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Council seeks cultural people...

...who aren't in the city centre

Published on January 15th 2010.


Council seeks cultural people...

Liverpool City Council is looking for five “community champions” to help boost culture projects in Liverpool neighbourhoods.

The scheme, it says, will see those who are chosen promote the arts in each of the five districts of the city in a bid to expand the range of events taking place across the city.

The champions will shadow councillors and help raise awareness of events in a move which is intended the build on the legacy of Capital of Culture year.

Councillor Gary Millar, Executive Member for Enterprise and Tourism who also leads on cultural legacy for Liverpool First – the city’s local strategic partnership - said it was important those who were chosen had a “passion for culture”.

He added: “We hope to hear from people about how the experience of Culture in 2008 and ‘09 has touched individuals - and how they as cultural champions can inspire their communities.

‘’It is important we engage with communities so they know what is going on and can provide feedback on our plans for the future. It’s important to have cultural conversations at all levels – and the audience is one of the most crucial.

“Culture doesn’t just happen in the city centre – it is thriving across all areas of Liverpool – and we need to do more to promote it.”

The Community Culture Champions will be required to attend a range of events and compile a “culture blog” about their activities.

They will also be invited to report to neighbourhood committees twice a year, and in return they will receive free tickets to culture events.

The positions are open to anyone aged over 16 and nomination forms will be available at http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/cultureliverpool/index.asp and at The 08 Place on Whitechapel.

To enter, people must write about 100 words about a cultural event and how it “changed their life”.

Deadline for entries is 5pm, Friday January 29.

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

DebsJanuary 15th 2010.

A hundred words does sound like a big ask. Isn't it a pity nobody thought of having cultural champions in the districts of Liverpool (ie not the city centre) during culture year? What is it now, 2010?

DigJanuary 15th 2010.

I was going to enter with a poem but I can't think of anything that rhymes with Dig, blog or art so that's me out.

Professor ChucklebuttyJanuary 15th 2010.

This sounds very interesting. I'd be tempted to have a go but I just don't know if I could come up with a hundred words or write a blog about about custard.

MJanuary 15th 2010.

Surely the good Prof C would be first on most right-thinking people's list? Perhaps we should start a campaign????

Sir Percy BlakeneyJanuary 15th 2010.

They seek them here, they seek them there, those Culchies seek them everywhere. Are they in Croxteth or Norris Green? Where the cash from 08 has never been seen. It didn't reach Kirkdale, and just a sign by the Rocket, while the spivs who ran 08 lined their back pocket.

Stranded StarfishJanuary 15th 2010.

Hopefully, the City Council will get all the feedback it needs come the elections.

Stranded StarfishJanuary 15th 2010.

Isn't interacting with the community what Councillors themselves are actually for?

Fred BloggsJanuary 15th 2010.

Blogs are dull. Who reads 'em?

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2010.

How about something that rhymes with "missed opportunity"?

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