Liverpool Fringe! Is Launched Today
Today is the beginning of a new era for community-led arts in Liverpool. The launch of Liverpool Fringe!, organised by the Liverpool Community Network Arts and Culture Steering Group, was a packed occasion, with artists and performers from across the city congregating in the Rex Makin Lecture Theatre to show their enthusiasm for this exciting grassroots festival initiative.
Not a seat in the Rex Makin Lecture Theatre of the Walker Art Gallery was unoccupied this afternoon, Wednesday 21 November 2007, for the first Liverpool Fringe! Open Meeting.
Keynote talk on the Edinburgh Fringe
The event, organised by Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS)’s Liverpool Community Network (LCN) Arts and Culture Network Steering Group, featured a keynote talk by Claire Daly of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Claire gave a fascinating account of how the Fringe in that great city has developed, and the opportunities and challenges of that growth.
There was also much discussion in groups and between individuals, who were invited in a ‘speed networking’ session to find three people from different groups, and ask them to share ideas about how to progress. The buzz told us all we needed to know about the appetite to make Liverpool Fringe! work.
Katie Beales, as the LCVS Arts and Culture Development Officer, had a huge hand alongside the Steering Group members in arranging this Fringe event; and now she has an equally big task ahead, working through all the ideas which participants have already submitted and this afternoon recorded on their questionnaires.
In the meantime, as Andrew Chambers of the Arts and Culture Steering Group reported, the new Trustees of Liverpool Fringe! will be meeting very soon to confirm dates and arrangements for 2008.
[Later: Confirmed as August.]
For day-by-day information on events as they are confirmed, click here.
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