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Issue:- Thursday, 01 September 2016

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Port Sunlight Village opens its doors to visitors for Heritage Open Days

PORT Sunlight Village Trust welcomes the return of Heritage Open Days, from 3 September to 11 September 2016, and the Trust looks forward to being part of Wirral's extensive programme of activity. On Saturday, 3 September 2016, there will be free entry into Port Sunlight Museum from 10am to 5pm. Visitors will get the chance to view the latest special exhibition:- 'Port Sunlight in Focus 1896 to 1916' which explores the three local photographers who contributed most to the pictorial record of the village during its early years. On Sunday, 11 September 2016, 'Open Village' is back. Now in its 3rd year, this popular event provides an important opportunity to showcase Port Sunlight's unique history and heritage and celebrate the hard work of both the residents and Port Sunlight Village Trust who work in partnership to preserve and promote the special character of the village. From 11am to 4pm, the village will open its doors, gardens and buildings allowing access to areas normally out of bounds to visitors. A free trail will be available from Port Sunlight Museum gift shop for people to pick up and explore the village, meet residents, and enjoy privileged access.

Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager at Port Sunlight Village Trust said:- "Heritage Open Days are extremely important and the History & Heritage Association do a fantastic job in making Wirral's annual programme one of the best in the country. Our event 'Open Village' is very much in keeping with the spirit of this national initiative and we are delighted to share the experience with village residents and other Port Sunlight attractions, groups and societies."

Katherine continued:- "I don't want to give too much away, but visitors can expect to get inside some of the village houses, receive crown green bowling tips from 1 of the village's longstanding bowling clubs, and see inside Lever House - the former offices of Lever Brothers and now home to Unilever Port Sunlight."

Lesley Owen Edwards, Senior Archivist and Records Management at Unilever Port Sunlight commented:- "Unilever is delighted to be part of this year's Heritage Open Days. Come and visit the beautiful entrance to Lever House designed by William and Segar Owen and built for William Lever in 1895. An exhibition by Unilever Archives and Records Management will document the history of the building that was further enlarged with the addition of the South Wing in 1914."

To find out more about Open Village contact:- events@portsunlightvillage.com. To discover Wirral's HoD programme, pick up a brochure in Port Sunlight or click on here

'Cuba es mi marca' – Cuban Mini-Film Festival in Liverpool

THE Burjesta Theatre are happy to announce that we will be hosting, film critic and poet Fernando Leon Jacomino and photographer Sonia Amalguer who are visiting Britain from Cuba and are touring around showing 3 exceptional films from Cuba as well as a photographic exhibition of images of the land and its people.  They will be discussing the films and photographs and their relevance to Cuban society over 2 evening and 1 afternoon sessions until Saturday, 3 September 2016.  Sonia Amalguer's photographic exhibition will be on display at each session. Each of the sessions are a separate event and costs £3 entry (£5 solidarity price) – pay on the door.  All sessions take place at The Casa.

The last 2 events will be:-

'Los Dioses Rotos'
– (The Fallen Gods) - Directed by Ernesto Daramas, this film was Cuba's candidate for the 2008 Oscars and tells the story of a young university professor, Laura who while researching the famous Cuban racketeer and pimp Alberto Yarini, who operated in the 1900s, finds herself entangled in present day Havana's dark side of prostitution and crime. Showing will be on Friday, 2 September 2016, from 7pm.

►  'Fresa y Chocolate'
– (Strawberry and Chocolate) - Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío this 1993 Oscar nominated film (awarded Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival and Berlin Film Festival), tells the story of Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and sceptical young man, who falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinal ideas. 'Fresa y chocolate' is a coming of age story, told through the development of a growing friendship which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. on Saturday, 3 September 2016, from 3pm.

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