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The weekend what-to-do: follow them scarecrows, Culturepool is three, and the spirit of rebellion celebrated

Fritzi Wemheuer has a weekend of walks, music, cake and traditional African libation rituals planned for you

Published on August 21st 2009.

The weekend what-to-do: follow them scarecrows, Culturepool is three, and the spirit of rebellion celebrated
Music saves at Django Riff
It's people like us who will perform at Django's Riff on Friday for the United States of Liverpool Music Project. Well, people like us who are also musical.

Eva Petersen, The Mojave Collective, The Yo Yo’s and The Low Level Fears will support The United States of Liverpool Band on their mission to entertain and raise some much needed cash.

The project was set up by People Like Us in order to give marginalised and homeless people an opportunity to make music together and has so far been funded by Liverpool CVS. Do your bit by handing over £5 at the door and enjoy the music. It really isn't that hard.

United States of Liverpool Fundraiser, Django's Riff, 24 Wood Street, Friday 21 August, 8 - 11pm, £5. (The music project takes place every Tuesday night at St Brides in Catherine Street, 8pm - 10.30pm.)

Wurzel's walkabout
Follow the scarecrows! It's safe, don't worry. They won't come to life or contain alien species like the ones on the telly. These are made by people from Alt Valley and are scarecrowey answers to the question, 'What would you ward off or attract to your area?'

After you've explored the Scarecrow Trail you can park the family on 'the raller' (between Walton Hall Avenue and Townsend Lane, see map) for the rest of Saturday afternoon. All sorts of activities here will show you how much energy there's still left in those very kids who were whining about all that walking earlier.

They'll sleep tight from exhaustion that night, while you lie awake in fear of scarecrows coming after you. I probably shouldn't have mentioned it. Sorry 'bout that.

ART Valley Scarecrow Trail, Alt Valley (map here),Saturday 22 August, 12 - 4pm, free.

Birthday cake for Culturepool
Imagine a jazz combo improvising away on the theme of 'Happy Birthday' while reading the following.

Culturepool, that ever growing bunch of people who set out to enjoy Liverpool's cultural events together, will be turning three and 60 this Saturday (3 years and 60 events, that is).

They'll be celebrating at the Above the Beaten Track Festival at View Two Gallery and all friends and supporters are invited.

As Culturepool is all about supporting homegrown and grassroots artists and performers, that and more is what you'll get to see on the Culturepool Stage from 4pm.

There will be performances by Norwegian singer Ragz, duo Maryland, poet and musician Tom George and many more – in addition to the festival programme.

I could swear I've heard something about party bags and cake somewhere, too. I should really start writing things down. But we wouldn't want you to attend solely for the freebies anyway, would we?

Culturepool Birthday Bash @ Above the Beaten Track Festival, View TwoGallery, 23 Matthew Street, Saturday 22 August, 4pm - late (doors openfrom 2pm), £5.

Slave rebellion remembered
In August 1791 slaves in Sainte Domingue (now Haiti) rebelled against their French oppressors and established a republic. The anniversary of this first successful slave revolt in modern times provides the date for Slavery Remembrance Day which will be celebrated this weekend at the International Slavery Museum.

Learn about the rebellious spirit that fuelled a very long struggle against suppression, commemorate the people who fought it, and listen to those who are still fighting.

The festival kicks off with a free memorial lecture at Liverpool Town Hall on Friday evening, held by US civil rights activist Diane Nash.

The following two days will be filled with events and activities celebrating and exploring Black culture. There will be live music and performances as well as traditional food and crafts. On Sunday, Chief Angus Chukuemeka will perform a traditional African libation ritual to remember the enslaved and bless the event.

Celebrating freedom and the spirit of rebellion – always timely, isn't it?

Slavery Remembrance Day Festival, Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 August, International Slavery Museum, 10am - 4pm, Memorial Lecture on Friday 21, 6pm, Liverpool Town Hall, all events free.

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