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The long Biennial Friday

The launch of 'Touched 2010' saw thousands head out for a warm cup of white and art by the shedload. Excellent pictures of our own - by Stephanie de Leng

Published on September 22nd 2010.

The long Biennial Friday
THERE aren't many British cities that can hold a candle to the gamut of arts and entertainment events that Liverpool continually finds new ways of packaging – and yes, we do get out a lot.

Right now, there's an embarrassment of riches – but who's embarrassed? It's time to boast.

John Moores, the impossibly huge Biennial, and Antony and Cleopatra opening with Kim Catrall in a few weeks. Whether the latter is your cup of ass's milk or not, it's an event that has got coachloads of people from all over the country hot-footing it to the Playhouse.

The Hope Street Feast yesterday brought culture of another sort to the rainy streets – not just for the people of the Pool, but for hundreds of visiting artists and arts correspondents who stuck around not knowing what day it was by now, not to forget the boozy, well known faces and bulbous noses of the national media camp following the Lib Dem conference, who took up in HOST last night to the delight of all around.

Oh yes, and there's even a food and drink festival to sustain you on the way, if you hadn't had enough to drink already.

In the meantime, Confidential found itself on the tightly scheduled and tightly thronged Biennial trail on Friday night.

Thousands of people, travelled from venue to venue, over the course of five hours. First Rapid on Renshaw St, then FACT, the Open Eye, Bluecoat, A Foundation and then on to the Biennial party at the Tobacco Warehouse in Stanley Dock – always popular, more than 3,000 rsvp'd. Complaints about it being a pay bar were reportedly short lived (after those most incredulous crashed the VIP area) and the gyrating went on to silly hours.

Here is a bumper selection of images from the Friday Biennial trail taken by award winning photographer Stephanie de Leng. So many old faces (in a figurative sense, but not always)and long lost individuals crawled out of the fretwork that many people said it was like a school reunion. There were plenty of nice new faces too...

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousSeptember 20th 2010.

Super photographs Stephanie. I saw your merry entourage on Friday night. Did you ever get anything to eat in the end Miss Sammons?

MitchSeptember 21st 2010.

GREAT photos by the lovely Ms de Leng

Not big, not cleverSeptember 21st 2010.

What a great night. Like the picture of Larry Neild, but I do think he ought to stop scrawling on walls about Tesco's before someone calls the police.

Sir TerrySeptember 21st 2010.

How do I upload my own picture?

Gordon BrownSeptember 21st 2010.

Nice shot of Luciana Berger at the top there. Can you do me or is it too late?

F. StoppSeptember 21st 2010.

Fill-in flash would have helped with some of them.

Eddie TorialSeptember 21st 2010.

Informative captions would have helped with all of them but it looks like the new, unreadable website is no better than the old one in this respect

younger-than-twiggy-anywaySeptember 21st 2010.

Whoever F-stopp is, much indebted for that sensitive and deep comment... but I think not. Fill-in flash would have defeated the purpose and spontaneity. The whole point was to say it as it is, instead of how it is not, surely? Was there - love the steps at Rapid more than anything else. They have been around a long time, and I would not be surprised if they would outlast most of these installations. The private views were comPOSED OF milling people not paying much attention to anything else other than the acidity of wine on offer. SO these photos reflect the evening, which as hours progressed, descended into the bastions of the non-sober (myself included). When the crowds die down, and I sober up, I shall go back and reflect on all the offerings, then direct these steps back to Rapid Hardware Steppes. Amen

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