Activism, community groups, websites & resources
Africa Festival UK - We are a voluntary organisation headed by Pedro Da Silva Vicente, Chairperson of African Festival UK, who are trying to raise the level of awareness, in particular, amongst young people in the community towards the origins of Africa. It is their commitment of promoting African music & culture, raising awareness of African origins for the past 2 years that inspired Pedro & Sue to form African Festival UK!
Unit 53 Cariocca Business Park 2 Hellidon Close Manchester M12 4AH
Africa Oye - Liverpool's own African Music Festival. Fabulous and FREE! Usually held over one weekend in mid-June in Sefton Park. With the best of internationally-acclaimed African bands and musicians, often never heard in the UK before. News From Nowhere always present with a great stall of CDs.
Art in Liverpool - Liverpool Art Gallery Listings, Art Weblog, Artists Details and News. The comprehensive online resource for the Liverpool Art Scene.
Arts Hub 47 - The only creative community co-operative. in Merseyside. Selling Arts & Crafts ranging from cards, bags, jewlerry, textile art, bunting, clothing, mosaic art, frames and a variety of images. We aim to provide a creative enterprise hub to artists, designers and crafters. Our long term aim is provide a space for people to learn new skills, work together to develop existing skills and share skills and most importantly have fun while doing it!
C.U.T.S: Communal Use Textile Studio - C.U.T.S is a community resource of sewing and screen print facilities in the heart of Liverpool city centre's Ropewalks district. C.U.T.S offers workshops and equipment inductions in the use of sewing machines, screen print techniques and creative recycling.
1st Floor, Mello Mello, 40-42 Slater Street Liverpool L1 4BX
Catalyst Creative Media: Nerve Magazine - 32 page bi-monthly arts, cultural and social issues magazine ‘NERVE’ and website dedicated to highlighting the grassroots Merseyside artistic community and their communities. CATALYST CREATIVE MEDIA trains writers and journalists, and publishes the best of their work in ‘Nerve’, thus providing valuable skills training, confidence, and a place to get published.
Celebrity Pig Theatre Company - Celebrity Pig is a group of actors with learning disabilities. The company devise, produce, and perform in major public productions both on stage and on screen. They rehearse weekly in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
Collective Encounters - Collective Encounters are a professional arts organisation based in north Liverpool, committed to social change.
Come Strut Your Stuff - Come Strut Your Stuff - open floor poetry and acoustic music on the first Monday of every month at the Egg Cafe! (or on second Monday of the month when the first Monday clashes with a Bank Holiday). All performers and listeners welcome. First time readers and performers encouraged. The Cafe normally gets very busy, so avoid disappointment by arriving early to claim a seat and a performance slot. Hosted by Graham, and featuring Stan the Harper. 8pm - The Egg Cafe, 2nd Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool City Centre
Culturepool - Culturepool brings people together to share their experience of Liverpool's cultural events. We regularly visit venues such as galleries, theatres and cinemas throughout the city and then get together afterwards to talk and reflect on the experience. Through Culturepool you can meet people with similar interests and share your thoughts in a comfortable environment. Contact Luan or Vinny on the number or email below to find out more about Culturepool and details of the next event.
Dead Good Poets Society - The Dead Good Poets Society exists to promote poetry through performance and to encourage the development of new poets and audiences in Merseyside. We hope to increase the skills of local poets both in their writing, their performance and in their reading and appreciation of other poets. We do this through regular Open Floor nights, Guest nights, and through a programme of workshops and projects.
Frakture - Free improvisation, noise & electronic music in Merseyside. Regular performances - see website for events.
gallery4allarts.com - This gallery promotes Liverpool based artist Nicole Bartos and 'guest artists', including poets. Gallery4allarts has a well known history of art exhibitions and events
Guild of Ghostwriters - Blog, artwork and cartoons from Dem - talented artist based in Liverpool.
HeadSpace @ EggSpace Gallery - The Eggspace Gallery, in Central Liverpool, is a Gallery space for both established and emerging artists and art groups. Our policy is to provide a platform for all.
Homotopia - Liverpool’s hugely successful festival to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture.
Hope Street Blog - Blog centering on events & news relating to Hope Street - a street of astonishing beauty and stunning architecture. The world famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the legendary Everyman Theatre and two majestically different cathedrals. The ornate Philharmonic pub where the Beatles used to meet. One of the coolest boutique hotels in the UK and some of the hottest restaurants.
In the Pink: Civil Partnership Photography - Beautiful reportage photography...relaxed and inobtrusive...so you can be yourselves and enjoy the day! Free DVD. Free website gallery. No set packages (all albums optional). Top-quality Digital Storybooks.
Julie Jones - Visual artist - Website for Julie Jones - a visual artist based in Arena Studios Liverpool working primarily in painting, also in drawing and printmaking.
Kicking Free Performing Arts & Holistic Centre - We are a community based centre with the aim of making performing arts affordable to all regardless of social and financial backgrounds. We also have rooms available for other arts and cultural groups to use for just a small fee to cover heating and lighting
Kicking Free House 6 Seddon Road Liverpool L19 2LJ
Lancashire Womens Book Group - A Lancashire Based Reading Group for women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. We are a friendly and informal reading group who meet monthly and discuss one book per month. Our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of each month with a start time of 6.45pm. The places where we meet usually do food so there is the opportunity to get something to eat as well.
Literature Northwest - Index Publishing Network - The North West boasts some of the most vibrant, diverse and important independent presses in the country, ranging from internationally distributed poetry and photography publishers, to innovative local magazines, graphic novel houses and key players in the regional and national literary scene. Index is the first attempt to bring these rich and disparate elements together in a single celebration. As well as producing regular brochures showcasing a cross section of region's publishing, Index will actively promote the identity of North West publishing to readers and trade and via the British festival calendar. Index will also provide free listings and release information on publishing and literary event activity across the North West, through a free monthly newsletter
Liverpool Acoustic Live - a central resource for anyone interested in acoustic music in and around the Liverpool and 'Greater Merseyside' area. Whether you're a musician looking for an open mic event where you can play for the first time, or just a lover of acoustic music looking for somewhere to go for a good night out, you'll find all the information you need here. If you run an open mic night, or just attend one as a regular, then why not tell us all about is so we can add it to the diary? Musical talent runs deep through the veins of the City of Liverpool, and is reflected in the healthy acoustic music scene. Thanks to pioneers such as Acoustic Engine and Catacoustic, local acoustic musicians not only have the chance to perform at Open Mic nights but also to be booked to perform as artists in their own right. Add into the mix informal open mic nights in pubs up and down the region, plus the bedrock of local folk clubs, and you have a exciting and expanding scene befitting one of the world's great music cities.
Liverpool Arabic Centre - LAC is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee based in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. We work alongside the Yemeni and Arabic speaking communities and those interested in Arabic culture and language in the Liverpool area. Through the facilitation and provision of community development and activity our mission is to contribute to the relief of poverty and improve health and education within the Yemeni/Arabic community. We also aim to strengthen the awareness of Yemeni Arabic Culture and celebrate and promote all aspects of Arabic history, language cultural heritage and identity.
Liverpool Authors Website - Promoting books by local authors
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres - Joint website for the celebrated Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.
Liverpool Goldfish Gallery - This is probably the first Japanese written online gallery specialising in artists in Liverpool and the North West. The website will promote local artists, grassroots arts/culture to the overseas viewers.
Liverpool Network Theatre Group - Network is a community theatre group based in the centre of Liverpool. They aim to produce the very best in community theatre, to encourage participation in community theatre at all levels, to develop new writing and new performance, and to have fun!
Liverpool Stories - Liverpool Stories is a video broadcasting web site dedicated to creating a wide range of content, created by people living and working in Liverpool and Merseyside. Collectively, these stories aim to give a wider picture of cultural life in the city.
Mamadou - Locally-based Senegalese drummer Mamadou Diaw. Information about his performances and drumming workshops.
Manchester Klezmer Group - A group of musicians from Manchester, UK who play klezmer music - dance music and wedding music of the Eastern European jews. Dance classes are also run - and the band take bookings for batmitzvahs and weddings!
Out on a Limb - stories about the Wirral - Read and comment on short stories about the area by new and established writers or to add your own Wirral tale.
Outsiders Film Festival - Outsiders is the Liverpool lesbian, gay, queer, trans (and bi-curious) film festival. We do monthly screenings at FACT in Liverpool, special events at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and partner with the Homotopia festival every November
Philosophy in Pubs - A group of like-minded people searching for philosophical stimulation in a relaxed atmosphere (i.e. pubs, bistros, coffee shops, bookstores & community centres). Currently the venues are in the Liverpool area and are run on a weekly basis.
Philosophy in the City - The first Philosophy in the City festival takes place in Liverpool from 9th to 24th October 2010. The festival will bring leading philosophers into venues throughout the city including Next to Nowhere.
Queer Up North - Manchester’s annual festival of queer arts, kicks off summer every May with a three week celebration of everything queer: outstanding theatre, inspired performance, cracking comedy, as well as music, dance, film, cabaret, clubbing and exhibitions from across the UK and around the world.
Radical Liverpool Live Acoustic Music Night - Live acoustic music night with a difference, drawing on Liverpool's radical traditions, on the 2nd Saturday of the month @ Studio 2, Parr St Studios, L1
Readers from Nowhere - Informal book group that meets at 2 o'clock on the last Saturday of each month at Next to Nowhere (basement below News from Nowhere, 96 Bold St). Buy tea & cakes at the cafe and join in the discussion. Contact Jo: 07810 887471 or just turn up.
Next to Nowhere 96 Bold St Liverpool L1 4HY
Rennies Arts & Crafts Ltd - Rennies Arts & Crafts, incorporating Rennies Gallery, is a family business, owned and run by two brothers, Duncan and Steven Rennie. Trading for over 30 years, Rennies Arts & Crafts was founded by their parents, Ron and Jean Rennie and was originally built upon the the popularity of their mother's oil paintings. The business developed steadily over the years, from a market stall in Birkenhead to the present day. The brothers now have three shops selling art and craft materials, in Liverpool, St Helens and Southport. They also have a picture framing workshop in Liverpool.
61-63 Bold Street Liverpool Merseyside L1 4EZ
Rhythms of Resistance - Rhythms of Resistance Manchester is a radical percussion band (samba band) that plays at street protests and direct actions. We see street carnival as a vital component of life and fun. We wish to create, through tactical frivolity, a world of equality, social justice and peace. We operate through consensus decision making as we believe in non-hierarchical power. We do not expect politicians to change the world for us and we do not wish for a leader to lead us: we believe in a DIY culture, grassroots and we wish to express freedom involving laughter, music and dancing. Through carnival and occupation of the streets we subvert the symbols and ideals of authority. An unexpected carnival is revolutionary.
Royal Exchange Theatre - Manchester's leading producing theatre company, based in the historic splendour of the Victorian cotton exchange building.
Sense of Sound - Sense of Sound delivers high-quality inclusive vocal training, develops and nurtures aspiring vocalists and provides employment opportunities for performers; at the same time creating a unique resource for the entertainment industries to meet their performance and recording needs.
Sola Arts: Creatively bringing communities together. - Sola Arts brings communities together by using the arts in workshops, training programmes and special projects to promote understanding across diverse cultures. Working with a wide range of communities and abilities, we specialise in assisting the integration of people from a range of different cultures and backgrounds by using traditional forms of art.
Sonnenberg - One of Liverpool's best kept secrets, a band that formed in 2004 and recorded their debut album "Fishing in the Pool" with Geoff Davies (Probe Plus) in 2006. Visit www.myspace.com/sonnenbergtheband for more information or www.sonnenbergtheband.com, where you also find contact details. "Fishing in the Pool" is not officially released yet but you can already grab a copy @ News from Nowhere
Steering for North... - Website for Cate Simmons, Liverpool-based artist and illustrator.
Tales Around The Fire - Tales Around the Fire promotes the oral traditions of story telling, singing and poetry in the magic ambience of firelight, natural acoustics and the keen ear of a supportive audience. We meet on the last Friday of every month at Fort Perch Rock, one of Merseyside’s iconic venues that offers a wonderful setting for a wide variety of community-based arts. In addition we also have special guest nights to enjoy the tales of wandering bards as they pass on their way.
The Blackie (Great Georges Community Cultural Project) - The Blackie (Great Georges Community Cultural Project) is a community arts venue housed in a former Congregational Church, an architectural landmark in the heart of Liverpool’s Chinatown. It was established in 1968 as Britain’s first community arts project and hosts playgroups, community groups, and a cultural programme of arts workshops, youth projects, residencies, performances and exhibitions with the emphasis on cultural diversity and shared experience.
Great George Street Liverpool L1 5EW
The Bluecoat Arts Centre - The Bluecoat is once again thriving with creative activity through a vibrant community of artists, practitioners and creative organisations working from spaces throughout the building. Creativity in the Bluecoat is as diverse as silversmithing and set design, marketing and millinery, visual art and vocal coaching, and through regular open studio events and activities visitors will be able to experience the creative process through its many stages.
The Reader Organisation - The Reader Organisation is a charity dedicated to bringing about a Reading Revolution, making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with books. Their leading social outreach project is Get Into Reading through which they offer weekly read-aloud reading groups for everyone: from those who wouldn't usually pick up a book to keen readers. The groups aim to improve wellbeing, build community and extend reading pleasure. They also publish a bi-annual publication, The Reader, and hold conferences & Reader Days.
The Shiverpool Tours - The Shiverpool Tours is a critically acclaimed top tourist attraction. Shiverpool specialise in guided ghost walks revealing Liverpool’s hidden mysteries and supernatural secrets. Audiences are offered the chance to hear Liverpool’s sinister and haunted tales through a full theatrical and interactive experience. Shiverpool only visit the most haunted sites, bringing local tales to life through the art of performance and story telling. The culture and history of Liverpool will be spun both new & old, with tales that are not often told and every story is based on real historical evidence. Shiverpool run all year round and each tour can take up to 40 people per tour but don’t be fooled in to thinking there’s safety in numbers, watch out for the ‘others’ lurking around hidden corners. For at Shiverpool we guarantee to scare you! (We DARE you not to be scared.) 40,000 people have been shaken by Shiverpool – some of them haven’t made it back to tell the tales – will you? Visit Liverpool and make it a trip you'll never forget! To find out about our new creepy venture, Jail Tales at Jalon's Bridewell visit this link: What's new? Shiverpool operate all year round, during Christmas holidays we run on a demand basis.
The Unity Theatre - Unity Theatre today is one of the best loved theatres in Liverpool and recently won the Best Performing Venue award at the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards. Unity has a reputation for staging innovative, high quality work in a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. Many people will go to performances at Unity that they have never heard of because they trust its judgement. In this way the theatre has built up a committed and loyal audience. The theatre operates an open access policy making professional facilities available to local community theatre companies. Whilst not operating as a community theatre, it does provide unparalleled access to locally based companies and is the venue that most reflects the diverse communities in Liverpool.
The Windows Project - Nothing to do with Microsoft! The Windows Project has been making poetry fun - helping children to start writing and providing support and advice for poetry writing by and with all ages and abilities as an everyday activity since 1976. Run by writers with over twenty years experience of work in the community, the Project provides opportunities for writers to train and work within the community and workshops and information sessions to encourage and assist teachers, librarians and others working in play or community. It provides advice and guest writers to a variety of writers' groups and runs open advice sessions in libraries. It also provides advice by post and phone to a large number of individual enquiries. In addition to publishing a workshop manual, which combines information on method with young peoples' writing, the Project publishes work in booklets from workshops with people of all ages. It has published over forty Merseyside-based poets in booklet form and provided either assistance or advice to enable many others. The Project also produces the well respected Smoke magazine, ; a publicity facility for local small press publishing; and provides events, readings and talks by visiting writers.
UHC Collective - UHC (Ultimate Holding Company) is an inter-disciplinary art collective, based in Manchester, UK. We've been together for nearly five years, working collaboratively over multiple media as well as running a not-for-profit workers co-op specialising in visual communications for an exclusively ethical client list.
Urban Strawberry Lunch - USL are a group of musicians who make music out of junk, and aim to develop musical enjoyment and creativity in others through music, performances and education work.
Vintage Radio - Volunteer-run internet radio station broadcasting from Birkenhead - a wide range of programmes for, but not exclusively for, the over 50s
Walk the Plank Theatre Group - Walk the Plank creates arts events, spectacle, fireshows and community-based work; and owns and operates Britain's only touring theatre ship. Walk the Plank makes theatre especially for performance on board an ex-Norwegian ferry, the Fitzcarraldo, using its appeal to attract new audiences of adults, children and young people, and uses the ship as a venue for live music, workshops, club nights, events and performance nationwide. WTP Pyrotechnics produces fireshows, firework displays, site-specific work and outdoor spectacles - in landlocked and waterside locations, in the UK and abroad.
Wirral Play Council - Improving children's lives by promoting their physical, mental and spiritual well-being through developing and facilitating children's play opportunities across Wirral.
Woody Guthrie Folk Club - Liverpool’s newest folk club, The Woody Guthrie Folk Club, is launching on Thursday February 25th. Organised by Liverpool radical folk singer Alun Parry, the club’s aim is to have verve, life, and lots of smiles – as well as plenty of mischief and rebellion. Much like Woody himself in fact. So all songs that fit that spirit are welcomed. The venue is Liverpool’s Premier Real Ale Pub, The Ship & Mitre in Dale Street. Ideally located just five minutes walk from Lime Street Station, it’s the perfect choice of venue for those who like to accompany great music with outstanding real beer. Doors open at 7.30pm. The music starts promptly at 8pm. Bring your smiles, voices and instruments and get things off to a rousing start!
Yellow House Theatre Company - The Yellow House was founded in 1986, and named after Vincent Van Gogh's house in Arles. The Yellow House encourages those young people previously denied access to the arts due to class, gender, race, ability or most importantly finance, and gives them the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the arts at the highest level. All activities at Yellow House are offered to the young people free of any financial costs but requiring only committment and passion. They run workshops for and with young people, for those working with and wishing to work with young people, in theatre, social issues, digital technology and in living.
OTHER LOCAL LINKSFACT - Film, Art & Creative Technology
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
OTHER LINKS - UKBalbir Singh Dance
Find Me A Good Read
Folk Against Fascism
Footprint Workers Co-operative
Fun For Life
Kebele Community Co-operative
Mark Thomas Info
News from Nowhere Club
Planetary Voices - Green Radio on the Internet
Rubber Ritchie - vegan contortionist and performance artist!
Soap Box Films
Stepping Out Theatre Company
Wears The Trousers Magazine
Welfare State International Theatre Company
Women In Tune Music Festival
World Religions Photo Library
OTHER LINKS - WORLDBookcrossing
Gorilla Repertory Theater
Rod Friend - Stained Glass Artist
The Literacy Site