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Whet your appetite for Liverpool Light Night

12 May 2010 by David

Accordionist Helen Maher brought some distinctive French style to the Walker Art Gallery today as filming took place for an item on tonight’s edition of BBC North-West Tonight (or ‘Nord-ouest ce soir’ if you like) for the upcoming exhibition High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec prints, which opens this Friday.

A woman playing an accordion in a gallery with classical statues and sculptures

Accordionist Helen Maher in the Sculpture Gallery of the Walker Art Gallery © National Museums Liverpool

Helen will be just one of the many musicians taking part in a special Musicians’ Gallery as part of Art à la Carte, the Walker Art Gallery’s event as part of Liverpool Light Night 2010.

The French-themed event will also include the band Deadbelgian with tributes to Jacques Brel, jazz from Snake Oil Jass, and the Liverpool Guitar Society with music by the quintessential French composers Debussy, Satie and Ravel.

Visitors to Light Night at the Walker will be amongst the first to see the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, along with being able to browse all of the Walker’s galleries, go on gallery tours, listen to French and English poetry readings and have French food in the Walker café. Download the full programme (pdf).

The gallery will be open until 10.30pm and admission is free. Vous y voir! Read more…

Lions and tigers, no bears – oh my!

9 February 2010 by Sam

dancer in traditional Chinese costume

Lion dancer at the Maritime Museum

The Year of the Tiger starts on 14 February but there are so many events taking place to celebrate the Chinese New Year here at National Museums Liverpool that we’ve had to spread them over several weekends.

The first major event was the opening of the blockbuster exhibition China through the lens of John Thomson 1868-1872 at Merseyside Maritime Museum, which is the first time that this incredible pioneering collection of photographs has been shown in England after touring China last year. It’s a stunning exhibition but don’t take my word for it – here’s a review from The Times last week – just one of many great write ups that the exhibition has had so far. Read more…

Get the X-mas Factor at World Museum on Saturday

16 December 2009 by Sam

young people rehearsing on stage

Rehearsals for the X-mas Factor show

This Saturday our Youth Theatre will present a Christmas tale unlike any you’ve seen before. Youth Arts Officer Sean Murray, who has been working with the group to prepare the show, says:

“The National Museums Liverpool Youth Theatre met in early October to start work on their Christmas production! Inspired by TV shows like X-Factor, the group of 14 young people decided that they wanted to create a TV talent show of their own and began to have fun watching old X-Factor, American idol and Popstars clips and then creating scenes of their own. One of the group’s first tasks was to write their own Christmas Number 1 and then perform it. It was not long until the group had decided that the show was going to about a boy band and girl group racing against each other to be the winner of a new TV talent show Dead Talented. However, there was a twist; through the groups devising process they decided that the young people playing the role of judges would have a hidden agenda and actually be scientists who were intending to steal talent from the boy and girl band. Read more…

Never at sea

27 November 2009 by Sam

roleplayer in Wrens uniform

Copyright Lee Doherty

Emma Walmsley from the Maritime Museum’s Education team has just introduced a new character to her repertoire of historical figures. Here she describes how she researched and prepared the performance in order to make it as true to life as possible:

“November saw the first performances of ‘Never at sea’ at the Maritime Museum – a new piece set in Liverpool during World War Two focusing on the city’s involvement in the Battle of the Atlantic.

I play a fictional Wren, May Hatton, based in the secret underground HQ at Derby House which was responsible for co-ordinating the convoys bringing our supplies into the port and for training escort commanders in tactics for contending with the U-Boat threat. Read more…

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