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Issue 58, November 2019

Welcome to the November 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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Cirqadia Contemporary Circus Festival - First for Liverpool

8th-10th November 2019
District & The Florrie, Liverpool

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This year the Freefall circus company are delighted to introduce an exciting new annual event, which aims to raise the profile of Liverpool as a centre for Circus Arts and place the city firmly on the national circus map.

Cirqadia will be a pioneering weekend of events, celebrating the talent of UK based circus performers and providing a platform for new work from performers across the region as well as allowing young people new to circus the opportunity to learn from the professionals.

The Friday will bring a special showcase event 'Scratch Night' premiering six new works from emerging artists hosted by international circus and burlesque star Velma Von Bonbon. 

Thenon the Saturday night, Cirqadia will present two new works from leading British circus artists Sadiq Ali, Hauk Pattison and Laura Murphy. The double bill will feature Sadiq Ali and Hauk Pattison performing “The Chosen Haram”, a newly commissioned work for the festival; and the critically acclaimed "Contra", which is currently being toured by Laura Murphy across Europe.

To close the weekend off,  the afternoon event 'Symposium Queer Circus - Exploring Sexuality, Gender and Identity in Contemporary Circus'  aims to highlight and discuss the presence and contribution of LGBTQ+ practitioners in contemporary circus.

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Mellowtone Celebrate their 15th Birthday with live music & exhibition. 

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Mellowtone celebrates their 15th birthday by shining a light on some of the illustrators and visual artists who have contributed to their flyer and poster designs over the years.  On Wednesday 6th November it's their party, and the launch of the 'Mellowtone 15' exhibition.

The night will feature live jazz from The Jubilee Stompers, resident Beaten Tracks DJsRichie Vegas & Jonnie O'Hare and the launch of Handyman IPA X Mellowtone 15 - a commemorative IPA brewed by the Handyman.

They are also putting on a number of live events for your delectation and delight, including a programme of free entry gigs in collaboration with the Handyman later this month, and the Static Bar & Mellowtone Pub Quiz.

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Liverpool author Damo Jones publishes new book 'A Singularity' 

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A Singularity is set in the near future as the ramifications of climate change take hold. The novel's two protagonists, Selene and Mark, embark on a fraught odyssey to make a stand against what they see as the planet's decline and the lack of urgency to combat it. The young lovers also experiment with Dreamers, innovative drugs which give users incredible adventures whilst sleeping.

Gradually as the real world and their dreams merge dangerously together they are lost in a place they struggle to fully comprehend, faced with an atrocity they may have committed as environmental terrorists.

Desperate to find a way out and separated from each other in an increasingly fragile reality, they are pushed ever closer to a terrifying climax set to a backdrop of global protests, sinister technological advances and rampant consumerism, with everything around them poised on the brink of societal collapse.

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Africa Oyé shortlisted for UK Festival Awards and LCR Awards for 2019


Exciting times for our friends at Africa Oyé as they have been nominated for FOUR upcoming awards!

At the UK Festival Awards they've made the shortlist for 'Best Family Festival' with results being announced at the London finale on December 5th.

But before that Oyé are up for THREE prizes at The Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards; 'International Reach', 'Improving Community Cohesion' and the 'People's Choice' Award!  You have the chance to vote Africa Oyé in the People Choice Award: Outstanding Contibution to Culture on the link beloiw.

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Work to start on Mandela Memorial by the end of the year

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Work is to start by the end of the year installing a memorial and bridge in a Liverpool park, dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela.

The Princes Park scheme includes a new ‘Freedom Bridge’, pavilion and 32 cylindrical stoneworks inscribed with inspirational Mandela quotes. The pedestals represent the oil drums Mandela used to grow an allotment on the rooftop of Pollsmoor Prison.

The project reflects upon Mandela’s love of gardens and horticulture along with his struggle for freedom, equality and humanity, and the spaces will be used for future activity in the park, acting as a focal point and an area to visit, reflect and educate.

His family – eldest daughter Dr Makaziwe ‘Maki’ Mandela and his granddaughter Tukwini Mandela – have confirmed they will be returning to the city for the official opening at Princes Park in July 2020, as part of Mandela Week, on what would have been his 101st birthday.

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Static Bar Pub Quiz - Mellowtone Birthday Music Special

14th November, 2019
Static Bar, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool

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Every second Thursday of the month, revelers are invited to come and pit their wits against some of Merseyside's finest minds across 50 questions - ranging through general knowledge, popular culture, music, art, film, food & drink, history, science & geography.

This month Static are joining in the Mellowtone Birthday celebrations with a focus almost exclusively on music.

Each month the quiz features a fantastic prize pot for the triumphant teams, including GPO Record Boxes // Gig & Theatre Tickets // Beer // Prints and Posters // Mellowtone Records Vinyl & CDs // American Pizza Slice // Bar Tabs // And whatever else the team can lay their hands on!

Space is limited to 8 teams of 6, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

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River of Light: The Elements

Liverpool Waterfront
1st - 9th November, 2019

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Liverpool's fireworks spectacular River of Light returns TONIGHT and will see four specially commissioned artworks light up the city’s waterfront. 

The installations will represent the elements which underpin Chinese philosophy: wood, water, earth and metal, with the fireworks themselves covering the fire element. Each evening, from around 4.30pm Friday 2 to Sunday 4 November, visitors will be able to see 'The Wave', 'Anahad', 'Pool of Mirrors' and 'Terra'. 

River of Light: The Elements, in association with Royal Liver Building 360, starts from 5pm on Sunday 4 November, with the fireworks starting at 6.30pm.  Both sides of the Mersey will be lit up by fireworks, with tens of thousands of people expected to line the waterfronts in Liverpool and New Brighton for the free spectacle. As well as the China Dream finale, it is the final major event for the Imagine Wirral year of culture, creativity and ideas.

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Shakespeare Schools Festival 

19th - 21st November 
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

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Each Autumn nearly 30,000 young people from schools across the country unite in the world’s largest youth drama festival. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students and teachers alike.

The Capstone Theatre is proud to be part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, in partnership with Shakespeare Schools Foundation. Join them from 19th November – 21st November for an eclectic evening, featuring a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions by local schools.

See the Bard's timeless stories brought to life like you’ve never experienced before, and support young people from your local community as they take to the stage.

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Huge projections to light up the Dock for Winter

Until February 2020
Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

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Royal Albert Dock Liverpool has announced plans for a new Winter attraction offering a series of large-scale projections to light up the inner-quay side of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, running through to February 2020. 

Promising an original and unique visual experience, the six different projections will be created by Double Take Projections LTD, who have experience in designing some of the UK's biggest light shows, including a Christmas Projections Show for Norwich Castle. Double Take will be using 'projection mapping' to transform the inner-quay side of the Mersey Maritime Museum into breathtaking works of art to light up the Dock for Winter. 

Spanning over 85 metres in width and 17 metres in height, the giant projections are destined to be one of Liverpool's most unique Winter spectacles, and are also part of the city's incredible River of Light Festival. The first projection launched yesterday evening with additional projections planned from November to February, all promising to be a must-see display for both locals and visitors. 


Toxteth Day of the Dead: Hereafter Party 

Saturday 23rd November, 2019
District, Liverpool

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In 2018, people flocked from far and wide to pay reverence to those no longer with us who left a significant impact on Toxteth. This year the event will see fresh plans from Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond, a new route for the Beating Of The Bounds and more MuMufication bricks laid in The People's Pyramid.

Acts include Paddy Steer / Moody Boyz / Kermit and The Super Weird System / The Cryptide / Eva Crystaltips meets The Esoteric Discotheque / Dolly Dollycore meets Horton Jupiter / Busk With Us / He Hove Space Programme meets The Skiffle Factory.

Visuals by TVLUX with Design & Decor by Katy-Anne Bellis, Myra Stuart & Lal. 

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Homotopia Presents: Bona Pop Exhibition 

Tuesday 5th November - Sunday 1st December 
The Gallery, Liverpool

Free Entry

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Homotopia is back this November presenting the annual Liverpool festival of local, national and international LGBT+ arts & culture featuring an eclectic programme including theatrical world premieres, contemporary dance, visual art, debate, youth & community participation, heritage & film.

For the first time outside of his native Cardiff, Daniel Edwards presents large scale intricately painted canvases that are inspired by his Pop collages. Visual artist ladypat produces highly colourful, intense and humorous works inspired by LGBTQ+ icons, history and identity. This exhibition is the first time his eye-popping visuals will be screened in a gallery space, instead of a nightclub setting.

PLUS, The Bona Pop Exhibition will showcase two contemporary gay artists drawing inspiration from popular culture at Liverpool's The Gallery.

Private viewing will take place TONIGHT 6pm-9pm with the Exhibition opening on Tuesday 5th November onwards. 

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As a lively city-centre based agency working primarily within the cultural industries, we are at the heart of the region's events and perfectly poised to separate the wheat from the chaff.  The Swoop offers us an opportunity to communicate the excellent work of the people we represent, whilst giving a bird's eye view of what's happening in the city and beyond.
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