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Japan Day Sat 20th August 10.30-5.30pm


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….. 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’

The Epstein’s Youthful Magical ‘Now Festival’


‘Rebellion’ the all girl rock band, are just one of the latest local groups to hit the Mersey scene. These 15yr old youngsters from across Liverpool; trained in classical music, then turned their hand to the rock sound in a bid to connect with Mersey youth over an issue seldom spoken of.

Working closely with a number of organisations such as the British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Critical Thinking Project, Liverpool Lighthouse Music Hub, ‘Time To Change’ mental health project and the Merseyside Youth Association, they creatively delivered an innovative socially inspiring message about mental health, through words and music in a dynamic way.

‘Rebellion’s’ key message through the project, is that they hope to raise awareness and promote positive mental health and well-being especially with the youth who at times find it impossible to share their feelings and anxieties.

The Liverpool NOW Festival gave this group of Polish girls, the chance to engage and develop new ways of working and cooperating with individuals, groups and communities.

This Festival has given, local children and young people the opportunity to showcase their original live performances and films devised around the theme of Mental Health on Wednesday 10th February and Thursday 11th Feb.

NOW! Young People’s Arts Festival features youths aged 8-18 from 14 Liverpool schools and youth organisations who have performed with guest artists Darren Suarez, Maurice Bessman and Carl Cockram along with a number of organisations including the Ariel Trust, CAMHS Wellbeing Partnership and Brighton University..
Be there and be seen!!!!

Liverpool Epstein Theatre 6.30pm £5 Wed 10th/Thursday 11th

Panto Pronto!!!! So much to see and enjoy this week.


It’s still not too late to grab yourself a front row seat at one of the many Liverpool premier theatres for the ‘panto’ experience.

Just enjoyed a last minute booking at the Unity Theatre Tel (0844873288) for a 2pm performance of ‘The Princess & The Pea’ and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was a truly pleasant, heart-warming, uplifting performance with a pleasant romp through pantoland, embellished with witty song dance and the usual comic gags that give the mums and dads a good share of the festive fun, that’s cheap at the price.

A short walk down Bold Street and the Epstein Theatre Tel (08448884411) has a pulsating charmer with Callum Best and Merseybeat legend Beryl Marsden who punches out a spellbinding enchanting Cinderella panto with all the trimmings.

This is certainly a powerful production with all the laughs but made all the more potent and enjoyable by Beryl Marsden’s masterful vocals. A super evenings entertainment enjoyed by all!

A little further afield at a stones throw down the E. Lancs brings you to the St Helens Theatre Royal Tel (01744756000) for another rags to riches story of Cinderella. With one wave of a magic wand, you will be whisked off to a glamorous ball this Christmas as Regal Entertainments present their classic tale.
This years offering is bigger than ever with an all-star cast including bad boy Rob Donovan of ITV’s Coronation Street, Marc Bayliss and with Benidorm’s favourite Cissy Rock staring as one of the Ugly Sisters, bringing a real touch of raucous laughter to the plot.
Not to be out done, Simon Foster retains the comic element as the Fairy Godmother bringing lashings of magic and sparkle.

A belly full of laughs and the very best of Christmas family entertainment will be had with all these seasonal theatre offerings.

Meet a wicked Queen, a giant Pea, Shetland ponies, enchanted pumpkins and a sparkling fairy-tale carriage not to be missed in these festive fantasies for all the family to enjoy.

These are Christmas shows that will make you laugh, sing and glad you got off your backside and bought a ticket!
Have fun!
And A Merry Christmas!

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