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Issue 54, July 2019


Welcome to the July 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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Africa Oyé celebrates record crowds

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The biggest free celebration of African music and culture celebrated a record-breaking audience on a sunny festival Saturday, as Africa Oyé crowds took over Sefton Park last month.

Topping the bill on a packed opening day, and joining Oyé as part of Windrush Day, reggae legend Horace Andy rolled back the years with a closing set for the ages, but not before Liverpool had been blessed with mesmerising sets from the likes of Malawi's Gasper Nali, and South African powerhouses, BCUC.

The Diaspora was well represented across the two days of main stage music with Haitian stars, Wesli and Moonlight Benjamin providing memorable performances - the latter of which, Getintothis called 'one of the best things we have ever seen at Sefton Park.'

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Liverpool International Music Festival 

20th - 21st July, 2019
Sefton Park, Liverpool

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LIMF 2019 heads back to the stunning Sefton Park for another weekend of unforgettable music. The stage will be set once again to bring global household names alongside the most exciting emerging new talent that LIMF is renowned for.

Headlining the Saturday is multi Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers and his pioneering band CHIC. The weekend will see a whole host of unforgettable artists including Sigma, Ellya Eyre, Disco Classical, Sister Sledge and many more.

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Krewe Liverpool: The Mardi Gras Experience

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

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Krewe Liverpool have announced an inaugural Mardi Gras celebration that is set to take place next year within the picturesque backdrop of The Palm House at Sefton Park. 

This surreal masquerade will be the first of its kind in Liverpool, with music, dance and costume all combining in this city-wide collaborative gumbo. There will be live music from Frog & Henry (New Orleans) will more special guests yet to be announced. 


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Queer Fridays

Every second Friday of the month
Static Bar, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool

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Queer Fridays is a monthly hangout for LGBTQ+ folk who like to socialise in a chilled environment with like-minded people.

"The Scene" isn't to everyone's tastes; sometimes you just want a chilled Friday evening where you can relax, have fun and a good natter with friends over a beer, coffee or non-alcoholic drink.

Queer Fridays is hosted in the creative and cosy Static Bar, off Roscoe Lane in central Liverpool. You can reserve a table if you like from 7pm and there will be games and conversations starters. Feel free to drop in for a quick one or stay the whole evening.

Bring friends, partners or come solo. Whatever you decide, you'll receive a warm welcome. Come find your people with Liverpool Queer Collective.

No ticket needed. Just come and be.

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

5th - 14th July, 2019
Liverpool

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) launches on Friday with a powerful and diverse female line-up of artists as part of its 2019 programme.

This year the festival artist in residence is award-winning Palestinian writer, performer and activist Dana Dajani. She returns with four festival events infused with her characteristic theatrical poetry with gesture and personality.

Fellow Spoken Word artists of diverse heritage and influence, including Yemeni-Scouse poet Amina Atiq, and queer British-Syrian writer and activist Lisa Luxx, will be at the festival also. In a UK premiere, American Lebanese singer Juliana Yazbeck will perform at Liverpool's Royal Court Studio, with many more acts and artists set to feature across the festival.

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Romeo and Juliet tours across Merseyside

- Sat 13th July 2pm (Prescot Woodland Theatre)
- Sat 13th July 7pm (Prescot Woodland Theatre)
- Sat 20th July 6pm (Crosby Hall)
- Sun 21st July 2pm (Sudley House)
- Sat 17th August 6pm (Royden Park)

 

It's 1783, hot air balloons are the only way to travel, Carnevale is a way of life and love is a dirty word. A rebellious girl and a sensitive boy dream of escape from patriarchy and feuding families, in fair Verona where we lay our scene.

Multi-award winning Imaginarium Theatre present Shakespeare's greatest love story as an indulgent feast for the senses - with pulsing Carnevale rhythms merging with Italian Opera, explosive fight choreography, thrilling fire dancing, masks and spectacle, and a pair of star crossed lovers destined for violent ends. 

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Liverpool Pride

27th July - 28th July, 2019
City centre, Liverpool

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The free festival once again returns to the Tithebarn Street site in the city centre this month with multiple stages of live entertainment, a dedicated youth zone and whole host of inclusive activities, stalls and food and drink vendors. The fun will continue on Sunday with more activities taking place at a soon-to-be revealed city centre location.

The theme for the programme of events, cultural and community activities for 2019 is "Come as You Are". The theme calls to all people, regardless of where they are from or how they identify, to take pride in their identity and come together in the spirit of friendship, love and respect.

Announced to be at the weekend so far are Electropop singer-songwriter and DJ, Little Boots, and Finnish-born X-Factor Dance Like Nobody's Watching singer, Saara Aalton, with more announcements yet to come. 

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LEAP Dance Festival 2019

3rd - 12th October, 2019
Liverpool

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In its 26th year, Liverpool-based festival LEAP takes over venues across the city, in a landmark change to how dance is programmed in the North West. LEAP will feature sited and staged work along Hope Street and in major venues including Constellations, Invisible Wind Factory, Unity Theatre and the Bluecoat.

Launching this autumn, LEAP brings dance to the bustling music venue and Baltic Triangle favourite Constellations. For the opening night, the thriving Baltic bar will play host to global touring production company Motionhouse, known for their stunning large-scale performances including the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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The Cynthia Lennon Story

21st - 26th August, 2019
The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

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An exciting new production about the life of Cynthia Lennon will be showcased as The Hope Street Theatre during International Beatle Week.

'This Girl' tells the true story of Cynthia Powell - a shy student from Hoylake who fell in love with a young musician called John when they met at Liverpool Art College in 1957. She became Cynthia Lennon, his wife, and mother of their son, Julian.


This latest production from local playwright, Mike Howl, tells the story of Cynthia Lennon like never before and will offer audiences from across the globe a captivating night of entertainment.

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The Mind Map launches new mental health portal

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A new mental health portal from Liverpool-based mental health organisation The Mind Map has launched today. This innovative new platform focuses on providing young people, predominantly aged between 16-30, with access to subsidised counselling, the ability to find and book free mental health services and resources as well as access to a magazine that shares articles and interviews with well-known musicians and sports athletes regarding mental health, all in one place.

The platform is the result of a three-year research project carried out between The Mind Map and leading organisations with Mental Health at the centre of their agenda, with contributions from LJMU, Imperial College London and the NHS amongst others. 

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