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If Only...! There and Back Again

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A night of Extra-ordinary Encounters to be enjoyed on a tour of The Bluecoat’s spaces, a tour which leads inexorably back to the beginnings of Popular Pleasure. You, the audience, will be the stars of this Alliterative Adventure – just by being there….

Get Your Bearings….at a Pecha Kucha of a Speakers’ Corner
Visit…..The Apocalyptic World of Danny Heyes
Take….An Underwater Trip into the Depths of Consciousness 
Enter…. the Sensorium Of Sensational Scents
Experience….the live pull of Gravitational Graffiti 
Swoon….at the Pure Polyphony of a Classical Master
Encounter….a Megaphone Monody of Magnificent Eloquence
Redeem….your treasured experiences for a Taste Treat of Refreshing Originality
Return….to a remix of all that you have seen and heard
Before departing into the Numinous Night


Laura is a violinist and viola player who has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet, and has played under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ilan Volkov, Stephane Deneve and Martyn Brabbins, among others.

Laura also has a passion for education and enjoys a thriving teaching career as an Upper Strings specialist on the Liverpool Philharmonic’s prestigious “In Harmony” project team. In Harmony is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, using the unique power of music making through the symphony orchestra to enthuse and motivate children, their families and their communities. In Harmony is centred around ensembles and seeks social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. One happens through the other, and neither is prioritized above the other.

Liverpool Philharmonic successfully bid to lead one of three national pilots for In Harmony England between January 2009 and March 2011, funded by the Department for Education and chaired by Julian Lloyd Webber. The other pilots are taking place in Lambeth (led by Lambeth Music Service) and Norwich (led by Norwich & Norfolk Community Arts). 


Alex is a boisterous, overly energetic young man who came into possession of a megaphone one day. Instead of using this precious commodity strictly for the purposes of annoyance he turned his sights towards the political arena. Since then he has become known in Liverpool for his contributions to the 'Corporate Terrorism' and 'Free Hugs' campaigns, and also for his role in UK Uncut's theatrical occupations of banks and other chain stores guilty of corporate tax dodging. Alex has also taken part in a number of student and union demonstrations across the country.


Liverpool's most prolific graffiti, artist Andy Prior, who also goes by the graf tag Mr Dead, has painted everything from superbikes to giant inflatable pigs. He has also worked closely with Purple Revolver since they hosted Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof after party - using the furious pace of his painting style to perform live with music.


Inari is interested in doing something without actually doing it. This time, he presents “extreme” virtual diving. In the INARI DIVE, you can experience a journey from a swimming pool to deep in the ocean and back to the swimming pool again. Can you imagine jumping into the water?

Exploring the inner life of objects

Multisensory artist, composer and performer, Simon Jones, returns to the Bluecoat as Hot Hail. This time he will be regaling our senses with the Sensorium Of Sensational Scents, and in a joint project with Japanese artist, Inari Wishiki, exploring the human perception of depth.

PLUS: Mandy Romero, Barry Han, Jim Loftus, Eric Wilson, painting by Danny Heyes, food by Squash Nutrition and much more!

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Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, the oldest in the UK. Our landmark building, located in the ...

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