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“What about us?” and “Who's he?”

Capital of Culture “exciting”, but survey reveals more attention is needed to involve Liverpool’s youth

Published on January 25th 2008.


“What about us?” and “Who's he?”

A new study shows that young people in Liverpool are generally excited about the Capital of Culture programme for 2008 but either don’t know enough about what is in it for them or just want to see more events targeted at them generally.

In a study published by streetGov, a specialist youth research company, 400 Liverpool residents aged 16-26 were asked for their views on the accolade.

First up, the study revealed that one in five young people polled did not know who Ringo Starr was. So no danger of them getting upset about what he says on chat shows.

That aside, Culture organisers will be more heartened to discover that just over four fifths are keen to be involved in activities surrounding the event. Moreover, 92% think it will attract more people to Liverpool and 77% think it will increase local pride in the city.

But just over half feel that there are not enough events organised for young people, or are simply not aware of any. Fortunately, around two thirds of those are keen to find out more.

Overall 27% believe that the events just not aimed at people their age.

Only a relatively small proportion of the 400 canvassed gave negative feedback, with 20% feeling the whole thing was a waste of money and around a quarter agreeing with the statement “it’s just an excuse for politicians to raise their own profiles”.

StreetGov, which has been developed in conjunction with the Xtaster music community (which boasts a membership of over 40,000 young people aged 14-26 across the UK) commented: “With 84% of respondents believing that the event will create jobs and training opportunities for young people, there’s no doubting that young Liverpudlians have high hopes for Capital of Culture 2008 – now it’s up to the organisers to make sure they can get involved and that those expectations are realised.”

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

Lord StreetJanuary 25th 2008.

I happen to think there's not enough specifically aimed at my age group. Should I shrug my shoulders and take my ball home then? What's so special about the 16-26 year-olds anyway? They're probably the most narrow-minded section of society! By the way, who is this 'Ringo Starr'?

Captain FlashmanJanuary 25th 2008.

You see a bell on a bike even more seldom than you see a set of lights, i.e., never.Watch out, Tinkle, the return of the catchpole is imminent! You'll have to drum up business in some other way.

Captain FlashmanJanuary 25th 2008.

I think that people who ride bicycles on the pavement or in pedestrian areas ought to be murdered. Unless they are eight years old or under, of course.

Doctor NookieJanuary 25th 2008.

I have a motorbike but not on the pavement. Who wouldn't want 12 inches of metal throbbing away on their inner thighs?

Corporal PunishmentJanuary 25th 2008.

Excellent suggestion sir! Particularly those moral degenerates who are old enough to go bald and grow beards yet will still insist on playing in skate-boards on public pavements.

General DisorderJanuary 25th 2008.

I'd have ALL under-35s locked up and beaten daily. It'd do 'em some good!

Major MisunderstandingJanuary 25th 2008.

I think the 16-26 could do with compulsory military service.

Private PartsJanuary 25th 2008.

I have a hammer in my pocket...

Doctor TinkleJanuary 25th 2008.

I ride my bike on the pavement all the time and I am a lot older than eight. Nothing is worse than seeing a cyclist ambling along the main road with 50 cars behind it all doing 5mph. Get them off our roads and onto the pavement. You can all hear a bell cant't you.

Hillman MinxJanuary 25th 2008.

Why do all these (usually young, often female) idiotic drivers go about in their cars with their fog lights blazing away when it isn't foggy? It's three points on your licence you know, as well as dangerous!

Ford SiestaJanuary 25th 2008.

If you can drive a car at 5mph in Liverpool you’re doing very well (since the ‘improvements’ of the Big Dig).

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