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Edition No. 89

Date:- 07 March 2003

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LIVERPOOL rolled out the red carpet on March as it continued to learn what it takes to be a European Capital of Culture. 

JUST a few days after the city welcomed visitors from Salamanca - the 2002 European Capital of Culture - Liverpool is now opening its arms to the 2001 Capital Riga.
For the next four days the VIP team from the Latvian capital's Cultural Board and city council's development committee will be given a tour of the cultural delights of Liverpool from the FACT Centre to the Tate Gallery.

The two cities will sign an historic Letter of Intent to establish a special relationship that will provide a huge boost to Liverpool's Capital of Culture bid as the city will be building links with a country wishing to enter the European Union. The letter will take Liverpool and Riga, which is also a port, a step closer to developing economic and cultural relationships such as the one the city boasts with Dublin, Cologne, and Shanghai.

The delegation headed by Chairman of Riga city, Andris Ameriks, was given a tour of the Tate Gallery and took the Mersey Ferry as part of Liverpool city council aims to forge links with the two cities.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor Councillor Jack Spriggs said:- "I'm delighted we are offering our hand in friendship to Riga and I'm sure the next four days will be hugely beneficial. Riga is a city that is regenerating itself through culture as is Liverpool. We clearly have much to learn from each other and hopefully we can follow in their footsteps in 2008.''

Southport Movie Makers

OUR 2003 Meetings will be held at 8pm, Thursdays, St James's Church Hall, Lulworth Road, Birkdal.  On Thursday March 13:- Last evening of three weeks of "Lights, Camera, Action," with members putting finishing touches to concentrated efforts, preparing and shooting video productions.

Thursday: April 10:- Annual inter-club competition with Southport hosting local cine and video clubs. Each screens a recent production to be judged by a panel frawn from all clubs and trophies are awarded. Southport MovieMakers will enter Sefton Coast, a documentary on the local Coastline. Note: the event starts at 7.45pm.

Thursday May 29:- Annual General Meeting:- Society elects new officers.

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TONY Blair and members of the cabinet were given a special reception at top-level conference Liverpool representing whole of the North West Liverpool is turning on the magic in its bid to become European capital of culture

The city's Capital of Culture team is hosting a top-level reception in Southport last weekend - to promote Liverpool's bid to delegates attending a top-level meeting of the Labour Party's National Policy Forum and its northwest regional conference.

The new Cultures Anthem - Liverpool's Got It, performed live by an unlikely duo, opera singer Rebecca Fox and Rap recording star Tony Lawson. In which the event was hosted by city council's leader of the opposition Councillor Joe Anderson, and Merseyside MPs Louise Ellman and Claire Curtis-Thomas.

Councillor Anderson said, “Many key government departments will a have major role in assessing the merits of Liverpool's bid. They will be advising the Judging panel on whether the details of the bid – from our capacity to stage world-class events to the quality of our hotels - come up to scratch. It's important that we take every opportunity to demonstrate not only the quality and depth of our submission, but that we can deliver too.

But Liverpool's bid to become Capital of Culture is a bid for the whole of the northwest. The whole region stands to gain from the new investment and economic growth if we are successful. That's why it is important to gain backing, and the conference will help us do just that."

Voulez Vous
The World's Greatest Live ABBA Show

2003 sees the return of Voulez Vous to the Liverpool Empire due to public demand. This tour will also see some additional numbers performed on stage including The Winner Takes It All, So Long and Hasta Manyana. 

As a family Voulez Vous have been performing together for seventeen years, for twelve of those that have produced one of the most spectacular productions with a salute to one of the most prolific song writing teams in history - Benny Anderson and Bjorn lvaeus.

The creation of these twelve years was born in Brighton, after being inspired by events in April 1974, when ABBA stormed to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo. Donning shiny Satin costumes and silver platform boots like their predecessors, Voulez Vous continue
to portray the Swedish foursome whose popularity remain undiminished. The Voulez Vous show is a timely celebration of one of the most successful and influential groups of all time.

Voulez Vous' continual touring means that a new generation is given the chance to sing along to all the greatest hits along with fans of the original super group.

Voulez Vous are at the Liverpool Empire Theatre for one night only on Sunday 23rd March.
For tickets call Ticketmaster on 0870 606 3536 (booking fees apply)

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