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Issue 61, February 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 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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Milap and Liverpool Internatioanl Jazz Festival 2020: Sarathy Korwar

29th February, 2020
The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

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Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India. He began playing tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop.

Korwar’s daring debut album, Day To Day, recorded with the support of the Steve Reid Foundation, was released by Ninja Tune in 2016. The album fused traditional folk music recorded with the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with contemporary jazz and electronics.

Korwar has since established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, leading the UPAJ Collective - a loose band of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians brought together through a love of collaboration and improvisation who set up a residency at the Jazz Café in London.

Korwar has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming), clarinetist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered. He has toured with Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd.

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Mellowtone at Studio 2, with Serious Sam Barrett, Charlie McKeon

20th February, 2020
Studio 2, Liverpool

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Serious Sam Barrett
Charlie McKeon
Spoken word from Roy.

An evening of folk inspired songs, songwriting, and storytelling with Sam Barret bringing the Yorkshire and two of Liverpool's own; Charlie McKeon and the inimitable Roy.

TICKETS are on sale now at

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Extra Soul Perception

24th February, 2020
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

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A collaborative project combining jazz and soul musicians from the UK, Kenya and Uganda is heading to Liverpool this February for what's set to be an incredible night at 24 Kitchen Street.

Africa Oyé and 24 Kitchen Street will present the Liverpool debut of Extra Soul Perception on 24th February; a collaborative project exploring new tangents in soul music with eight innovative artists.

In November 2019, the artists from Kenya, Uganda and the UK spent a week in Nairobi together making an album at Supersonic Africa.

The result was a spread of music that reflected the range of backgrounds, interests and skills in the group; from acapella harmonies, soft spoken word, transcendental gqom, razor sharp swahili rap, bumping broken beat and beguiling RnB.

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Krewe Liverpool 2020 - The Mardi Gras Experience

7th February 2020
Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool

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A surreal masquerade ball with music, dance, costume and carnival, housed in Sefton Park's iconic Palm House.

The night will feature DJ Jonnie O’Hare - playing music from and inspired by New Orleans; dance taster classes and performances from Mersey Swing; The Jubilee Stompers playing 1920s dance music from New Orleans; performances from Krewe Movematazz, The Intergalactic Krunk Krewe, and The Harlequin Dynamite Ancients of Balance; Frog and Henry - playing 1920s dance music from New Orleans and even an indoor carnival parade!

Food will be available from Eat Up Gud all night from 6pm, with vegan options.  All Eat Up Gud’s food is gluten free, dairy free and nut free.

There will also be a display of work from Joe Farrag's Neighborhood Gallery, formerly based in Liverpool 8, which had a cultural exchange with Liverpool's twin city of New Orleans during the 1990s.


MDI announce successful Arts Council bid to fund Talent Incubator in Liverpool

Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) is delighted to announce a successful bid to Arts Council England to fund a brand new Talent Incubator for dance in Liverpool.
2020 brings with it a new energy and renewed focus on Talent Development, putting artists back at the centre of what MDI is, and nurturing a creative community in the city. MDI plans for the Talent Incubator to bring artists together from different disciplines to create new work, whilst helping bridge the gap artists face between creating and making a career out of what they produce.

The Talent Incubator aims to nurture artistic development, inspire entrepreneurialism and facilitate cross-artform collaboration. At its core will be a programme offering artists:

  • Studio space
  • Professional development
  • Commissioning and performance opportunities

Artists on the programme will be part of a community where social events, scratch nights and other opportunities to curate, collaborate and perform are fostered, with ongoing support from MDI. Those artists will then have the support and guidance required to apply for three North West Artist Commissions to be presented at LEAP 2020.

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Love Me Do

Until 15th Feb, 2020

The ArtHouse, Southport

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To the strains of Lennon and McCartney's classic 60's debut single - LOVE ME DO - the ArtHouse in Eastbank Street, Southport, will be opening its doors to another of its much anticipated Valentine themed exhibitions at the end of January.

Often written off as a conspiracy of chocolatiers and florists, Valentine's Day presents a unique opportunity to take a day from the routine of life to celebrate the loved ones in our lives – after all, according to Madonna, it's what "makes the world go around".

So, if you are looking for an alternative to the proverbial stereotypical Valentine's Day gift, then look no further than the display at the ArtHouse.

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Africa Oyé: "We need the people's help to keep our festival free"

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The organisers of Liverpool's Africa Oyé have called upon local investors and the people of Liverpool to help keep the festival free.

From its humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé has showcased the finest in African and Caribbean music in the likes of Concert Square, Princes Park and even across the water in Birkenhead. The festival made Sefton Park its home in 2005, where it has since taken place annually every June.

The infrastructure costs that come with the ever-increasing audience numbers - added security, medical staff, and toilets to name just a few - have been a constant challenge year on year.

"It's something we've said many times before but it still rings true; Oyé is a victim of its own success. Our audience went up by thousands over a relatively short period of time. We're grateful for the support we receive from Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council, but unfortunately due to rising costs, we need more support to keep the festival free." says Oyé's Artistic Director, Paul Duhaney.

Oyé - a registered charity - has set up an online donations button on its website which can be found on the homepage at as well as a 'Friends of Oyé' scheme for those who are able to contribute a bit more on an annual basis.

For any investor or sponsorship enquiries, please email

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Cabaret From The Shadows

7th February, 2020
Warehouse Theatre, Liverpool Hope University

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Following sell-out shows across the North West and an award-winning run at Brighton Fringe, Teatro Pomodoro are bringing back 'Cabaret From The Shadows' to Liverpool for one night only in February 2020.

Liverpool Hope University's Warehouse Theatre will play host to the political, comic, sexy and strange kaleidoscope of dark comedy, which has thrilled and challenged audiences in equal measure since its inception in 2016.

The dark, satirical show, featuring live music, will for one more night, take its audience on a journey through a crazy hall of mirrors. In an increasingly hostile world, Teatro Pomodoro offer a cathartic escape into the crazy, twisted and perverse. On February 7th at The Warehouse Theatre, no subject is taboo.

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Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool in 2020

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Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool continues to offer a range of short courses, lectures and day schools exploring a wide-variety of subjects.

If you are looking to develop relevant new skills, or you simply enjoy learning and keeping your mind active, then the diverse and flexible programme of short courses from the University is a perfect starting point.

The University of Liverpool from its founding has led on the provision of adult education for all. The benefits of lifelong learning—for personal development or for pleasure—continues to be integral to the University in 2020. Continuing Education (CE) at the University of Liverpool provides a programme of over 200 short courses, lectures and one-day workshops covering a wide-range of subjects, taught by our experts whose courses give you privileged access to our cutting-edge research.

Courses run all year round, and with flexible start times you can enroll on a course anytime throughout the year. A variety of courses are starting this February, including an in-depth look at Sherlock Holmes, and an overview of LGBT representation in Western art from the renaissance to now.

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Threshold X - 10th and FINAL festival

3rd and 4th April, 2020
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

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Marking a decade of events, and their final festival, Threshold is back for 2020.

The festival launched in 2011 as a platform for grass-roots music and arts in the city, and has grown up with the Baltic Triangle, often being the first to utilise the formerly abandoned warehouse spaces.

Threshold's final outing will take place on April 3rd and 4th at various venues across the Baltic Triangle.

Moving on from their annual festival format, Threshold will remain an active force in the city, as a resource for music and arts and the team will continue their work as a producer of special events - both locally and across the UK.

Make sure you don't miss out on one final weekend of eclectic art exhibitions, showcases of the region's finest musicians and performers, and the chance to discover a whole host of fantastic venues in the Baltic.

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Static Bar X Mellowtone Pub Quiz

13th Feb, 2020

Static Bar, Liverpool

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The Static Bar X Mellowtone Quiz is Back!

After a deserved break in January, February 13th sees the return of the monthly pub quiz at Static Bar, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool.

As it lands a day before Valentine's Day, the loose theme for February's Quiz will be all about Love, Lust and the world of Romance! Expect the usual 50 questions including picture round, tasting challenge, Watch and Learn, Cover versions and Bob's Bangers...

Once again, this month's prize pot is literally bulging! We've got Mellowtone records, CDs and prints, lots of lovely beer and more pizza!

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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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