20 Stories High on the Beeb!

Following hit success in on stage at Contact in Manchester, the Contact and 20 Stories
High co-production “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” was broadcast on BBC
Two on 20th January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes.
“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is a frank drama told through the voices of four
young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people;
including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and
campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real
experiences of these women.
The show deals with challenging themes but filmed on the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of
abortion in Britain, writer Julia Samuels explores the way in which society treats this subject and
how this impacts on women today. And importantly asks what would happen if we started to talk openly about it.

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Hope Street Ltd is delighted to have been commissioned to produce an immersive theatre experience for children to form part of the schools’ programme cultural offer.

“The Rise of the Warriors” went into its development phase during November and boasts a largely Liverpool company of lead artists, the majority of whom have worked with several COoL members over the years.

Opening 9 February to 28 October 2018, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum features more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, more than half of which have never been on show in the UK before.
This landmark exhibition tells the story of the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings, to China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang’s rise to power and the legacy of his achievements in the succeeding Han Dynasty.

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Liverpool Irish Festival 2017 is almost here!

We know you’re been waiting and we are so excited about it nearly being here! With 60 events (30 involving music!), almost 30 venues, 50+ partners and over 100 artists taking part, LivIrishFest 2017 is going to be awesome! All tickets are on sale now  you can get to all the events here.

Tickets to the launch – involving opening speeches, a slice of (15th birthday) cake and the story of the festival from our Chair, John Chandler – are also available; just sign up here. Specific events we would like to draw your attention to include:

You can find out about these and more, here. These 4 events are show-pieces that truly reflect the nature of the work we believe the festival is set up to do, including:

  • progressing new thinking
  • showcasing excellence and talent
  • engaging in local interest and
  • supporting and working with the community.

Each has limited availability for certain aspects (i.e., a couple fo the sessions at the Family Day), so we urge you to get your tickets booked a.s.a.p to ensure you don’t miss out!

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A Surprise Visitor visits a COoL Organisation

Jeremy Corbyn visited COoL organisation Pagoda Arts where he watched the Chinese Youth Orchestra play, drank tea and even had a go himself after brief lessons from musician Charlie Wardle.  He was welcomed by Zilan Liao and introduced to many people from the community. Another COoL organisation First Take filmed the visit and you can see highlights here –

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Lemn Sissay MBE to become a patron for 20 Stories High

20 Stories High are pleased and proud to announce that the amazing poet, author and theatre maker Lemn Sissay has agreed to be the theatre company’s first patron.

The company have been talking with Lemn for a few years about their work and their shared connections; political, artistic and social.

During a meeting in Manchester last week with three of 20 Stories High’s young artists and Co-Artistic Directors Julia Samuels and Keith Saha, Lemn agreed to become official patron.

Great news for 20 Stories which is warmly welcomed by COoL.

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DaDaFest Young Leaders Open Meeting

DaDaFest Young Leaders Open Meeting
26 Nov 2016 | 2 – 4pm
Museum of Liverpool

Free, search but contact us to confirm attendance

An open meeting for disabled and Deaf young people. We are looking for creative minds and future leaders to work with DaDaFest to make decisions and organise our Young DaDaFest events and DaDaFest International festivals.

We’re looking for young people aged 14-30 years old who are disabled, pharmacy deaf or living with a long term illness or condition to join our Young people’s Leadership group.

You will work with the DaDaFest team and other arts professionals to develop ideas for our programme, more about projects and events. This is a great opportunity if you want to represent the voices of young disabled people in Merseyside and the wider North West region. You will get to build your leadership, project management and programming skills and work with other young people from Merseyside.

This open meeting will allow you to find out more about DaDaFest and the work we do and the role of the Young Leaders.  Support to travel to the meetings and access can be provided where required.
We’re thankful for support from Big Lottery Fund to deliver this project.

Please contact Sam to let us know you are coming and to inform us of any access support we need to put in place for you to attend. Email: or telephone: 0151 707 1733.
Access: British Sign Language Interpretation, Audio Description and Note Taker.


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DaDaFest Receives Funding from Big Lottery

COoL member DaDaFest has received a grant of over £275, 000 from Big Lottery Fund to be used for a new project called “DaDaFest Rookies”.

The project aims to increase employability within the creative sector for young disabled people through training, order mentoring and placements within arts organisations.

The funding from Big Lottery will allow us to support young people to develop their skills as artists and producers and enable them to pursue careers in the creative sector. The project will be led by young people via our leadership groups and local schools will be able to input their thoughts via quarterly forum meetings. Over a three year period, we will offer mentoring to young people, which will involve taking part in sessions led by highly experienced professionals. We will also offer flexible placements for young producers within our own office as well as with partner organisations.

DaDaFest Rookies builds on our successful Young DaDaFest programme, which has seen over 2,500 young people participate in a wide variety of different events and projects. This includes being part of our biennial international disability arts festival as well as leading on the development of our annual young people’s events. We have supported several young people who have already made steps into professional careers in the arts. DaDaFest Rookies will allow us to support an increased number of young people to kickstart their arts careers. 

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