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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 –  https://vimeo.com/232688928

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COoL members feature heavily in 50 Summers of Love

Exciting news! 67-17: 50 Summers of Love has been announced. The programme marks the summer of 1967, and the subsequent summers, which were landmarks in modern culture. Liverpool played a central role in the outpouring of creativity in 1967, as the year saw the release of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the publication of one of the world’s most popular poetry anthologies The Mersey Sound and the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral – all of which will form part of some of the activities taking place.

The programme features a strong line up of cultural events with strong COoL representation from Liverpool Arab Arts FestivalThe AtkinsonMilapfestAfrica Oyé (Official)The Comedy Trust and Open Eye Gallery.

This demonstrates the important contribution COoL members make to Liverpool City Region through quality cultural work nationally and internationally. As Major Joe Anderson says, “It’s not only the quantity of events – the quality is outstanding.” We can’t wait.

To find out more, visit our friends at Culture Liverpool.

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DaDaFest’s Ruth Gould visits Palestine

DaDaFest’s Artistic Director, Ruth Gould MBE, visited Palestine the opening of a new exhibition “Arts and Disability: Challenges and Successes” organised by the British Council.

Produced in partnership with a number of Palestinian partner organisations, the two day programme consisted of an exhibition of work that represents an accumulation of art by disabled and non-disabled Palestinians, mentored by British disabled artist and DaDaFest-regular Rachel Gadsden.

Read Ruth’s blog.

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DaDaFest 2016 programme announced

DaDaFest is delighted to announce the full programme of events for its thirteenth festival, about it “Skin:Deep”, taking place from 17 November to 3 December 2016. This year’s festival will present an array of outrageous, diverse and radical disability and Deaf arts that will challenge public perceptions of disability, ignite debate and celebrate disability culture.

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Liverpool Arab Arts Fest 2016

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival: Undocumented

From 15 – 24 July 2016, see Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, the UK’s biggest annual celebration of Arab arts and culture returns to Liverpool for its 15th year, bringing with it a series of 35 events over a packed 10 day period, including 147 UK and international artists and performers.

Organisers have put together an impressive programme of events and activities, which they describe as ‘something for everyone’, incorporating visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, literature, discussion, comedy and special free public events in various venues across the city.

Audiences of all ages are well catered for, with three key free family-friendly Arab extravaganzas taking place over two weekends.

For the full programme visit: www.arabartsfestival.com

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