Elevator Café Bar, Parliament Street. And I for one will be there, paddle in hand!
Although it is officially stated as the 11th Annual Auction it is thought amongst many that throughout Arena’s 31 year history there have been many, many auctions and this could possibly be around the 26th. Auctioneer Paul O’Keeffe remembers that during one of the first Auctions in Arena’s old home in Duke Street, he was asked to sell and opened packet of digestive biscuits… and sell he did, thus beginning a long and illustrious career as Arena’s much loved Auctioneer.
The night is always exciting and the atmosphere electric as the bids rise higher and higher. So why not go along for a fantastic night’s entertainment, free bubbly and the chance to win some great art work from the finest artists living and working in Liverpool today?
Registration for the evening starts at 5pm and I’ll be looking forward to a free glass of bubbly when I register. The lovely Arena people also tell me that there’s curry and a drink on offer for £8.00.
There will be pieces from Tabitha Moses, 2013 Liverpool Art prize nominee, and from Tomo, Liverpool Art Peoples prize winner 2012. There’s also work from newly emerging as well as established artists, including a unique selection of 2D & 3D work, found objects and ceramics, traditional media, oil and acrylic paints, watercolours and pastels through to digital images and screen prints. There are not many places you will find such an incredible mix of art work all for sale.
So get down there, soak up the atmosphere, support local artists and hopefully go home with some brilliant original art. If you’re down there, do come over and say hello.
The 11th Arena Art Auction artwork will be on view in the Elevator Café Bar, 27 Parliament Street, Liverpool, L8 5RN, from Monday 29th April. The Auction opens Friday 3rd May at 5pm for registrations with a 7pm start to the bidding.
WHAM BAM THANK YOU GLAM! Glam! The Performance of Style Tate Liverpool: Exhibition 8 February – 12 May 2013
Being a 70s kid my burgeoning and non hairy toes took their first dip into the world of culture right smack bang in the middle of what could arguably be termed the most flamboyant and colourful scene of the last century.GLAM. Whether born out of the Hippie movement ,Psychedelia, The Sexual Revolution or politically motivated, it had invited itself to the party and even if it’s name wasn’t on the list it was still coming in.
In the same vein the Tate Liverpool has thrown itself a party which in its own words attempts to ‘visually demonstrate the development of glam and it’s various manifestations in the UK and USA through cultural material from the period’
This was an exhibition I was really looking forward to and I have to admit I had certain expectations relating to my definition of Glam. A bit of Ziggy, Bolan, Ferry and anyone else on the bill at Top of the Pops during the early 70s. This was satisfied immediately upon entering the exhibit and viewing the Album cover mural displaying albums such as Diamond Dogs (Bowie), In the Court of the Krimson King (King Krimson), Stranded(Roxy Music), They only come out at night (Edgar Winters group) as well as many others.They were just the ones I recognised from my own collection. Apart from the few jackets on display alongside (in particular a leather Cherry & Ladybird Jacket from Alkasura, on the Kings Road,Chelsea.one of Marc Bolans favoured outlets at the time) there was a notable absence of Glam attire on display. I suspect this may well be felt by a lot of those who visit the exhibition only because I’m sure for a lot of us our experience of Glam were the clothes as well as the Music .I can still recall my then cultural mentor , my uncle Tom, a cool teenager with en vogue ginger shoulder length hair and an undying love for David Bowie tutoring me in the ways of musical righteousness. As our babysitter he introduced us to Space Oddity and not without egging me , my brother and my sisters to come up with a routine to perform alongside it.
But to refer to it as I did earlier, the exhibition demonstrated glam as a scene and there is no scene without it’s people. Bearing this in mind the Performance of Style exhibition demonstrated not just that but excelled in it using popular Cultural Icons as its introduction before it identified themes and factions within in it .Themes which unapologetically address androgyny both pretentiously and without pretense. Works by David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Allen Jones and Richard Hamilton exemplified this and a particular highlight was a painting by Franz Gertsch titled ‘At Luciano’s House’. I had to inspect it closely to believe it was a painting. Unfortunately due to not wanting to infringe on any copyright issues you will have to see the painting for yourself but by way of trying to make up for this I have devised a small collection from my own personal glam gallery and although I didn’t share the same flamboyant and slightly hedonistic message to the world I was a part of, I did do a fair bit of styling and profiling.
Whether you’re a music enthusiast or share an interest in examining the components that make up a popular cultural movement or like myself have part of your heart firmly stuck in the 70s theres every chance (like me again) you’ll leave the Tate Liverpool with a hankering for a 7 minute album track carrying a party Seven under your arm whistling the theme tune to ‘Man about the house.’
The exhibition continues until 12th May 2013.
For more info click http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool