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Whaddya think of it so far?

The people's take on 08 in live debate as first quarter of Culture year ends

Published on March 26th 2008.


Whaddya think of it so far?

In June 2003, Liverpool won the European Capital of Culture designation for the UK, against all the odds. From the cynics to the drum-beaters, it seems everyone has an opinion. What’s yours?

With what can only be described as roller coaster of a build up, from high profile events to high profile resignations, Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year has been a five year saga in the making.

Now three months in, tenantspin will be hosting Cultural Commentators, the first of a quarterly review looking at the show so far.

Managed by FACT, city-wide tenants and Arena Housing, tenantspin is a Liverpool-based TV channel which has been on the streets, capturing the mood and filming key events, from the opening ceremony on St George’s Plateau in January, to the re-opening of the Bluecoat this month.

Chaired by Culturepool, Liverpool’s biggest independent members’ group for art and culture, with local filmmaker and activist Sandi Hughes, Visit Britain and introduced by tenantspin's very own John McGuirk and Laura Yates, Cultural Commentators invites you to discuss and review the first three months of 2008.

Tenantspin's Laura Yates believes it’s important for communities to get involved in 2008 and have a voice. “No one is keeping a record of the participation since Liverpool City Council stopped recording footage of events in 1998. The quarterly reviews are recorded and will be available to everyone over the internet.”

Beginning with a 20 minute film montage, featuring tenantspin's take on the 08 events from Jan-Mar, Cultural Commentators will give you the chance to discuss and question the guests about their involvement and views, and an opportunity to share your own thoughts and opinions.

To join the Cultural Commentators debate, pop along to The Box @ FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool on Wednesday 26th March from 2pm-3pm. Entry is free.

But don’t worry if you can’t make it. The whole thing can be seen and heard over the web, and through the magic of the web you can even join the debate. For your chance to contribute follow the link to http://stream.fact.co.uk on Wednesday just before 2pm.

So what do you think of Capital of Culture year so far? Penny for your thoughts below.

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18 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Kris DonaldsonMarch 26th 2008.

It's faaaaaaaaaaaaantastic!

coldand wetMarch 26th 2008.

I am in Liverpool on a regular basis and nearly always drive if I have to stay late. I was in teh Capital of Culture the ohter night to see a show. Go for train at 10.pm. No train to Manchester until 11.35, no shops open even to buy fags. Culture no trains, no food just sit in an empty station for over 1 hour. Did not get back to Mancheter until 1am.

Jimmy from CroxtethMarch 26th 2008.

Capital of Cock-Ups more like.

AndyMarch 26th 2008.

It's great and there is so much to see (You don't need tickets for the museums/art galleries etc.) However, as an advertising Jonnie I can honelstly say that the 2008 advertising is utter shi-ite. Which nonce hired the ad agency responsible?

Phil RedmondMarch 26th 2008.

It's been a bit like a Scouse funeral.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2008.

When it starts with informing me about events I want to go to for which the tickets have not already been sold or 'allocated' to the champagne and canapés brigade, I will consider that it has started. Evidently Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 has yet to start. I hope they get something good on.

afriendMarch 26th 2008.

There are so few contributions and it may be because many who live outside Liverpool are finding it difficult to get a programme of events. I would really like to support the 08 Capital of Culture but where is it? How can I find out what's on ?

Sir Bob ScottMarch 26th 2008.

I'm still pulling £100K a year on the strength of it.

Whimsical trombone notesMarch 26th 2008.

Wha - wha - whaaaaaaaa...

AnonymousMarch 26th 2008.

I have really made an effort this year to get along to cultural events in the city. I went to the opening and froze but enjoyed some of it. I have been to plays, dance events, poetry that I would never have got to (via Culturepool). It does take effort, time and also money. I do it as I lived in London & Moscow previously and realise that I don't want to miss anything in case I really learn something. However I've noticed 2 things1) there hasn't been enough cultural diversity for a city that declared this (& won the bid with this vision)2) not enough people know about these things.The discussion was only brought to my attendtion the weeked before it happened & I already had plans (being Easter week - silly time to have it if you ask me as lots of people away!) This is typical of most of the events to be honest. I go to the library & very little info available there or anywhere else to be honest.Liverpool confidential web site only have stuff involvig lots of money. Eating drinking and the opening of (another) shopping centre? hmmmm - doesn't sound that inspired or different to any other year.Liverpool council spend that much time declaring how marvellous Liverpool is, or resigning from highly paid public jobs that it makes me laugh. I returned from London 5 years ago & have found Liverpool more expensive than London for almost everything apart from travel. There are very few jobs and while most people are nice enough it is only a shade above London in the "friendly"stakes - they just tell you how great it is cos they haven't lived anywhere else!!

Colin HiltonMarch 26th 2008.

What's all this about a Capital of Culture?

Warren BradleyMarch 26th 2008.

I got a freebie in Vegas on the strength of it.

Jason HarborowMarch 26th 2008.

I've done okay out if it, thank you very much.

Sir David HenshawMarch 26th 2008.

There's not much money in it for me anymore.

A. E. ScousemanMarch 26th 2008.

There has been a distinct improvement in the quality of buskers in the city centre, it must be said. For decades we had tone-deaf, sub-Gerry Marsdens strumming cheap guitars whilst nasally whining some dreary old Beatles song into your painful ears. Now we have three accomplished trumpeters, two accordionists and clarinettist who between them can knock out some Klezmer or Tango at the drop of a coin, a violinist and at least two powerful tenors in recent years. I do think that the Council ought to outlaw buskers who use amplifiers though. If they were worth listening to people would pay attention, but they don’t - because who wants to listen to yet more tedious guitarists?

Mike StoreyMarch 26th 2008.

It's all Warren's fault.

phillMarch 26th 2008.

lots of flags on lamposts through out the city hmmmm very cultural

Kris DonaldsonMarch 26th 2008.

That would be me.

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