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COoL member funding success

We’re pleased to report funding success for several COoL members which will realise exciting new projects in 2017:

LAAF have received Big Lottery Funding for a massive community celebration of Eid-al-Fitr will be held in Liverpool’s Lodge Lane next year. Put July 8 in your diaries. Read more in Liverpool Echo.

MDI raised a fantastic £5,175 worth of support for LEAP 2017 through a Kickstarter campaign. LEAP will mark MDI’s 25th anniversary.

The Comedy Trust are venturing into the history of WW1 with their latest comedy project starting in January 2017. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, TCT will be working with four of its recent ‘Stand Out’ programme graduate school’s based in Merseyside. Across five months students explore how comedy and humour was used as an effective tool in supporting the Great British public and soldiers on the front line.

Participants will curate and design their own exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, work alongside historians and archivists, devise their own vaudeville performance in conjunction with fellow COoL member Tmesis Theatre, record people’s family stories as content for their own documentary and will be giving the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum North, Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Central Library to gather research for their exhibition. Visit TCT website for more information.

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Support MDI’s LEAP 2017 Kickstarter campaign

Leap is MDI’s festival of world class dance that we have been programming and creating since 1992. We have developed a bold and ambitious plan to programme Leap 2017 at a new temporary ‘pop-up’ venue in the heart of Liverpool’s creative docklands.

LEAP is an international dance festival for Liverpool in the heart of the City; bringing together the community, and celebrating excellence in dance by presenting new work by companies based locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. A biennial event since 2013, Leap will return to an annual format post-2017.

We focus on diversity in our art-form, and encourage participation by offering a programme of high quality performances, workshops and talks from local and visiting artists. This new project, for which we are seeking funding, will transform a warehouse into a vibrant family-friendly temporary venue that will form a hub for artists and audiences alike for the two-week-long festival.

We want to test the idea of a ‘pop up dance space’ in support of creating, in the longer term, a dedicated space for dance in Liverpool that houses our ambition to create a sustainable model of doing business that enables dance to thrive in the region.

Support MDI here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1440652603/leap-2017

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