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Edition No. 77

Date:- 06 December 2002

RDA Chairs meet to discuss Manufacturing future.
Report By Michael Gregory.

REGIONAL Development Agency Chairs today (Tuesday 3rd December) met with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Nigel Griffiths MP in Manchester for an important meeting to discuss plans to aid manufacturing.

The focus of the meeting centred on the importance of manufacturing to the UK economy which accounts for a fifth of national income and employs 4 million people.

The Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) is fully supportive of the Manufacturing sector and the Region’s economic development depends upon a vibrant and successful manufacturing base. 

Founded in 1994, The Manufacturing Institute, based in Manchester, is dedicated to the delivery of high-impact, productivity improvement programmes. In April 2002, the NWDA together with the DTI, appointed the Institute to establish the UK’s first Regional Centre for Manufacturing Excellence here in the Northwest. The centre consists of a group of professional manufacturing advisors that strive to improve productivity of firms in the Region. 

The NWDA has also taken steps to establish partnerships with manufacturing companies across the Region, which will assist the process of intelligence sharing and ensuring information on companies is up to date and correct.

Bryan Gray, Chairman of the NWDA said:-

“Manufacturing matters in the Northwest. The industry employs over 430,000 people representing 17.6% of employment. Manufacturing in this Region represents 25% of GDP, significantly more than the national average at 20%. And, with the UK manufacturing sector accounting for 80% of commercial Research and Development, our challenge is to ensure that we continuously innovate and attract and retain the skilled people needed to secure the future of manufacturing in the Region.” 

DTI Secretary of State, Patricia Hewitt, said:-

“Manufacturing is crucial to our economy. We've launched the first Government manufacturing strategy for over 30 years but we need delivery through the regions and on the ground. The truth is, there is a limit to what central Government can do from London - that's why the work of our RDAs will be so crucial.”

RDA Chairs meet to discuss Manufacturing future.

Tuesday 3rd December, 7.30pm, The Houghton Weavers Seasonal Comedy and folk, Tickets: £10 (concessions £8)

Until 18th January, Kenneth Alan Taylor's Aladdin, Directed by Judith Barker, Designed by Mark Walters, The Magical New Year treat for all the family!  Tickets: £8 - £11

Tuesday 21st January, 7.30pm, To Be Frank, TV actor David Benson presents his stunning one- man show about the life of comedy legend Frankie Howard. Ooh 'er missus!  Tickets: £11

Thursday 23rd January, 7.30pm, Big Band Crazy The Andy Prior Orchestra join up with Glenn Miller's nephew John, for a big band spectacle.  Tickets: £13

30th January - 22nd February, From a Jack to a King By Bob Carlton, Directed by Kevin Shaw, Designed by Celia Perkins From the team that created the smash hit Return to the Forbidden Planet comes this Shakesperian musical packed with the hits of the 60s.  Tickets: £5 - £13

Tuesday 25th February,  2.30pm and 7.30pm, Hiss and Boo presents, Bernie Clifton, Heads the line-up in this traditional music hall with supporting cast.  Special extra matinee performance at 2.30pm!  Tickets: £10.

Wednesday 26th February, 7.30pm, Oldham Tinkers and Bernard Wrigley,  Comedy, fun and folk!  Tickets: £10 (concessions £8)

Friday 28th February, 7.30pm, This Is Your Life Mr Funjabi Britain's top Asian comedy troupe, the Funjabis, cause mayhem on the Coliseum stage.  Tickets: £8.

Saturday 1st March, 7.30pm, Oldham Bred! BBC GMR's Jane Hodson and the Coliseum's own Mark Llewellin host Oldham's very own variety show featuring professional and amateur talent including Saddleworth Male Voice Choir, The British Legion Concert Band and many more! Production Sponsored by Warburton's.  Tickets: £10

4th - 8th March, Tabs Productions Present: Macbeth, By William Shakespeare, An Eastern European dictator struggles to lead a crumbling regime - but who weilds the true power behind the throne? Special daytime performances on Wednesday, 
Thursday and Saturday.  Tickets: £10 (matinees £8)

NWDA welcomes new Social Enterprise Support Officer.

Report By Michael Gregory.

THE Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) welcomes the appointment of Falguni Patel as Social Enterprise Support Officer within the Lancashire area team in Preston. Falguni will work closely with NWDA colleagues to develop and support a social enterprise partnership within Lancashire. 

Falguni brings with her over a year’s experience as both a research assistant and international department intern for Christian Aid, where her work included research and information analysis, media relations, and project management. Previous to this Falguni studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, gaining an MSc in Development Studies, after attending the University College London, where she achieved a first-class honours degree in French and Hindi. 

Falguni Patel, new Social Enterprise Support Officer, NWDA:-

“I am delighted at my new appointment within the NWDA. As part of my work I will be undertaking a mapping exercise of the social enterprise sector in Lancashire. This is a wonderful opportunity for the NWDA to contribute to the social enterprise partnerships that exist throughout the region.”

Delirium 7 December 2002 - 25 January 2003...
Michael Maziere

'Delirium' by the acclaimed French Filmmaker, Michael Maziere, is an emotionally charged and visually captivating tribute to the aesthetics of intrigue, passion and seduction that form the basis of cinema. Presented as a large three-screen DVD installation, Delirium
montages archive Hollywood footage from such 'noir' films as 'The Lost Weekend' and 'xxxx', with newly shot video footage taken
by Maziere across Europe and America.

Using References from cinema, poetry and psychoanalysis, Maziere underpins the work with the classic film noir themes of excess and
addiction. Exploring their contempory relevance, he creates a dream-like cinematic text that reworks elements of life and cinema
in disconnected yet meaningful relations to each other. The film, whilst alluding to cinematic themes and narratives, refrains from
actually adopting a continuous narritive form, instead presenting the viewer with a series of parallel moments and events that evolve in a
poetically linear form.

'Delirium' is complimented by a series of large photo panels that question the cinematic narrative structure of film. Here Maziere deconstructs Delirium into individual still
frames and frame sequences that illustrate
and experiment with trdaitional cinematic
constructs and signifiers - the 24 frames in
every second of film, the sequence of
shots that make up the film, the wipes,
dissolves and cuts between shots.

Michael Maziere is an artist and curator living in London. Since 1978 his films and videos have been exhibited internationally at major festivals, film venues, galleries and on broadcast television. These include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Gallery, London, Videobrasil, Sao Paolo and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Michael Maziere will be discussing 'Delirium' in a special Gallery talk at Open Eye (Liverpool) on Saturday 7 December at 12 noon. Admission free.

'Delirium' by Michael Maziere is an Open Eye Touring Exhibition, sponsored by the Arts Council of England.

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