Japan Day Sat 20th August 10.30-5.30pm

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Busy on Saturday 20th August?
Are you interested in Japan?
Its people?
Its culture?
Its language?
Looking for a very special holiday surprise for the children?
Look no further and your dreams will come true.
You can spend a very exciting day of Japanese culture courtesy of the co-organiser……. the Embassy of Japan.

Try this FREE admission day out at the Liverpool Guild of Students 160 Mount Pleasant.
Full details….. JapanDay.org.uk with performances on the main stage starting 10.30am.

The special festival of Japanese Culture will be a showcase showing both old and new Japanese culture and will be the birth of exciting new ventures in Liverpool, in the future.

On display will be martial arts demonstrations of Kyudo, Kendo, Aikido and Ju-Jutsu which will certainly excite the children and adults alike.

There will be exhibitions featuring Japanese swords and armour, Ikebana, origami, kimono, bonsai, railways, braiding, Go, calligraphy, crafts, kanzashi and exquisite embroidery.

Be entertained by Japanese folk songs, Koto and the deafening beats of the Taiko drumming which will get the hairs on the back of your head standing on end!

View and take part in the modern Japanese culture associations of Cosplay, Manga and the visual Anime.

Live entertainment on the main-stage with Diane Kichijitsu who will give a performance of “Rakugo” the traditional Japanese art of storytelling….10.55 Awa Odin dance……1.30 SOAS Min’yo Group performance and many more booked on the website for you to arrange and time your visit so that you will get the most out of this jam packed exciting cultural event.

Be early and you will not miss the delicious Japanese food sushi, obento and Oh!…… those sweets!!!!!

‘A Festival of Japanese Culture’

A feast of Bacon: Tate Until September 18

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Love his art or loathe it; but the price it commands is phenomenal and for fans of Bacon, this is a worthy exposition to see. This acclaimed exhibition does however, shed some light on the techniques of this most mysterious and confounding of artists.

It’s a must for all budding artists in Liverpool.

‘Invisible Rooms’, the title Tate Liverpool give to the display, shows a stunning exhibition of the painters works with an extensive selection of sketches, many discovered on the floors and workstation of his South Kensington studio after his death in 1992.

This exhibition is a treasure trove of delight to meet the eyes, with sketches of boxers, wrestlers and crouching caged figures.
This is truly a working display of an artist which helps get you, to enter into the mind of Francis Bacon.

You see lists of his ideas hastily scrawled on bits of paper, covers of books, scraps of paper, all in almost illegible handwriting not unlike shopping lists, but these are the vital ingredients that give us today, a recipe for some of the greatest 20th century British figurative paintings we now know.

At first glance, these portraits look disturbing and vastly distorted but the artwork and compositions of distortion, take us beyond physical appearances and into a psychological interpretation.

Perhaps that’s why I and so many others are drawn into his world and to this exhibition that shows just how Bacon manipulated his source material, producing scenes most shocking and depraved but condensing the content, intensifying the figures and creating for them a new and unsettling platform.
Perhaps this is the mark of a genius and why so many are attracted to so much of his work.
The works make you want to look behind the canvas and interpret with your own feelings and emotions the truth that lies facing us in that portraiture which we stir wide eyed at for a few minutes. You are taken in. You are drawn into this exhibition like an addiction.

So many of the works on display give the impressions of cages around the central figures. ‘Study For A Portrait’ from 1949 gives the onlooker the idea of the Nuremberg trials, showing Nazi war criminals boxed behind glass. Emotion and high energy feelings at their highest seem to radiate from the works on display….. torture, violence, desperation, unhappiness, wretchedness all speak to the viewer as you try to unravel the mysteries and meanings behind the distortion the artist has created.

Did Bacon have a ‘heart of darkness’?
Take a trip to the Tate Liverpool and view ‘Invisible Rooms’, and see if you can unleash the answers to the stories hidden in the captured gaping mouths, silent screams of rage and grotesque distorted bodies on display in this wicked collection until September 18th.

Don’t miss viewing the popular, terrifying depiction of Velazquez’s ‘Portrait Of Pope Innocent X’, that’s if you can push to the front of the crowd of visitors who throng to see this subject sitting as if strapped to an electric chair, mouth wide open so that his scream is almost audible.

This is an extremely popular show with visitor tickets also permitting entry to Tate Liverpool’s exhibition of work by Austrian painter Maria Lassnig.

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.

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