Liverpool shows off Culture plans
A delegation from Stavanger in
Norway is heading to Liverpool next week to learn about the city's
programme of events as European Capital of Culture 2008.
Nine representatives from the non-EU Capital of Culture will spend
four days in Liverpool (Tuesday 20 April until Friday 23 April),
meeting City Council Leader, Cllr Mike Storey, and Chairman of the
Liverpool Culture Company, Sir Bob Scott.
The delegation of teachers from Gosen school in Stavanger will visit
Liverpool's cultural attractions, such as National Museums
Liverpool, LIPA, the Walker Art Gallery, the Everyman Playhouse and
the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
The group who teach 13 to 16 year olds will also spend a morning at
Gilmour Junior School where they will watch pupils engaging with the
Friend Ship, Liverpool's interactive learning vessel which is on a
voyage to each primary and special school in the city under the flag
of Faith in One City.
The school's visit to Liverpool is being supported by Rolf Noraas,
Head of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Stavanger.
Headteacher of Gosen school, Hilde Solberg, said:- "We
are all very much looking forward to visiting Liverpool.
We have heard so much about the city's programme of events that
supported the successful bid to become European Capital of Culture
and how schools integrate culture into subjects across the
I am sure that our trip to Liverpool will inspire us all."
Leader of Liverpool City Council, Cllr Mike Storey, said:- "I
am delighted to be able to welcome our guests from Stavanger and I
hope this visit will be the first of many links between us.
We have many exciting plans in place ahead of 2008 and it is no
surprise that people from around the world want to come to Liverpool
to see how we are preparing to deliver what we hope will be the best
ever European Capital of Culture."
Sir Bob Scott, Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:-
"Our programme of events as European Capital of Culture is well
We have appointed directors of the Liverpool Culture Company, with
the appointment of our artistic director to follow shortly and we
are into the second of our themed years.
We have so much to offer and I'm sure our Norwegian visitors will
return home thinking that Liverpool is well on course to deliver an
outstanding programme as European Capital of Culture 2008."
Can you stomach the competition?
DO YOU have an
extra-large appetite, an elastic stomach or just hollow legs? If so
then you don’t want to miss Pleasureland’s first-ever
competitive eating event, to be held in the Casablanca Entertainment
Centre on Monday 10 May. We’re looking for Southport’s top
eating machines to come along and show off their skills in a
The competition is free to enter; and will feature several
competitive eating disciplines, including hot dogs, pizza, candy
floss and ice cream. Applicants must be over 18 years old and are
welcome to enter any or all of the events, although people are
advised to consider their capacity carefully before entering
Competitive eating is serious business in countries like the USA and
Japan – the top competitors, known on the circuit as “gurgitators”,
achieve cult celebrity status whilst the major events are even
televised! In the early 1990’s the International Federation of
Competitive Eating was founded to promote the sport across the
globe. There are now over 150 events worldwide, encompassing such
varied foodstuffs as oysters, chicken wings, pelemeni (Russian meat
dumplings) and chilli!
As with any competitive event preparation is key, so for any budding
gurgitators here’s the full list of events so you can plan your
Hot dogs (in rolls) – how many in 12 minutes; Candy floss –
quickest time to eat 5 bags; Ice Cream – how much can you eat in
12 minutes (with a teaspoon); Pizza – fastest to eat a single
pizza (Margherita – no other toppings)
Pleasureland General Manger Phil Pickett said, “It’s going
to be a really fun evening - anyone can enter, whether it’s a team
or just a solo competitor - all you need is a love of food and loads
of enthusiasm! There haven’t been many events like this locally so
I’m sure there are plenty of potential entrants out there”.
There’ll be prizes for
the best performances, as well as a couple of surprise bonus rounds
during the course of the evening. For more information, or if
you’d like to enter (either as a team or an individual) call
Pleasureland’s Marketing Department on 01704 532717.