HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY!
Join us to celebrate one whole world of dance.
SAT 29TH APRIL 2017 : 12.00 -3.00pm
12.00 : St. John's Market : WORKSHOP w/ Andrea Queens / AQarts : OPEN TO ALL
Experience the colourful splash of Caribbean dance set to the sounds of sweet Calypso music. Inspired by Lord Woodbine, Andrea will create a routine with participants to be performed later in the day.
1:00 : Williamson Square : PERFORMANCE
2:00 : Williamson Square : PERFORMANCE
Featuring China Pearl, 50 Moves, Felix Ologbosere, and Merseyside Youth Dance Co. choreographed by Charlene.Kaliyati ...AND MORE...
[if the weather is bad the performances will be moved indoors to St John's Market]
Our International Dance Day celebrations are made possible by the financial support of The Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council, as well as the support of St. John’s Market, and all the performers and choreographers.
SATURDAY April 29th will see celebrations for International Dance Day take place across the world. This year MDI (Merseyside Dance Initiative), with support from The Liverpool BID Company, will bring the streets of Liverpool alive in a celebration of the life and music of Lord Woodbine, Trinidadian calypsonian and early mentor to the Beatles.
Lord Woodbine was born Harold Adolphus Philips on Jan 15th 1929 in Trinidad and came to the UK in 1948 on the MV Empire Windrush, the ship which carried the first boatful of West Indian immigrants to post war Britain.
Lord Woodbine brought calypso culture with him as a performer and musician. He played in clubs and bands in Liverpool, before meeting the Beatles in the late 1950s while they were still known as the Silver Beetles. He was one of their earliest promoters, alongside Alan Williams of the Jacaranda club. Lord Woodbine was key in arranging their first trip to Hamburg in 1960 and the two acts shared the stage for the Beatles’ first Hamburg show.
This year we will celebrate his life and music through the influence that Trinidadian dance and culture and the music of calypso has had on our own culture here in the UK. With its rich mix of cultures, dancing in Trinidad and other Caribbean Islands is the added spice to their music. Soca, Bele, Merengue and African Dance are just a few of the styles that can be seen today across the Caribbean Islands.
Pop up performances and flash mobs will liven up the city all day on Saturday 29th April – look out for our performances in shop windows and other places of interest in Liverpool. The event ties in with the St George’s Quarter Big History Festival, which runs 18-30 April; celebrating the rich heritage of this historic area with fascinating, brand new exhibitions, talks, heritage walks, and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy.
We will kick off the day with an open workshop in St John’s Market from 12.00pm to 1.00pm. The workshop will be led by choreographer and dance artist Andrea Queens, and will create a performance routine that will be performed publicly later in the day.
Dance performances will spring up in Williamson Square from 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Groups and artists performing on the day include:
FELIX OLOGBOSERE, CHINA PEARL, 50 MOVES, JADA DANCE, LEAP INTERN DANCE Co, MERSEYSIDE YOUTH DANCE Co. (MYDC), KAOS KIDS, ADRIANNA CZACHOROWSKA,
and RIDDIM N ROOTS
- Contact: Maxine Brown
- Phone: 0151 708 8810