DIVERSITY & TOP
DANCE STAR WILL PERFORM FOR LIVERPOOL FANS
MEMBERS of dance group Diversity and
choreographer to the stars, John Graham, are set to appear in the
Born to Shine Roadshow in Speke, Liverpool on Thursday, 4 August
Born to Shine is a major new entertainment series on ITV1 in
collaboration with Save the Children, which will be broadcast on
Sunday evenings at 8pm over 6 weeks in July and August 2011. The
first episode aired Sunday, 17 July 2011, and included a performance
Giving the public a chance to get involved in Born to Shine and have
a fun family day out, Save the Children is working with Morrisons to
take the interactive Roadshow around the country. The Roadshow will
be held outside the Morrisons store in Speke from 11am to 6pm.
Children taking part will have a chance to shine in their very own
30 minute masterclasses given by Ashton Russell & Nathan Ramsey from
dance act Diversity and choreographer John Graham who has worked
with Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Cheryl Cole.
There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved, support
other local talent acts and have a photo taken with the stars, as
well as the chance to win fantastic prizes.
Presented by Save the Children’s ambassador, Natasha Kaplinsky,
ITV1’s Born to Shine sees talented youngsters mentor famous faces as
they learn a new skill, from tap dancing, to rapping to playing a
new musical instrument. Each week three famous names take to the
stage and showcase their new skill to the nation, where they are
critiqued by a panel of judges. The series will culminate in a
fundraising extravaganza for Save the Children featuring live
performances from the 5 finalists and their child mentors.
A message from the members of Diversity:- "Come down and join
us on Thursday! We want to show every child out there to show that
they are Born to Shine - we are hoping to tease out the dancer in
you with a dance masterclass. Sadly not all children get the chance
to fulfil their potential. We’re touring the UK with Save the
Children because we reckon they’re right - all children can shine if
they’re given the chance."
Neil McCarthy, Store Manager at Morrisons in Speke said:-
"It’s going to be a fun packed day and we want to see as many local
kids along as possible. To have members of Diversity and John Graham
perform at the store is amazing and we hope it will bring in the
crowds and as much cash as possible for Save the Children’s
Save the Children’s Chief Executive, Justin Forsyth, said:-
"Our Born to Shine roadshows are a fantastic opportunity for the
public to get involved with Save the Children and we are thrilled to
be working alongside Morrisons to launch them. We believe that all
children are born to shine and we know we’ll see some real talent
shining through from across the UK over the next few weeks. So many
children around the world don’t get the chance to grow up and fulfil
their potential. The celebrities and the child stars in Born to
Shine have had that chance, and now they are generously using their
talent to support our great cause, raising money to help save
children’s lives in the world’s poorest countries and give children
here in the UK a better start in life."
The ‘Born to Shine’ Roadshows will also be at the following
Morrisons stores, also from 11am to 6pm on the following dates:-
Whitefield, Manchester – Thursday, 21 July 2011
Hunslet, Leeds - Saturday, 23 July 2011
West Denton, Newcastle upon Tyne - Thursday, 28 July 2011
Anniesland, Glasgow - Saturday, 30 July 2011
Speke, Liverpool - Thursday, 4 August 2011
Rubery, Birmingham - Saturday, 6 August 2011
Cribbs Causeway, Bristol - Thursday, 11 August 2011
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff - Saturday, 13 August 2011
Milton Keynes - Thursday, 18 August
Queensbury, London - Saturday, 20 August
Roadshow is FREE entrance and £5 to take part in a masterclass –
payment is made on the day.
The Liverpool event takes place at:- Morrisons on Penketh Drive, Off
Speke Boulevard, Liverpool, L24 2WZ.
Getting back to
CONCERT Square is the heart of Liverpool’s
night-life and it could be transformed, so that it becomes a
destination full of activity throughout the day as well!
A new vision for the square has been drawn up by the Concert Square
Interest Group, which has been meeting for a number of months and
includes representatives from local businesses and other
stakeholders including Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police,
and Liverpool Vision
The new vision is to create:- "A destination to attract people
during the daytime, evening and night-times. During the daytime, a
hive of activity, full of diversity and life; where residents and
office workers meet up; where shoppers, diners and culture-seekers
stop for a break with a drink, a bite to eat and some entertainment.
During the evening and night-time, a vibrant and attractive place
offering a variety of food and drink and entertainment, both indoors
and outdoors. An exemplar of best practice night-time economy
management where people, can move safely, easily and quickly."
This idea arose out of concern that Concert Square had moved away
from its original concept of being a continental-style piazza with a
variety of uses, somewhere where people could mix during the day and
a high quality night-time destination. Now it has become an area
dominated by late night drinking. It is recognised as the city
centre’s party venue, being particularly popular for hen and stag
Initial moves have already been made to change the nature of the
Square. New benches and hedges have been installed to clearly mark
it from the neighbouring streets and create a more relaxed
atmosphere. Hot food and drink stalls are shortly to be introduced.
And an events programme starts on Sunday, 31 July 2011, with the
first in a series of Summer Sunday events with street performances
from jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, poets, singers, musicians,
floor drawings and novelty acts.
"In many ways Concert Square has become the victim of its own
night-time success. It became exceptionally popular at night with
the bars being full and an overspill of drinkers into the square.
That, in itself, can put a strain on emergency and other services.
But it meant that the square was not reaching its full potential –
during the day there is very little activity and it does not attract
visitors. The original vision for it has been lost. This has been
recognised by the local businesses who acknowledge that there needs
to be more variety in what is being offered. They have worked with
us and other agencies to see how we can get more varied use back
into the square instead of its just being seen as a drinking area.
The way we have done this is a model for other areas. If we can do
this in Concert Square, we can do this anywhere." said
Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods.
Claire Thomas, Chair of the Concert Square Interest Group and
Director of Asset Management at Urban Splash said:- "Our
vision for Concert Square has always been to create a place where
people come and meet friends for coffee or drinks, at any time of
day in a very relaxed setting, similar to the main squares in many
major European cities. Bringing a range of new events and activities
to the Square will extend the offer at Concert Square and attract
different audiences to one of Liverpool’s top destinations."
Businesses in the area have backed the new approach to the square.
Elaine Clarke, Chief Executive of the BaaBar Group, said:-
"The Concert Square Interest Group are working to create an
environment that is accessible to everybody at any time of day. The
benches and greenery we have recently added will soon be lit up with
a decorative lighting scheme adding to this ideal. Our events
listings are ever growing now including street theatre and outdoor
performance. We are encouraging more cultural activity to the
Square, making it more diverse. In the coming months we will have a
new food offer and a more selective range of non-alcoholic beverages
available to ensure that Modo has a consistent core offer."
Robert Nadler, CEO of base2stay hotel in Seel Street, said:-
"Liverpool is a vibrant city full of exciting and passionate people.
To see the Concert Square Interest Group working to capture this
unique sensibility and to create a fun and safe atmosphere is both
rewarding and heartening. The changes taking place reflect the post
Capital of Culture ideals of community, vibrancy and diversity,
building an inclusive environment that caters for all generations.
What we hope for is a bold, invigorating fusion of culture and
enjoyment, which will act as a testament to the high standards and
aspirations that we as a city must set ourselves, harnessing the
momentum and vitality that makes Liverpool so special. We are
working to ensure that Concert Square becomes the embodiment of this
and something that we can all be proud of."
Concert Square was created by Urban Splash in 1994 from a site which
was previously a chemicals factory.
It was 1 of the first major developments of the