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Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:01

Get the Buzz for Lightnight

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Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Liverpool this Friday for the city’s annual arts and culture festival LightNight. 

On Friday 18th May from 4pm until late Liverpool’s best arts & heritage venues will throw open their doors for fun-seekers of all ages.
With a mixture of over 70 FREE exhibitions, performances and hands-on activities LightNight offers visitors a chance to rediscover and celebrate Liverpool’s impressive world-class cultural offer.

Monday, 14 May 2012 22:32

Do we still Need Libraries?

alan_davey_05_cropped5b15d2Debate this Wednesday as part of Liverpool UNiversity's POLICY PROVOCATIONS

 

Wednesday 16 May, 5.30pm
The Florrie, Mill Street, Toxteth

More details below 

 

Friday, 11 May 2012 08:34

Rathole Roadshow 2012

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Rathole RadioTonight it's the Rathole Roadshow @leafteashop and it will be one of the most engaging performances in Liverpool for a long time. Not only is it FREE but there is going to be enough technology in the room to sink a small battleship.  I was asked earlier on Twitter what I meant by saying it was going to enage an online audience so I'll go into those details now.  
The whole gig is going to be Live Streamed across the internet, the video will be streamed using Ustream and the audio will also be streamed, but that's not the bit that makes it exciting for me. What makes it truly engaging is that you can respond to the performances as you hear them via twitter and via the IRC or Internet Chat Room - nothing new there either really. But if you connect the twiiter stream to a couple of little gadgets one called @bubblino and the other simply called Audiencebot then this is something else, @bubblino will blow bubbles everytime he reads the hashtag #RR2012 in the Twitter Streeam and then the Audiencebot will bang his drum adding to the general applause giving the band direct feedback about how their performance is from the online audience. NOW THAT'S ENGAGEMENT FOR YOU
Over the forthcoming weeks in Liverpool there are loads of gigs laid on for Sound City and even a Conference of some sort but the one thing we won't see is a live video stream and the opportunity to give direct feedback. 

You can read the press release below about Rathole Radio.

macTwo Evenings with IAN McCULLOCH INCLUDING AN ACOUSTIC SET WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST IAN BROUDIE

Liverpool music legend Ian McCulloch has revealed plans to play two intimate acoustic shows in Liverpool on 10 and 11 May, and becoming the first official act to perform at the newEpstein Theatre (formerly The Neptune).

The shows lead up to the release of Ian McCulloch’s fourth solo album called “Pro Patria Mori”.  McCulloch will be showcasing songs like ’Different Trees’, ‘Lift Me Up’ and ‘Watch Me Land’ from his forthcoming album, along with classic Echo and the Bunnymen songs and other solo tracks from the albums ‘Candleland’, ‘Mysterio’ and ‘Slidling’”.

cent_blank_200pxCentrifuge brings an exciting collection improvising musicians from around the North together in Manchester. 
The musicians, with a range of different musical practices, will combine in various small groupings to deliver 
a program of free improvisations in music. 
Centrifuge where creative forces meet. 
Sunday, 06 May 2012 00:00

Stay out all Night - Light Night

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Light__Sound_Party-Tristan_Brady_Jacobs_Light_GraffitiLightNight Friday 18 May 4pm - late at various venues across Liverpool city centre

Over 70 events FREE 

Following Liverpool’s giant spectacular weekend of Sea Odyssey, thousands of visitors are expected to again descend on Liverpool this May for the city’s annual arts and culture festival LightNight. Over 50 of Liverpool’s finest attractions and arts organisations have joined forces to offer a whirlwind night of exciting activities and events for everybody for LightNight 2012.

On Friday 18th May from 4pm until late, over 50 of Liverpool’s best arts & heritage venues will throw open their doors offering over 70 FREE events to choose from including special underground tours, a mass sing-alongcandle-lit labyrinth,fascinating exhibitions and open studiosChinese arts showcase, architecture tours, ceildhs, spectacular light projections,street theatre, live music and lot’s more.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:09

AND Festival - OPEN CALL FOR MOVING IMAGE

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AND is currently seeking features, short films and artists moving image.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:04

AND offer Micro Commissions

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micro commissions AND is joining forces with the micro-commissions scheme to support small ideas that have big potential.

Monday, 16 April 2012 14:43

Design Initiative closes after 20 years

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Design Show LiverpoolIt didn't come as news but Design Initiative have closed after 20 years of operation, all the staff left the Liverpool office some time ago and now it is Manchester's turn as the organisation closes completely.  Design Initive started in Liverpool and had some real success, and was a great resource for artists, designers and commissioners. At one point you couldn't start in business as a creative in Liveprool without first visiting LDI, they had access to information which would help you set up and survive that important first year of trading, but not only did it provide advice and guidance then came the workshops and exhibitions, some which drew the eyes of the national media to Liverpool. I remember well in the early years of LDI the BBC Design Awards exhibtion held at the now old but brand new at the time Alham Robarts Learning Resource Centre. Whatever became of Muriel Gray? 

It is hard to say what the first signs of the decline of Design Initiative were but I think they may have over reached when they tried to run activities across the whole of the North West plus afford the rent of two offices in Manchester and Liverpool, growing to fast without consolidating their foundations. However, in recent years it appeared to have a rennaisance with the annual Liverpool Design Festival but alas underneath it all it was not possible for them to afford two offices and at the end it had lost it's way, it's voice in the industry, in fact it had lost it's initiative.   Goodbye LDI I loved you so. 

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