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Wirral Festival of Firsts to be best ever!

15th May 2014

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5-13 July

Wirral Festival of Firsts  2014 features  eye-catching names,  something for everyone, lots of free events and affordable tickets!  There is so much to tell you about! To get the full story, please grab a copy of the full festival programme which will be widely available at the end of May,  or check the website to find out more about the wide ranging and exciting series of events covering Art, Music, Theatre, Poetry, the Written word, Film and General Interest.


Tickets!Tickets!Tickets! – get them now to avoid disappointment!

The Festival has put on an amazing programme of ticketed events featuring world class performers like Ian McMillan, Craig Ogden, Mike McCartney, Willy Russell, David Crystal as well as the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra, the Wirral Symphonic Wind Band and C-City with Dave Gilbertson and Martin Smith!  There are also two fabulous film programmes  in partnership with Hoylake Community Cinema, a whole day of writing workshops, and a whole week of innovative theatre in partnership with Melrose Hall.  

Reasonably priced tickets are on sale at Acorn Picture Framing, HELP Shop, Urbane, and Holiday Inn in Hoylake, Staacks in West Kirby and Literally… A Bookshop in New Brighton as well as online through Tickets Wirral (www.ticketswirral.co.uk).  Do try to get your tickets early if you can as some events are almost sold out!

Apart from the ticketed events, there are also lots of spectacular free events for you to enjoy.

Hoylake (& Meols) – a host of FREE events  to look forward to!


Hoylake as the hub of the Festival and its home base has a rich programme of free events.


To enjoy throughout the Festival
This year’s Gallery Hoylake (art in Shop windows)   from 5th-20th July will be extra special, on the theme of still life, and the Poetry Trail (poetry in shop windows) returns again.  Take in the special exhibition of Harry Hill’s “My Hobby” paintings alongside some of Mike McCartney’s acclaimed photos at Holiday Inn from 5th-20th July open to view from 11:00 am daily. Look out for other Pop-up Art exhibitions to be mounted at Montrose Court and also at St Lukes where the “Where I live” textile Map Project goes on view from 5th -12th July. There is an open  special view of this international project at about 8.00pm on Friday  11th July after the world premiere performance of the Wirral Mass.  There will be some more artistic surprises on Market Street!
Everyone is welcome to the series of Meet the Author sessions at Hoylake Library and there are two free concerts presented by LORMAC productions  - Tea and Arias at Hoylake Science Church on Thursday 10th July and The Two of Us (songs from famous twosomes) at St Hildeburgh’s Church on Friday 11th July.

To enjoy on Saturday 12th July
Saturday 12th July starts at about midday with the Festival Parade from West Kirby to Meols   This will involve the first ever “Festi-Velo” (decorated bike parade),  Off Pitch choir singing their hearts out on top of an open top bus with special guests,  exciting participants like the Wirral Pipe Band, the Big Easy Jazz Men and many surprises. If you would like to be part of the parade, get in touch with the Festival organisers (see below). First@Meols  is a celebration of the arrival of the festival parade at Goose Green and St John’s Church Meols, with a small open air stage, the exhibition of the Knitteed Sea-side project and lots of other fun and attractions.  The  Music Proms returns with open stages put on by Chantilly and Flavours, and music in lots of other venues throughout Hoylake. This year, the Ukulele enthusiasts have organized the first ever  Festival Buskulele  on Market Street at 5.30pm and afterwards upstairs at Vanilla Lounge.

To enjoy on Sunday 13th July
On Sunday 13th the focus turns to Hoylake Promenade where there will be a whole day of open air art along the promenade. There will be another feast of art in many different media at the Parade Community Centre with Margaret Ransome the feature artist and lots of workshops and demonstrations. To keep you in the mood, there will be a small open air stage and the BSide the CSide open air show will bring you the Chinese Pagoda Youth Orchestra and a singalong version of the Pirates of Penzance by the Grace Darling (come along and join in, costumed appropriately)

New Brighton and West Kirby
West Kirby’s T’s by the Sea on Saturday  5th July  is a crowded programme, which starts with the monthly St Bridget’s Bazaar and  goes on to a day of “Talks,  Tales and Tunes”!There is a concert by the popular Wirral Co-operative Orchestra, the Wro Talks, a teapot trail, poetry trail, and a mass singalong of I’m a Little Teapot at Coronation Gardens at 5.30pm. The day finishes with more singing along at the West Kirby Arts Centre.

New Brighton’s “A Poetry Day Out” on Sunday 6th July sponsored by Literally … A Bookshop, has its hub at the Floral Pavilion where there will be a grand celebration of the “Wild Words Street Safari” creations, and hundreds of poets reading in several venues.

For more details including information on where to get tickets please check the website www.festivaloffirsts.com  For all enquiries contact info@festivaloffirsts.com ( or telephone Judy on: 01516322750)

Festival Volunteers needed!
Have you got a few hours to spare to be a Festival of Firsts Volunteer in the 4th festival year?  Volunteers are needed to be the face of the festival, to make the festival actually happen, to do front of house, to help look after our performers, to help with our parade and the list goes on... You can find out more and register on the web page or call T: 07716093670. If you are not sure, just come along to the volunteer briefing at Vanilla Lounge at 6.30pm on 19th May. Prospective volunteers will have a chance to discuss their volunteer preferences, availability and to hear more about the festival, and collect their fabulous volunteer Tee Shirts and caps!


This year’s festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The Festival is grateful to the proprietors of all the venues hosting Festival events and of all the shops helping to sell tickets. The following have provided  significant  support either in in cash or in kind:  Literally…A Bookshop, Magenta Living, Lees Solicitors, Morton Dairies, West Wirral Community Fund, Hoylake’s Town Team, Melrose Hall, Hoylake Community Cinema, TL Care, 21 Park House Guest House and Holiday Inn Express, Hoylake, Art in Liverpool.com.
The Festival supports fund raising by Claire House.

For Press enquiries, please contact: Judy Ugonna, Festival Manager:
T: 01516322750 or E: judy.ugonna@gmail.com

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