SURROUND-SOUND celebration of Liverpool's unique pool of
sound Young people worked with artists to capture Liverpool's unique
soundscape in a Bluecoat Connect project.
A unique "soundscape" of Liverpool, a city in transition, has been
recorded and edited by a group of young people, capturing the soul
of our city in sound. They have worked in equal collaboration
with a sonic artist, an acoustic ecologist and a performance poet to
record and document the sounds that most of us allow to wash over us
The work will be presented to the public in an innovative
Surround-Sound experience at the Liverpool Culture Company's "08
Place" in Whitechapel. The exhibition will run from Saturday 10
December until Monday 19 December.
The project has introduced young people to the concept of listening
more closely to the everyday sounds that we generally take for
granted whilst teaching them the skills and processes of editing and
recording. The participants wandered the inner-city streets of
Liverpool, capturing the city's sounds and conversations using a
range of equipment from boom mikes to dictaphones.
Bec Jones, Bluecoat Arts Centre's Participation Manager says:- "Bluecoat
felt it was important to capture the sounds of Liverpool at this
period of intense change. By involving local young people and
artists this has been done in a creative and quite magical way."
Alex Decoupigny, the sonic artist from Germany who worked with the
young people commented:- "We gave them such a free range and
they did not disappoint us, but gave us the best recordings you can
Pool of Sound has been managed by Bluecoat's innovative
participation programme, Connect. Connect still continues working
with the community throughout the arts centre's closure for
renovation and development. This project was organized in
conjunction with Merseyside Youth Association, Frakture and Windows
Project with support from the University of Liverpool's Acoustic
This project has been made possible through funding by the Liverpool
Culture Company and Urban Cultural Programme as part of the European
Capital of Culture 2008 Creative Communities Programme.
STARS IN SOUTHPORT GIVE FESTIVE BOOST TO BIGGEST EVER UK CHRISTMAS
CINDERELLA will soon be bringing some Christmas cheer to
needy children, elderly and the homeless in the North West.
The stars of the festive pantomime, which is on at Southport Theatre
and Hall Complex from 8 December until 8 January are lending their
support to The Salvation Army’s Pass the Parcel Gift Appeal, which
is currently running across the region.
This is the 7th successive Pass the Parcel Gift Appeal, which was
launched live on This Morning on Monday 14 November, in conjunction
with The Salvation Army and beauty and health retailer Superdrug.
Millions of children have benefited from the gifts donated over the
past seven years and this year Pass the Parcel is being extended to
help more than just children, as the public are being asked to
donate gifts to the region’s elderly and homeless people too.
Members of the public are being asked to drop off a new gift,
unwrapped, for a child, elderly person or homeless person at their
local Superdrug store. The local Salvation Army will then collect
the gifts and distribute them to people in need in the area through
their own networks, local groups and social services.
Shoppers will have until Sunday 11 December to pop into their local
Superdrug store with an unwrapped gift. Suitable gifts for elderly
and homeless people include toiletries, socks, gloves, handkerchiefs
and hot water bottles. However, the public is asked not to forget
about gifts for children.
"We're very grateful to the cast of Cinderella for taking time
out of their hectic schedule to support this year’s Pass the Parcel
Gift Appeal. People in the North West
are always so generous. We would however, encourage those who
haven’t yet bought an extra present to do so. You still have this
weekend to buy an extra gift and it will make a real difference to
people in need." says Major Marion Drew, Leader of The
Salvation Army in the North West.