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Florence and the Machine Laura Marling & Lana Del rey

Samba and the city
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Liverpool’s hottest festival

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eDitor’S Letter
Welcome, to the very first issue of FAD magazine, the topical magazine that’s centred right in the heart of Liverpool. Here at Fad we aim to bring you the best news, reviews and events that Liverpool has to offer. Rather than picking up the latest programme, our FAD team have searched far and wide to give you, the reader the full scoop on what’s happening in one of the UK’s most loved cities. This months issue brings you an insight into the arts and culture world, with everything from the Tate Gallery to the latest Banksy sculptures that we’ve checked out. Also included, is an inside look into the sexiest street samba festival, with interviews from the people behind it all. So stick your feet up, relax, and enjoy all this exciting new magazine has to offer, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on our new blog, with extended interviews and pictures from some amazing articles,. Enjoy

Amy Stuart editor:


4.Cardinal Sin 26.Rebecca Ferguson Festival 34.Liverpool’s Lantern land 6.TATE’S Alice in Wonder

20. Samba and the city

8.WOMEN WHO ROCK: Florence and the machine 10.Laura Marling 12.Lana Del Rey

An inside look into Liverpool’s hottest street festival

FiLM & t.V
27. How to make it to the
Beginning a business with the inside scoop on Little Star productions.

gift shop .exit through the 18 #rejected 14.t.V #Accepted

32.Twist & Shake

this weeks Behind Bars:



“The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse."
t seems Banksy has popped up on the streets of Liverpool once again this month. The renowned Graffiti Artist has recently dropped off his latest piece of art work “Cardinal Sin” at the Walker Art Gallery. The replica 18th century stone face has been pixelated using bathroom floor tiles. Cardinal Sin is a comment on the allegations of abuse and subsequent cover-up in the Catholic Church. Responding to the child abuse scandals in the Church, Banksy says “I’m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one.” Banksy approached the Walker Art Gallery and specified that his piece be featured alongside the period collection, which includes an altarpiece painted for the Archbishop of Seville by the Spanish artist Murillo in 1673, and Rubens’ painting The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Child Baptist. The Walker Art Gallery were very excited to place the piece in their gallery, “We have always shown controversial art and have works of art that were considered very controversial in their time. It’s considered an artistic tradition to show art that challenges people.”This is one of many Banksy sculptures to turn heads, and a definite must see if you’re in the mood to escape the norms of art galleries.




The Tate Gallery is celebrating Lewis Carol’s ubiquitous tale, Alice in Wonderland for its influence in fine art. Amy Stuart takes us down the rabbit hole to find out why...


Through the Looking-Glass, and into the Alice and Wonderland Exhibition
f one story could hold so much fascination with artists over the decades, then it would be none other than Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The timeless children’s tale has grasped children and adults imagination, with the concept of falling down a rabbit hole and into another world that bends logic, time and space. So to be given the chance to share insight into the creation of the novels and to explore the influences that Alice’s adventures have had on modern and contemporary art today, was enough to carry an exhibition to Liverpool’s Tate gallery on the Albert docks. The show started off with a look into the early manuscripts of Lewis Carroll, written as a present for ten year old Alice Liddell. In which he included rare drawings and photographs, alongside memorabilia and John Tenniel’s preliminary drawings for the first edition of the novel. As we followed through the gallery, works exhibited included Victorian Paintings and film adaptations, including Walt Disney’s first silent animated/part live adaptation in 1923, with actress Virginia Davis playing Alice. The historical background overview carried into the 60’s giving Alice another boost of being considered the hippy pin up girl,


for the LSD scene which was famously referred to as “chasing the white rabbit.” The exhibition shows the works of Peter Blake’s psychedelic paintings to Yayoi Kasum, portraying the feminist Alice, in which the photographer gathered friends to join a nude rally in the Central Park alongside the mad hatter and the hare. The exhibition ends with the later interpretations of Douglas Gordon’s ‘Through the looking glass’. In which Gordon screens the deathless scene from Taxi Driver“Are you talkin’ to me?” at fractionally different timings on facing screens so that De Niro’s character Travis Bickle seems to talk himself into a loop of wildly schizophrenic feedback. Which we can only imagine to be interpreted as recreation of the books famous characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee, with subtly hints mirror motifs throughout. Overall this was an interesting look into the ambivalent changes society has interpreted Lewis Carrols work, emerging from rough manuscripts and doodles on a page, to extravagant sculptures of a Humpty Dumpty figure with radiation hazard markings. The sculpture created by Bill Woodrow symbolises human progress, by calling it ‘a section through history’ who according to the famous nursery rhyme, ‘sat on a wall’ and ‘had a great fall’. The sculpture reflects Woodrow’s discomfort with the amount of jingoism in Britain during the 1980’s, as well as a desire to question what actually constitutes as his own heritage.

The exhibition definitely intrigued me as into the early works of Carroll, however I was left feeling that it lacked something. With such a fascinating children’s tale, the excitement and boundaries could have been pushed much further in terms of installations and interactions. Expecting it to be a show where the possibilities were endless, it somehow lacked the overall essence and fascination that this classic children story set out to do.


Women W
In case you didn’t know 2012’s music scene has arrived…and it’s arrived with a bang, and it doesn’t seem to be taking any prisoners when it comes to some of the most talked about fe male vocalists on the planet.

water, as much as our Florence continues to do. After the release of her first album ‘Lungs’ in 2008, it was easy to say the anticipation for her next album left fans with high expectations from the 25 year old singer from South London. But as expected her latest album ‘ceremonials’ once again managed to combine all the elements of the great styles of music she consistently produces, along with a few surprises. It is safe to say Florence has never been afraid to take her music to another level, as she explained back in 2008 "I hope that my music has some of the big themes — sex, death, love, violence — that will still be part of the human story in 200 years' time." With her powerhouse vocals and ever


here hasn’t been quite as much excitement for the release of an album that can guarantee to blow you out of the



"I hope that my music has some of the big themes — sex, death, love, violence , that will still be part of the human story in 200 years' time."

recognisable song finales, each track carries us through a journey of a creative and new sound every time. Dramatic and over the top is one way to best describe the singer, and yet it shows no sign of stopping the musical growth within the young singer. Coming from a young rebellious teenager first starting out, she stated in an interview with the guardian, “I used to get completely drunk before I‘d go on stage, thinking it was all part of the performance, all just apart of tour, but I have now come to realise I have more of a responsibility to my fans.” Florence has since calmed down, but that doesn’t take anything away from the singer/songwriter in entering our women who rock category, and it has even excited us more about what we’ve yet to see from her. It is definitely one of my favourite albums of the year, and a definite must see gig in 2012 from the multi-award winning rock chick.

Who Rock



Laura Marling has came along way from her once fey folkie shy persona and as she now embarks on another musical journey, Amy Stuart tells why she joins our category of women who rock...
was fortunate enough to catch a Laura Marling gig last year in Belfast, and rarely do you hear a voice that makes your quite literally stop and listen to the sheer beauty of the lyrics. Yet, Marling somehow achieves this every time with her poetically timeless songs. The 23 year old folk singer born in Hampshire, made her first appearance in the folk scene at the early age of 16. Raised in a musical family, her mother a music teacher and father who owns a recording studio in London, there was no escape for Laura’s talent to be pursued. Her first success came as part of the popular folk band Noah, and the Whale in which she was also romantically linked to with the bands lead singer Charlie Fink. However the couple later split in 2008, the same year in which Laura decided to go solo, with her first album alas I cannot swim. In 2010 Laura announced the release of two up and coming albums, ‘I speak because I can’ in 2010 and her latest in 2011, ‘A creature I don’t know’. The album is rumoured to be a nominee for the up and coming Brit awards in 2012. While so many artists of any age attempt to search out their inner child, to open new depths to their music, Marling combines a essence of youth against the looming realities of adulthood. Laura Marling is a lyricist that I feel creates a style that could challenge even the likes of Bob Dylan. Her lyrics somehow subdue you into a whirlwind poetic story of a time or a place beyond your own and for a moment we can truly hear a rawness of talent that entangles your imagination unwillingly. Laura Marling has managed to stand strong in an impressive amount of British singer songwriters to be compared against, continuing to hold her own. Her music is ambitious, haunting, thought provoking, and remains in a class of it own.

“If there were more people who understood my music or what needs to be done in order for me to prosper, I’d probably spend a bit more time with them”

Women who rock



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Women who Rock

Lana Del Rey


lizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Grant, or better known as Lana Del Rey first appeared on the scene back in 2009, when her song ‘Video games’ shot itself into popularity after a week of entering You Tube. The video reached over 2 million hits in its first month, with haunting lyrics and a captivating video. Audiences all over were speculating as to where the mysterious Marilyn Monroeesk character had emerged from. However the fascination with the new girl on the block, soon created suspicions on the blogisphere, as she was found out to be the daughter of a rich business man with a failed album from when she was 18, under the name of Lizzy Grant. This didn’t stop the mania the new starlet was creating, and like the paths so many have took before when shot into the spotlight, she speared on SNL. The criticism with viewers on her performance went into over drive, due to her strange and not at all with it performance, which gave feisty yanks all the ammo they needed to lash into the 25 year old singer songwriter from New York. There was even speculation into how genuine the pop star really was and whether her multimillion dollar record label really did come after her immediate internet

“the most compelling new pop star around: half doomed romantic, half mordant cynic”

success. Nevertheless, it worked either way as she is still generating speculation and news, with online bloggers, magazines and fans. Her album Born to Die was released on the 29th of January, and with her fronting the covers of the January issues of Q, Vogue and NME magazine, she definitely deserves her worthy place in our women who rock category. Her album had managed to top the charts at number two afters its release, and is soon on its way to becoming number one. The music has matched my expectations, and whatever floats your musical boat everyone’s seemed to have had their two pennies worth to say about her, and unfortunately when competing with astronomical hype it is almost always a fateful inevitability that it won’t quite deliver for some. However, she has received some high reviews with Q magazine recently described her “the most compelling new pop star around: half doomed romantic, half mordant cynic”, and she definitely exudes an old Hollywood starlet, stuck it the wrong era, from her image to the huge American themes carried through her music, and its always nice to a break from the rest of the manufactured pop stars tossed at us for a while.


# T.V
Here at FAD, we know how important it is when it comes to some down time in front of the telly, that’s why we like to ensure our readers get the best reviews when it comes to some of this issues best and worst TV your box has to offer.

approved or rejected
Things people on Twitter said
@SarahSilverman The borderline annoying ol man on Walking Dead was incredible #HOLyFUCkInG sHIT @Stoneheng3 so immersed in the Walking Dead, I forgot to drink my tea, now it’s cold. The moral of this story: Watch the Walking Dead, it’s brilliant @raganmossy why does blonde girls have dark eyebrows #scouse brows #desperate scouswives @Scouse_wives for rocking it around town in velcro rollers. #scousewives #wearesorry @calauren I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think @brdwalk_Empire has replaced @MadMen_aMC as my favourite historically accurate TV drama @Marcode boardwalk Empire is fucking awesome. sopranos in the 1920s. buscemi is perfect for this



Here at FAD we love a good zombie filled apocalypse story, from old school Sam Raimi’s ‘The Evil Dead’ right up to Danny Boyle’s rage infected zombies in ‘28 Days Later’. So when we heard about ‘The Walking Dead’, based on the graphic novel re-creating the story of a group of survivors during a post zombie apocalypse, we hoped it would keep us on the edge of our seats with a nail-biter series. In the opening of the pilot, we are introduced to deputy sheriff Rick Grimes played by Andrew Lincoln who wakes from a coma in a deserted hospital after being shot on duty. Disorientated and alone he goes in search for his wife and son. There was no doubt that the opening scene held strong comparisons between Danny Boyle’s ‘28 days later’, however the similarities ended there as we are taken on an intense whirlwind journey that is certainly reflective of George A. Romero’s early work, from hordes of the ‘undead’ roaming the streets. Director Frank Darabont definitely keeps it modern with a hint of nostalgia in what you’d expect from a zombie induced show such as this. The show steers away from the use of CGI, and keeping with the element of gore the make up alone is one of the more notable traits to witness. However there’s definite speculation with die hard zombie fans (excuse the pun) into how the show will progress in further series. Essentially it is based more on character development and how the structures of society are mended once they’ve been stripped down to nothing, with some key figures adapting to certain roles. However with mixed reviews, you will either love it or hate it. Avid Zombie genre fans will enjoy every second of it as it combines the right amount of gore with melodrama to carry the narrative along. Keeping in mind that there is a possible reason why this genre works so well as a film, before the viewer starts to lose interest, we can only hope that the story throws a few curves balls at us along the way to keep us on our toes. Although here at FAD we are sceptical as to whether the next series will blow our minds or just leave us a bit brain dead.

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“The Glitz, the Glamour” (The shock, the horror.)
drivel, but more of these types of programmes are crawling out of the woodwork to simply prove how TV has hit its lowest point, and how us, the viewers can so easily be sucked into it. But Desperate Scousewives seemingly hits the lowest of them all, as its practically unbearable characters are strung together in some sort of semi scripted babble between each other, whilst every stereotype under the sun is fed into the E4 programme, with the added bonus of sub titles every so often, as if not understanding what they were saying was a bad thing. Not only does the ‘semi script’ make for dull telly, Desperate Scouswives is yet to produce a housewife, and considering the majority of them are in their early 20’s and considerably questionable as to who would even marry them, its unlikely for that to happen, but hey, at least it sounds good. So there you have it, a massive T.V fail for FAD, and a disappointing fail for Liverpool too, but we’ll let you be the judge, and don’t just take our word for it, even the Liverpool echo has tried to salvage some kind of dignity out of their proud and beloved city as they mentioned in their review on the show last week “Let’s try to accentuate the positives. As well as some nice shots of Liverpool, there was plenty of comedy in the first programme (far more than we’ve seen in the first three episodes of the latest Ricky Gervais self-indulgence – Life’s Too Short), and, for the watching men, plenty of cleavage.” A point we could probably agree with, if all those nice shots of Liverpool weren’t over run by the fake tan and oh yes, plenty of cleavage. Desperate Scousewives: here’s an idea, lets never speak of it again, ever.


If you haven’t heard of it already, then you are one of the lucky few, as Desperate Scousewives attempts to follow the young socalled ‘socialites’ of Liverpool in their day to day routines. Following the successes of The only way is Essex and Made in Chelsea, Liverpool has decided to jump on the bandwagon and create Desperate Scousewives, a show which ultimately revolves around a mix of air-headed scousers in overly lit shops and clubs, with a few dodgy extras lingering in the background, while local celebrities such as Amanda Harrington try to explain how people are always judging her for being shallow (queue rollers in the hair and shopping bags in hand.) Nevertheless, our review team wanted to give this programme a full evaluation, just for our keen readers. What TOWIE done for Essex and Geordie Shore done for Newcastle, it was inevitable that Liverpool was to be struck by such TV


Monday night 9pm only on


From the, oh so very bad television, to the oh so very good, comes Boardwalk Empire, a fantastic series depicting Atlantic City in the 1920’s. A city where corruption was at its highest amidst a thriving business of illegal alcohol. Boardwalk empire brings together everything you need in a time piece drama such as this, filled with enough intrigue and suspense to want you coming back for more, and with the pilot directed by non other than Martin Scorsese himself, and created by Terence Winter the co-writer of The Sopranos, it was inevitable that Boardwalk would prove to be the success it has been, and rightly so. The show follows real life character Nucky Johnson, played by Steve Buscemi as the corrupt treasurer turned gangster of Atlantic City during the prohibition era in the 1920’s, when blood fuelled mob wars between two cities set the backdrop to the drama. As far as pilots go, it was visually stunning to watch, as no corners were cut on the production for the opening programme, proving that Martin Scorsese although executive producer of the show, will hopefully continue to have some artistic input throughout the series. It is believed to be the most expensive show ever made, but since the end of The Sopranos, it was definitely worth the wait for the next period crime drama to hit our screens, as Boardwalk Empire not only sets the tone for corruption, violence, intrigue and suspense, but tied together with a diverse cast including Michael Pitt, as Nucky’s young feisty sidekick and Liverpool born, Stephen Graham, more popularly known for his role as psychotic Combo in This is England and Snatch, but proving he’s earned his place as he portrays a young Al Capone, during his early work. Terrence Winter the co-creator of The Sopranos said, “If we were going to cast accurately what the real Nucky looked like, we’d of cast Jim Galdofini. However it was Scorsese that suggested asking Buscemi to take the lead as he saw the range he had within him, from a dramatic sense, but also his sense of humour.” We for one here at FAD, welcome Buscemi as the lead role and the whole cast, as they are a delight to watch. The characters make this show what it is and with the plot as elegantly handled it swerves and turns enough times to distract us from any loose ends, making sure we focus on some key moments of the story. Its slick, its smooth and it makes Steve Buscemi look good, so that’s why we’re giving it the FAD seal of approval and hope to see much more from this courageous new drama.

Saturday night 8pm Only on 17

The mysterious Banksy makes his film debut with a provocative view on the secret lives of street artists


treet art or “graffiti” to the passer-by has been gracing streets all over the world for years! But not many get to witness this underground world at its best, when streets become alive with masked artists in the late hours of the night. Exit through the gift shop brings us straight there, to the nitty and gritty of it all, and who else would be the person to depict this underground world but none other than Banksy himself. The masked British graffiti artist/prankster has become infamous for his paintings and sculptures popping up all over Britain. Street Art has became the most counter culturally thing since punk and we get to witness a glimpse of it at its best.

Exit through the gift shop follows some other famous guerrilla artists such as Shepard Fairy, renowned for his stylized “hope” poster of Barack Obama.The film focuses around a French shop keeper and amateur film maker Thierry Guetta, who finds himself caught up in the LA graffiti night scene, in where he makes it his goal to make a documentary on the hidden art. As Guetta's reputation grows among the street artists through dedicating years of his life and footage to capturing every moment of it all, he finally crosses paths with Banksy and the two form an unlikely partnership, in which Banksy agrees to let him document him at work. Guetta even videotapes Banksy's infamous "Guatanamo Bay" prank at Disneyland, wherein a handcuffed, hooded figure in an orange jumpsuit is placed beside one of the rides. The film takes a turn however, as the documentary that Guetta originally set out to do flops, and in need of a new project, Guetta decides to create his own graffiti persona, and begins to hit the street with his own yet familiar style stencils calling himself “Mr Brainwash”.

This not a film to take on face value, especially when we are being told the story from the masked identity himself, and there is even strong debate from sceptics that the film is semi-fictionalised into Banksy’s personal workshop, and the strange and rather eccentric character of Mr Brainwash. Even as Banksy plainly puts it when speaking about the bumbling Frenchman, “I used to encourage everyone I knew to make art; I don’t do that so much anymore.” However, real or just an elaborate hoax, the academy award nominee for best feature documentary perfectly proves a point that art can maintain a fame purely through hype, and that people are ignorant to the value of it. “A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.” -Banksy

By Amy Stuart


“I use d to e ncou age e rveryo ne I k to ma new ke art ; I don do th at so much ’t anym ore” Bank sy


Samba city The
As Liverpool’s Brazilica festival prepares for its sixth annual celebration, Amy Stuart investigates why street dance festivals are as an important cultural event in the UK, as in anywhere else in the world.




sI walked into the Blackie theatre I was taken aback by the busyness and hype that filled the huge theatre complex. From the outside it looked dark and deserted, but as I stepped indoors it was everything but, music, dance, costumes, it was exciting to see the hype and excitement coming from everyone in the room. It was a normal Monday night in China town, but for everyone else in the Blackie theatre it was preparation for the annual extravaganza that is, the Brazilica festival. Brazilica is one of Liverpool’s biggest summer festivals which are held over 3 days, combining a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere with music, dance, art, and culture, all on the streets of Liverpool.

As I waited for her to finish up, I had a look around. Extravagant costumes and floats were in the process of being put together, porcelain masks and the smell of paint overpowered anything else the crammed halls had to offer. Noticing my out of place look amongst the hustle and bustle of everyone else, a friendly face came

but she’s glued to the computer most nights, as this is when the emails are just none-stop, still trying to get funding from different places is always our biggest problem, but we always manage somehow.” I could see that this was no ordinary nine to five type job, and the strain in Rogers’s eyes was obvious as he talked about the struggle to secure funding for the different as-

In the months leading up to this festival it is none stop preparation. As I walked into the room, I could see there was already Samba class rehearsals taking place in one room, and a bass band orchestra practicing in the next. Simone, the head Samba dancer for the festival spotted me and came running over, out of breath she introduced herself and asked would I like to join. I declined explaining I was there purely as an observer. Sensing my awkwardness, she laughed and ran back. Simone had been with the Brazilica festival since its launch in 2008.

walking up to me, hand already outstretched, “Hi, you must be Amy. I’m Roger Morris.” Roger and his wife Maeve where the two people behind this project, and had decided to launch it for Liverpool City’s Capital of Culture celebrations during 2008. I suddenly had a sense of relief as I sat down to chat with him, a moment to escape the mania for a minute. “Don’t look so scared, you wanna see this place a week before show time” he laughed. “Sorry Maeve can’t be here,

pects of the project. Even with the lack of funding Brazilica, the 2011 festival brought in just over 4.1 million pound to Liverpool according to the Liverpool City Councils records. Roger explained how there is the potential of increasing this amount every year, as the festival itself grows bigger and better with a higher turnout of people, not only from the Liverpool area, but from all over the U.K. “Our festival is really just a great

family event, and no other place in the UK offers that, not just the parades but the surrounding events leading up to it, competitions, carnival queens, dancing competitions etc. We try to get as many samba schools involved as possible also. The festival is not just an event to help bring money in for the city, but it also works with many charities. The ABC Trust (Action for

“Our festival is really just a great family event, and no other place in the UK offers that”

Brazil’s Children) also comes up from London to help raise money and awareness. Roger explains how “They will be taking over the whole of Cream, a Liverpool based night club, where famous DJ’s will be attending. All to help towards the trust, and working alongside the likes of Amnesty and Festino” another local


charity in the community As the samba rehearsals finished up, Simone came over to join us for a chat. The main samba group had just returned from Rio de Janeiro, where they hold their biggest carnival of the year. The world famous festival is held before lent is considered the biggest festival in the world, with over 2 million people brought to the streets every day. The first Rio festival dates right back to 1973, and Simone soon tells me how they attend to get inspiration for the Brazilica in Liverpool. “The festival combines the Latin feel, with dance, music, food, martial arts, and costumes; it’s really designed to bring the community together, and not just to perform for them, but to get them in-

“We really bring As I looked together all sorts of around, it was easy to different people, see how an occasion as from different suchgreatthis is a thing to backgrounds and bring to the community, age. It not only im- as everyone from different proves their danc- usesareas all their different ing, but also their skills in the process. Brazilica is confidence.” also one of
the only Brazilian carnivals in the UK; other such carnivals that compete are London’s Notting Hill Carnival and the Brouhaha festival, which are both Caribbean festivals. Simone explains how Brazilica tries to capture the full essence of the Rio festival. “We try to find out what’s going on in their festival and take inspiration from it (delete-that), (and- delete) what the new trends in floats, colours, costumes etc are. (And include them in ours, float wise, colour wise and costume wise –delete)We try to include as many of these themes into our own festival. It is definitely one of the best festivals to attend, visually stunning.” Simone also tells me that her samba classes give everyone a chance to get involved. “We really bring together all sorts of different people (took out comma) from different backgrounds and age. It not only improves their dancing, but also their confidence. We create a strong bond, and it brings the group together with even more people joining each year. In terms on the festival, all skills are needed to help bring it to life. From people who are able to use web design, to others who are skilled on a sewing machine; it really is a project for everyone to get involved in no matter what their skill.” It is easy to see why such a festival, which is so inclusive, would be so beneficial to any community bringing art and culture to society . Such breathtaking spectaculars not only celebrate cultural diversity and welcome local, national and international artists, tourists and visitors to the city, but they provide a creative and economic platform for local communities, where public and private sectors can work together to celebrate and promote what Liverpool has to offer. To say 2012’s Brazilica festival will blow every other UK based festival out of the water would be an understatement. The festival attracts over 60,000 people to the streets of Liverpool and promises to be the UK biggest Brazilian Samba festival for 2012.

volved in all of the festivities also. It’s a great mix of people all combining their skills to help bring the festival to life.”

By Amy Stuart



ast night crowds in there thousands gathered down to Liverpool’s city centre, for their annual Christmas show. The event took place in Liverpool One which involved Liverpool’s very own sweetheart (also last year’s X factor runner up) Rebecca Ferguson to help switch the lights on and entertain the crowds with songs off her up and coming album and some Christmas songs. The event started at 3pm, hosted by radio cities Gemma Cutting and Dave Kelly, introducing acts such as Jennifer Ellison’s Fame academy dance crew, and the cast from the Cinderella rock n roll pantomime,






which included Cinderella singing Aerosmith songs accompanied by prince charming on the guitar, an odd set up, however it managed to hold together the crowds until the rain passed as they waited for the much anticipated Rebecca. The streets of Liverpool lit up as soon as Rebecca walked on stage accompanied by her daughter Lillie may, seven, and son Karl, five. Rebecca Ferguson was an obvious choice for the annual light switch, as the Anfield born singer who now lives in Surrey with her two children, has a new album coming out the 5th December. Rebecca says “she was very excited to switch the lights on, and travels back to Liverpool almost every weekend. After a “busy year, of travelling and

recording her new album” the singer told audiences she “loves to get back to Liverpool, even if it’s just for a bit of shopping.” The 25 year old mum of two finished the night with getting the crowd to sing along with “Santa Clause is coming to town” leaving everyone in the Christmas spirit.





So you’ve got the perfect business idea, original, unique, diverse. Now what do you do? Unfortunately it’s not as easy as strolling into the Dragons Den and becoming best chums with Duncan Bannatyne. If only, eh? But to achieve success, you simply have to start at the bottom, just as Moyra Neale, Jamie Anderson and Laura Eaton found out. When they started up their business they knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road to success, a combination of ups and down but a learning curve to take with each of them in the future.




As I sat down with my coffee to interview the team members of Little Star Productions a new and exciting film production team from Liverpool, I was curious to know how they have found a niche in the market which they believe sets them apart from the rest. The team is made up of four final year students at Liverpool’s Hope University, who have just had their first fundraising evening the night before.


The group developed by drawing Moyra was quick to up a busianswer while sipness plan Little Stars Production posed for a outlining ping down her coffee, “Well it photogragh at their fundraising their goals was really a comand the event bination of a few various ideas. Laura and I had become apart of tasks within it. Young Enterprise set Young Enterprise group held through many mentoring meetings for them our university, which helps guide and during their early stage of developdevelop student’s new business ideas. ment, Moyra explained, “We were Young Enterprise is a great opportuquite lucky with some of the leadnity to get involved with, they work ing people in the industry we got to throughout schools and Universities, meet through Young Enterprise, and we wanted to combine our skills people who had knowledge and exand strengths in a sense. We wanted to perience, and who were willing to provide a new type of workshop for tell us straight if we had a potenchildren, one that no other schools tially profitable business, and how were providing at that time, someto take it forward.” thing more innovative and exciting instead of the normal extra curricular Networking Jamie explained, “Is a subjects, like football or judo. We key factor in growing a business. It wanted to open it up to film producgives word of mouth publicity, helps tion and drama, more of a creative but create relationships with customers fun subject. Something we can enviand gain new ones, and it has the sion the kids could really get involved power to connect you to the right with in every aspect.” people.” The idea began last year for the two, when they noticed that no schools Little Star Production’s make it a were providing this kind of topic for priority to attend networking funckids, and seen a definite gap in the tions as it is through them that they market to pursue something like this. have gained a lot of business. Moyra They extended the team when Jamie told me, “When we were at the became on board; his role came into the ginning stages of our business atbusiness as a tech operator and to deal tending our first networking with the finances. He explained, “I’ve function was scary. You can feel out studied media for three years now, and of your depth entering a room full I love filming. When the girls apof successful entrepreneurs, but it’s

noticed the girls looking slightly fragile, “Sorry, we’re all pretty tired” explained Laura, “We put so much work into last night’s event that it ended up being a bit of a late one.” So Little Star Productions, tell me who dreamed up this business and what was the idea behind it.

proached me with the idea I thought it was a great opportunity, especially considering its not easy leaving university and walking straight into an industry job, this seemed like a natural progression for us.”

the best thing you can do for your business, as something as easy as just chatting with other people in the industry can open so many doors and motivate you to believe in yourself. We actually won a great advertising campaign for our business at our very first networking function. It was the biggest confidence boost for all of us at the time and got our production company out into the advertising world. There was a definite shift up a gear from all of us after that. Plus free advertising is always a bonus.” Little Star Productions have held fundraisers and attended trade fairs which have helped them to raise more money for starting up their business, but it has also helped them gain new contacts. Their first trade fair resulted in them winning a chance to perfect their business plan and enter it into a competition in which they could get substantial backing towards their company; they’re still awaiting feedback from it. Moyra explained “Because of the nature of our business, Young Enterprise helped us set up an interview with Liverpool’s Film Office; this meant we could use this to gain more knowledge into the kind of funder’s we could target.”

“The business itself is an excellent model, and the timing for the growth of it, fits in perfectly with the launch of the new BFI film policy.”

Lynn Saunders, who runs the film department in the Liverpool Echo, explained that “the business itself is an excellent model, and the timing for the growth of it fits in perfectly with the launch of the new British Film Industry film policy.” The BFI recently released their new policy, explaining their changes in new funding opportunities for businesses like Little Star Productions and it links with work in schools and community projects. This development meant a change in the market and encouraged Little Star Productions to chase after it. After hearing about all their previous successes up to this point, I wanted to know what the future held for Little Star Productions. The group explained, “We are still in the early stages, and we know that it’s

going to take time and hard work, but we’ve already held workshops at youth centres and are trying to get our name mentioned throughout schools and colleges. Word of mouth within this area has really been the key to the success of our business”, explains Jamie. “We are more aware now that it is a project that teachers and parents are very interested in, so we are hopeful to expand and grow in the community. At the minute we’re focusing in the Liverpool area, but as our networking grows, we aim to take it further. We didn’t expect it to be an overnight success and well, if it is, then you’ve got extremely lucky”

laughs Laura. “We are learning new things everyday, things we can build on. This is just the beginning of our journey but we’re all very driven and have the same goals, so it’s exciting to see our business grow and hopefully achieve the success it deserves. Just watch this space.” Little Star productions have worked hard in developing their business and still have a long way to go. Unfortunately, many graduates are discovering that leaving university with the best degree doesn’t necessarily leave you with the best job. In fact, sometimes it leaves you with no job at all. They are now being nick-

named the lost generation. The Associated Press and other news outlets have assigned the World War 1 tag line to a Millennial Generation. With University fees rising to £9,000 per annum for 2012, the number of students applying for university has dropped a massive 50%. So are students beginning to realise that a university degree is not the be-alland-end-all for the next step after a high school education? I spoke to recently graduated Gemma Quinn, who attended the protests last year


“it’s never going to be an overnight success, and well if it is then you’ve got extremely lucky”

“unemployment is set to get worse before it gets better in 2012”
in London against the rise in student fee’s and to get her thoughts on the importance of a degree in today’s society. “After University, I found it difficult to find the employment I wanted, but didn’t have the time to be constantly looking, so I started working with Sainsbury’s which left me with little time to look for other employment. It was only supposed to be a stop gap until next thing came along. I was with them for two years! However, I have recently moved onto a trainee position in a hospital.” Gemma graduated with a 2:1 in Sports Science, and she believes her degree was not essential to her getting this job, nor does she feel that she or other graduates are particularly advantaged in having a degree when it comes to finding employment, in speaking with other graduates; I found that this was not an uncommon experience. The Telegraph ( March 12th 2011) stated that “Unemployment is set to get worse before it gets better in 2012, with analysts predicting the total number of people out

of work could reach 2.9 million by the summer up from its current level of 2.6 million.” After speaking with many students, it is of no surprise that some are beginning to question the real benefits towards their futures by getting a university degree, especially if its only place of pride and use is hanging on your mother’s living room wall. How-

ever, with the likes of young entrepreneurs such as Little Star Productions, it shows that going that extra mile will be rewarding in the long run, as long as hard work and dedication go along with it and well…if that’s not the case, you can always apply for the Dragons Den!
By Amy Stuart

Hard Facts on a lost generation
Recession has had a disproportionate effect on the young. Today there are more than a million under 25 who are unemployed in the UK according to the internationally agreed measure of unemployment. More and more graduates are leaving university and finding that the only jobs they can find are in supermarkets or cafes. Young people are not only less likely to be taken on by an employer, they are also more prone to being laid off than older workers. Studies show that someone who is unemployed when they are young is more likely to be out of work in later life.

Behind Bars

With Twist & Shakes owner Antony Hardbattle

Its a Friday night and the thought of getting in from work to spend hours getting ready just for a night on the tiles just isnt appealing enough, so...what do you do? Twist & Shake’s Antony Hardbattle tells us why he’s breaking all the rules and taking the bar to you.


Behind Bars
So, tell me a bit about Twist and Shake, I see you don’t work alone; do you need and where you got the idea from? trained staff also for this line of work? Well Twist & shake is a cocktail making Again it varies, depending on the size of experience that brings the bar to you and your friends. I’ve worked in bars all my life the event, for hens do’s etc, will usually and people are always interested in know- only need 2-3 bartenders. We simply show ing what ingredients make good cocktails them the goods, and they create the drinks they want for them and their and having a go at it themselves. I got to friends. It gets everyone in good spirits for thinking this could work as a business, the rest of their night. where we provided the equipment and knowledge to let the customers enjoy a It’s seems like a great idea, what’s the funight of impressing their friends with ture plans for Twist & Shake? their very own personalized bar. So, what kind of customers do you mainly get from Twist and Shake? It varies really, but we do a lot of hen and stag do’s, it’s a bit of fun on the night, not only do they get to make and flare their own cocktails, but they get the luxury of drinking them too, which always goes down well. We also do birthday parties, ladies lunches and private events also. We’re just trying to improve our network with other bars and restaurants to make it more known to our customers and I’m also planning on expanding the bar, so we can have multiple events taking place, as the weekends and holidays are our busiest time for business.

Cocktail: The Old Fashioned
50ml Woodford reserve 2 pieces of orange peel Dash of bitters 2 ice cubes Gather your ingredients, add a dash of bitters into a rocks glass, pour Woodford reserve over 2 icecubes and stir continuouslyr. Garnish with 2 cherries.


The Lantern parade comes to Sefton Park


f like us at FAD, you enjoy the weird but wonderful things in life then one event that is a must see, is the Liverpool Lantern festival. The annual event is a concoction of strange and bold sculptures parading around the park on stilts with accompanied dancers and musicians dressed in their own variation of wackiness. The artistic led organization participate in putting on the best experience of arts festivals and are always seeking ways of using light and fire within their work, and they certainly achieved that this year, with mesmerizing scenes brought together all in Liverpool’s Sefton park.

This year saw the festival bring together elaborate looking lanterns of large skeletons and stars that lit up the park for miles, while family and friends followed behind with their own lanterns created through the workshops that the Latern Company hold every year. Clare Moore, a regular participant told us, “Iv been involved in the Lantern festival since it first started in 2004, and every year there’s something new and exciting to witness. I’m always trying to get more people involved, as the creativity behind the costumes and overall design is truly spectacular.” This extravagant and spooky event is a perfect Halloween event for families as with up to 800 workshops being held all over, the whole family can join in, in bringing together the mystical and magical night. Podiums and stages are placed around the park, where children can watch some great storytelling through the use of puppetry and dance, over 100 local artists and musicians and up to 100 students work together in creating the show, and be cautious as to what lurks in the bushes, with hidden scares all over the place. Once all the sculptures have made it around the park, everyone is gathered together in a grand finale with an explosive firework display for the whole family to enjoy.


Giant puppets take over the streets of Liverpool

we heart the 80’s and all in the month of April you can to, as Fact cinema are showing all the classics. Whether you fancy swooning over Patrick Swayze in the classic chick flick ‘Dirty Dancing’ or fancy the cult classic Lost boys (back when vampires were actually cool) Fact are supplying us with a month of 80’s rewind. So put on your leg warmers on and you acid-washed jeans and head to Fact’s ‘80s movie double-bill festival.

On the April 20th, Liverpool will come to a standstill as it is taken over by giant puppets for a street theatre production inspired by the Titanic. The giant puppets, which have appeared in the UK only once before, are expected to attract thousands of spectators as it makes its way through Liverpool to mark the sinking of the ship on its 100th anniversary. So make sure to put this event in your diaries, as it’s not one to miss.


Mathew Street Music Festival This is the largest annual free music festival in Europe with musicians from more than 30 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Norway, Germany and the USA will be performing on August 26th and 27th. So join us to celebrate its 20th year, and enjoy all the best music, bars and company that Liverpool has to offer.
Sewing Machine orchestra Yes, you read that right. We can’t deny that we all like a bit of bizarreness now and again and Quebec composer, Martin Messier proves this with his latest work Sewing Machine Orchestra showing at the Fact theatre on the 27th of March. The performance is entirely orchestrated from the acoustic noises of a 1940’s sewing machine amplified by a computer. It’s completely free, but we can’t guarantee that it wont leave you in stitches.


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