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Date:-  1 May 2006

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Made in Liverpool 06

FOLLOWING on from the success of Made in Liverpool 04, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Culture Company and the Scarman Trust are working together on the development of Made in Liverpool 06, which this year has the theme Beneath the Skin of the City.

A call for submissions has been made (24 April 2006) to local filmmakers. The organisers are looking for films by 7 July 2006, that specifically respond to how Liverpool is changing, exposing the energy of a city in transition through the medium of moving image.

Funded by The Culture Company, as part of The Creative Communities Programme, Made in Liverpool 06 is part of the artistic programme, City in Transition. While tearing down the old and building up the new is part and parcel of all cities, the pace of regeneration in Liverpool is so fast that its citizens can be forgiven for finding it overwhelming. The Culture Company presents a series of events throughout 2006, making connections between the arts, architecture and urban development. The programme will stimulate debate from all sectors of the community, developing into an on-going programme of events in 2007 and 2008 to leave a lasting legacy.

Made in Liverpool 04 was a series of locally made films that were screened as part of the last Liverpool Biennial. This new project creates an opportunity for local filmmakers to describe the experience of living through the city’s significant changes and provide a platform for these voices to be heard during Liverpool Biennial 2006.

Selected films will be shown on the BBC Big Screen during the opening weekend of Liverpool Biennial (15-17 September 2006) before going on a tour of the seven Liverpool neighbourhood areas. Celebrations will also include a special screening event and awards ceremony.

Artists and established filmmakers Desperate Optimists have already been commissioned to make a film for Made in Liverpool 06, which involves the community groups in the process. The film is in response to, and celebrates the Around the City in 80 Days projects, which took place in Liverpool in 2005. Over the last 2½ years, Desperate Optimists have been working on a project called Civic Life. One of Civic Life’s main aims is to work closely with local community groups and make short single take films for the cinema, shot on 35mm cinemascope. This new commission is an opportunity to create a major artwork, while developing new and innovative approaches to presenting art in unexpected settings in response to Liverpool.

BOMBED OUT CHURCH RELIVES IT’S PAST

WIRRAL young people give their interpretation of eye witness accounts of the Blitz, inside Liverpool’s ‘Bombed Out Church’.  St Luke’s Church is normally closed to the public, bit it will throw open its doors for free performances by Wirral Youth Theatre on  Monday May 1.

Living With History
, staged in partnership with Urban Strawberry Lunch is the latest event to take place at St Luke’s as part of the FINEST HOUR SOUND ARCHIVE established by USL in 2003.

Ambrose Reynolds, Artistic Director of Urban Strawberry Lunch said:- “65 years ago St Luke’s was partially destroyed by an incendiary bomb during seven days and nights of continuous bombing, and has since stood as an unofficial monument to the resilience of the people who fought from the Merseyside Home Front. “Living with History” will provide a rare and exciting opportunity to see this spectacular building used as a setting to bring the blitz alive."

Caron Drucker, Head of Wirral Youth Theatre added:- “Living With History will use dance, music and drama to tell the true life stories of ordinary people in Merseyside who recalled the days the nights and days of terror spent in air raid shelters, under the kitchen table or facing machine gun fire from enemy planes on the streets of Liverpool and Birkenhead.”

The performance, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will take place at 7.40pm and 9pm on Monday 1 May 2006 at St Luke’s Church, Leece Street, Liverpool.

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