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Issue 42, July 2018


Welcome to the July 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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LAAF Family Day Returns

15th July
Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool
FREE

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LAAF’s festival finale is back and bigger than ever! Family Day will showcase some of the hottest talent in Arab music, with cultural cuisine, traditional crafts and fun activities for everyone.

Performances for 2018 include Simo Lagnawi & Gnawa London, who will bring the music of formerly enslaved black Africans to life, celebrating its unstoppable expression of freedom and liberation. Plus, the London Syrian Ensemble, a collective of some of Syria's finest musicians based in the UK, return to the festival for a second year to perform with special guest vocalist Osama Kiwan

Back by popular demand, boundary breaking Danish-Palestinian percussionist Simona Abdallah will also bring the beat of her Arab Darbuka drum to Family Day, performing a fusion of ancestral Arabic rhythms, house, and electronica.


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Africa Oyé join PRS’ Keychange pledge

Africa Oyé have become one of over 100 festivals to join the Keychange pledge to tackle gender inequality in the music industry, encouraging festivals to commit to a 50/50 gender balance by 2022.

Paul Duhaney, Artistic Director said: “Women are still facing more challenges than most in the African music industry, largely because of long-standing cultural practices in many countries that hold them back from making a career in the arts.

Thankfully we’re slowly seeing that start to change and we’re proud here at Africa Oye to shine a light on female artists from the continent and hopefully inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.”

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Emel Mathlouthi at LAAF 18

7th July
Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
£8 / £6 (conc.)

Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and the "voice of the Tunisian revolution" Emel Mathlouthi will take to the stage at the Invisible Wind Factory, as she enters a new phase of her extraordinary life.

Emel will perform powerful, heartfelt tracks from her sophomore album Ensen (Human) and her 2007 recording containing the viral anthem of the Arab Spring, "Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)". Emel’s genre-defying music, melds electronica and Tunisian textures into her unique cinematic universe.

Joining Emel at the Invisible Wind Factory is U-Cef, aka Moulay Youssef Adel. Known as “The Moroccan Digitalizer”, U-Cef blends urban music from hip hop to acid jazz, dub, reggae, ragga, drum 'n' bass, 2-step and R&B.

Info / Tickets


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Liverpool International Music Festival

21st & 22nd July, 2018
Sefton Park, Liverpool

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Get ready for Liverpool International Music Festival 2018 as it heads back to the magnificent Sefton Park for another weekend of unforgettable music.

On the 21-22 July, the stage will be set once again to showcase a diverse set of global household names alongside a plethora of emerging new talent that we have become renowned for.

Over 70 artists including Haçienda Classiçal, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Wiley, Example & DJ Wire, Jax Jones, Stefflon Don, Aurora, Young Fathers, Rae Morris, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Trevor Nelson, Gilles Peterson plus many more will perform live as part of this year’s unmissable line-up.


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Liverpool Artists' Book Fair

7th and 8th July
Central Library, Liverpool
FREE

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This weekend the iconic Liverpool Central Library will host the fifth Liverpool Artists’ Book Fair, showcasing unique hand-made books, notebooks and cards, bookbinding and book sculptures from over 60 artists.

The weekend will also feature workshops from artists Kate Bufton, Julie Dodd and Anna Yevtukh and there will be a series of short talks throughout the weekend by artists whose work features in the library's Frankenstein 2018 book art exhibition, which runs until 9th August.

 

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Pretenders Assemble! The Improvised Show For Children

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19th August
81 Renshaw, Liverpool
£5 adults.  £3 children

Improvised theatre company, Impropriety, present a new show for children of all ages to enjoy. The actors will invite the children to help them create an adventure filled world from their ideas and imaginations. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Impropriety have been introducing people to the joy of improv since 2008. With professional performers from a variety of backgrounds, Impropriety creates its own unique style that’s high on improvisation, low on script.

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Treasure Island

9th June to 14th July 
Various Venues, Merseyside

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Multi-award winning MATE Productions are about to cast off on a steam-powered outdoor tour of parks, woodlands, great halls and gardens across Merseyside with their spectacular steam-punk inspired re-imagining of Robert Louis Stephenson’s pirate classic ‘TREASURE ISLAND’.

Pack a picnic, don your best pirate bandana and climb aboard the good ship Hispaniola for an unforgettable adventure with swordfights, buried treasure, clockwork parrots, flying machines, steam powered limbs and an epic story like you've never seen it before. 

Directed and produced by MATE’s Artistic Director Gaynor La Rocca, with original live music by Taran Harris.

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Art of Football presents...
Soccerama Symposia


12th & 13th July
Central Library, Liverpool

Featuring Neville Southall, Mark Palios, David Goldblatt, Melissa Reddy, Emy Onuora, Simon Hughes, Peter Hooton and many more!

The acclaimed Art Of Football series continues with the announcement of its Soccerama Symposia at the Liverpool Central Library, on the 12th and 13th July from 7pm. Scheduled for the two matchless evenings between the World Cup semi-finals and the final itself, Soccerama is two evenings of conversation and debate on football’s interwoven relationship with the key global debates of our times; women’s rights, nationalist populism, LGBTQ, consumer culture, class politics and race.

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John Moores Painting Prize

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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