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Liverpool’s New Cultural Citizens!

Since January, five Liverpool schools have been working with Curious Minds (a national arts organisation) and their Arts Coaches to visit, experience and participate in arts and cultural events around the UK.

The schools that participated in the project included, St Francis of Assisi, North Liverpool Academy, King’s Leadership Academy, De La Salle Academy and Harmonize Academy.

Each school identified twenty children who, based on a survey taken, have a low/no engagement with arts and culture and with a budget of £3,000, each group made decisions on places to visit, things to see, and with the added extras like ‘great food’.

If you would like to hear about their journey into the world of art and culture, then check-out the event at FACT Liverpool 13th July 9.30am and be amazed at their journey into the world of art.

This event will be both a celebration for the young people who have taken part, and a chance for them to voice their feedback to arts organisations that they may have visited, as well as discussing their experience of engaging with arts and culture.

I am particularly interested in the evaluation of this project, as are my colleagues who are heavily engaged with the culture business; for obvious reasons, being a lot older and not having the £3,000 .
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Interest on my part lies in, how the money was spent, the choice of venues, the ‘great food’ encountered, how the project developed other subjects in the pupils curriculum and how the pupils developed socially, and whether also, if family members became engaged with the spin-off effects of the project. I would be interested to see the pupils journals/portfolios of the project and their diary and if ICT was engaged with entries of thoughts and recommendations… many questions……and, as so many of our cultural experiences are free, does this give the pupils project opinion that, culture costs?

All will be revealed at the FACT Thursday 13th July. 9.30am


Africa Oye This Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th June

The UK’s biggest live festival of African Music and culture celebrates 25 years this Saturday in Sefton Park 12.30-9.30 both days.

FREE admission gets you to the most vibrant atmosphere amongst the best festival audience in the world.
With the weather looking good this weekend, you can dance, smile, eat, drink (responsibly) and most of all, enjoy a brilliant few days.

The field looks bigger than ever with, a celebration of African music, culture, heritage and arts combined in a cultural village of extravaganza in the form of Trenchtown, Freetown and the Afrobeats Zone.

All for free and open to everyone with a special kids area for children and families to get involved.

This year the festival features the Oye village enjoying storytelling, face painting, drumming workshops, arts and crafts and so much more delivered by top local and international companies.
Kids of all ages can have the chance to participate in FREE music, dance and art workshops.

The Oye Active Zone has my old friends Movema with a bumper 25th anniversary rock Oye programme focused on promoting health and wellbeing, learning and participation….so get down there and shake! Young dancers! Unlock The Box Youth Dance Battle comes back for the 5th year so if you are 18 or under be ready to show what you are made of, with exciting prizes to be won.

So, this weekend journey to Sefton Park and checkout the stellar line-up of African and Caribbean music, local and international but all a showcase of incredible sounds that make for a diverse music scene right on our doorstep.

See the Mokoomba one of the finest young bands in Africa, Hajamadagascar and The Groovy People’s sensational sounds, Jupiter and Okwess in electric free-fall and my favourite….. Dizzy Mandjeku and Odemba OK Allstars, unmissable and an act guaranteed to get you dancing.

Stay around for Katumba, Liverpool’s renowned drumming and movement group with over 80 drummers-and-counting…..diverse and multicultural with louder than loud music, movement and visuals.

This weekend see the full line up on and get involved! Sefton Park Needle ‘Review Field’ 12.30

Unity Theatre Presents ‘Omnibus’ 8pm -Sat 17th June

A raucous evening of entertainment brought to life in a sizzling new stage World Premier play by the winner of the prestigious Hope Playwriting Prize.

This play is the perfect night out for people who like laughing. It’s funny, shamelessly brash and a little bit rude but certainly good enough for your granny!

Beginning, with the scene of a typical afternoon in a shared house. One in the kitchen getting the roast on, two on the sofa watching the omnibus and one on the floor having a few wines. The biggest decision that needs to be made is when to put the roasties in. Yes, but, the one who is cooking can’t cook. And the one drinking the wine shouldn’t really drink. And the ones watching the telly were definitely not expecting the drama they were watching to come to life.
Yes, come to life!
This is a smooth and powerful production with a tangled web of deception being unearthed throughout the night. Is anyone who they say they are? And how far will they go to keep their secret?

A daring, audacious and sublimely, riotously funny play from this Royal Court Liverpool, in association with Unity Theatre production, that prompts gales of laughter during this two hour evening performance.

Forget boring night telly, and check-out this clever show, pushing the boundaries of comedy and join Mark, Lauren, Neil and sexy stupid Jess in a fast moving comedy about modern life, relationships and prize nutcases with guns.

You will love this rip-roaring play which makes for hilarious viewing in this modern, newly refurbished truly electrifying Unity Theatre.

A true gem of a production by Katie Mulgrew and directed by Robert Farquhar.
Unity Theatre 8pm (3pm Sat Matinees)
0151 709 4988

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