Brassed off at the Prescot Festival of Music and Arts.

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Hannah MacKenzie a musician of exceptional talent will end the Festival next weekend but check-out the variety of musical events this week in and around nearby Prescot.
Be enthralled with 10 days of arts, music, culture and entertainment in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside where musicians will pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen at 90 and homage to Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

A full programme of events from 17th-26th June can be found on http://www.prescotfestival.co.uk

Last year, this up and coming festival welcomed more than 1,500 people, providing an unrivalled programme of diverse artistic and musical talent.

Over the past year, I have noticed that the many events in Knowsley such as the summer Flower Show at the National Wildflower Centre and the Huyton Cultural Park, are now beginning to be seen as an important addition to the Merseyside cultural development and a valuable part of Liverpool’s cultural offer.

The weekly programme in Prescot, is offering the Swingshift Big Band, the acclaimed organist Nigel Ogden, Mozart’s Requiem, Wigan Youth Brass Band, Folk Night, a Barn Dance, the celebrated musical theatre company Bost with songs from the shows, Prescot Carnival and the Regal Festival Finale, which is a Proms-style concert with Hope University’s South Liverpool Orchestra conducted by Rob Howard, with solo trumpeter Hannah MacKenzie (pictured).

The evening here ends with such patriotic favourites as Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
Take a short trip and support this up and comimg event on the outskirts of Liverpool.
Tickets on sale at Poco Coffee, 30 Eccleston St,Prescot with under 16’s free if with an adult at certain events.

FIVE JOBS+ at the IFB!!! A place companies go to grow.

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One of the world’s biggest business festivals is on our doorstep. But with 30,000 delegates from 100 countries and millions of pounds at stake, it’s showtime at the Liverpool waterfront.

Yesterday, I spoke to George Osborne over his commitment to the Knowsley North Shakespeare project and he was all enthused about the new development. Later Mayor Anderson told me of the fantastic plans taking place for 2018, ten years after City of Culture; events with the Giants making a comeback and Shakespeare’s Northern Theatre hopefully completed with the Northern Powerhouse certainly on its way to making this region a thoroughly attractive and perfect cultural destination adding millions to the economy.

Being at the IFB for me, was one way I could network and promote the city I love. Making money on the first day was a bit of a tall order but that I did, and you too can make a profit if you follow the Beach Huts.

Now, the Beach Huts run from the Exhibition Centre to the Strand and are open until 4pm weekends 7pm on weekdays. They are not to be missed, and might I say, are a superb piece of inventive, artistic landscape creativity. Inside each Hut you may discover an artist, designer,poet, performer or entrepeneur.

Yesterday I signed up for zero hours with a Five Jobs+Contract and after a titillating interview of about 20mins I soon had work with one of the UK’s leading employment support and coaching services companies, helping me get to work more, for less.

At Five Jobs+ I will be coached for their needs and with their £1 bond scheme I was sure to continually have only one supplier of work, ensuring I need not look any further. They looked forward to seeing me working harder, not smarter in the very near future and thanked me because it was people like me that let them become more competitive in a growing jobs market, by enabling Five Jobs+ to gain the skills and labour they need.
They looked forward to seeing me working MORE for LESS.

I signed the contract there and then and accepted the £1 and the terms and conditions of employment.

By signing the agreement, I was acknowledging that I had participated in an Arts Project as part of the Metal Beach Huts for the International Festival of Business.

You too can join in the fun by journeying down to the Waterfront this week and engage with the many varied cultural activities at the Metal Beach Hut Project.

LIVERPOOL TO SHOW ITS SUPPORT TO VICTIMS IN ORLANDO

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VIGIL TO BE HELD ON STEPS OF ST GEORGE’S HALL AT 7PM TONIGHT, 13 June 2016

ST GEORGE’S HALL TO BE LIT IN RAINBOW COLOURS

The City of Liverpool will show its support today following the homophobic attack in Orlando over the weekend. The iconic St George’s Hall in the heart of Liverpool city centre will host a special Vigil on the Plateau from 7-8pm tonight with speakers from Liverpool Pride, Trans Liverpool and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.  Organisers are encouraging all to come along show support. 

St George’s Hall will also be lit up by Liverpool City Council in LGBT rainbow colours this evening to show the city’s love and support to the victims and all affected by the terrible events at the USA Gay nightclub.

Liverpool Town Hall is also flying the LGBT flag at half-mast today to remember the victims and Liverpool’s LGBT+ venues will show their support by partaking in a minute’s silence at 7pm.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded when a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday morning.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “The tragedy in Orlando is truly heart-breaking, innocent lives lost or changed forever due to one individual’s hate. The City of Liverpool stands with the people of Orlando and LGBT people everywhere in love, support and solidarity”.

Zoran Blackie, A Trustee of Liverpool Pride said: “Our hearts go out to all the community across Orlando, especially for all those friends and family and shattered lives. We remain proud to stand up against hate in all its forms, and such tragedies remind us of the need to bring communities together and unite against prejudice.”

Andi Herring, Chair, Director – Stanley Street Quarter CIC added “As a city and as the Stanley Street Quarter, it’s important we stand with the people of Orlando and show we will not allow attacks like this to set back the progress our community has made for equality. As the official LGBT Quarter for the city, safety is always our main priority, and horrific events like this go against everything we stand for.”

The city’s own Liverpool Pride Festival will take place next month with a two-day event on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July. The free event will take place in a new, more prominent position in the St George’s Quarter and features the well-established Liverpool Pride March on the Saturday.

The festival coincides with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008. The Liverpool Pride festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT communities.

Liverpool Pride Festival is now a key highlight in the city’s Summer events programme, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to attend, the organisers are encouraging all to take part and support the annual LGBT festival that celebrates LGBT+ people’s lives but also acknowledges there is still more to do to achieve equality for LGBT+ communities.

A new initiative for 2016, Come Out Of The Shadows, is a campaign to see the city’s iconic venues lit in the Pride rainbow colours in a bid to make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT friendly city in the UK, this is supported by the Police Commissioner’s Fund as a Hate Crime initiative. The campaign challenges prejudice and in particular homophobia and transphobia.  The events in Orlando reinforce the need for positive action, awareness raising and uniting communities to help overcome ignorance and support freedom for all people.

Keep up to date with Liverpool Pride’s new announcements at:

Website www.liverpoolpride.co.uk

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Twitter @LiverpoolPride

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