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Old May 26th, 2006, 04:57 PM   #161
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New York gives Central perk to cultural capital May 26 2006


NEW YORK is set to be linked with Birkenhead as part of a trans-Atlantic exhibition planned for the Capital of Culture celebrations.

The Big Apple's famous Central Park was modelled on its much less well-known predecessor in the Wirral town.

And culture chiefs want to make the most of the parks' connection, which also links other North American cities.

Among them is Vancouver, where many of the green spaces are thought to have been based on Merseyside models.
The Civic Trust now plans aparks conference for 2008, which would then tour north America.


Ian Harvey, the trust's development officer based in Liverpool, said: "We're looking into aproject for 2008 that will see Merseyside celebrate its great cultural assets - its parks.


"This is as a way to celebrate the success of Merseyside parks in The Green Flag Awards and also because parks will play amajor role in 2007 and 2008.


"We want community groups and the public to let us know if they would be willing to share, for a period, old photos of Merseyside parks." The aim of the project is also to record, promote and give people access to information so they can learn more about the role parks have played in Merseyside's heritage and culture.


Mr Harvey said: "We want to record the memories of local people and ensure the history discovered is conserved for the future.


"We're looking to develop an exhibition, video and CD-Rom that will introduce the parks, outline their key aspects, explain design concepts, and identify their social and historical significance.


"The project will explore and celebrate local heritage and will have ambitions of travelling to Central Park to link both cities during 2008."


Organisers hope the initiative would also explain the benefits parks have had on local areas, helping to create asense of ownership.


Liverpool alone has 10 Green Flag awards, the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.


They include Greenbank Park, Everton Park Nature Garden, Springwood Crematorium Gardens and Falkner Square and it is hoped the 2008 Green Flag Award ceremony will take place in Sefton Park.


How our public spaces helped shape the world


BIRKENHEAD PARK: Acknowledged to be the first publicly-funded park in Britain it was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, whose concept was to create an idealised countryside landscape of open meadows and naturalistic woodland belts.


The lakes are shaped to appear as sinuous rivers with views across them to features such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge.


In 1850 American Frederick Olmsted visited the park as part of atour of Europe. He later became famous as the designer of New York's Central Park, into which he incorporated many of the features he first observed in Birkenhead Park.


STANLEY PARK: 45-hectare park in North Liverpool designed by Edward Kemp and opened in 1870.


Stanley Park in Vancouver features huge Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, and Western Hemlock trees which grow up to 300ft tall. It was opened in 1888 and it is estimated eight million people visit the park yearly.


Both were named after Lord Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby and Governor General of Canada.


RUNCORN: Sandstone from Runcorn was used in the building of both the Liverpool Docks and the docks at New York, as well as Liverpool Cathedral.
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Angry 2008 - all talk and no action

I plan to come back to the pool for a vacation this year and expect it to be a building site but the more I read these forums I get more the impression that 2008 will be either still be that or we will be still hearing about schemes that are now going 'full speed ahead' such as the canal link, X museum , lime st gateway etc. with others either dead (trams ) or killed (Maro, Cheiftain)

The only schemes that seem remotely on track are PSDA and maybe Kings Dock (will the hotels be ready ? )

Once again lots of bluster from LCC and Liverpool Vision but very little results.
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Africa Oye festival to be seen by millions in US Jun 13 2006

MILLIONS of Americans will be tuning into this week's Africa Oye festival in Sefton Park.

The US-based Africa Channel, which is subscribed to by more than 10m viewers stateside, will film the free three day festival featuring some of African music scene's biggest stars which begins on Friday.

"Not only will the eyes of America be on us as a festival but as a city too," said 37 year-old Paul Duhaney, who organised this years festival with director and founder Kenny Murray.

Because of the interest Mr Duhaney said they had "decided to speculate to accumulate" for this year's festival the 13th of its kind. The stage will be upgraded with a bigger sound system and more stalls selling wider variety of ethnic goods and foods.

"Since we moved back to Sefton Park from Birkenhead Park the festival become more popular than ever and this one could be the best yet because all of the artists are right out of the top drawer," said London-born Mr Duhaney, who calls himself "an honorary Scouser flying the flag for Liverpool."


Among those appearing this year are Nuru Kane from Senegal, Bonga (Angola), Eyuphuru (Mozambique) and Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast).


The Africa Channel approached Mr Duhaney about filming the festival when he attended the Womex music conference which was held this year in Newcastle.


"Like us they wanted to focus on something positive about Africa other than the usual stuff about war, poverty, aids and famine," explained Mr Duhaney, who added that not only would the coverage give a platform to Liverpool in America, but in Britain too.


It is expected to be one of the first programmes broadcast when the channel is launched here early next year.


An estimated 25,000 people attended last year's event which was broadcast by BBC Radio 3.


This year's even begins at 8pm on Friday at the Magnet on Hardman Street when Nuru Kane and Eyuphuro play with music from Lake of Stars DJs.


The Sefton Park performances take place on Saturday and Sunday.


The former starts at 1pm and ends at 8.30pm, the latter begins at 12.30pm, finishing at 7.30pm.
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Old June 13th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #164
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should be a number of Liverpool companies fighting to broadcast it to them!

Great news though

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Old June 19th, 2006, 03:46 PM   #165
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It's 2008 Jun 19 2006

LIVERPOOL will host the finish of the Tour of Britain in Capital of Culture year.

It means Britain's biggest and most prestigious bike race will finish outside London for the first time.

The decision to stage the tour's showpiece event in 2008 is part of a three-year deal between the Culture Company and the tour organisers.

It is being backed by Merseyside cycling star Chris Boardman.

The world, Olympic and national champion from Hoylake said today: "An event like this is something that's great for Liverpool. It's about awareness and something everyone can get involved in.


"We've always been strong in the north west for cycling, and this is an extra incentive for people to do well."


As part of the deal, the city will stage the end of the north west stage this year on Wednesday, August 30.


In 2007 it will host the start of the regional stage during the week of Liverpool's 800th birthday celebrations.


Thenorth west stage of the tour is sponsored by the Northwest Regional Development Agency. Last year the stage, which ran from Carlisle to Blackpool, attracted 55,000 spectators.


This year it will start in Blackpool and competitors will race a 90 mile route to Liverpool.


Council leader Warren Bradley, said: 'Hosting the finale of the Tour of Britain in 2008 is a huge honour.


"It will give the city great profile and a chance to showcase the renaissance which has been taking place. It's set to be a memorable highlight of our Capital of Culture year.''
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It's 2008 Jun 19 2006

LIVERPOOL will host the finish of the Tour of Britain in Capital of Culture year.

It means Britain's biggest and most prestigious bike race will finish outside London for the first time.

The decision to stage the tour's showpiece event in 2008 is part of a three-year deal between the Culture Company and the tour organisers.

It is being backed by Merseyside cycling star Chris Boardman.

The world, Olympic and national champion from Hoylake said today: "An event like this is something that's great for Liverpool. It's about awareness and something everyone can get involved in.


"We've always been strong in the north west for cycling, and this is an extra incentive for people to do well."


As part of the deal, the city will stage the end of the north west stage this year on Wednesday, August 30.


In 2007 it will host the start of the regional stage during the week of Liverpool's 800th birthday celebrations.


Thenorth west stage of the tour is sponsored by the Northwest Regional Development Agency. Last year the stage, which ran from Carlisle to Blackpool, attracted 55,000 spectators.


This year it will start in Blackpool and competitors will race a 90 mile route to Liverpool.


Council leader Warren Bradley, said: 'Hosting the finale of the Tour of Britain in 2008 is a huge honour.


"It will give the city great profile and a chance to showcase the renaissance which has been taking place. It's set to be a memorable highlight of our Capital of Culture year.''
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 04:52 PM   #167
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Guide's praise for LiverpoolJun 22 2006




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LIVERPOOL has received a glowing report in the latest Rough Guide to the United Kingdom, published this week.

The travel guide, famous for its frank accounts of venues, says: "Things are looking up, as the successful bid to be European Capital of Culture for 2008 promises to transfor mthe city."

Some of the city's most famous buildings also come in for praise, with St George's Hall described as "one of Britain's finest Greek Revival buildings" and the Anglican Cathedral receiving the accolade of "the last of the great British neo-Gothic structures".

The review marks another small step on the road to transforming the city's image both nationally and globally

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Arrow Business leaders plan tactics for making the most of Capital of Culture .....

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Business leaders plan tactics for making the most of Capital of Culture .....
Jun 29 2006

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BUSINESS leaders representing Merseyside companies large and small gathered yesterday to discuss ways in which local firms can make the most out of European Capital of Culture.

The 14-strong 08 businessconnect Business Advisory Group, the members of which were chosen from 100 applications, gathered in Liverpool city centre.

They discussed ways of helping local businesses maximise the opportunities in a city that is preparing to welcome 20m people in 2008. Launched in January, 08 businessconnect now has more than 1,500 members, with special access to networking events and business opportunities.

Nichola Lee, director of 08 businessconnect, said: "We're delighted so many people wanted to be involved in steering the direction of our activities."

Jason Harborow, chief executive of Liverpool Culture Company, added: "This group reflects a flourishing economy with a vibrant creative sector.

"It's also another example of the growing desire within the business community to work with us to ensure 08 is a long term success story."

The group will be chaired on a rotating annual basis by one of the official 08 Partners.

* FOR more information, see news section www.08businessconnect.com.

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"Opportunities in a city that is preparing to welcome 20m people in 2008."

20m is that a typo - where did that figure come from?

I`ve only previously read of about 1.5m visitors which I have always thought was a bit low given that 3.5m attended the 1984 Liverpool International Garden Festival and first `Tall Ships`.

20m, oh go on then and you can bring a friend

In fact bring a couple and your Granny.
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City will host memorial day Jun 29 2006

LIVERPOOL has been chosen to host the UK's Holocaust Memorial Day in 2008.

Organisers say the city's proven sensitive approach to the memory of the victims of genocide, together with its creative flair, were the key factors in winning the bid, involving seven other undisclosed British cities.

The worldwide remembrance - traditionally on January 27 - will be one of the first major events in Liverpool's Capital of Culture year.

City council leader Warren Bradley said: "Holocaust Memorial Day has played an integral role in Liverpool's civic calendar for many years."


Stephen Smith, chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: "The trust was very impressed by the bid put forward by Liverpool and by the team's professionalism, enthusiasm and under-standing of the importance of learning the lessons of the Holocaust.


"Considerable planning goes into each Holocaust Memorial Day and we're confident that Liverpool city will deliver a memorable, moving occasion."


Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman, who is a member of the memorial day trust, said: "I think there is value for all communities in Liverpool to work together to make the event as meaningful as possible."


The January 27 date was chosen to coincide with the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp and commemorates not only the victims of Nazi persecution, but also of other genocides in places like Bosnia and Rwanda.


The 2007 British host city is Newcastle with the theme The Dignity of Difference.


The theme for 2008 has yet to be chosen.
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Beatles families come together at new show.

THE remaining Beatles and their families will prove that love is all you need when they attend the premier eof Cirque du Soleil extravaganza LOVE in Las Vegas tonight.

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Julian and Sean Lennon, Cynthia Lennon and Sir George Martin are all expected at the gala event.

More than 4,000 guests will watch two performances of the multi-million pound production, which showcases more than 100 Beatles songs, before going on to an aftershow party.

Among them will be Paul's brother Mike McCartney and wife Rowena.

Mike McCartney has also pledged to ask bosses of the Canadian acrobatic troupe if they will bring the fantasy tribute show to Liverpool's new Kings Dock arena for Capital of Culture year.
He said: "Our kid and I came across Cirque du Soleil when they weren't really that well known.


"Rowena and I saw them in Manchester and Paul saw their show in London or Vegas. Neither of us knew the other had seen it, but my brother fell in love with it." lOVE has a fine Beatles pedigree.


It was born from a friendship between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Lalibert?, agreed by Paul, Ringo and Yoko, and brought to the stage by Sir George Martin.


It links together 60 international artists from the Cirque du Soleil and more than 100 Beatles songs to present, in its creators' words, "a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience".


The unique soundtrack has been created using original master tapes from Abbey Road studios.


Sir George, who worked on the project with son Giles, said: "We wanted to make sure there are enough good, solid hit songs in the show, but we don't want it to just "best of's".


"We also wanted to put in some interesting and not well-known Beatles music and use fragments of songs."


Each of the seats in the Mirage is equipped with three speakers to give fans an intimate experience.


It is expected lOVE could run for at least 10 years, packing 2,000 people into the theatre twice a night, five nights a week, with ticket prices ranging from $69 (£38) to $150 (£82).


I want to see this I hope it comes to the KD arena .
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A Tall Ships 2008 taster.

TALL ships are arrivin Liverpool for a two-day visit this weekend.

The Culture Company says it has organised the All Aboard weekend as a taster event for 2008, when Liverpool will host the start of the Tall Ships Race.

Most of the ships will be based at Wellington and Sandon Docks, off Regent Road, while HMS Albion will be at Canada Dock, and Artemis at the Albert Dock.

Council leader Warren Bradley said: "There are few cities in the world with a seafaring history as rich as Liverpool's, and seeing the tall ships arrive on the Mersey is a fantastic sight.

"All Aboard will be a great opportunity for people to have alook around these fascinating ships."

Ships in Wellington/Sandon Dockwill be the Christian Raddich, considered to be Norway's grandest sailing ambassador; Bessie Ellen, Britain's last wooden coasting ketch still under sail; Swan Fan Makkum, one of the world's largest brigantine and two-masted ships; Eye Of The Wind; Iris, and Le Orla, an Irish naval coastal patrol vessel.


Albert Dock will host former whaling ship Artemis, while amphibious assault ship HMS Albion will be at Canada Dock.
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Rock around the rockJun 30 2006

By Kate Mansey, Liverpool Echo

AN old Merseyside naval fort is putting the rock back into rock'n'roll.

Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, will be hosting a series of concerts at the end of the summer to rival other outdoor events.

Leading indie bands like British Sea Power and Liverpool's The Pedantics are already lined up to play the gigs on the picturesque sandstone outcrop.

Organisers have labelled the regular shows Nautical to celebrate Fort Perch Rock's 180-year history.

Promoter Craig Pennington, 22, from Wallasey, said: "We wanted to do something different, which is a little bit fresh and Fort Perch Rock seemed like the ideal location because it is so iconic.


"The site is of huge historic significance and there's a big musical history behind it as well.


"The Beatles' appearances at the Tower Ballroom are just part of the area's rich musical heritage and we need to bring this back."


The building of Fort Perch Rock started in 1826 in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars after military officials decided Liverpool needed to secure its defences.


While the centre has hosted jazz nights and other music events in the past, this will be the first time a regular rock and indie night will be held at the venue.


August 5 will be the first of three planned parties on the rock and organ-isers hope to continue the shows outdoors into the autumn while the weather lasts.


Andy Rostron, keyboard player with local band Seal Cub Clubbing Club, said: "I think it can onlybe agood thing that culture is being injected into areas of Wirral.


"I hope this takes off as a popular venue because all too often we play in Liverpool because there aren't enough events in Wirral."


Sasha Cairns, who oversees the running of the fort said: "The newnights will be very exciting.


"We've had a huge response from music fans who want to book tickets."


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Mike McCartney has also pledged to ask bosses of the Canadian acrobatic troupe if they will bring the fantasy tribute show to Liverpool's new Kings Dock arena for Capital of Culture year.
He said: "Our kid and I came across Cirque du Soleil when they weren't really that well known.
Would be superb to see this staged here,(and not just for one showing), at our new Kings Dock Arena, and even better if the Beatles families could attend.
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Had a great day out yesterday on board HMS Albion in Canada Dock and around by the tall ships,everyone looked like they were having a good time and many took advantage of a cruise around the docks on the tall ships.
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Had a great day out yesterday on board HMS Albion in Canada Dock and around by the tall ships,everyone looked like they were having a good time and many took advantage of a cruise around the docks on the tall ships.
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Arrow Proof - if it were really needed - we're a capital of cartoon culture.....

Proof - if it were really needed - we're a capital of cartoon culture...Jul 3 2006

PETER GRANT talks to three of the city's top draw cartoonists

By Peter Grant, Liverpool Echo

IT'S Toon time ... This is 2006 Liverpool, European Capital of Culture's Year of Performance, and what better way to draw in the crowds than with something fresh and sparkling.

For the second year running, the Liverpool Comedy Festival's Cartoon Exhibition - this time featuring the idea of 'performance' - has attracted many of the best UK professional cartoonists and caricaturists - and local talent.

It really is THE best of British cartoonists, according to a spokesman for the new venue at the Royal Court.

Among the illustrious participants, Bill Stott, Paul Hardman and John Roberts are getting together again to showcase the twin skills of art and comedy in Liverpool.

As a part of the Cartoon Festival launch the trio will be taking part in The Big Draw in Williamson Square on Thursday, July 13.

Bill and Paul will be drawing a giant cartoon while John, who is an international caricaturist, will be drawing people in the square.

Comedy Festival organiser Gillian Miller is glad to be supporting a marriage of art and comedy. "It will be like being in a real European City."

There are many individual themes on view such as: athletic personal bests; dreadful divas and ... synchronised elk- tossing.

Some football and celebrity caricatures feature, too.

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Cartoonist Bill actually had his first cartoon published in the ECHO.

"It was 'a long long time ago - so long in fact, that I can't remember now, but I DID get paid," he smiles.

He hopes the exhibition goes from strength to strength.

"Towns like Shrewsbury have an established cartoon festival," he says.

"Why can't Liverpool - the capital of comedy - have one that grows bigger and bigger?"

Bill, 62, who taught in Liverpool schools for 25 years, enjoyed working for such magazines as Punch and Private Eye.

etc etc

Fellow cartoonist John, like his two pals, will be displaying three pieces of his work. His are black and ink watercolours.

"I have done caricatures," says the 54 year-old, whose family came from Liverpool.

"Ricky Gervais and his monkey dance and Johnny Vegas - one of the patron's of the Festival in his shirt and with fags - his usual pose. And a singing George Michael. "I think Liverpool has been crying out for an exhibition like this with so much presence and I want to see it grow and grow."

Paul, 59, from Knotty Ash who now lives in Southport enjoyed a career as a cartoonist for national newspapers and on Channel 4's Racing Picture Puzzle.

He is now working on children's books and for National Geographical magazine.

"All three of us - and our fellow cartoonists - are keeping the art alive because that is what it is ... art," he insists.

"My ambition would be a National Cartoon Awards here in Liverpool because there isn't one, it would be the only one of its kind in England..

"Imagine the focus on Liverpool where so many great cartoonists, such as Bill Tidy, have come from. "This exhibition is something we are proud to see take off because it features some of the greatest and best cartoonists in the country."

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Sheila's scarpered: http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/conte..._feature.shtml

Not good news. I'd like to know the inside track on this one - she didn't ever seem to arrive, did she? Now they've got to find a replacement, launch the programme and hold the ECoC in not much over a year's time.
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Robyn Archer quitting is the wrong side of disastrous for CoC, she did take up the office at one point but made no impact that I can recall?? I hope they don't pay her a penny more than she is due and the money she has been paid feels like Liverpool has been mugged by this woman. No doubt the story will unfold in the coming days, who can take over this job now she's gone how about Bill Kenright???
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Doug I agree, I gained the impression she didn't really want the job.

Who organises the Edinburgh Festival? Can we get him or her?
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