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Weekend round-up (June 11-13)

Football? Balls to it. Dave Thackeray's got kite festivals, open art studios, dance and other weird stuff that'll get your energy levels soaring quicker than Rafa can say 'Hola Milano'...

Published on June 10th 2010.

Weekend round-up (June 11-13)

Get wind of this.

I had a kite once. Went great with roast potatoes and stuffing but the RSPB weren't impressed. Joke.

If, however, you're a fan of the tethered, unfeathered variety, you'll love a trip to The Dips at breezy New Brighton this weekend.

It's Wirral’s eighth annual Kite Festival, colouring the skies with all manner of soaring specimens. If it's gusty, that is.urists will be engorged by the sight of sports, power and inflatable variants, while kite sceptics will be converted through a stimulating workshop when you can roll your own for a not-hefty £1.50.

On terra firma level you'll find a mesmerising array of rides for the kids, kiosks dishing out nosh and an appearance from the Heart Radio Al Fresco Experience. Whatever that is.

*Wirral Kite Festival, The Dips, New Brighton.
Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13. 11am to 4.30pm.

Stu-stu-studio line
Liverpool becomes Southwold-by-Southport this weekend as some of the city's finest artists throw open the doors of myriad venues to talk shop and show you their etchings.

Liverpool Open Studios brings art to life as you get the chance to find out what goes on in the heads of our region's brightest paint-throwers and mixed-media magicians before hopefully embossing their bank accounts with your fiscal admiration.

Leaf Cafe will be bedecked in works by such prominent local names as Claire Hart and Benedict Gordon.

New studio openings, performance art, Cyanotype workshops and even a barbecue (presumably not fuelled by works unsold) feature on a weekend where paint will flow more freely than an untamed oilflow (ironically, don't miss the Build Your Own Un/Natural Disasters' event at the Royal Standard on Vauxhall Road on Saturday from 1pm...).

Go here: www.liverpoolopenstudios.com

* Liverpool open Studios, various venues across the city.
Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13.

Get your tatts out
Organisers of the Tattwho exhibition at the Contemporary Urban Centre are inviting all owners of inky cells to pop in and share their designs to appear on a giant collage.

Whether it's an angel on your ankle or a snake on your sarcophagus or a cat on your tongue, it's all fair game.

Tattwho will display work by artists and studios from across the world, fused with pieces from graphic designers and a miscellany of creators using bodies as canvas. Presumably live ones.

Squeamish spectators aren't left out - there'll be a chance for you to slap on a rub-on design and join the zeitgeist.

Mutilation or a magical form of self-expression? Whatever your verdict, Tattwho is an exhibition guaranteed to get under your skin.

*Tattwho, Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1.
To June 27. Weds to Sat 11am to 6pm, Sun 11am to 4pm.

Beat this
Rhythm kings and carnival queens: Get down and get down to the two-day festival of dance as City Steps takes over the centre

Aerial bungee dancing and Rock a Hula, a mass Hula Hooping event, on Williamson Square, Axial Dance take to their mopeds at Derby Square, and Clayton Square hosts Gulliver's Boom Box, a giant mobile ?ghetto blaster accompanied by a high-energy street dance show.

For the rest of you, there's always ear muffs.

*City Steps, al fresco locations across Liverpool.
Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13.

In the Ghetto
The Vilna Ghetto was known as the Jerusalem of the Ghettos owing to the disproportionately high number of Jewish academics, writers, musicians, actors and artists who lived there.

In 1941 a young SS soldier and muso, Bruno Kittel, ordered a theatre to be created there. Ghetto is based on a true story, and award winning playwright Joshua Sobol’s interpretation of the space and its people between 1941 and 1943, an era that time will never forget.

Ghetto, Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street, L1.
Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12. 7.30pm; tickets £8 (booking fee applies) on 708 3529 or here.

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