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Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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New Channel Five arts series to spotlight Liverpool
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DURING the course of the year, Fivearts cities will host an ambitious selection of high profile programmes, events, exhibitions and educational initiatives in Liverpool. 

Fivearts cities is working with the Biennial, Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Bluecoat to stage a series of talks and debates. 

Fivearts presenter Tim Marlow will be interviewing Angel of the North sculptor, Antony Gormley and the Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry. 

Five has commissioned a raft of arts programmes illustrating Liverpool's contribution to the arts scene. 

These include:- a documentary on the permanent exhibition at the Lady Lever Gallery - Tim Marlow on the Pre-Raphaelites; The Secret History of Clay filmed at the Tate Liverpool and two planned programmes on the Liverpool Biennial. 

A major series of courses will also run throughout the year in conjunction with the Workers Educational Association (WEA), designed to encourage creativity in the community and in the workplace. 

Fivearts cities will also be working with Tate Liverpool, The Biennial, National Museums of Liverpool and Bluecoat on a series of new educational initiatives, artists' talks and community tours. 

Cllr Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said:- "This is a hugely exciting and unique project, and I am delighted Five and the Arts Council have chosen Liverpool as the first city to focus upon. 

The television programmes will provide a welcome spotlight for Liverpool's world class exhibitions and displays. I am particularly pleased that the community element of the project will open up the arts to new audiences, encouraging people to to develop their own artistic skills and leaving a lasting legacy. 

It will demonstrate how we are encouraging community involvement in the arts scene in the city, and underline one of the main reasons why Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture 2008." 

Jane Lighting, Five's Chief Executive, said:- "We are very excited about this new partnership with the Arts Council England. Five is increasingly the home of arts programming on terrestrial television and this initiative takes our commitment beyond a London focus and into the rest of Britain, where creative arts, with national and international impact are thriving." 

Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:- "Fivearts cities is about bringing new audiences to the arts to people who may never before have experienced them. We are delighted to be in partnership with Five on this initiative, because together, we can forge stronger, longer-term links between broadcasting and the live arts." 


LIVERPOOL FC players are joining forces with Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority as part of its successful recycling campaign.

First team players are being joined by Chief Executive Rick Parry and the Club's junior team to celebrate the region-wide awareness campaign to encourage more householders to recycle.

A blitz of posters and radio promotions have been seen and heard across the region over the past six weeks and a ‘Wrap Up’ event has been organised at the Anfield Stadium on April 19, as a fitting finale to the £180,000 campaign.

The players and children will be screwing up several 48-sheet posters on the hallowed Anfield pitch so, not only the paper, but the message will be symbolically recycled again for future use. 

John Fletcher, Chairman of MWDA said:- "It is obviously important that local businesses such as Liverpool FC support what we are trying to do in the community and having high profile players setting a great example like this is vital in order to catch the imagination of youngsters.

If you get children recycling they actually encourage and educate their parents to follow suit, so it can affect two generations of recyclers in Merseyside."

The £180,000 campaign was funded by DEFRA and aimed to increase the region's overall recycling rates. Merseyside currently recycles 11 per cent of its waste, yet EU 

Prospects for a UK referendum gather momentum

VOTE 2004 welcomed reports that Tony Blair is considering a U-turn on his opposition to holding a referendum on the EU Constitution.

With nine out of ten voters supporting Vote 2004’s call for a referendum, six Cabinet Ministers, including Gordon Brown, Patricia Hewitt and Jack Straw, are now reported to be arguing privately for a referendum. 

Awareness is growing that the House of Lords will use its pro-referendum majority to delay a constitution bill and force a public vote. This would be hugely damaging for the Government in the run up to the general election. 

Michael McManus, Political Director of Vote 2004, said:- “At last the Government is beginning to recognise the dangers it faces if it does not listen to the voters. The House of Lords will play havoc with Government plans to push this through without a referendum.

The idea of a ‘super vote’ on Britain’s membership of the EU looks like an attempt to blackmail the electorate. People want a chance to decide on the Constitution, that’s what the Government should give them.” 

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