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Culture Vultures 17.12.20

Today is 'National Chocolate covered everything day' ; sounds lovely though may not be so good on sprouts?! lol.

For the Chat (Brolly Cafe Forum) today I was thinking of one for all you chocolate lovers out there: What is the strangest thing you would eat covered in chocolate? (Keep it clean!)

Suggestions for the week are:

Two free theatre productions from the Xanadu theatre

You can watch on either the 17th December or a repeat show on the 19th December.

A double bill of tragedy & comedy : Riders to the Sea. By JM Synge

The Proposal by Anton Chekhov

The Church Conservation Trust and the truth about Christmas

A great talk on 'Tradition Truth' and total Baubles with Nick Page who ditches the festive fake news. If the story of Christmas tells us one thing, it’s that humans are always inventing ancient traditions. So this talk combines in depth historical research with a touch of humour:

Pagan celebration of The Winter Solstice (December 21st)

Also known as Yule, it is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. Ancient people were hunters and spent most of their time outdoors. The seasons and weather played a very important part in their lives. The great horned hunter god is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol ("sun") and sistere ("to stand still"), because at the solstices, the Sun's declination appears to "stand still”.

Watch the winter solstice live from Stonehenge, wherever you are in the world, with FREE coverage:

Winter Solstice 2020 Live From Stonehenge – FREE!

On facebook. DEC 20 AT 3:16 PM UTC – DEC 21 AT 8:54 AM UTC

Nyanya and the Mighty Whizz written and performed by Mara Menzies.

The story takes place in East Africa, where Christmas happens at the hottest and driest time of the year. A brother and sister are bored, on their own and badly in need of a Christmas adventure. A lovely uplifting story beautifully read and performed by Mara from the Royal Lyceum theatre in Edinburgh:

A brief introduction to Chinese traditional music and popular music.

A professional musician-Guzheng player will talk about the instrument and play some music

Booking via Eventbrite essential.

17th December 4.30pm to 6.00pm from the Confucius Institute Liverpool

book for a free place via Eventbrite:

or join zoom on:

Meeting ID: 942 0100 7305. Passcode: 9L@qf0Ss

Chinese dance workshop

Join workshop Leader Annie (Ricefield arts and cultural centre in Scotland) who will guide you through Chinese exercises steps and techniques. The dance steps will be easy to follow and give you a taste of Chinese culture while having fun.

Friday 18th December, 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Book via Eventbrite:

Art uk with Art for therapy

Art uk with The connection between art and mental health

Ashmolean museum with a short workshop on continuous line drawing template:

And workshop:

Early black press making a mark 1817 to 1948

Periodicals have been produced by and for black people for more than 200 years. This talk introduces a handful of the more prominent titles and presented by S I Martin with the museum archives and education sector to bring a diverse history to a wider audience.

Comedy Pops

An online comedy night bringing you a hour of comedy from a handful of the best up and coming stand ups from around the world!

18th December at 8.00pm:

Africa Oye free on you tube

The first episode of Africa Oyé: Nyumbani – which takes its name from the Swahili word for ‘at home’ – will premiere on the Liverpool institution’s Facebook and Youtube pages at 7pm on 7pm, Friday 18th December, with future episodes airing monthly.

And finally a bit of Christmas magic, a short enchanting video:

Thanks for listening,

Best wishes to everyone,


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Dec 19, 2020

You very welcome Corinne.Love the huffington horse ,saw this years ago in Oxford. You always put great information on here .


Dec 19, 2020

Thank you Gill, really appreciate your remarks each week.


Dec 19, 2020

Love the art Corinne ,also the vid,s that nicky mentioned . Thank you Corinne you are a shining star , bless you.


Dec 18, 2020

I did enjoy the story read by Mara Menzies, think she put so much expression into it


Dec 18, 2020

i've loved both the short video's Corinne, both have a bit of christmas magic to them

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