Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, the only festival of its kind in the UK, returns to the city from 6 - 15 July after a record 10th year in 2011. With a packed programme of music, dance, performance, visual art, comedy, debates, talks, workshops, film, exhibitions and poetry - including many free events - this year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever.
Key events include a World Premiere at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 15th July from the Alif Ensemble and the play Rest Upon the Wind at Unity Theatre from veteran actor and writer Nadim Sawalha. Festival goers can also enjoy a breathtaking solo piece from ballet dancer Ayman Safiah at St Georges Hall on 14 July. The talented young dancer has been dubbed ‘The Arab Billy Elliot’ and has just been snapped up by dance guru Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures.
Africa Oye is back this coming weekend and we are all hoping for good weather - I'll be dusting off my picknic blankets and getting the BBQ out and heading to Sefton Park for a fantastic weekend of Family Fun. I'll be sure to taste the delights of some of the best food stalls ever while soaking up some music from the UK's largest festival of African Music and Culture.
The live webinar will take place at Inspace as part of their EIFF Atmosphere programme. Matt Adams of Blast Theory will introduce the core concepts behind interactive storytelling and artists Thompson & Craighead will discuss their work in the context of digital storytelling.
July's SciBar in Liverpool is by Ronald Green and he will be talking about "nothing"!
Why should nothing matter? If anything matters, why should nothing matter? And yet it does, for there isn't anything, it seems, that nothing does not touch, or anything that does not touch nothing. History, philosophy, religion, science, art, literature, music – all look towards nothing at some point, stimulating questions that would otherwise not be asked.
Ignite Liveprool returns next month with an evening of elightening talks and networking that never fails to entertain.
You could be a rock star for 5 Minutes
They are currently looking for speakers/presenters to take part in their July event in what according to Seven Streets for Inventiveness, Ignite Liverpool is one of the Seven reasons why Liverpool is Brilliant so why don't you attend and take part.
Debate this Wednesday as part of Liverpool UNiversity's POLICY PROVOCATIONS
Wednesday 16 May, 5.30pm
The Florrie, Mill Street, Toxteth
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This is a free to attend afternoon conference examining the opportunities presented by the concept of digital public space, where anyone, anywhere, anytime on any device will be able to access, explore and create with digitised cultural content. This is presented in conjunction with Futureeverything and Manchester Digital Developement Agency
Check out the fantatsic film by Tim Brunsden from Light Factory for his project Liverpool Stories. It examines the Florence Institure or the Florrie as it is known locally, the building has been derelict for years but through the fortitude of the local community it has been saved, renonvated and is now reopen to the the very same community who saved it.
A new short course is now available from the Workers Education Authority that offers 'An introduction to climate change and peak oil and what can be done by individuals and communities to move towards a sustainable low-carbon future.'