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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