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Heather Smith's weekend whirl

Imagine with bells on, gay pride, Japanese art and Congo aid in H's pick of what's a-happening around town in the coming couple of days

Published on May 16th 2009.

Heather Smith's weekend whirl
Dead ringer
JOHN Lennon’s Imagine is to ring out on the world’s highest and heaviest peal of bells at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

Futuresonic, the Manchester festival, has commissioned artist Cleo Evans in collaboration with Sam Austin, Liverpool ringing master and other local ringers to create this special event.

“The request to have Imagine played on the Cathedral bells as part of this year’s Futuresonic festival was, from the very beginning, a challenging proposal technically but we have a great bell ringing team here and we obviously took into consideration sensitivities surrounding the song’s lyrical content,” says a cathedral spokesperson.

This is the first time a popular, and secular, song has been played on Liverpool Cathedral’s bells, the highest and heaviest peal in the world. With thirteen bells arranged around ‘Great George’, a central ringing bell which weighs over 14 tons, they can be heard for miles around and are a good reason to move out of Liverpool 8 if you like a Sunday lie-in.

Imagine, 12.30pm, Saturday May 16, Anglican Cathedral.

Pride of place
If you have any bright ideas for the when, what and whereabouts of Liverpool’s first full on Gay Pride festival, pop along to the Town Hall from 2pm this Sunday and spill all. Wild and wacky suggestions are welcome.

For the first time in the Town Hall's history, a giant rainbow flag will be flying from the roof, as a gesture of support for the International Day against Homophobia.

The event is called IDAHO which marks the day in 1990, when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

The event offers afternoon tea and a tour of the historic building. There will also be an opportunity to sign the book of condolence for Michael Causer, the gay Liverpool teen who was murdered last August.

IDAHO Liverpool takes place at the Town Hall, Sun 17th May, from 2pm

Ask the artist
This weekend, British-based Japanese artist Nana Shiomi brings her woodcut work to the Bluecoat for 'One Hundred Views of Mitate,' which runs until 13th June.

Woodblock printing is an ancient Japanese tradition which makes use of natural materials such water, paper and wood, obviously. In this ‘it’s all about you’ exhibition, Nana juxtaposes 100 icons relevant to Japanese culture. When placed in a wider context, the single elements breed whole new meanings. You get the idea?

If you don’t, Nana will be at the Bluecoat herself for a talk on Saturday morning. Feel free to ask away.

Nana Shiomi Q&A, Bluecoat, Sat 16th May, 11am, tickets £3/£2, call 0151 702 5324, the exhibition runs until Sat 13th June.

Everybody Congo
The Picket has been pretty quiet recently, but Friday night brings an event that only the Jordan Street venue can nail. The ethical gig.

‘Breaking The Silence - Giving The Congo a Voice’ aims to promote the crucial work that Christian Aid and Frontline’s Africa Project are carrying out in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rachael Wright, Shane Beales, Steve Pilgrim and Hannah Rigg are the musicians billed to play the money and awareness raising event, which supports projects such as supporting women and girls who have been victims of rape and reuniting child soldiers with their families.

Breaking the Silence: Give Congo a Voice, the Picket, Fri 15th May, 8pm, call 0151 708 6789.

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

KnowledgeableMay 15th 2009.

Like I said.....

St. PaulMay 15th 2009.

My Lord? (Proffers God a quiver of thunderbolts).

KnowledgeableMay 15th 2009.

All is not lost. Watch the space.

GodMay 15th 2009.

You mean what they now call 'the Great Space'?It's a NAVE, you trendy vicars.

GodMay 15th 2009.

Lennon's dreary dirge on the Cathedral's bells? Christ on a bike, the C of E really is on the skids.

GodMay 15th 2009.

That's it! I've had enough! I'm going on a pub crawl with Lucifer. At least I know where I am with him.

Wild ImaginingsMay 15th 2009.

Go on, what's happening, Knowledegeable???

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