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Champion is nominated for Community Personality Award.

Wow! Couldn’t believe this one when it landed. Nominated for the ‘Echo Pride of Merseyside Award’….shine in your community.
Shortlisted for the Award of Community Personality!

Well, I do smile a lot,
chat a lot
and I do go on a bit about the Culture Champions and all the brilliant things happening in Liverpool.

But, when something like this happens, Captain Paranoia tends to be on your shoulder, tapping away with……..
Who was it? Who nominated you?
Why did they nominate you?
This tends to follow you around and it’s constantly on your mind and in your head; and then you start to look closely at people and wonder, was it you….or you….but in the end, you just give in and begin to think about the other things that might have contributed to the nomination, then it all begins to make sense.

This summer, I spent time networking and giving talks at Liverpool’s International Festival of Business, working with Santander on conferences, and gaining valuable publicity for the Liverpool Culture Champions, which was highlighted on the ‘Business Festival Culture’ site during those summer months.
Networking in those Festival weeks was close, with local business partners and Internationally with the different delegates attending the conferences.
The Business Festival was important many-fold; but from a cultural perspective, being in Liverpool, it saw the potential as I did in ‘heritage tourism being important to our economy’, what with the ‘Giants’ link to Titanic and WWI…… it does bring in valuable interest and revenue to promote and support other projects in the city.

I was pleased to support and see ‘Resonate’ the Liverpool music school for talented pupils go from strength to strength, with its own choir performing at the Echo Arena, and both senior and junior orchestras pulsating with talent around Liverpool waterfront venues.

LCVS Liverpool had its fair share of my input with attendance at several meetings to support and drive projects across the region. The recent work supporting NW NHS Academia Education in research into e-learning, and the new technology’s to enhance patient care through ICT will impact gradually throughout the UK, and I fully support the initiatives such as LJMU using ‘Culture’ in digital learning to delay dementia in patients.

Projects with LJMU have been supported and have included ‘diversity’ studies, language and education with……. ‘Culture’ always on the agenda.

Throughout my travels, I found that Liverpool culture generally and its brilliant involvement with the Merseyside people, has become a perfect example in Europe, of how to ‘get it right’.
While I was supporting work in the EU at Bruges University Belgium, Krakow University Poland and numerous projects in Eastern Europe developing literacy and ‘reader’ type organisations, I found that the people I met, saw the city of Liverpool as a perfect example of the way forward in cultural initiatives.
I applaud the organisations and events in Liverpool that take people on a journey of heritage, art, sport and music each year to enhance our well-being and give a role to the many cultural representatives in the city.

My work in education spans 35 years in mainstream, in both Merseyside and Greater Manchester, but there has been 15 years voluntary work in establishing and contributing as an educational consultant to the Liverpool Polish School. This now has over 200 pupils on a Saturday; learning a language and culture which has supported many costumed Festivals in Liverpool. But, the outreach work here has also contributed to the high results in mainstream education in Liverpool schools, with Polish children gaining high ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level language grades along with good L5’s in primary children’s attainment.
This year has given me another Award from the British Academy of Schools Languages to compliment last years, with another trip down to London and all the media attention that goes with it. This was an initiative I devised using the artist L.S.Lowry’s paintings to teach languages, in a cross-curricular manner using software animation techniques and digital books and digital ‘speech bubbles’ to raise standards of literacy in foreign languages.

I have been involved in health related activities this year which have supporting Knowsley’s ‘Great Outdoors’ Project. They have certainly kept me busy and healthy each week, and I thank the great friendships drawn up over the past year, friendships which are lasting and memorable.

The other week at the Jaguar Land Rover Conference Centre, a millionaire staged a show telling us how he achieved the position of financial stability at the age of seventeen. I enjoyed networking at that event especially meeting delegates from Hull, future European City of Culture. Well, couldn’t resist singing the praises of Liverpool’s success over the years……. and they were all ears!

I suppose someone in the above mentioned activities I’ve been involved with, nominated me and I haven’t even mentioned all the theatre and musical events which have given fantastic opportunities to network and promote Liverpool’s offerings .

The Culture Champions in Liverpool are unique, and something Merseyside, I am sure, is proud of. It’s a great team oozing with enthusiasm.
We all celebrate the Echo Pride of Merseyside Awards.
Being shortlisted for the award is brilliant, receiving the award would be an honour.

All nominees I am told will feature in the Echo and online over the coming weeks and the winner will be announced on Friday 21st November at the Isla Gladstone, Liverpool.
Can’t wait!!!!

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The GIT Awards are coming

GIT AWARD 2013 TO TAKE PLACE AT LEAF ON BOLD STREET, FRIDAY 19 APRIL

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LIVERPOOL’S GIT (Getintothis) Award 2013 will take place at Leaf on Bold Street on Friday 19 April, where the shortlisted artists are expected to perform – with the winner collecting £1000 in prize money on the night.

The GIT Award, dubbed ‘the Scouse Mercury Prize,’ enjoyed a hugely successful inaugural year in 2012 and the stakes will be even higher when the 2013 winner of this now established award is revealed later this year.

The evening at Leaf, which also played host to last year’s ceremony, is invite only and will include performances from those shortlisted. The shortlist, which will be announced in March, will be devised by a 12-strong judging panel including 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Q editor Andrew Harrison, NME radar editor Matt Wilkinson plus the cornerstones of the Liverpool music scene.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 while a special Inspiration Award, recognising significant outstanding achievement to Liverpool’s music industry (won last year by the team behind Liverpool venue, The Kazimier), will also be presented.

Since its inception the GIT award has captured the music industry’s attention, becoming the first regional award of its kind to champion new and emerging music and garnering national and international industry and press recognition.

Liverpool has long been considered a hotbed of musical talent and The GIT Award is committed to putting the city’s most innovative new bands and artists on the national and international stage.  The closing date for entries is February 28 2013.

To enter this year’s prize musicians are asked to send four tracks to getintothis@gmail.com or post to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. 

Alice in Wonderland, Tate , Liverpool.

Another amazing exhibition at the Tate, Albert Dock, I need to go back because it was so crowded I didn’t see all that I wanted to see. Lewis Carroll’s (pen name) novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were 1st published over 150 year ago . It is these books that provide the starting point for the exhibition at the Tate. The exhibition explores the influence his work has had on artists from all over the world .  The books written as a present for 10 year old  Alice Liddell after the author spent a day in the company of Alice and her two sisters when he entertained them with his story telling and young Alice begged him to write down the stories for her . He did, also illustrated the stories and the rest as they say ‘is History’ !    There are  many paintings of Alice and her sisters by famous artists and a grand collection of pencil drawings , the original no less and very detailed.   One item of interest was a programme of Alice in Wonderland from 1911 when this was performed at the Empire LIverpool.  I also liked the framed furnishing fabric from 1920 by Charles Voysey  a very intricate pattern of all the characters from the book. I can just imagine a nursery decorated with this when it was ‘ the latest thing’ in fashion and a very lucky child from an affluent family enjoyed the fun element of the decor.  Also on display other objects ,  tea sets and a fine display of articulated ‘Alice ‘ related hand-made painted wooden figures by Thomas and Greta Shuster  from 1900  , very early marketing toys!!!     The  exhibition runs until  January 29th 2012.    There will be specially themed  days  of  family activities in the gallery Saturday 5 November , 1pm-16.30.   Also A MADHATTER’S WEEKEND,  12th and 13th November 2011 a celebration  of Alice in Wonderland   across the Albert Dock  10am-4pm,  join the fun with the family.

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