Just caught sight of the fantastic cultural events on offer this year, in and around Liverpool, celebrating the ten years since Capital of Culture. Really looking forward to the offering that will take place in the city centre and dockland. Installations, music, visual arts and theatre, not to mention the return of the Giants. My message to all is…get involved!
Capital of Culture was started by a movie star and pop singer from Greece called Melina Mercouri. A famous film of hers is ‘Never on Sunday’. She hit the headlines by trying to get the Elgin Marbles back from the British Museum, the Parthenon Marbles as they are known. They said. “You can’t possibly have them back because you’ve got nowhere to house them”, so she built a museum to house them.
She started Cities of Culture and became the Greek Culture Minister, and through the EU, they made ‘Cities of Culture’.
If you would like to know more about the story of Melina Mercouri then venture to the Bombed Out Church of St Lukes at the top of Bold Street, where this will be their theme for celebrating City of Culture.
Dark mornings, dark evenings and the cold may just turn us all an unusual shade of blue but let’s look on the positives in and around the cultural sites of our city these coming days and try to get out and about.
My Cultural events this year began last night at the Open Eye Gallery Mann Island. Hundreds flocked to see the Tom Wood photo exhibition of a bygone time set around the Pier Head. His photo works will be on view for a number of weeks and it’s well worth a drop in just to see if you’re in the frame. Toms photographs range from the 70’s to today and spell out a social history and lifestyle ‘time capsule’ of fashion and architecture in and around his ferry crossings during that time.
With the pantomime season still with us, it’s not too late to get your tickets for The Little Mermaid at the Everyman, on till January 20th. Really enjoyed this usual rock and roll caper the other night and would certainly recommend it for a top pick this season before it’s too late.
Dick Whittington at Gladstone Theatre, Wirral till 14th, and Beauty and the Beast at The Atkinson till the 21st January with several afternoon performances to choose from.
For foodies…..well Number 1 Castle Street does it for me, especially when you get to meet Gino himself!!!! Have the pic’s to prove it! When you arrive there, you know you are in for a treat and it’s not just the open kitchen, or the prosecco bar which houses 40 different kinds of prosecco.