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Knowledge Lives Everywhere…..

Image designed by Mike Snowdon

Courtesy of Nina EDGE

LETS ALL DO THE DOUBLE DUTCH …..Turning Ropes on the Ropewalks

Liverpool’s arts and cultural organisation have commissioned artists to deliver projects aimed at creating a more family and audience friendly city centre. This programme of activities is known as The Golden Opportunity takes place across the city.

This week artist Nina Edge starts to deliver her response to the brief for FACT and the surrounding Ropewalks communities. Following consultations in the area she has devised a mini-series of provocations called Under The Influence. These works change the way public squares and streets are used, extending what we can expect to find in this unique independent quarter. As usual, her work combines playful and political interests.

On March 31st from 5pm – 6 pm anyone passing through Ropewalks Square, or attending the launch of FACT’s Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition will be privileged to see or join in Double Dutch skipping.

A Double Dutch group was formed in Liverpool three years ago. There was an explosion of  interest in  this high energy form, which combines fitness, dance, glamour and music following the storming success of the film “Jump In”.

Group founder Bea Freeman (of Pidgin Productions fame) has promoted and provided Double Dutch – a vibrant urban sport which engages both boys and girls and fascinates viewers.

The Double Dutch team attend community, sports and school events  and would like to one day bring the European Double Dutch championships to Liverpool. Bea and the Double Dutch skipping team were recommended by The Black-e who, like artist Nina Edge use games to promote growth.

This begins a longer collaboration between the Black –E, FACT and the Ropewalks people who Nina sees as players in her Under The Influence area improvements. Although a keen skipper Nina Edge will be standing still at this event to sound record the jumping, skipping and songs. Moving image will be produced by film maker Sandi Hughes and the resulting footage will become a tool to promote street games as a Golden Opportunity to re-define who owns the street and what happens downtown.

Come and see two rope skipping – jump in!

Contact Under The Influence :

Nina Edge 07971 472707 nina.edge@fact.co.uk

Adeyinka Olushonde, Golden Opportunity adeyinka.olushonde@liverpoolphil.com

Lucie Davies, FACT communication  Tel: 0151 707 4405 lucie.davies@fact.co.uk

To set up a Double Dutch Group contact Bea Freeman info@pidgin.org.uk

Nina Edge performs @ The Bluecoat Bed In, Liverpool

A guest post by Nina Edge……

Nina Edge, Bed in at The Bluecoat.

…….In Bed With The Developers

In homage to fifteen thousand wasted opportunities, fifteen thousand tinned up houses, and fifteen thousand people seeking a place called home,  Edge presents a new live work featuring thousands of  flying keys and the most expansive  door chime in town.

There will be an opportunity to watch telly and talk. Classic regeneration programmes will be shown throughout the day ; ITVs Tonight With Trevor Macdonald Show (the one where they renovate a Welsh Streets House)  and the BBC’s Cheap Homes For Sale (the one where they show how people want to buy the houses scheduled for demolition.)

Some of the radio archive will be available to listen to, and if you have an opinion about the demolition of Liverpool’s terraced houses you can record it.

THIS Friday 19th November 11 am until 4pm The Bluecoat in School Lane

contact nina at welshstreetshomegroup@googlemail.com for more info

Background

Nina Edge is an artist who lives in  Liverpool’s Welsh Streets where  around 400 houses -  including Ringo Starr’s birthplace, are  sealed up and left to deteriorate. They are a fraction of the  12,586  houses in the city purchased by the City Council’s HMRI  team over a 7 year period. The council  wanted to demolish them (along with Nina’s house) and pass the land to volume house builders who planned to build new houses on the land.

On 25th October the HMRI scheme was abandoned by central government as part of the spending cuts. Meanwhile waiting lists for affordable housing have reached a blistering 23,000 and the failures of housing policy over several decades are laid bare. Despite acute housing shortages, immeasurable social and environmental damage,  thousands of  demolitions in Liverpool   continue apace.  The developers in many cases seem to have flown. Instead of new houses the cleared sites will be grassed over.

The powers that be have said the artist will still be forced out of her home.

It’s enough to make you lose the will to get out of bed. For one day only Nina Edge presents a meditation on what it  means to in bed with the developers.

Nina Edge is currently engaged as Cultural Leadership Programme Associate Artist at FACT