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Locations revealed for inspirational globe trail, The World Reimagined

THE locations have been revealed of a series of stunning globes making up a landmark public art project across the Liverpool City Region. The globes make up:- 'The World Reimagined,' a ground breaking, UK wide art education project aimed at using the story of the transatlantic slave trade to promote racial justice. 10 large globe structures will make up a free public art trail across the Liverpool City Region, bringing to life the reality and impact of transatlantic slavery and inviting the public to think about ways to make racial justice a reality. Running from:- 13 August to 31 October 2022, there will be a walking trail of 5 large globes located around Liverpool City Centre, with a further large globe in prominent locations in Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral.

The 10 large globes will be placed at the following locations:-

   Halton:- Spike Island, outside the Catalyst Museum.

   Knowsley:- The Court Yard, Court Hey Park.

   Liverpool:- Central library; Liverpool Anglican Cathedral; Rialto (Berkeley Square); Liverpool One (College Lane); Martin Luther King Building, Albert Dock.

   Sefton:- Marine Gardens, Waterloo.

   St Helens:- Pilkington's World of Glass Garden.

   Wirral:- The Priory, Birkenhead.

Commissioned artists have created thought provoking globes responding to themes ranging from:- 'Mother Africa' and 'The Reality of Being Enslaved' to 'Still We Rise' and 'Expanding Soul.'

The project forms part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Race Equality Programme, which was established by Mayor Steve Rotheram in 2020.

The wider programme also includes a Race Equality Hub which is being co-designed with the local community. With ring fenced funding of £3.2m, this is the Region's biggest ever investment in tackling racial inequality.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:- "More than 1.6m people call our City Region 'home' and we're making sure that every single one of them has the chance to be a part of this important moment in our shared history. Each of our 6 boroughs has helped to bring this installation to life and it's on every one of us in our community to listen, to learn, and to reflect on the important lessons it can teach us about the past; and the future; of our home. This is an opportunity to give a platform to more conversations around racial injustice and to show people that not only are we learning from the lessons of our history, but we're working hard to shape a better future for everyone in our City Region; where no one is left behind."

The project has been brought to the Region by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which is the main local sponsor, and is working with its Local Authorities to co-ordinate all activity across the Region's 6 boroughs.

The Region wide trail will run from:- 13 August to 31 October 2022, and aims to provide an enjoyable and thought provoking learning experience for people of all ages.

It will be the centre of a broader learning and engagement programme, with:- Schools, community groups, and cultural institutions from across the City Region taking part.

In addition to the larger globes, another 41 smaller learning globes have been created by 30 Schools and 11 community organisations across the Region.

Through the education and art programme, the project will be rooted in local Schools and communities to facilitate dialogues around racial equality and justice and linked deeply to where people live.

Councillor Mike Wharton, Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy, said:- "This hugely ambitious and thought-provoking project will challenge us all to think about the legacy of our City Region's past and its continuing consequences today. The high profile locations of these globes will ensure that the project reaches as many people as possible and should kick start a public conversation on the continuing impact of the transatlantic slave trade. At the same time, it will be a celebration of creativity and I am sure that these incredible artworks will be a huge attraction for people from across our City Region and beyond. We should never underestimate the power of culture to challenge, entertain and educate. I can't wait for the project to open to the public in a couple of weeks."

Beryl Marsden Celebrates 60 Years In Music With A Special Farewell Concert This Month

LIVERPOOL singing sensation Beryl Marsden is set to celebrate an:- amazing 60 years in showbusiness with a very special farewell concert at the Epstein Theatre this month. The Merseybeat star will appear at the Hanover Street venue on:- Saturday, 27 August 2022 when she will be joined on stage by a live band and special guests.

Hosted by Liverpool radio legend Billy Butler, the show takes place during International Beatleweek. Special Guests include:- Merseybeat legend Karl Terry, Daniel Taylor who is currently starring in a show about George Harrison, Gillian Hardie who played Beryl in a stage musical and American singer Ralph Kluseman. There may also be a few surprise guests on the night.

Beryl's specially selected band are:- Dave Goldberg; Keyboards and Guitar, Joel Goldberg; Bass, Adam Goldberg; Drums and Luke Hague; Lead Guitar.

It was in 1962 that the then 15 year old Beryl Marsden made her Cavern Club debut, appearing at the world famous Mathew Street club with Liverpool band The Undertakers. She also sang with Lee Curtis and The All Stars and was a hugely popular performer on the Merseybeat scene; becoming 1 of the only truly successful female singers of the time.

The Toxteth teenager went on to appear at the Star Club in Hamburg where because of her young age she was chaperoned by Beatles' booking manager Joe Flannery. She signed a deal with Decca in 1963, releasing 2 singles, and then later with EMI's Columbia label.

In 1965 she supported the Fab 4 on their final UK tour, witnessing Beatlemania at 1st hand, and the following year she joined British R&B outfit Shotgun Express where fellow bandmates included Fleetwood Mac founders Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood, and a young Rod Stewart.

She subsequently sang with bands including:- The She Trinity and Sinbad, to name just 2, while in the 1980's she performed with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

In 2013, a new musical about her life titled:- 'One Dream' named after 1 of her albums; was premiered at the Cavern Club with the singer herself performing as part of its finale. And she was also featured in the award winning TV mini series Cilla and in the smash hit Cilla the Musical.

Beryl Marsden says:- "I can't believe it's 60 years since I 1st stepped on a stage when I sang with The Undertakers at the Cavern. I was only 15 and had just left School. I didn't tell my mum and dad at first, not until I was asked to join the band and it became a proper job. It was a very exciting time, and for me, my heart is still with the 60s music, even though of course I've written plenty of other things since. It was real, and simple, and straight from the heart. The Epstein is a wonderful theatre; I've appeared there several times, including a wonderful Christmas playing the Fairy Godmother in panto. It's an intimate space and I love the sound and the atmosphere in the auditorium, so I can't wait to present this very special concert which is produced by my good friend Bill Elms. It's going to be a great evening, full of music, stories and good fun, with some great images and special guests too. This could may well be my last full concert."

For more information about this show at the:- Epstein Theatre, on Hanover Street, Liverpool (L13DZ), please visit:- EpsteinTheatre.Co.UK and book your ticket for the show on:- Saturday, 27 August 2022.

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