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Issue:- 3 July 2014

Young People Take Over Liverpool Arts - Flux Liverpool Festival Line up Released

FLUX Liverpool is a new pioneering arts festival engineered by young people, created for everyone.  Flux Liverpool takes place Thursday, 17 July to Saturday, 2 August 2014 and kicks off a whole new type of youth focused grassroots festival: a demonstration of the potential that's hiding inside Liverpool's young people.

The events programme has been released, promoting over 50 events surrounding this 3 week long multi arts festival. Audiences of all ages are invited to discover a vibrant mix of theatre and music performance, installations, workshops and panel discussions, games, exhibitions, parades and much more all led by young people from the Liverpool City Region.

Alex McCorkindale, Flux Liverpool Director said:- "This festival is like nothing I've ever worked on before. The Flux Liverpool guide gives the public a glimpse into the world of activities and opportunities our young people have created. There doesn't seem to be an end to this City's potential and talent, and Flux Liverpool is just the beginning. We're so excited about the programme, and we can't wait for you take a look!"

Opening weekend sees the launch of Young DaDaFest at Everyman Theatre, on 17 July 2014, a showcase of music, dance, and performance led by disabled and deaf young people from across Merseyside. And from the 18 July to 20 July 2014, the Blueprint Festival led by Tate Collective, sees live performances, workshops, art installations, an art fair, a parade and much more, plus a launch after party at The Kazimier.

A range of activities will be open to schools and groups including the opportunity to become forensic scientists with Hands on DNA - Exploring Evolution at World Museum, a John Moores Painting Prize Culture Course at Walker Art Gallery, Tours of Liverpool Biennial led by the Young Fellows and more.

Most events are open to everyone including the Day at the Dome at Liverpool One's Chavasse Park on 26 July 2014, when some of the North West's most talented up and coming musical acts show off their skills. An intriguing interactive performance Sense and Sustainability takes over spaces across the Bluecoat on Saturday, 19 July 2014 and Tales from the MP3 sees the 20 Stories High Young Actors perform a gritty, honest and funny piece that will be at Everyman Theatre, on 1 August to 2 August 2014. Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) present a modern twist on Alice in Wonderland, from 25 July to 27 July 2014 amongst the rolling green lawns of Croxteth Hall and Country Park. Visitors might just stumble on hidden stages, secret gigs and headline DJ's.

The educational #FluxSkills events will give people of all ages an insight into arts careers and a chance to connect and learn with industry professionals from all over the UK. #FluxSkills sessions cover a topics include visual art and design, music, management and more.

10 #FluxCommissions grants have been awarded to creative young people from the region and their projects and events will be showcased during the festival including Synaesthesia Lab; an audio visual sensory experience:- 'The World in One City' an interactive map using electrically conductive paint, and silent disco Unsigned, Unheard which provides a platform for undiscovered Liverpool musicians.

The FREE festival guide is available online or in print soon at participating venues: The Black-E, The Bluecoat, Camp & Furnace, FACT, Liverpool ONE Info Centre, Everyman Theatre, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool, World Museum, and Walker Art Gallery.

Download the Flux Guide PDF and stay up to date with Flux Liverpool on Facebook or Twitter.

People with diabetes across Merseyside urged to be prepared; managing diabetes on holiday

WITH the holiday season approaching, many of the 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK will be looking forward to a well deserved break in the sunshine, or planning a long weekend away. But Merseyside residents with diabetes are being urged to plan ahead for their time away, and be prepared for all eventualities.  If you or your child has diabetes then the condition will be going on your holiday with you, but there's no reason for it to slow anyone down provided you do some advance preparation.  Diabetes UK has loads of useful travel advice at:- including handy tips about carrying snacks and some of your medication in your hand luggage, in case of delays. Other suggestions include taking a letter from your diabetes team explaining your condition, and being aware of how a change in weather might impact on your condition. There is also detailed information about how to plan ahead to avoid any issues with airports and airlines if you have an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor.  For people living with Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK's online e-learning programme:- 'Type 2 Diabetes and Me', aimed at improving the knowledge of self management of all those living with the condition, also includes a whole section about how to cope while on holiday. It can be accessed for free at:- For more information and advice call Diabetes UK's Careline on:- 0345 123 2399. "In the meantime I'd like to wish everyone a safe journey and a wonderful holiday..." says Jo Cunnah, Diabetes UK's Interim Regional Manager in the North West.

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