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Issue 59, December 2019

Merry Christmas! Welcome to the December 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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Winter Arts Market

7th December, 2019
Liverpool Cathedral

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The biggest arts market in the North West returns on 7 December 2019, as Open Culture transform Liverpool Cathedral into a bustling bazaar featuring over 200 artists, designers and makers selling thousands of colourful creations alongside an artisan food fair and vintage fair in the cathedral basement.

Join them for the festive shopping experience of the season, supporting local independents whilst finding perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest.

A kids workshop will be open for little ones to get crafty and take home a handmade creation of their own for free.

Organised by Open Culture in partnership with Liverpool Cathedral.

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Crazy P Soundsystem - The Final New Year's Eve at Constellations

31st December, 2019
Constellations, Liverpool

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For the final NYE on Greenland Street, Constellations are teaming up with their Baltic neighbours, Melodic Distraction Radio and shipping out to another dimension with cosmic disco dons, Crazy P, who will be bringing their famous Sound System show to the space for one last time.

Soundtracking the night, will be the very best local DJs and live bands who have orbited the venue over the years and become firm favourites of the Constellations and Melodic Distraction families.

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Mellowtone Celebrate their 15th Birthday with artwork exhibition

Buyers Club, Hardman Street, Liverpool

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Art, design and illustration have always been a cornerstone of Liverpool's acoustic aficionados, Mellowtone - always printed, and consistently monochrome.

'Mellowtone 15' is an exhibition of fifteen original screenprints celebrating this. Featuring artwork by fifteen different artists, in limited editions of fifteen, with each print on sale for (yes...) fifteen pounds.

Each image has been lovingly hand-printed by Liverpool studio The Paper Moon Print Studio and 50% of proceeds will be donated to local foodbanks ahead of Christmas.

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Krewe Liverpool 2020 - The Mardi Gras Experience

7th February 2020
Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool

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Ahead of the inaugural Krewe Liverpool - organisers have announced more information about how you can get involved with their surrealist masquerade ball.

Traditionally the festivities, balls and parades arranged for the New Orleans’ Mardi Gras were created by social organisations or clubs known as “Krewes”. In the early days, members of these Krewes were often from the wealthy elite, and traditionally all male.

Over the years, everything has become more inclusive and today people from all walks of life, and all genders, faiths, races, and ethnicities come together to celebrate at the Mardi Gras parades, following a myriad of Krewes with their various themes and messages.

Krewe Liverpool aims to follow this structure by uniting local audiences and arts organisations through their own take on the New Orleans’ Krewe traditions, in this inclusive performance-based celebration of local culture. Ticket holders are welcome to affiliate with any of these Krewes - or are invited to create their own with friends and family.


Liverpool Mozart Orchestra: “A Seasonal Selection”

8th December, 2019 (2:30pm)
The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
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Join the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra for an afternoon of festive fun suitable for all the family

The programme will include Prokofiev’s timeless narrated tale of Peter and The Wolf, in which each character in the story is represented by a different instrument in the orchestra.

The second half will include some staples of the annual New Year’s Day concert from Vienna, including Johann Strauss’s most famous waltz, The Blue Danube, and also some perennial Christmas favourites such as Leroy Andersen’s Sleigh Ride.

BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips will appear as the narrator for this performance.

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Africa Oyé wins big at Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards

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The UK's biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music has picked up two major awards at a glittering ceremony celebrating culture and creativity in the Liverpool City Region.

The awards, launched by the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, were created to celebrate outstanding contributions and commitment to art, culture and creativity across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

The Africa Oyé festival, which takes place at Sefton Park and this year celebrated its 27th annual event, won the People's Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Culture) and the Impact Award (International Reach).

The evening saw a whole host of awards given out, including an Impact Award for Community Cohesion, which was won by Mandela8.

The ceremony for the inaugural Awards took place at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral - this year's City Region Borough of Culture.

More info and the full list of winners at Business-Live here


INDIKA: Europe’s finest festival of Indian arts returns to Liverpool for 2020

12th - 22nd, Novemer 2020
Various Venues, Liverpool

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Indika, Europe’s finest festival of Indian arts, returns to Liverpool for 2020, taking over the city for a vibrant 10-day celebration.

Looking ahead to its 10th year, the Indika festival, presented by Milap, is renowned for hosting some of the biggest names in Indian arts, as well as some of the very best rising talent from India and the Diaspora.

Indika will return in 2020 with an expanded and eclectic programme of events, featuring contemporary Indian music, dance, visual arts, film, poetry, talks and participatory activities, across locations including St George's Hall, the Philharmonic Music Room and LEAF on Bold Street.

Building on Milap's successful collaboration as part of the citywide Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary, one of the highlights of the new programme will see a major Diwali festival celebration in Liverpool for the first time.

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The Christmas Spiegeltents

December, 2019
Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

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Arriving in Liverpool for the first time, the spectacular Christmas Spiegeltent will be located in the Baltic Triangle, adjacent to the Baltic Market and opposite to Northern Lights and Tusk Baltic.

The Christmas Spiegeltent Sunday Socials are a weekly family-friendly event that is all about those Sunday vibes. Delicious three-course Sunday roasts, all accompanied by live music and performance.

The first will have a live DJ set from Positive Vibration festival DJs and a performance from legendary Liverpool musician, writer and actor, Levi Tafari on the 8th of December.

Then the following Sunday there will be a performance from The Specials’ Jerry Dammers who will be DJing throughout the afternoon and curating the music from his vast collection.

More Info from The Guide Liverpool here


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We'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations to all our clients who were nominated or won prizes at the Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards.

As well as Africa Oyé winning big - taking home the Impact Award for International Reach and the People's Choice prize - well done to LEAP, Mandela 8 and Imaginarium Theatre!

People's Choice: Africa Oyé (Winners). Imaginarium Theatre (Nominated)

Improving Community Cohesion: Mandela8 (Winners), Africa Oyé (Nominated)

Student Inspiration: LEAP Fringe, Grace Bell & Michaela Munden (Nominated)

International Reach: Africa Oyé (Winners)


Award-Winning Reggae Festival, Positive Vibration Returns In 2020

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After a year-long hiatus, the UK’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican culture returns to the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool on 12 + 13 June 2020.
Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration - Festival of Reggae has established itself as one of the country’s most exciting and eclectic reggae festivals, playing host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems + selectors and some of the brightest new talent. 

Taking place over the 12 + 13 June 2020 across the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, the festival also sees the return of the Reggae Q&A panel discussion, Jamdown Food + Drinks Market, Family Workshops and The Art of Reggae Exhibitionwhich will showcase 100 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators + artists from over 60 countries.

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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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