AT A TIME WHEN LIVERPOOL RESIDENTS ARE FEELING DESPAIR AT THE RECENT POLITICAL FALL OUT BETWEEN THE CULTURE BOARD, WITH TWO TOP FIGURES RESIGNING FROM THE COMMITTEE, THE REST OF THE MEDIA SIDE OF THE COMMITTEE ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE.
GET INVOLVED IN THE CELEBRATIONS, WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE PROUD OF OUR CITY, DON'T JUST LEAVE IT TO THE TOURISTS!
Jun 20 2007
by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
MERSEYSIDE’S media organisations today joined forces to encourage everyone to get involved in Capital of Culture.
The ECHO, our sister paper the Liverpool Daily Post, BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City have come together to launch the Open Culture project.
Phil Redmond is also involved in the initiative aimed at giving Liverpudlians the chance to take part in the 2007 and 2008 celebrations.
The Mersey TV founder said: “Open Culture is for, about and drawn from the people themselves.
“It’s about simply providing platforms for people to actively take part in helping shape rather than being asked to digest culture.
“As all the projects are jointly supported by the media, as supporters of Capital of Culture. We hope it will allow anyone who wants to take part to do so – and have a bit of fun while, perhaps, helping to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”
Open Culture starts with the BBC’s Liverpool Saga - an 800-word poem penned by Scousers to celebrate the city’s 800th birthday.
This will be followed in September by an Echo spearheaded initiative to design new benches for the city.
Radio City is launching a Liverpool song competition in November and the Daily Post a Liverpool “map” in January 2008.
ECHO editor Alastair Machray said: “As the city’s media we have the means to reach hundreds of thousands of people and we want to use that reach to encourage everyone to get involved in 2008.”
Radio City MD Iain McKenna said: “One of the reasons Liverpool got Capital of Culture was because of the support of local people.
“This is a way for us to get together and do something for the benefit of Liverpool, to really engage with people so they can quite genuinely participate and have a sense of ownership.”
BBC Merseyside managing editor Mick Ord added: “The more people involved in Capital of Culture the better.
“This is a great way of encouraging as many individuals and organisations as possible to take part.”
Sing a song
Liverpool Song: RADIO City is taking the lead in finding a Liverpool anthem, folk song or ditty for 2008.
It is calling on any budding songwriters to pen an official song for Capital of Culture.
Radio City MD Iain McKenna said: "It can be anything to do with Liverpool – if you want to take a historical stance, great, look forward, great, or purely a cultural stance. Anything and everything goes."
The songs will be judged by an independent panel of judges.
Pen a poem
Liverpool Saga: RADIO Merseyside is looking for contributions to a Liverpool Saga – 800 lines of poetry to celebrate the eight centuries of the city.
Roger McGough penned the opening and closing verses - and would-be poets can provide four lines each.
Radio Merseyside managing editor Mick Ord said: "We’ve had a fantastic response via e-mail and ‘snail mail’ and our editorial team will be meeting shortly to look at the examples of poetry that people have sent in. "Most have been related to 20th century events but the saga itself, when it’s completed in September, will be concerned with the 800 years of Liverpool’s history."
E-mail your verses to email@example.com, drop them into the BBC building in Hanover Street or post them to Liverpool Saga, BBC Radio Merseyside, PO Box 95.8, Liverpool, L69 1ZJ.
Take a seat
Cultural Bench: THE ECHO is leading the initiative to design stunning new benches for the city and is currently in talks with the Culture Company and a major sponsor.
Editor Alastair Machray said: "We want people across Merseyside to come up with ideas and designs for innovative street furniture.
"There are some very creative people out there and everyone who designs something will have their work viewed by a massive number of people."
Make a map
Liverpool Map: THE idea is to define the real Liverpool, which may not conform to regulation city boundaries.
Ideas of what makes Liverpool will be translated into a physical map which will go on show in the city.
Daily Post editor Mark Thomas said: "It will determine the real map of Liverpool which might not be the same as the geographical map. And the people of Liverpool will be the judges.
"Is Kirkby a part of the real Liverpool? How about Woolton? It’s up to Scousers to decide."