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Issue 55, August 2019


Welcome to the August 2019 edition of 'The Swoop' - our monthly newsletter featuring the best of what's happening across Liverpool and Merseyside. Covering everything from music to theatre, films, clubs and comedy, The Swoop provides a range of handpicked highlights from the region's cultural calendar.

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First Acts Revealed For KREWE LIVERPOOL 2020 - The Mardi Gras Experience

Friday 7th February, 2019
The Palm House, Sefton Park

*EARLY BIRDS SOLD OUT*

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Laura Brownhill and Mellowtone are delighted to welcome FROG & HENRY to KREWE LIVERPOOL 2020 - The Mardi Gras Experience.

Frog & Henry play really old dance music from New Orleans; party music from 100 years ago. 
Beginning as street performing collective in 2013 on the streets of the Big Easy/Crescent City, the band is a truly international affair, with almost as many nationalities represented as members. 

The event also welcomes a more familiar face; a home grown kaleidoscopic master of ceremonies; Laird Howard Ashley Storey - icon of the underbelly of Liverpool’s boho scene for a couple of decades and counting! This candid character is the people’s man about town, daydreamer of the airwaves, and Godfather to all the freaks and uniques; if you don’t already know him, you are soon never to forget him!

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Liverpool declares climate emergency

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Liverpool has declared that the planet earth is facing a Climate Change Emergency.

At a special full council meeting in Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson led a debate on the impending global ecological disaster and called on all political parties to come together to rise to the challenge of making Liverpool a net zero carbon city by 2030.

The full council voted unanimously to declare the emergency, with the declaration formally signed by the Mayor and party leaders, and to establish a Climate Change Select Committee to look at four key themes:

 

  • Transport and Air Quality
  • Buildings and the Built Environment
  • Waste, Recycling and Energy
  • Low Carbon Economy


The debate was captured live and can be revisited HERE.
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The Capstone Theatre Launches Autumn 2019 Season 

October - December, 2019
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

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Liverpool Hope University's Capstone Theatre is delighted to announce the launch of its Autumn 2019 Season, which runs from October to December 2019, fusing an eclectic and international selection of artistic treats spanning jazz, contemporary classical music, contemporary dance and drama.

The season opens with two LEAP Dance Festival events, LEAP Community Dance Showcase on Sunday 6th October, and Rosie Kay Dance Company: Fantasia on Tuesday 8th October 2019. Fantasia fuses ballet with neurology in a new piece exploring what it is that makes dance so beautiful to watch and experience.

Musical experimentation and adventure features heavily in the programme, with concerts by psychedelic-folk songwriter Robyn Hitchcock; a programme of free improvised music for massed voices, Interactions: A Festival of Voices; a piano extravaganza featuring sets by five Liverpool-based piano composers, PIANO FORTE; and an innovative concert of music for piano and electronics by Australian-Taiwanese piano virtuoso, Belle Chen.

Later in the season, highlights include the Frog Princess Punked, Natacha Atlas and a trio of festive concerts to welcome in the Christmas period. 


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Mary Seacole House Charity Fundraiser 

Wednesday 7th August, 2019
Kuumba Imani Centre, Liverpool

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Mary Seacole House are holding a fundraiser this month to raise money to support those experiencing mental health difficulties. All proceeds will go towards running activities which help those affected to lead happier and healthier lives. 

Head down on the 7th of August for a chat, tea/coffee and lots of cake! There will be members artwork for sale, 'Their Untold Stories' book, a raffle with some fantastic prizes, a quiz and bingo! 

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Slavery Remembrance Day

Friday 23rd August, 2019 
Church Street Band Stand, Liverpool City Centre


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Slavery Remembrance Day has been marked on 23 August in Liverpool since 1999 and this is the city’s 20th year of celebration, commemoration and remembrance: 

"In uncertain and divisive times the legacies of transatlantic slavery, intolerance, racism, discrimination and hate crime thrive. That is why it has never been more important to support and get involved in Slavery Remembrance Day. In our 20th year, we’re inviting people to be active, to show their solidarity by walking." 
- Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum

Remember the ancestors and the individuals who, deprived of their liberty, enabled Liverpool and Britain to thrive by joining the Walk of Remembrance through the city centre on Slavery Remembrance Day. The route takes in Liverpool One and passes the site of the historic Old Dock where slaver ships would once have moored and been repaired.


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Don Letts Carnival Weekend Special 

Sunday 25th August, 2019 
District, Liverpool

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To coincide with Notting Hill Carnival weekend, legendary DJ, musician & filmmaker, Don Letts will be performing at Positive Vibration's August Bank Holiday 'Reggae Social'.

Support on the night comes from DJ Keith Marley and Schmame Industries.

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Merseyside Dance Initiative: Shaping The Future

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Coinciding with the announcement of LEAP Festival 2019, MDI are striving to develop talent in the region through a series of commissioning opportunities.

LEAP 2019, announced in June, already has an overwhelming line up, featuring some of the best performers, dance artists and companies working in the UK. Featuring work by Motionhouse, Rosie Kay's Fantasia and New Art Club's physical comedy Cupid's Revenge, the festival is more varied than ever.

As part of that commitment to variety, aspiring dance artists and performers based in the North West are invited to apply for a series of opportunities to perform in the festival, including a chance to perform as part of LEAP's first ever Fringe programme, created in partnership with LIPA to support dance in the curriculum.


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Constellations Carnival with General Levy and Laid Blak 

Friday 20th September, 2019
Constellations, Liverpool

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Following their birthday celebrations this summer, Fiesta Bombarda are set to return to Liverpool in September for a packed night at Constellations in the Baltic Triangle.

Headlining the show will be the legendary ragga deejay, General Levy. Few people have contributed as much to the urban music scene in the UK as General Levy, with reggae and Black culture defining what he does and the sets he plays.

Keeping the party going throughout the night will be Laid Blak, one of Bristol's most exciting and most loved live bands. The Laid Blak sound takes massive inspiration from ska and reggae, but has often been described as 'street soul'.

Joining them on the line-up is Banana Hill, The Remy Jude Ensemble, Samurai Kip, Buddha and Spektrum x Rum Riddimz Run. 

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Michael Chapman & Nick Ellis: A special evening of song and storytelling at St Bride's Church

5th October, 2019
St Bride's Church, Liverpool

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Mellowtone Records are delighted to announce a new show in collaboration with Nothingville Music. Michael Chapman plus special guest Nick Ellis.

Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in mid-1966. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. While living in Hull, East Yorkshire, in late 1969, he signed to EMI's Harvest label & recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like ’Fully Qualified Survivor,’ 'Rainmaker' , ‘Window’ and 'Wrecked Again' defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound. 

Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.”

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Tarang releases new video for 'Tamil Tango'

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Indian music ensemble Tarang have released a new video for their song 'Tamil Tango' which features on their recent album 'Undone'. They have experimented with traditional folk music, paving the way forward for experimentation and innovation with Indian classical music. 'Tamil Tango' is a tribute to 'Kuthu' - the wonderful folk music of Tamil Nadu.

Tarang’s new sound is emotionally rich and musically complex culminating in a sophisticated amalgamation of a wide spectrum of genres including jazz fusion, western classical, RnB and folk. Tarang’s music is soulful, stylish and innovative, featuring an array of instruments, ideas and influences; this is Indian music unlike you have ever heard.

Watch Video Here
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Mandela8: My 67 Minutes

To mark Nelson Mandela Day this past month, Liverpool's Mandela8 visited a whole host of organisations, schools and businesses taking part in the 'My 67 Minutes' programme, which sees groups and individuals taking 67 minutes out of their day to take part in acts of kindness and social cohesion.

Find out more about the programme along with all the projects Mandela8 are working on in Liverpool on the link below.

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First major UK exhibition of artists and activist Keith Haring 

14th June - 10th November 2019
The Tate, Liverpool 

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A part of the legendary New York art scene of the 1980s, Keith Haring (1958–1990) was inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture. Discover how activism played a key role in Haring’s art. Compelled to speak for his generation, his art responds to urgent issues including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment.

Visitors to the exhibition will see more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings and drawings. Also on display are posters, photographs, and videos that capture the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture.

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Skeleton Coast announces Mile Kane and more for 2019 festival at Leasowe Castle

Saturday 31st August, 2019 
Leasowe Castle, Wirral


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Wirral's Skeleton Coast festival returns for its biggest year yet this August. Following on from The Coral's phenomenal homecoming last year and 3 years of sell out festivals, featuring the likes of Tim Burgess, She Drew The Gun and Cabbage, Skeleton Coast now heads out into the open air, with the 2019 event set to take place inside the picturesque grounds of Wirral's historic Leasowe Castle.

Organisers are delighted to announce this year's festival will be headlined by the "Wirral Riddler" Miles Kane, in what promises to be an epic and unmissable homecoming for The Last Shadow Puppets frontman, off the back of his acclaimed third solo record Coup De Grace.

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