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Something for the Weekend (18-20 July 08)

Spitting, scratching, shanties, ships, sushi... Sounds like there's more going on that just the golf this weekend. Here's the pick of the action...

Published on July 17th 2008.

Something for the Weekend (18-20 July 08)

Shanty town
In conjunction with the start of The Tall Ships race, The International Shanty Festival showcases a host of maritime music with styles ranging from Celtic, folk-rock, sea shanty and Cajun. Isn’t that a hot sauce?

Get this. According to the website blurb Liverpool is recognised as the spiritual home of shanties and sea songs, like Nashville and country ‘n western and New Orleans and jazz.

Groups from as far and wide as Brittany, Italy and Holland are here to perform on and around the visiting ships at the Albert, Wellington and Sandon Docks alongside the finest local performers. Sold. Well it's free anyway.

International Shanty Festival
Friday 18 – Sunday 20th July
Down by the water of course

Coming soon after Beatles Day, here’s something a little more Capital of Culturey - probably not a word.

It's Japan Day and after the success of last year’s event in Manchester, this year promises to be even bigger. So what’s happening exactly?

Headlining the entertainment on the main stage will be taiko drumming group Tamashii Daiko. There will be displays of aikido, bo-jutsu and kendo. And if this wasn’t exciting enough for you, you can also see how sushi is made, watch a kimono-dressing demonstration, attend a fencing workshop and even learn origami. There will also be a chance to win two tickets to Japan with just one £1 raffle ticket.

More than enough entertainment whether you’re Japanese or not - and you won’t even have to spend a fiver on a wig...

Japan Day
Saturday 19 July
Liverpool Guild of Students, Mount Pleasant

Big breaths
Did you know you’re all invited to an informal evening of meditation, live music, film and discussion?

You’ll be able to find out all about The Art of Living who believe in the benefits of breathing techniques, combined with yoga and meditation. If you’re feeling stressed, curious, intrigued or just plain nosy, why not pop along to the Phil this Sunday afternoon?

If you do, say hello to Dalip Matta, featured in our ‘meet the people’ who is a key organiser for Art of Living when he’s not selling Thai basil in his shop.

Celebrating the Vedas
Sunday 20th July
Royal Philharmonic Hall in the Rodewald Suite
5:30pm – 8pm

That's a rap
Down at Django’s there’s a night of hip hop and mc-ing. The night is called Scratch N Spit but don't worry - the night's got nothing to do with itching or saliva issues. Rather, a DJ will spin and ‘scratch’ the finest hip-hop around whilst two freestylers rap over the top.

The twist? You, the general public, will be dictating what they ‘spit’ by writing random words on a marker board at the front. It’ll be up to the freestylers to include the words in their rap. Remember to include words such as 'nictitating'. That’ll stump the winkers.

Scratch N Spit @ Django’s Riff, Wood Street
Friday 18th July

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