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COoL visit to Limerick

COoL was invited to give a talk in Limerick about its development into the leading cultural partnership model of its kind in the UK, its achievements and plans for the future.

COoL representatives Emma Smith, Director of Liverpool Irish Festival (left) and Karen Gallagher, Artistic Director of MDI (right) travelled to Ireland to deliver the public talk at The Hunt Museum, Limerick, on Saturday 18 February, invited by Professional Limerick Artists Network (PLAN) and LACE.

Emma ‘it was a positive moment to reflect on our achievements, reconsider the power of engagement and make rich new connections – at home and abroad. It very quickly brought about a considerable amount of knowledge exchange, interactive visioning and deep relationships’

‘People spoke about COoL and our work as inspirational, hopeful and beneficial. Surprises seemed to include the sheer variety of art forms represented within the COoL membership and the development transitions of the organisation as a whole’.

 

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Africa Oyé joins COoL

We’re pleased to announce that Africa Oyé, the largest celebration of live African music in the UK, have joined COoL. Originally part of COoL during our early days, Africa Oyé have been a vital part in helping to forge Liverpool’s reputation as an international Festival City. We look forward to working with Africa Oyé once again and the rich expertise they will bring to our Festival Forum.

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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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A Quiet Passion wins at Gent Film Festival

Hurricane Films’ ‘A Quiet Passion’ wins Best Film at Gent Film Festival

Emily Dickinson biographical drama A Quiet Passion has been announced as this year’s Grand Prix: Best Film 2016 at Gent Film Festival in Belgium.

Shot in Belgium and the US, the film has been warmly received in the film festival circuit, with recent festival appearances in New York, Toronto, London, Vienna and Turin. Richard Brody of the New Yorker called A Quiet Passion ‘an absolute, drop dead masterwork’, whilst Michael Pattison of Indiewire called it ‘quietly masterful’.

A statement from the Gent jury read:

“After a long and passionate discussion it was decided to recognize the film which some members of the jury considered the most daring and most rigorous of the twelve films in competition: ‘A Quiet Passion’ by Terence Davies.”

Congratulations to Hurricane Films!

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Liverpool Irish Festival returns next month!

Running 13-23 Oct, 2016’s Liverpool Irish Festival will focus on conviviality. How does our liveliness and friendliness bring people together? It might be over a music session, through a story or just by sharing an event together, we’re bringing together new writers and new sounds, with old stories and traditional instruments.

So what do we have? Well, Alsop Drama perform Three Plays: Riders to the Sea, The Shadow of the Glen and Purgatory. There’s “whiskey soaked folk” from The Logues and soaring sounds from Lisa Hannigan at the Arts Club. We Banjo 3 return to Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room. We’ll explore James Joyce’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ in its centenary year and of course have our traditional family ceílí. And there’s plenty more!

With less than a month to go, we understand you’re itching for the fun to begin. Why not sneak an early peek by visiting some of our partners early?

You can find Irish music sessions at some of the city’s fabulous pubs, such as The Caledonia and The Edinburgh, who take part in the festival again. There’s also St Michael’s Irish Centre, where you’ll find folk nights, film and storytelling between now and 13 Oct. The Institute of Irish Studies holds regular talks and events exploring Irish culture and Community.

Take part and tell us what you think using our official festival hashtags acrossTwitter, Facebook and Instagram: #LivIrishFest, #madfortrad and #madfornew.

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Liverpool Comedy Festival

Liverpool Comedy Festival is back as hilarious comedy acts are set to descend on Liverpool between Sep 18 – Oct 2 for it’s 15th year in the city and The Comedy Trust have just announced the final line-up! From Liverpool Echo:

And for the first time ever, approved it has also acquired its own Fringe Festival – organised by Funny Looking Live and held at 81 Renshaw Street, pills where comedy fans can catch what’s described as ‘long form’ comedy.

Edinburgh comedy award nominees Geins Family Giftshop and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, cialis 40mg and Liverpool troubadour Steve Gribbin, are among the line-up.

Back in the main festival, headliners include Romesh Ranganathan, who sold out a Liverpool show earlier in the year and is now back for more, this time at the Philharmonic Hall on September 21.

http://liverpoolcomedyfestival.com

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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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