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.
Refresh your Ears with a City Centre Soundwalk starting at the Bluecoat.
“When was the last time you went somewhere just to hear the sounds there? Whether experienced as private meditation or as collective silence SOUNDWALKS refresh your ears and reset your sensual awareness to where you are, live or work"
A soundwalk is a practice: it is walking without talking, focussing on the sound around, focussing on being there rather than talking about it. The Listening Room takes you to undiscovered places: means of transport, your senses.
What is labour in the contemporary media economy and how might it be paid for? What are some of the issues that arts institutions and media workers face with regards to intellectual property?
Who Owns It? is a talk fest on open source culture and intellectual property law in partnership that takes place next Tuesday 12th June at FACT Liveprool.
Watch the Video below from Dan Lynch to find out more.
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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.
You can read the press release below about Rathole Radio.
LightNight 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-along, candle-lit labyrinth,fascinating exhibitions and open studios, Chinese arts showcase, architecture tours, ceildhs, spectacular light projections,street theatre, live music and lot’s more.
It 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.
Copyright & Piracy in the Digital Age - Are we all criminals?
A subject which is close to many of our hearts and is a real highlight from the Writing on the Wall Festival, the issues of Copyright and Piracy are now ever present in todays society as most of the population own, have listened to or watched a pirated version of a TV programme, Movie or album. You can't use youtube without possibily violating someone elses copyright so we have all become criminals for mere consumption of material... well that can't be right. A proposed Government bill on Digital Copyright only saw the light of day for a week before being thrown into the long grass of politics.
This event can only help us to inderstand the issues behind this subject area so come along on the 3rd May.