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Issue 41, June 2018


Welcome to the June 2018 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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Africa Oyé set to take over Sefton Park

16th and 17th June 
Sefton Park, Liverpool
FREE

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The full line-up for this year's Africa Oyé festival has been revealed with Ghana's Rocky Dawuni and legendary Beninese group Orchestre Poly-Rythmo among the new acts announced.

Also included in the final wave of artists are Guinea-Bissau's Nifeco CostaKasai Masai from DR Congo and Cuba's Son Yambu, who make a welcome return to the festival after an acclaimed performance in 2013.

On 16th & 17th June 2018, Liverpool's Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the Caribbean for two free days of fantastic live music, DJs, dance, workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village

More Info

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Fairport Convention head to New Brighton

10th June
Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

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With a sell-out winter tour in the rear-view mirror, the original folk rock band Fairport Convention refuse to let the grass grow and head out on a 27-date Spring 2018 UK tour from May.

The legendary and award-winning group kick off their 51st year on the road inside London’s famous Union Chapel on May 11, before ending up north on June 10th at New Brighton’s revamped Floral Pavilion.

Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue. Fairport still take chances and clearly enjoy themselves…” - The Guardian

Tickets


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Liverpool Book Art 'Frankenstein' Exhibition

Runs until Mid August
Central Library, Liverpool
FREE

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This May, Liverpool Book Art's third major exhibition of Book Art from artists across the globe opens in the city's iconic Central Library.

Following the great success of 2016's ‘Shakespeare Now’ exhibition, organisers will be celebrating 200 years since the first publication of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus’ in 2018.

Book artists from around the world have responded with a hugely creative range of ideas. Some have been stimulated by the themes in the book; others have been inspired by the way the story is told; others have made links between Frankenstein and other classic stories such as Dracula and The Golem.

More Info


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Liverpool MakeFest

30th June, 2018
Liverpool Central Library

FREE

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This year’s Liverpool MakeFest will take place at Liverpool Central Library​ on Saturday June 30th 2018; the fourth celebration of maker culture.

Spanning the entirety of the library, it’s open the whole day and completely free to attend! See dozens of displays, workshops and free activities for all ages, abilities and needs.

The library will be crammed with makers showing off the things they’ve made but also sharing how they do it.


More Info


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Positive Vibration - NEXT WEEKEND

8th and 9th June 
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

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Liverpool's festival of reggae returns to the Baltic Triangle with the likes of Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Sister Nancy and Roni Size heading up a packed line-up of artists.


Over the festival weekend, there will also be a plethora of activities & workshops for all the family, including dub poetry classes with Levi Tafari, Jamaican dance classes with Merseyside Dance Initiative, arts & crafts with Square Pegs, screen-printing with The Paper Moon, Capoeira & drum classes with Capoeira For All, face painting, a soft play area, plus loads more.

The launch of the exhibition will take place at Constellations, Liverpool on Wednesday 6th June from 7pm - 11pm

 

More Info / Tickets

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Emel Mathlouthi, 47SOUL and TootArd announced for LAAF 2018

5th - 15th July 
Various Venues, Liverpool

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is delighted to announce that a fantastic trio of artists from the Arab world will be performing during this year's festival, which is shaping up to their biggest and best ever.

The enhanced musical programme will enjoy a spectacular opening weekend with a performance from the “voice of the Tunisian revolution”, Emel Mathlouthi on Saturday 7 July at the Invisible Wind Factory.

On Friday 6 July the festival will also present an enthralling and powerful co-headline performance from Arab electronic hip-hop supergroup 47SOUL and TootArd, a trailblazing ensemble from the occupied Golan Heights, at Constellations in the Baltic Triangle.

More Info


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Disco Socrates

30th June
Constellations, Liverpool

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Part of The Art Of Football festival.

In honour of the ultimate anti-footballer, socio-political activist and godfather of football cool, DISCO SOCRATES is a one-day festival exploring music culture and its social and political impact around the globe.

Live performances: WAYNE SNOW (Nigeria) | Oko Ebombo (France) | Rozzma (Egypt) | Gomnam (Iran) DJ sets: Andy Votel | Anti Social Jazz Club | Africa Oyé | more tba


More Info / Tickets


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Africa Oyé needs YOU! Volunteer call out for 2018 festival

Each year, an enormous amount of effort goes into ensuring that the Africa Oyé festival takes place and now you can join the team as an Oyé Rep!

The role of an Oye Representative is an essential part of the festival. You will be working with us focusing on ensuring the survival and growth of the festival by creating positive relations with attendees and raising funds to sustain future festivals.

Throughout the day Oyé Reps will be collecting donations; selling raffle tickets; having attendees complete questionnaires and distributing information about the festival.

This year the festival falls on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of June, and Reps would be working between 12pm and 9pm (minimum 2 hour shift).

More Info


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Longlist revealed for John Moores Painting Prize 2018

14th July to 18th November
Walker Art Gallery

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The Walker Art Gallery has announced the 60 artists whose paintings will feature in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 exhibition, marking 60 years of the UK’s longest-established painting prize. 

Paintings were selected from more than 2,700 entries by an esteemed panel of jurors. This year’s jurors include artists Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid MBE, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, and curator Jenni Lomax.

The free exhibition will be held at The Walker from 14 July to 18 November, showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018.

Full Longlist / More Info


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