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May 2021

HISTORIC LANCASHIRE TOWN WINS £80,000 CULTURAL FUNDING

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Kirkham has been awarded an £80,000 grant from Historic England to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street over the next three years.

The historic Fylde coast market town is one of more than 60 across England to receive a share of £6m to deliver a Cultural Programme as part of the town’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status which was awarded last year.

Historic England has announced grants of up to £120,000 to local arts organisations for cultural activity on each high street.

The £80,000 grant awarded to Kirkham will enable the town’s Cultural Consortium to deliver:

–   A programme of creative art-based commissions – each inspired by Kirkham’s richly diverse heritage

–   The creation of an interactive heritage trail focusing on listed buildings and historic local stories

–   A series of town centre murals that will animate and illuminate Kirkham’s industrial past

–   The development of an annual heritage event, with imaginative displays, which will provide visitors with the opportunity to travel back in time, while sampling delicious local food and drink

–   The set-up of a shop which will become the base for ‘Artists in Residence’ – showcasing artwork created by both artists and individuals who take part in a series of activities

–   It is hoped the programme of events and initiatives will not only inspire local creativity but improve health and wellbeing through increased community and social engagement

The four-year-long High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ (HSHAZ) Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to make high streets more attractive, engaging, and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “The high street Cultural Programme is a step change in the way we think about bringing high streets back from the brink.

“As we start to see these important historic spaces become regenerated through building work, it is the community-led cultural work that helps people to enjoy their high street again and also have a say in what the future of their high street might be.”

 Kirkham’s Cultural Consortium was formed to deliver engaging community heritage art projects as part of the town’s £3.5m four-year HSHAZ programme.

Funded by Historic England, Fylde Borough Council and Kirkham Town Council, the programme is designed to revive the high street, restore local historic character, revitalise disused buildings, improve health and well-being and develop a new cultural vision for the town.

Now, thanks to the Historic England grant, the Cultural Consortium’s recently successful ‘Kirkham Treasures’ pilot project can be widened to create far more creative opportunities over the next three years.

Helen Juste, Kirkham Cultural Consortium’s Cultural Producer, said: “This grant provides an exciting opportunity for the community to create a cultural vision for their town.

 “The three-year Cultural Programme will deliver a wealth of opportunities for individuals to work with professional artists to create artwork that will animate the town. It is an exciting time for Kirkham, for the community to work together, to bring alive Kirkham’s past while improving its future prospects, assisting in its regeneration.”

The Consortium, which is made up of residents and volunteers from the local business community, works closely with Kirkham’s town centre businesses.

Heidi Hopkinson, co-owner of Serendipity House gift shop on Poulton Street and Chair of Kirkham Business Group, said: “We are delighted the Cultural Consortium has been awarded this grant by Historic England and we cannot wait to see the cultural vision take shape over the coming months.

 “There are a number of major projects happening over the next few years as part of the HSHAZ programme that are so important for the regeneration and future of Kirkham town centre. It is exciting times for the town”

 You can keep up to date, and get involved, with Kirkham’s cultural projects as they take shape by visiting www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk

To find out what’s happening in your area, follow @HistoricEngland @HE_NorthWest #HistoricHighStreets and visit: www.HistoricEngland.org.uk/HighStreetCulture

BOY GEORGE & CULTURE CLUB ANNOUNCE MASSIVE SUMMER SHOW

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Global icon Boy George and Culture Club can today confirm an all-new headline show at the UK’s largest open air theatre.

The multi-million selling pop legends will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday August 14th.

Tickets go on sale via scarboroughopenairtheatre.com on Friday May 21 at 9am.

Boy George, together with his chart-topping band, are rightly recognised as one of the first true, unapologetic innovators in the music and fashion world and irrevocably, of our time.

Since their inception in 1981, Culture Club have sold more than 150 million records worldwide and are recognised as a true Grammy Award winning UK institution.

Their stream of classic hits includes ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’, ‘Karma Chameleon’, ‘Church Of The Poison Mind’, ‘Victims’, ‘It’s A Miracle’ and ‘The War Song’.

In 1984, the band picked up the Grammy Award for Best New Artists, and the awards for Best British Group and Best British Single at the BRIT Awards.

They became the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in America from a debut album. The New Romantic pop sensations went on to achieve seven UK Top 10 singles, nine Top 10 singles in the USA, and nine Top 20 singles in Australia.

And they are as relevant and important today as they have ever been.

Their 2021 line-up – which sees Boy George perform alongside original Culture Club members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig in a stunning live band – continue to sell-out headline shows and tours around the world.

Culture Club join a stunning summer line-up at Scarborough Open Air Theatre which includes headline shows from the likes of Stereophonics, Duran Duran, Anne Marie, Snow Patrol, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs along with many more at the 8,000-capacity arena.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “I’ve wanted to bring Boy George and Culture Club to Scarborough OAT for some time so I’m delighted we have been able to make this happen for this summer.

“George remains one of the most colourful and iconic pop stars in British history, a true music star around the world. Culture Club’s live shows are a true spectacle, and this is going to be a really special night.”

For tickets and full information about this year’s line-up at Scarborough OAT go to www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

CELEBRITY CHEF JAMES MARTIN HITS THE ROAD FOR 2022 LIVE TOUR

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Celebrity chef James Martin is hitting the road with a brand-new tour for 2022.

James Martin Live will visit 18 towns and cities across the UK including a entertaining audiences with live demonstrations, cooking tasks and featuring some very special guests.

And the exciting and fast-moving show includes a date at Oxford New Theatre on Friday March 25.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday May 7 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

James has been entertaining and educating the nation for almost three decades with his expert culinary skills both on screen and through his best-selling cookbooks.

Following the phenomenal success of his previous tours, with James Martin Live audiences can expect to be dazzled as James rustles up mouth-watering dishes with complimentary courses of fun and laughter in this exclusive gastronomic experience.

And he can’t wait.

“I love going out on tour so I’m really excited to be announcing brand new shows for 2022,” said James.

“We’ve had some really great fun with tours in the past. Of course, I’ll be cooking and trying to teach everyone some tips and tricks but fear not, there will be plenty of humour injected into these shows so prepare to have a really good night out.”

James Martin Live:

03-Mar  PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

17-Mar  CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL

04-Mar  PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL

19-Mar  LIVERPOOL M&S BANK ARENA

05-Mar  BATH FORUM THEATRE

20-Mar  MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL

07-Mar  BRIGHTON, THE BRIGHTON CENTRE

22-Mar  NEWCASTLE O2 CITY HALL

08-Mar  BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

23-Mar  SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

10-Mar  EDINBURGH USHER HALL

25-Mar  OXFORD NEW THEATRE

11-Mar  GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

01-Apr  IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE

12-Mar  HARROGATE CONVENTION CENTRE

03-Apr  SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION

16-Mar  NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

04-Apr  LONDON PALLADIUM

James Martin Live is presented by Cuffe and Taylor with Limelight Celebrity Management.

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We’re really excited to take James back out on the road. His previous tours have been a massive hit with fans and this new show promises to be exciting, fun and educating as James combines his first-class cooking skills with his brilliant sense of humour.”

THE MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL TO BE CELEBRATED IN ALL NEW UK TOUR

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Hugely acclaimed singer-songwriter and pianist Elio Pace is set to thrill audiences touring his smash-hit award-winning show The Billy Joel Songbook this autumn.

The exciting live show celebrating the music of Billy Joel will visit towns and cities across England and Wales from September 24.

The Billy Joel Songbook pays homage to one of the most iconic musicians, singer-songwriters, and composers of the 20th Century, and will see Elio and his incredible band celebrating the legendary US musician with a unique blend of pop, rhythm and blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

Tickets are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The tour in full:

Sept 24              Birmingham, Town Hall

Sept 26              Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall

Sept 27              Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

Sept 29              Sheffield, City Hall

Oct 17                Liverpool, Philharmonic

Oct 29                Cardiff, New Theatre

 

The Billy Joel Songbook will transport the audience through a catalogue of Joel’s music, performing more than 30 hits including The Longest Time, She’s Always A Woman, An Innocent Man, Uptown Girl, Tell Her About It, The River of Dreams, We Didn’t Start The Fire and Piano Man.

Speaking about taking the show on the road in 2021, Elio said: “Billy Joel is a genius composer and I feel unbelievably humbled that people want to see us perform The Billy Joel Songbook.

“We have had tremendous fun with the tour previously so we are very excited to be able to get back out on the road later this year. This show is uplifting and it is an absolute pleasure to be able to bring this incredible music to life for audiences again.”

The late broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan was a huge fan describing Elio as “Only sensational,” and in 2010 he was the musical director for BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan performing as the featured artist on all 35 shows broadcast that year.

Singer/songwriter, piano-player, producer and arranger, Elio has performed with a wonderful array of stars including Brian May, Huey Lewis, Glen Campbell, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Lulu, Mike Rutherford, Don McLean, Tom Chaplin, Debbie Reynolds and Martha Reeves to name but a few.

In 2013 and 2014 he was invited to ‘fill Billy Joel’s shoes’, starring in five very special reunion concerts in the USA with Joel’s original 1971-72 touring band. Following on from the huge success of these American shows, Elio embarked upon the debut tour of The Billy Joel Songbook selling out theatres across the UK.

And in 2019 Elio’s sensational concert film of the show THE BILLY JOEL SONGBOOK LIVE won a prestigious award at The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards for ‘Best Overall Long Form Music Video’ in New York City.

For more information about The Billy Joel Songbook and to secure your tickets go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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