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Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? Installation (on till Sat 15 Feb) - 10am till 5pm at International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool - map - find out more

‘Am I not a woman and a sister’ is a new moving image installation by Manchester- based artist Elizabeth Kwant, co-created with female survivors of modern day slavery in partnership with Liverpool charity City Hearts.
 
The work is the culmination of a yearlong project researching the archives and collection of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum Liverpool, seeking to better understand the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its connections to the North West of England – Kwant’s birthplace and the place she calls home.
 
Through her past work ‘In- Transit’ -where the artist embodied and retold migrants stories through site specific performances staged across the Mediterranean – Kwant became interested in the therapeutic benefits of theatre for survivors of trauma.
 
The artist initiated a series of movement workshops in collaboration with British Barbadian Choreographer Magdalen Bartlett Luambia, giving female survivors of modern day slavery tools and agency to create their own performances. These embodied performances were shot progressively in a studio and then on location at Harewood House, built between 1759-1771 for wealthy plantation and slave owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood.
 
Through objects, sound, and repetitive movements, the film reflects upon colonial slavery and its ongoing legacy in modern Britain, raising questions of colonial history and human trafficking today. A specially commissioned soundtrack composed by musician Sarah Sarhandi compliments the film.
 
The project will also include a publication documenting the workshops including; a forward by acting curator of the International Slavery Museum Jean- Francois Manicom, a commissioned text by independent writer Sara Jaspan, behind the scenes photographs and transcribed conversations with the female participants.
 
Free entry. - 0151 478 4499 - website

Theaster Gates: Amalgam exhibition (on till Sun 3 May) - 10am till 5pm at Tate Liverpool, 315 The Colonnades, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool - map - find out more

Theaster Gates (b. 1973) is one of the world’s most influential living artists. In Theaster Gates: Amalgam, the artist explores the complex and interweaving issues of race, territory, and inequality in the United States.

The exhibition takes the history of Malaga as its point of departure. During the 19th century, this small island off the coast of Maine, USA, was home to an ethnically-mixed community. In 1912, on the orders of the state governor, Malaga's inhabitants were forcibly removed to the mainland. They were offered no housing, jobs or support.

Amalgam presents sculpture, installation, film and dance that respond to this history. Highlights include a new film, Dance of Malaga 2019, which features the choreography of acclaimed American dancer, Kyle Abraham. Gates’s musical collective, The Black Monks provide the film’s score. Their blues and gospel-inspired sound can be heard throughout the exhibition, continuing into an immersive ‘forest’ installation.

Theaster Gates is a socially engaged artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career studying urban planning, which continues to influence his work. He is best known for his projects in South Side, Chicago, where he has redeveloped abandoned buildings for community use. Reminiscent of the ongoing work in the Granby area of Liverpool, Gates shows how art can transform places and improve the lives of the people who live there.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Liverpool in collaboration with Palais de Tokyo, Paris. A first version of the exhibition was shown at Palais de Tokyo from 20 February – 12 May 2019 under the name Amalgam.

Tickets: £10.50 / FREE for Members
Concession £8.50
Under 16s FREE (up to four per family adult)

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/theaster-gates-amalgam - website

Mothers Who Make sessions (on till Tue 12 May) - 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool - map - find out more

Mothers who Make is a grass roots, national initiative, dedicated to supporting women who hold roles of both mother and artist, who care about both and do not want to compromise on either.
 
With hub coordinator Claire Bigley, MWM Liverpool runs from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The session is open to all MWM – painters, writers, actors, dancers, producers, film-makers – every kind of maker, is welcomed, and every kind of mother. Those of you with babies and preschool children can bring them with you!
 
We want our MWM hub to develop with you and provide a supportive, creative space in a number of ways; to connect, share, network and participate. We want it to be grown with and by you. - 0151 709 4988 - website

Thursday 23rd January

Liverpool Left Film Club FREE film screening: A Sixth of Humanity - 7pm till 10pm at Fly in the Loaf (upstairs), 13 Hardman Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Dziga Vertov, the pseudonym of Denis Akadyevich Kaufman, translates from the Ukrainian as ‘Spinning Top’, capturing the restless creative energy that stayed with him all through his life. It also expresses the rhythmic quality of his film making; and nowhere is this more evident than in A Sixth of the World (Shestaya chast mira, 1926), released as the Soviet avant-gard reached its zenith.

A Sixth of the World is about chains of human connection. The camera (the Kino-eye) takes us first into the links of exploitation that characterise capitalist society: the frivolities and decadence of the bourgeoisie; the demeaning treatment of black people; the exploitation of the colonies. Repeatedly the audience is told that the camera ‘sees you’: 'sees' the exploiter; 'sees' the exploited. Now the Kino-eye takes us on a journey across Soviet Russia with documentary footage and archival material. We begin in the most outlying border regions, where we observe ways of life that had continued unchanged for hundreds of years. These are lives of farming, herding and hunting. Again, the camera’s eye ‘sees you’, the ‘you’ being open to interpretation: the person or people in shot perhaps, or the viewer in the audience? The journey then takes us to the urban centres where the most advanced industries are forging a new future for humanity. Throughout we are told that we (‘You’!) all are a part of this chain; we all have our part to play; even ‘we’ the audience, watching this film. In the final part we see the colonialised countries joining the world socialist project. In the end everything - urban and rural, old and new, near and remote - is connected.

A Sixth of the World is a truly extraordinary film. Indeed, it is difficult to find any parallels today; or any film made since that compares to it. The best account of the cinematic methods used and of their underpinning philosophy comes from Vertov himself.

We, Kinoks, speak about our documentaries as a pathos of facts, an enthusiasm for facts. Kino-Eye is a documentary-deciphering of what is visible, as well as of what is invisible, to the unarmed human eye. Kino-Eye is the opportunity to see the processes of life at any speed. Kino-Eye uses all the shooting methods available to the camera. Rapid shooting, micro-shooting, reverse shooting, animated shooting, shooting in motion, and shooting from completely unexpected angles are handled not as tricks, but as normal, widely used methods. Kino-Eye uses all available means of editing, juxtaposing, and uniting any points in the universe in any chronological order—breaking, if need to be, all laws of editing. Slicing into the seeming chaos of life, Kino-Eye attempts to find the answers in life itself. To mount, to tear away with the camera what is most characteristic and expedient, to organize the fragments torn from life into a visually meaningful rhythmic order, a visually meaningful formula, an extracted “I see."

('From Kino-Eye to Radio-Eye', 1929)

Vertov’s conceptual approach was based upon his own kino-glaz ('film-eye') theory, the camera being allowed to convey what is in front of it without artifice; cinematic techniques used to reveal reality, not conceal it; bringing to the surface what is otherwise hidden.

By the 1930s Vertov had fallen into disfavour with the Stalinist state censor; accused of ‘cosmopolitanism’ (with all of the anti-semitic overtones this carried at the time). However, Vertov’s film making was unambiguously socialist in its ambition, and he himself saw his art as being in the service of the struggle for the emancipation of humanity.

Vertov’s cinema was to become a major influence upon the Cinéma Vérité (‘cinema-of-truth’) of the 1960s and 1970s.

A Sixth of the World is a short film (1 hour, 15 minutes). So, plenty of time for discussion. And after experiencing this film, you *will* want to discuss it! - website

Saturday 25th January

Liverpool Against the Cuts - Anti-Austerity Conference - 10am till 4pm at Friends Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool - map - find out more

Over the last nine year, homelessness, foodbanks, child poverty and suicide have become the new normal. How can we start to build a better society?
 
The morning session of the conference will focus on local government funding, and the afternoon session will focus on welfare. There will then be reports back, and ideas for the next steps.
 
Liverpool Against the Cuts was set up in 2011 and meets in Jack Jones House at 7pm, usually on the fourth Wednesday of each month. - - website

Performance of The Language of Homelessness - 1.30pm at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester - map - find out more

There is a misconception in our current culture today that all homeless people are alcoholics or drug users, with no understanding of the real reason for them being in that situation. This event will explore the language surrounding homelessness.
 
“What I’d say is just give them respect, look them in the eyes, just say alright; you don’t have to give them money, you don’t have to give them anything, look at them like they’re a human being. Acknowledge them, don’t just brush them off or just look at them like they’re nothing because that can hurt you know.” Harry, homeless 3 years.
 
At this event there will be an exhibition of photographic images by Ceridwen Hughes of Same but Different, a panel of invited guests who will discuss their experience of homelessness (either directly or through their work) who will address the language of homelessness.
 
This event has been curated in partnership with Same but Different uses – an organisation which uses the arts for positive social change by working in partnership with organisations, communities and individuals to highlight inequalities and bring communities closer together. - 01244 409 113 - website

Sunday 26th January

Repair Cafe - 11am at 1st Floor, The Tapestry, 68 - 76 Kempston St, Liverpool - map - find out more

For those of you who have not been to a Repair Cafè, this is a mostly free service where you can bring in broken items and get them repaired, only paying for any parts that are used in the repair.
 
You are welcome to come on the day with an item for repair or to help with the repairs. We can cope with many kinds of repair, such as electrical and electronic items, bikes, furniture, computers, clothes and fabric alterations. - - website

Saturday 1st February

Liverpool Friends of Palestine Vigil - 12pm till 2pm at Church Street, Liverpool city centre - map - find out more

Liverpool Friends of Palestine hold their monthly vigil at the bottom of Church Street outside HSBC bank. Vigils held on the first Saturday of every month. - website

Record Fair - 10.30am till 5.30pm at The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - map - find out more

Halls of stalls of national traders in records, CDs, DVDs, posters, books, programmes and related music material. Free entry - just drop in. - 0151 702 5324 - - website

Tuesday 4th February

Short Story Course with Michelle Green - 6.30pm till 8.30pm at The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - map - find out more

Price: £180 for the full course + 2 x £100 fee for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance (please contact for more information)

Attendees must pay for full course - individual course units not available separately.

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period, on the first Tuesday of the month (except workshop #6), to enable you to complete writing assignments:

4th February
3rd March
7th April
5th May
2nd June
30th June

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Bluecoat: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/4068
Bookings close on 21st January.

* This course is about the short story...

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 3 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publisher of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.

* What you need to be familiar with...

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres. This course will be taught by author, Michelle Green.

* What we won’t cover...

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

* Equipment you’ll need...

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

* About the Tutor, Michelle Green:

Michelle Green is a UK-based writer and artist. Their debut collection of short stories - Jebel Marra (Comma Press, 2015) - was nominated for a number of national and international awards, and described by the Irish Times as ‘exceptionally good writing; fifteen shards of shrapnel that will take your head off.’ Their ongoing work on disability aesthetics was featured at the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters 2019, and they are now working on a second collection: a map of short stories based on Hayling Island. More at www.michellegreen.co.uk - - website

Wednesday 5th February

Liverpool Friends of Palestine Monthly Meeting - 7pm at Unite The Union, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool - map - find out more

Monthly meeting of Liverpool Friends of Palestine. (Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.) All welcome. - website

Thursday 6th February

A Lovely Word with Nafeesa Hamid: FREE spoken word poetry event - 8pm at The Everyman Theatre Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Open Mic sign up at 7.30pm, start at 8pm, headliner at 9pm
 
Our A Lovely Word headliner for February is Nafeesa Hamind. A highly regarded poet who has toured nationally and internationally. A Lovely Word is an open spoken word poetry night that takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Everyman Bistro. Whether you’re a first timer or a practised poet, you’re invited to sign up for a five-minute slot on the night and read a poem or two before the headline act. Sign up from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen.
 
Nafeesa Hamid is a poet, playwright and performer; born in Pakistan, bred in Birmingham. Nafeesa has performed nationally and internationally and was a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist (2018). She is published in The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a (2017, Saqi Books) anthology edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. Her debut collection ‘Besharam’ (2018, Verve Poetry Press) was highly commended in the Forward Prize 2020. She will be published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2020. - website

Saturday 8th February

Drawing Down the Goddess event - 11.00am - 4.00pm at Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral - map - find out more

The workshop shares information about various goddesses that are exhibited at these institutions.
 
Connecting with the goddess is done primarily through drawing, as this process creates a deep connection. We will also include meditations.
 
This is a workshop for complete beginners who know nothing about drawing or goddesses, as well as established artists and experts in the field of goddess theology and everyone in between who is called to connect with these antiquities of the Divine Feminine.
 
Workshop leaders: Toc, Ishtar and Pete.
Price: £25
 
For more information, see: https://earthmoves.org - 0151 638 3768 - - website

Friday 14th February

Fri 14 Feb to Sun 15 Mar - Performances of Blue Stockings - 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester - map - find out more

It is 1896. Tess Moffat and her fellow first-years are determined to win the right to graduate from university.
 
Four defiant young women battle the cruelty of class divides, the distractions of love and the men ready to do anything to stop them, as they fight to change the future of education.
 
For tickets, performance times and bookings, see: www.storyhouse.com - 01244 409 113 - website

Thursday 27th February

Thu 27 Feb to Sun 1 Mar - Liverpool International Jazz Festival - Various times - see website at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Liverpool International Jazz Festival (LIJF) was established in 2013 by Liverpool Hope University, and in previous years has included performances from some of Jazz music’s leading lights – artists such as Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Roller Trio, Impossible Gentlemen, Kit Downes, Led Bib, Philip Catherine, GoGo Penguin, Troyka, Neil Cowley Trio, and Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio.
 
The emphasis of the Festival is on contemporary instrumental jazz in a variety of styles, taking audience members on a musical journey that traverses numerous genres and cross-genres.
 
Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2020 will be the eighth edition of the Festival and will run from Thurs 27th Feb - Sun 1st March 2020.
 
Featured artists include London based jazz collective Cykada (Thurs 27th Feb), Netherlands innovators Tin Men and the Telephone (Fri 28th Feb), Indo-jazz innovator Sarathy Korwar (Sat 29th Feb), boisterous Belgian iconoclasts Blow 3.0 (Sat 29th Feb), a concert of groove based music from Martin Archer's Anthropology Band (Sun 1st March) and a closing performance from saxophonist Tony Kofi (Sun 1st March), whose quartet's set will focus on his work with the legendary Ornette Coleman.
 
Along the way there are support sets from up and coming bands, with a strong focus on original music, including sets from Yaatri (Leeds), Beyond Albedo (Leeds), Hippo (Bristol), Moonmot (Switzerland/UK) and Blind Monk Theory? (Liverpool).
 
On Sat 29th Feb there will be a free admission foyer set of music by Liverpool Hope University students (Hope Swings Eternal).
 
A Festival ticket saves you money by providing you with access to all Festival concerts for a fraction of the price of purchasing tickets for all individual events. You can purchase a Festival ticket for £40 at https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/LIJF-2020 - - website

DaDaFest Scratch - 6.30pm at The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool - map - find out more

This event is a unique opportunity to experience brand new, exciting work from four emerging artists.

Helen Cherry, Amina Atiq, Tammy Reynolds and Bethany Murray will be using spoken word, dance and creative writing to explore a range of topics.

This is a relaxed event which means you can expect a comfortable, well lit environment.

We believe events should be accessible for all, DaDaFest is operating a pay what you like scheme for this event. Audio description and BSL will be available for this event.

The running time of the event is 2 hours with a 30 minute interval.

www.dadafest.co.uk/events

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @DaDaFest

DaDaFest is a disability and D/deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool. Find out more about us at www.dadafest.co.uk

This event is in partnership with Unity Theatre. - 0151 709 4988 - website

Friday 13th March

Fri 13 Mar to Sat 14 Mar - Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us - 8pm at The Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool - map - find out more

In his new show, '50 Things About Us' Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.
 
Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?
 
It is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich fuckers.
 
And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.
 
(In the vein of the Manifesto meets a sweary history channel)
 
'50 Things About Us' is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition... in Liverpool January 2020.
 
markthomasinfo.co.uk - 0151 709 4776 - website

Friday 20th March

A Lovely Word with Dan Simpson: FREE spoken word poetry event - 8pm at The Everyman Theatre Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool - find out more

In March we welcome Dan Simpson to A Lovely Word. A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan has been Poet-in-Residence at Waterloo Station, National Trust Stowe, and Canterbury Roman Museum.
 
A Lovely Word is an open spoken word poetry night that takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Everyman Bistro. Whether you’re a first timer or a practised poet, you’re invited to sign up for a five-minute slot on the night and read a poem or two before the headline act. Sign up from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen.
 
Dan Simpson has had pieces commissioned by Southbank Centre, Free Word, and the Beaney Library. Dan has performed around the world including Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, Edinburgh Fringe, and on the BBC. He is published by Burning Eye Books, and is touring his second collection Totally Cultured. - website

Thursday 2nd April

A Lovely Word with Louise Fazackerley: FREE spoken word poetry event - 8pm at The Everyman Theatre Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Open Mic sign up at 7.30pm, start at 8pm, headliner at 9pm

Louise Fazackerley headlines the April edition of A Lovely Word. Louise's work is rooted in word-witchery and the working class, Louise Fazackerley is a poet from the exotic Northern streets of Orwell’s Wigan. In performance she explores the synergy between poetry and movement. Her socially conscious writing makes the ugly beautiful and the mundane fantastical.

A Lovely World is an open spoken word poetry night that takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Everyman Bistro. Whether you’re a first timer or a practised poet, you’re invited to sign up for a five-minute slot on the night and read a poem or two before the headline act. Sign up from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen.

Winner of the BBC Radio New voices award, Louise is signed to Nymphs & Thugs spoken word label where she released two audio books- Love Is A Battlefield and Bird St. Her collection The Lolitas is the subject of ‘Love Is A Rebellious Bird’ an installation and film work by international artists AL + AL. She recently supported punk poet legend Dr. John Cooper Clarke on his sold-out tour.

Louise is a director at Write Out Loud, a national organisation supporting grass roots poetry and currently poet-in-residence at Lily Lane Primary School. She is a highly experienced workshop leader, facilitating in education, prison and community settings. You may have seen or heard her on BBC 1, BBC Radio 3,4,5 or read her blog in The Guardian Northerner. - website

Saturday 20th June

Sat 20 Jun to Sun 21 Jun - Africa Oye: Liverpool's FREE African music festival - 12:30pm til 9:30pm at Sefton Park, Mossley Hill Dr, Liverpool - map - find out more

This year’s Africa Oyé festival will take place on 20th and 21st June 2020, in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE.
 
The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year.
 
Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora, for two days of fantastic live music, DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village. - website

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