Anti-War Calendar 2014
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Information Overload (Apologies to Sean
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- Fri 3rd Oct
This coming Friday historian Dr Hakim Adi launches his new book
Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist
International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 at the
University of Liverpool. Based on research in Africa, Russia, the
US, Britain and France, the book examines the relationship between
the Communist movement and the global struggle for the liberation
of Africa and the African Diaspora during the inter-war period.
The Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, The University of Liverpool,
Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L7 7BD on Fri 3rd October at 5.30pm.
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife
in urban conditions.
When a Member of Parliament claimed expenses
for the maintenance of his moat we ordinary folk were scandalised,
partly because such considerations belong in the mediaeval backwoods
of hierarchical dominance. Yet we all have a version of the moat
- in most cases it’s our front garden and it represents a
protective buffer between our ‘castle’ home and the
badland wastes beyond our gate.
Happening in everyday spaces and places in Liverpool, Control 25
invites audience members/participants to surrender, share and take
control as they go on a solo voyage around the streets of the city.
8th November 2014, 12pm onwards.
Duncan Beiny, aka DJ Yoda, began a mission over a decade ago to
put a smile back on hip-hop’s surly face. This aim has been
achieved with some of the most inventive mixtapes you can drop into
pockets. Paul Tarpey chatted to him about his style and what to
expect at his upcoming gig at the East Village Arts Club on November
- 14th October 2014
"Men are born equal but some are more equal than others"
Toxteth TV, based on Windsor Street are hosting a free talkshop
debate on Tuesday 14th October (6pm - 8.30pm) on the many issues
regarding inequality in the UK.
Ethel Singleton, who died on Wednesday night aged 81, was an activist
in both Abercromby and Kirkby. Here is a tribute created by Gerry
Cordon, one of the student radicals who supported the against the Liverpool University.
70 people packed the local community centre in Lark Lane to hear
of the threatened plans to axe 11 libraries including local Sefton
Park branch. A large audience sat to listen to local children’s
author Alan Gibbons detail the plans of the council cost cutting
The levels to which the mainstream has attempted to co-opt the voice
of hip hop culture is testimony to its ability to empower.The pride
and passion of many early artists was soon extricated from the message
and fed back to the public as arrogance and greed. The foundations
have proved strong though and those artists who strived to keep
debate at the centre of the culture are finding a means to stay
independent and to reach an audience hungry for honesty. One of
the most determined and skillful voices belongs to Felipe Andres
Coronel, aka Immortal Technique.
12th - 13th 2014
The second Wirral Earth Fest returns for some good green fun at
St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby on September 12th for an evening
time launch and continues on September 13th with a day of music,
food & drink, workshops, children’s activities and more
besides. With two weeks to go until the festival takes place it’s
time to announce the music based content of the festival, following
a very successful first year in 2013.
Local campaigners vow to save the Meadows after Liverpool City Council
announces its choice of Redrow Homes North West as the preferred
developer to attempt to secure the essential planning consents before
the Meadows are sold and 'exemplar' executive housing is built on
the beautiful green space of Sefton Park Meadows.
Mikyla Durkan of Burjesta Theatre is running this course for the
WEA starting Tuesday 16th September 2014. This course offers a series
of workshops featuring the theatre, cinema, literature, poetry and
painting from 1914 - 1918 and how art reflected the realities of
a wartime Europe. The course will also include session on a selection
of scenes from an adaptation of All Quiet on The Western Front.
Four poems by Tom George including On The Other Side of The Wall,
written about the conflict in Gaza, plus Tender Memories, Don't
Ask Me Why and Neville's Scared Of Spiders.
Liverpool's PurpleCoat are hitting the road next month after they
take Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on tour across the UK and
Ireland. Supported by Stephen Fry, the RSC and National Theatre,
and well into development of their first feature film, this will
be PurpleCoat’s first tour.
5th & Sat 6th Sept 2014
GMB has organised a 2 day “Campaigns for Justice” conference
at John Moores University in Liverpool on Friday and Saturday 5th
& 6th September with speakers from the different campaigns for
justice for those who have suffered as a consequence of powerful
forces thinking they are above the law.
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife
in urban conditions.
During the summer season the media offer us
the experience of a spacious and gracious life outdoors. I am struck
by a magazine photograph of garden chairs so elegant they seem like
sculpture, so fragile you wouldn’t risk sitting on them and
so expensive they need a security guard.
Wed 20th Aug 2014
'The Origins of Drama' - 2500 years ago theatre left behind its
religious roots and took its first steps to create the dramatic
forms we have today, in the process producing some of the most dramatic
stories the world has ever seen. Burjesta Theatre are running a
12-week course of workshops dedicated to exploring Classical Greek
Liverpool Council’s proposal to close or hand over to volunteers
eleven of the existing nineteen libraries is a major blow to the
cultural life of the city and attempts to promote reading. To take
one example, if Walton, Fazakerley and Spellow Lane libraries were
all to close, north Liverpool would be a cultural wasteland, with
users of the service having to travel to Norris Green, Croxteth
or into town.
17th Aug 2014
This much anticipated feature film produced by local award-winning
Production Company First Take receives its Liverpool Premiere as
part of the Liverpool International Music Festival. With 15 original
musical numbers and over 300 local people involved in the making
of the film this is a homegrown spectacle not to be missed.
Poem written about the abandoned books in Great Homer Street Library.
Up here at the top it’s a bit of a
We’re cover to cover in line
It’s been a long time since we felt a fresh breeze
Or the warmth of a hand on a spine -
This weekend, whilst walking past Liverpool's Town Hall, Tracey
Dunn and Colin Serjent noticed that in every direction there were
'TO LET' or 'FOR SALE' signs on many buildings. From Water Street
to Castle Street and even behind the Town Hall at Exchange Buildings
there were large amounts of vacant offices or shops.
Images of the demonstration and pickets that took place in Liverpool
on Sat 2nd August 2014 against the Israeli bombing of Gaza and UK
companies involvement with Israel. Plus a petition by Liverpool
friends of Palestine calling on Liverpool City Council to cancel
their contracts with the security company G4S who are complicit
with Israel's illegal actions in Gaza.
Film makers Harry Sheriff and Marie Hazelwood have recently completed
shooting their debut short film feature Hits Like a Girl which won
funding from the BFI and Creative England as part of their inaugural
iShorts competition. Nerve met up with them for an interview.
Ritchie Hunter has another look at the visit of the Giants to Liverpool:
On Lime St, there was cheering and clapping
as the elderly woman came down the middle of the road. But this
wasn't the giant granny it was just an old lady pushing a
shopping trolley, trying to get to the other end. When she realised
everyone was cheering her, she smiled graciously. Around the corner,
we stood at the side of the road holding peace banners, trying to
counter the glorification of war.
Burjesta Theatre are holding auditions for their 9th production
to date, an in-house adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic
anti-war novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front' on Wednesday 13th
August. It is set in World War I, and seen from the perspective
of ordinary German soldiers, both at the front fighting with the
French and British and also on the Home Front. There are plenty
of parts and not exclusively for men with significant parts for
John Owen reports from the march held in London on July 19th against
the Israeli bombing of Gaza.
"From a warm and sunny Liverpool just
coming awake the pitta patter of tourist feet and squeak of luggage
in search of cheap digs a coach miraculously appeared to whisk promptly
in 6 hours to London.
The group slowly morphed together over the journey that was to become
the Liverpool friends of Palestine contingent going away to make
our mark and protest over the bombing of Gaza by Israel."
Liverpool Quakers and Blackburne House are committed to equality
and to building community. That's why the opportunity to open a
new venue in the centre of Liverpool was too hard to resist. The
vegetarian cafe will offer a broad menu with an emphasis on fresh
and seasonal with Pam our pastry chef making cakes and pastries
daily. All profits generated by the cafe will support the charitable
aims of the organisations, such as providing bursaries for women
to access training and developing work around concerns for poverty
Images of the Demonstrations that took place in Liverpool about
the attacks on Gaza and outside the Neil Young concert over his
decision to play Tel Aviv.
The Liverpool Academy of Arts have been in Seel Street for over
25 years but they have to vacate the building at the end of August
and their future looks uncertain. For their final exhibition they
are holding an open exhibition (but this time with no specific theme)
and are asking for people to show their skills with colour, shapes,
texture etc. Entries have to be in by July 28th and the exhibition
runs from Wed 6th August to Thurs 28th August 2014.
- Sat 12th July 2014
Dance along to the mighty drumming sound of KalentuRa from the Netherlands
and catch the highest stilt walkers around from the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago. Liverpool International Carnival is an explosion
of costumes, dance and music and sets off at midday from the City
of Liverpool College, Myrtle Street, making its way through Toxteth
and coming to rest in Princes Park. The World in Princes Park will
be bursting with exciting new collaborative productions, home grown
talent, cultural food and activities for all the family to enjoy
and takes place from 1pm - 7pm, Sat 12th July.
What happened when Len McCluskey, boss of the Unite union, was due
to attend a screening at FACT, and the Industrial Workers of the
World announced they would be holding a picket outside in solidarity
with workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, who are holding regular
strikes for a London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour.
The Everyman & Playhouse theatres are looking ahead to an autumn
season featuring three ambitious new productions, full of invention
and humanity. Juno and the Paycock, Sex and the Three Day Week and
Bright Phoenix have been created to reflect our time and place and
the theatres’ desire to be daring and create plays that connect
the theatrical inventors of the present and future to the heartbeat
of the city.
- Sunday 6th July 2014
One World Festival 2014 will celebrate the multiplicity of cultures
in Liverpool and feature a cultural fusion via Street Arts, Animation,
Music, Dance, Acrobatics and Carnival artists, presenting an artistically
diverse programme bringing the city centre to life and turning it
into a powerful cauldron of global arts.
- Saturday July 26th, 2014
Having sold out across St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church and The
Shipping Forecast in its debut year, Liverpool Calling has grown
into a huge one day event for 2014, spanning across 10 city centre
venues and hosting over 50 acts. Joining the acts already announced
are scouse legends Space, indie-rock starlets The Repeat Offenders
and dance music’s new darlings D R O H N E.
- Saturday 5th July to Friday 10th October
The Cornerstone Gallery is ten years young this summer and to mark
this occasion is presenting an anniversary exhibition titled TEN,
starting on Saturday 5th July until Friday 10th October 2014 to
coincide with the Liverpool Independents Biennial. The Gallery has
hosted seventy-three exhibitions within the last ten years.
Walking in Princes Park on a sunny, autumn
afternoon and 'It's oh so quiet' now – as in Bjork's song
title – but I remember the Brouhaha Festival in July when
the multitudes gathered see the parade enter the park followed by
live music and a riot of colours.
Then, seeing the tennis courts, I give a wry smile recalling how
I first learned how to cycle there in 2005! Also that February when
the park was covered in a white blanket with the snow flakes drifting
down from the heavens, making it look not too dissimilar to Narnia.
Burjesta Theatre are beginning a new series of workshops entitled
'Portraits of Liverpool'. They're working on nine stories that workshop
participants have come up with, true stories they've witnessed in
Liverpool over the last six months. Some are dramatic and intense,
some touching. There are funny ones, ones full of pathos and some
just plain weird!
- Sat 21st and Sun 22nd
Chumki Banerjee looks at the line-up for this years Africa Oye which
includes Misty In Roots, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Abdoulaye
Samb and Minnjiaraby, and Finley Quaye and is on the weekend of
21st and 22nd of June in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Plus an interview
with Kenny Murray,
the founder of the festival.
I am not sure if it was the music of William
Byrd that drove Saul mad, or whether he was already mad and just
looking for a trigger. In the end it doesn't matter, and anyway,
last time I saw him he seemed in a state of ecstasy that few can
reach. God knows where he is now.
We worked together in the old central library in Angel Row Nottingham,
now demolished and replaced by something more modern and high tech.
Outside the city centre where it is cheaper to build things.
By Tom George: "My first visit Berlin
six years ago coincided with the global financial system going into
meltdown. It was all over every screen in my hostel, with panicked-looking
people in suits trying to explain incomprehensible columns of figures.
But I wasn't there as a financial journalist; I was on a mission
to explore a very different universe which exists at the heart of
Germany's capital - the radical underground of Berlin..."
- 5/7/2014 - 10/8/2014
John Davies has an international reputation for his B&W photographs
of dramatic urban landscapes but during May this year he decided
to make a series of colour portraits of people who are regular visitors
to Sefton Park Meadows in Liverpool. Many people, who may have otherwise
refused to have their picture taken, were positive because their
image might help promote awareness of the potential loss of these
ancient and valued Meadowlands.
- 26th June – 26th
To run in advance of and concurrently with the Liverpool Biennial
one of the distinctive artistic installations will feature a derelict
shop window, which will in the evening open its shutters to host
a vast water tank of 20 living jellyfish.
Geoghegan Jackson are delighted to be supporting the Breast Cancer
Campaign by staging a fundraising gig at the Lomax on June 7th.
Entrance is free – but donations (£4.00 waged/£2.00
unwaged) are encouraged. Geoghegan Jackson are an exciting acoustic
duo based in Liverpool, UK, playing original indie/folk music and
You can be forgiven for not knowing, that whilst the media has been
focusing its euro attention on Nigel Farage and the Eurovision song
contest that during April and May the Balkans (also in Europe) has
been hit by largest floods in decades, leaving dozens dead and ten
of thousands of people without food, security or shelter.
- 3rd - 31st May 2014
Going to the newly refurbished Liverpool Central Library is a weird
experience. With its shiny up-to-the-minute feel, it serves as a
hint of what public services could be like, if only a decent amount
of resources were dedicated to them. On the other hand, it also
doubles as an excuse for Liverpool council to point to as they devastate
public services - including public libraries - and the lives of
the people who rely on them.
Urbin Flack's new short story collection TALES FROM THE VALCRO ROOM
VOLUME 3 is out now. Available in News From Nowhere for £2.
I write this down not because I need to make
a point and not because I feel the behavioural approach to life
needs one more jot of justification. I merely obeying a compulsion
that has served me well so far (and which I perhaps execute with
- 25th May 2014
Part of Farm Feast 2014 on Sunday 25th May, Peter Hook and the Light
are the confirmed headline act playing a mix of Joy Division and
New Order tunes, Stealing Sheep are supporting and have recently
supported huge music acts such as Alt- J, Vampire Weekend and St.Vincent.
- 16th May
– 10th August 2014
A series of six tapestries by the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson
Perry will be shown this summer at the Walker Art Gallery as part
of Liverpool Biennial 2014. Produced in 2012 as part of the documentary
BAFTA award winning Channel Four series “In the Best Possible
Taste”, they analyse the ideas of taste held by the different
social classes of the United Kingdom.
John Owen reviews the Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance
and News from Nowhere’s 40th Birthday events held at the Adelphi
Hotel on Saturday 3rd May, 2014.
“Life begins at 40”, “100
is the new 30”, with this in my deteriorating cranium and
addled mind I expected to find some people eluding the Grim Reaper’s
call, people who should have let go of the reins long ago.
2 events on May 3rd 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel. From 11.30am Liverpool:
City of Working Class Resistance with talks, discussions, film,
music and poetry.
From 5pm News From Nowhere's 40th Birthday Party with live music
from Dead Belgian, River Niger Orchestra, Bolshy, Saytr Play.
- 23rd May
- 1st June 2014
An exhibition by Jan Sear presenting a visual record of the Liverpool
and Birkenhead docks before they disappear from our landscape.
At Lark Lane Community Centre from Friday 23rd May – Sunday
1st June, 11am-5pm.
- Fri 25th & Sat
26th April 2014
The Brimstone players present Doctor Faustus, written by Christopher
Marlowe and performed at the Valley Community Theatre, Childwall
Valley Road, Belle Vale, Liverpool, L27 3YA on Friday 25th and Saturday
26th April 2014, 7.30pm start.
Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions. Book online at .
Enquiries and reservations: 07973 930 271
People walking along Lime Street might have noticed that the former
station hotel which has been student housing for many years has
recently undergone a name change. The sign that used to announce
ownership by Cosmopolitan Student Homes
has been replaced by Sanctuary Students.
The same has happened with Cosmopolitan Housing signs everywhere
else. What happened?
May 10th 2014
In the 19th century Karl Marx used the vampire as a metaphor for
the capitalist class he saw around him. We've taken his idea and
applied it to the 21st century, thrown in a bit of 'Blade', a sprinkling
of Jason Bourne and a great soundtrack of music to get your feet
tapping and your hips swaying.
Over the last year or so the word LOVE has been appearing around
Liverpool city centre. Spray-painted onto walls and pavements it
is the work of urban artist Love ArtUK who was a tank soldier for
twelve years before having a mental breakdown brought on by his
experiences in the forces. Returning home and attempting suicide
he found himself in psychiatric care. It was whilst in hospital
that he began painting in the occupational therapy department. It
was here that Love ArtUK was born.
In the third of a three part series on her addiction to vinyl records,
Chumki Banerjee interviews Geoff Davies of Probe and Probe Plus.
An omniscient child of a certain time, place and musical climate,
Geoff literally pulled the rug from under his own feet, quitting
the carpet showroom, taking a trip in more ways than one to float
his own magical mystery carpet, Liverpool’s first independent
record shop, Probe.
Nerve and FACT have collaborated closely in the past, and this has
been productive for both organisations, so we are hugely disappointed
that FACT have decided to dismiss workers and then use zero hour
contract staff or volunteers to fill their jobs. It is with regret
that we have to announce that, unless FACT reconsider their position
with regards to these changes in working conditions, we can no longer
work with them.
In the second in a three part series Chumki Banerjee subjects Bob
Packham from Cult Vinyl and Carl from Hairy Records to cross-examination.
Next week will have Geoff Davies from Probe Records.
In the first in a three part series Chumki Banerjee reveals her
love for vinyl records and explores the remaining places in Liverpool
that feed her addiction. Parts Two and Three in the following weeks
will have interviews with Bob Packham from Cult Vinyl, Carl from
Hairy Records and Geoff Davies from Probe Records.
"The Tactical Aid Unit appear out of control"
Simon Pook, solicitor. Monday's brutal arrest of Barton Moss protector
and mother of three, Vanda, by Greater Manchester Police Tactical
Aid Unit shocked tens of thousands of people around the world who
viewed the disturbing film and still images. Yesterday, incredibly,
Vanda was charged with assaulting the police and jailed at Styal
Prison for a week until her court hearing on 25th March.
- Tues 1st Apr - Fri 4th Apr 2014
This April The Nomadic Academy for Fools brings their unique improvisational
theatre to Liverpool with The Penis Monologues. To date the show
has had three sell-out performances in Bristol and Glastonbury,
Somerset and has just returned from a successful run in London.
Activists chained themselves to the railings of Liverpool Town Hall
on Saturday 8th March 2014 to protest the impact of national and
local government cuts on women, this International Womens
Day. They borrowed a direct action tactic and dress style from suffragettes,
to highlight their opinion that the interests of women are still
not represented by those in elected office, and call for women to
organise resistance against cuts which disproportionately affect
- 29th March 2014
Legendary ambient house progenitors and international club favourites
The Orb are set to return to East Village Arts Club in Liverpool
on Saturday 29th March for a special late night show. With dancefloor
friendly chart hits like Little Fluffy Clouds and Toxygene
The Orb were at the forefront of ambient house, securing their place
as icons in the electronic music history books.
- 14th - 22nd March 2014
An English photographer finds himself in Chicago. Exhibition of
photography by Robert Harrison runs from 14th - 22nd March at the
Art Gallery, 30 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 2AA. The Art Gallery is
a new independent space in Liverpool specialising in outsider art
and alternative photography. Opening night 14th March.
Celtic Bazaar started life in 2008 with a series of contemporary
folk and blues concerts at the Old Police Station in Lark Lane and
the aim of the nights is to present the best of music with the emphasis
being on supporting local, emerging and established singer/songwriters
and bands. Every third Friday of the month at The Pilgrim (upstairs)
in Pilgrim Street.
- 8th - 9th March 2014
The first ever HOPE Fest is a two-day music festival, in aid of
The HOPE Project (a young, volunteer-led organisation which helps
the homeless) and will be held over the weekend of 8/9th March 2014
at The Brink and Lomax respectively. Featuring 30 acts including
Osaka Punch, Joe Symes & The Loving Kind, Field Trip to The
- 27th March –
22nd June 2014
A major contemporary science fiction exhibition will be at FACT
(Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool between
27 March – 22 June 2014. Artists will present works which
explore how technology is creating new ways of living (and dying)
making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction.
On the 5th March 2014 Liverpool Council will vote in more cuts.
According to the Guardian, Liverpool is the poorest place in the
country, and will be the most deeply cut of all by nearly twice
the national average. With 56% of its funding gone, it will now
cut 25% of statutory adult and children social services, with mass
closures of adult day centres and children's centres, with more
libraries and swimming pools going.
Tracey Dunn was invited by a friend, who teaches Somali children
in Toxteth, to attend this event at the Devonshire Hotel in Edge
Lane which is not far from where many of Liverpool's Somaliland
community live around Lodge Lane, Toxteth. The President, Ahmed
Mohamed Mohaoud, studied at London and Manchester Universities in
the 1960's taking a bachelor's degree in economics.
V-Day Liverpool 2014 Presents A Benefit Reading of The Vagina Monologues
with Migrant Artists Mutual Aid and friends. On February 14th, 2014,
at 7.30pm, V-Day Liverpool will present a one-night only benefit
reading of Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues
at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University.
Dorothy Kuya died on 23rd December 2013 after a short illness aged
81. Dorothy was a tireless campaigner against discrimination and
racism and she has been variously been described as a cultural historian
(reflected in her interests in African culture and heritage), a
political activist (member of the British Communist Party from a
young age), a community champion (a leading member of Granby Residents
Kodo are back in Liverpool, by popular demand, with a brand new
show, never been seen before on Wednesday 19th February 2014 at
7.30pm. They are famous for spectacular, athletic stage shows (which
inspired Stomp and Cirque du Soleil) and a dedication to preserving
all traditional Japanese culture.
Laid Bare Theatre will take multimedia theatre show Project XXX
on a 10 performance date tour of the Northwest region in January
and February 2014. This dark, romantic comedy explores the mainstreaming
of internet pornography, the changing face of technology and its
impact on human relationships and a young person’s burgeoning
sense of self.
Burjesta Theatre are auditioning for their latest production 'History
of the Vampires' on Saturday 1st February at The Casa, Hope Street,
Liverpool from 12pm onwards. Audition will be in the form of a workshop
followed by script reading and an informal chat afterwards and will
last a few hours in total.
- 27th Feb
- 2nd March 2014
The Capstone Theatre, organiser of Liverpool International Jazz
Festival 2014, is delighted to announce four new acts for the festival
as it officially launches its second year. Liverpool International
Jazz Festival is back and will run from Thursday 27th February –
Sunday 2nd March 2014, promising to be even bigger and better than
its 2013 debut, when audiences were treated to four days of the
finest artists on the national and international jazz scene.
A project using photography to show a refugee and asylum seeker
perspective, on at the Central Library, William Brown Street (First
Floor, outside Picton Room) from Friday 10th - 25th January 2014.