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Culture Vultures 27.08.20

"Hi Everyone,

Today is National Just Because Day, so I’m sending everyone a virtual hug, because I miss seeing everyone and just because I want to.

Also today in 1955 the Guinness Book of World Records was first published... so my question today is : if you could break a world record what would it be? Any answers on the forum would be fab!


5 soldiers This apocalyptic comedy came to the Old Vic Tunnels in 2013

From the Edinburgh film festival The Time of your Life

21 Chump Street a short musical 15 minutes long


The Great Diary Project Dr Irving Finkel and Dr Polly North with patrons Stephen Fry and Michael Palin. A heritage of precious memories

BBC Tutankhamun The Truth Uncovered, story of the boy kings life, was he murdered or was there something else that was discovered watch this fascinating story to find out

A beautiful five minute meditation from the National Gallery. A description of A cup of water and a Rose painted by Zurbaran


The working class movement library with a free event called Radical Sounds on 31 August at 7.00pm

The Library is hosting their very first virtual ‘Radical Sounds’ event. Join us from the comfort of your living room for a fantastic mixture of music and readings. This unique celebration of talent and working class culture has something to appeal to everyone.

Liverpool digital music festival 29 to 31 August. After their successful inaugural ‘lockdown’ event in May this year, Liverpool Digital Music Festival are delighted to announce their first free live streamed music festival from venues across the city. The festival is a celebration of Liverpool’s music scene, bringing artists together for a unified good cause, bringing a fresh perspective to live music during the current Covid crisis.


Sleep music meditation

Another fab remote recording of Shiver Me Timbers by the Ukelele orchestra of Great Britain

An evening at Joes a virtual evening of entertainment The next part will be shown live next week link to follow




This is an arts and heritage project celebrating women's activism and community organising in Merseyside. We're looking to interview women who have been involved in any sort of campaigning for positive change, supporting their communities, especially at a more grassroots level to gather stories that don't often get heard.!


Radical Makers - this is a year-long part-time training for adults aged 25+ who have some experience of drama and would be interested in exploring more about community theatre. Over 25? Based in Merseyside? Interested in making drama with people? Not able to get on a formal drama or arts course? Want to make a career in community theatre? Want to make a difference in your own community? Have around 8 hours a week free? Then join the Radical Makers Participatory Theatre Training programme.

The Radical Makers is a year-long free part time emerging artist training course starting in September this year. The course is COVID secure and involves a blend of learning in your own time and online, to suit each individual participant. Full support to get online is included in the course, as is the necessary technology and internet access for those who don’t already have it. All students receive one to one mentoring and career guidance, and nationally recognised qualifications.

For more information contact: Aidan Jolly on 07377 968352 or


We are currently seeking 40 people across Merseyside with a passion for media and the arts who are not currently in paid employment to sign up to our new project It’s About Time. Closing date extended to Friday 28 August.

Successful applicants will be trained online by the BBC to produce a podcast relating to mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on the idea that participants can Create For Wellbeing.

The overall aim is to draw out participants’ stories and experiences that will inspire listeners and provide insight into lived experience of mental health issues and/or personal approaches to achieving and maintaining wellbeing. Ideally, those taking part should be seeking to gain employment in the media, arts and culture field

It’s About Time, which will run until the end of March 2021, is funded by the European Social Fund Liverpool programme. The project is facilitated by Our Time time bank (Richmond Fellowship) in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside, Voluntary Arts England and Timebanking UK.

Anyone wishing to apply should complete the attached application form and return it to

Participant eligibility criteria:

o A passion for media, culture and the arts

o Aged 50+ (though we have a little flexibility with this – more details on request)

o A commitment to completing eight hours of online media training, eight hours of non-guided learning and producing a podcast focused on mental health and wellbeing

o Currently not in paid employment

o Resident within the Liverpool City Region

o Have the legal right to live and work in the U.K. for the duration of the project

It’s About Time will support each participant member to complete:

o 8 hours of specialist online training delivered by BBC Radio Merseyside in partnership with Voluntary Arts England (Up For Arts programme, including:

¨ An introduction to BBC Radio Merseyside with virtual tour

¨ How to plan and produce a podcast as part of a team of fellow project members (online)

¨ Digital storytelling techniques and methods

¨ How to conduct interviews and book guests

¨ Methods to develop of a social media strategy to promote a podcast

o 8 hours of non-guided learning (studies, timebanking activities)

¨ Visits to cultural sites, arts, dance performances and timebanking activities (co-ordinated by Our Time, in person - Covid-19 permitting) (reasonable expenses met by Timebanking UK).

All trainee-produced radio content will be promoted on BBC Radio Merseyside and members may be invited to give an interview for a radio show as part of this.

Participation will include signing up to Our Time time bank for the duration of the project and beyond March 2021, should they wish to remain a member. The DWP has confirmed that time bank membership as part of TBUK will not affect receipt of benefits (more details on request).

If you have any queries please contact me by email or on 07901 517336.

<It's About Time Application Form.docx>

<It's About Time Flyer.pdf>

Sounds like some great opportunities and I have applied for Its about Time, so hoping I get a place, will let you know.

See you next week!


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Aug 30, 2020

Brilliant as always Corrine


Dave W
Aug 28, 2020

Thanks Corinne. The National Gallery meditation was beautiful and she has a perfect voice.


Aug 27, 2020

Another brilliant vlog Corinne, really hoping you get on the course too, you're a natural!


Aug 27, 2020

Brilliant Corinne.💜 Thank you 🌻😊

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