My show, How Eva von Schnippish won World War II is raucous blend of music, dance, comedy and high-octane full-on silliness. A real fun night out that I'm bringing to the Vault Festival from Wed 6 to Sun 10 March.
History and heritage
IT is one of Manchester's most iconic pubs - but the historic Mr Thomas's Chop House which first opened its doors in 1867 is about to get a radical name change.
Owner Roger Ward is renaming it Mrs Sarah's Chop House in honour of the formidable ladies who ran the Victorian pub dining rooms at a time when women weren't even allowed inside the fashionable Chop Houses of Manchester, in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Liverpool City Region's 10 year celebration of being named European Capital of Culture saw 2.2 million visitors and the economy boosted by £85 million, four times that of 2017's figures.
Highlights of the programme were:
China Dream – nine month season including China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, Chinese New Year (20,000 and netting £609,611), plus two visual arts installations: Presence at St George's Hall and This Is Shanghai in the Cunard Building (garnering £407,362).
The National Gallery will loan around 60 masterpieces to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This will include Van Gogh's classic Sunflowers, its first time in Japan.
The works will be displayed, in partnership with media organisation The Yomiuri Shimbun, at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo on 3 March–14 June and the National Museum of Art in Osaka on 7 July–18 October in 2020.
VisitBritain is aiming to attract inbound tourism from the US with a video and editorial content partnership with the Matador Network.
Started last month, Matador has published a combination of beautiful videos and articles written about itineraries for the UK. Itineraries include The Big Smoke, Great British City Hop, Royal Britain, Scottish Highlands By Rail, Gourmet Britain, Welsh Escape and Outdoor Adventure. The intention is to encourage "buzzseekers" to visit and take advantage of the huge cultural, heritage and outdoor experiences unique to the UK.
The City of Culture Trust's first campaign since winning its bid for UK City of Culture 2021 celebrates human rights 70 years since the signing of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, including a 14ft mobile illuminated poem which tours the city.
When Oscar Wilde died in 1900, the few obituaries that appeared were miserable: The Times concluded that death had brought an end to ‘what must have been a life of wretchedness and unavailing regret’, while The Sunday Times thought ‘no sadder record of a life wilfully blighted can be found… ’ And yet—more than a century later—Wilde’s star burns brighter than ever, and as Matthew Sturgis writes in his new biography (Oscar: A Life) ‘the position he holds is an extrao
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors brought in £78m to Liverpool's economy between 7 February and 28 October during its exhibition at the World Museum Liverpool. The exhibition was a highlight of the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme.
More than 600,000 people saw the exhibition, more than any other ticketed show in the UK during 2017. The exhibition features terracotta warrior sculptures, unearthed in 1974 after around 2,000 years of remaining undiscovered, which were "guarding" the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are: