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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….. 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’

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Brassed off at the Prescot Festival of Music and Arts.

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.

Eco-therapy at the National Wildflower Centre.

This year I have been fascinated by the array of support programmes on offer to help kin both old and young in the field of wellbeing.

In our increasing digitally dependent and urbanised world, are we slowly losing touch with nature?

Mindfulness is the buzz-therapy of the moment and along with the apps and endless slew of books, lessons in this meditation- like practice is offered to all as a form of self-help.

I don’t doubt it has a role in reducing stress but there are other ways to temporarily shift our focus away from personal worries.

Sport, dancing, playing a musical instrument, even keeping a pet have all been shown to have similar relaxing effects.
But, nothing beats being immersed in nature, and this has big implications for our physical and mental health!

This venture recently at Court Hey Park has had a fantastic run of success at helping all ages develop a unique connection, a connection with nature, all on your local doorstep.

Supported by Landlife’s Great Outdoors Project, this eco-therapeutic activity connects people with nature through a variety of creative physical activities aimed to encourage people to be more active in parks and greenspaces.

Back by popular demand this October half term sees the return of the fun packed annual family Harvest Celebration here at the National Wildflower Centre.
Not to be missed, you too can join the Great Outdoors Project team as they celebrate the magic of autumn and make the most of the great outdoors.
This week, Court Hey Park will be joined by the RSPB, S&R Birds (Rescued birds of prey) and a team of eco-experts to guide you through the world of nature.

Everyone is welcome to this week long event, and all the activities are FREE.

You’ll be sure to leave the events with new ideas and a fresh enjoyment of nature and all that bountiful autumn has to offer.

There’ll be something for all ages to enjoy here at the Centre, so make a trip asp.

This Thursday 29th October, 11am-3pm sees Apple Day with apple crumble making, apple tasting, apple pressing and traditional apple games, apple art, apple fun and more from apples…..

Friday 30th October is for all the Ray Mears and Bear Gryllys fans, as bush-craft in the woods comes alive.
See woodcraft in action, fire pit antics, outdoor art activities, outdoor cooking, foraging advice, and all things in survival training come alive, in this educationally fun instructional afternoon.

The drum circle will come into its own with the Wildflower Artisan Market selling beautiful artistic offerings to delight and decorate your homes this autumn.

Find all this at Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Broadgreen no matter what the weather.
For more info (01517381913)
The Cornflower Café will be serving up a healthy celebration of autumn fare for you to enjoy and be sure to taste the famous courgette, apple and beetroot cakes!

Focus on noticing and enjoying the nature around you this week and get your dose of vitamin N (Nature)! The Nature Prescription.

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