On this week’s Weekender podcast, Gareth Roberts is joined by Lizzi Doyle, Siobhan Biggane and Mike Kearney to look back over the last week, with the win over FC Midtjylland overshadowed by injury to Fabinho leaving The Reds with one fit senior centre back, and ahead to the visit of an in-form West Ham.

Also on the show, Paul Riley from Transition Liverpool talks to John Gibbons about the new project they’re looking to launch next summer called ‘sPark It Liverpool‘, Ian Jones from The Big Fireworks Shop based in Warrington on how to do fireworks displays at home, and author Dave O’Brien speaks to Neil Atkinson about the book he has co-written called ‘Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries‘.

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sPark It Liverpool Initiative

Inspired by Park(ing) Day – an event that has fired the imagination all over the globe – ‘sPark It Liverpool’ is taking over the streets of our city, celebrating imagination, fostering collaboration, and starting a conversation about what we want from our urban landscape.

Launching next summer, ‘sPark It Liverpool’ will allow community organizations and independent businesses to create pop-up installations in on-street parking bays in order to engage, inspire and entertain the people of our city.

The project aims to:

  • Provide a platform for community groups, independent businesses and creatives

  • Excite, inspire and challenge through inspired reinterpretations of land use in urban areas

  • Build stronger community networks, provide opportunities for training, employment and volunteering

Click here for more information on the project or to make a pledge towards the development. If you want to keep up to date with the latest you can follow Transition Liverpool on Twitter, Facebook or visit their website

Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries by Dave O’Brien

Culture will keep you fit and healthy. Culture will bring communities together. Culture will improve your education. This is the message from governments and arts organizations across the country; however, this book explains why we need to be cautious about culture.

Offering a powerful call to transform the cultural and creative industries, ‘Culture is Bad for You‘ examines the intersections between race, class, and gender in the mechanisms of exclusion in cultural occupations.

Exclusion from culture begins at an early age, the authors argue, and despite claims by cultural institutions and businesses to hire talented and hardworking individuals, women, people of colour, and those from working class backgrounds are systematically disbarred.

While the inequalities that characterize both workforce and audience remain unaddressed, the positive contribution culture makes to society can never be fully realized.

You can purchase your copy of ‘Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries’ from Amazon, and follow the author Dave O’Brien on Twitter



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