Cities on the Edge past projects include:-
Contacting the World
27th July - 2nd August
Paul McCartney Auditorium,
Contacting the World was Contact's revolutionary international theatre project for young and emerging artists. In October 2007 twelve companies of young theatre makers from Bethlehem, Berlin, Brazil, Gdansk, Istanbul, Kathmandu, Liverpool, London, Lusaka, Manchester, Mumbai and New York were randomly twinned to work collaboratively over the next year.
Three of the companies were specifically selected from Cities on the Edge locations in Istanbul, Gdansk and Liverpool. A full house at the Paul McCartney Auditorium experienced the festival of performance created as a result of this extraordinary collaboration as a highlight of Liverpool 08 in July.
Contact Theatre is one of the UK's most innovative organisations working with young people ".the only theatre where the under 30's scream to be let in..." The Guardian.
"Contacting the World is the perfect vehicle for using live theatre as a way of building international understanding"
British Council, London
Performances from companies in Istanbul and Gdansk also took place in home cities in June.
Concert Room, St George's Hall,
19th - 20th January 2008
Baltic State Opera, Gdansk.
24th - 25th January 2008
Theater Bremen, Bremen. Few UK cities can claim to be the setting for a work by a major operatic composer. Donizetti's choice of Liverpool for his virtuosic Emilia di Liverpool reflects his romantic imagination rather than historical accuracy.
For Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture - and the first Cities on the Edge project - the European Opera Centre commissioned a new edition of the opera, largely based on the first (1824) version of the opera. It seems likely that this rather experimental version had not been performed since the nineteenth century; hence there was extensive press and media interest.
Six performances in Liverpool, were followed by a tour to Gdansk and Bremen, where the opera houses and cities provided substantial practical help. Liverpool itself supported this tour through its European Capital of Culture funding. A dozen European Union countries were represented in the project, including performers from Gdansk, Liverpool and Marseille. There are revival plans and it is hoped the production can be seen in Naples - the city which commissioned the original opera from Donizetti.
This major conference marked the European year of Intercultural dialogue 2008. New thinking is needed on how diverse communities can co-operate in productive harmony instead of leading parallel or antagonistic lives. The Intercultural City Conference looked at migration, diversity and urban life in a fresh way. It not only provided an opportunity for international city leaders and experts to look at how different cultures can live together but how mixing can be turned to those responsible for planning and regeneration, the local economy, community cohesion, education and the cultural services.
The three day programme featured leading speakers from across Europe as well as the US, Canada, Malaysia and Australia, who brought social, cultural and economic advantages.
The conference format will break with convention in pursuit of maximum interaction between delegates and speakers, employing exciting techniques such as Pecha Kucha and World Café as well as web 2.0 social networking. There was a virtual newsroom, run by the Media Diversity Institute, in which delegates had the chance either to generate copy for a conference publication, or to be trained to be a journalist to report on the conference itself.
Organised crime has a myriad of sources in countries throughout Europe, the impact of which is felt across the continent. Many of the problems have their origins in the Balkans as well as the old Eastern European countries and Turkey. Merseyside Police hosted a European Policing Conference for 400 law enforcement officers from Europe to examine relevant case studies, share good practice, develop partnerships and enhance cross border co-operation based upon aspects of Serious and Organised Crime. The conference explored aspects of serious and organised crime across Europe with a particular focus on the Cities on the Edge partner cities and the newest European Union countries. Subject areas included gun crime, human trafficking, money laundering and counterfeiting. Expert speakers used case studies illustrating positive outcomes as well as progression in this field in both UK and Europe.
Streetwaves is Merseyside's music challenge that animates and makes use of Liverpool's neighbourhood areas and Merseyside boroughs, in order to bring young people together to enjoy fantastic locally made music.
Once bands have applied, local musicians play special heats in their neighbourhood in front of a panel of industry professionals who then decide who is the most ready act to represent their area at Creamfields and Mathew Street festival. As part of the 'most ready' package, successful acts receive recording time at Elevator Studios which results in the Streetwaves 2008 official CD. In addition they will have custom made merchandise designed to help promote their act.
In 2007 Liverpool's most ready acts played a range of professional events including Eclectica, Creamfields, Mathew Street Festival, The Aintree Grand National and the brand new Liverpool Echo Arena in front of 8000 people. For 2008 Streetwaves: Cities on the Edge project has been created as a unique partnership of six European port cities - Liverpool (lead partner), Bremen, Gdansk, Istanbul, Marseilles and Naples. The Streetwaves European element will give young talent in these Cities the opportunity to perform at high profile events in Liverpool in 2008 and across its partner Cities.