Below are the events that happened in 2021 so far
From June we have developed a relationship with Sriram Gokul (pictured below), who is based in India, which has resulted in a series of virtual cabaret events incorporating acts from India, the UK and (on occasion) New York.
The Interchange Project: Celebrating 'The Heart of Bolton'
The Interchange Project featuring photographs and cartoons of contemporary Bolton came to an end on 24 July after four weeks. Over 300 visitors found their way to Platform 5, the Bolton Station Community Partnership gallery and left with a smile on their face. The re-opening of the Gallery, after a long Covid layoff, had an element of risk but the efforts of Live from Worktown committee members photographer Julia Uttley and cartoonist Dave Burnham paid off in buckets with many new and old contacts established with Live from Worktown membership topping 500 for the first time. We owe a big thanks to Julie Levy of the Community Partnership for encouraging us to use the gallery and making it possible, to the volunteers who entertained visitors each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the public who submitted their photographs, and Julia and Dave for persevering with the idea throughout lockdown. Examples of all the work exhibited can be found on the LfW facebook group and www.livefromworktown.org
Click Here for Dave and Julia's pictures and Click Here to see for the winning photographs.
Celebrating the launch of the Poetry from the Platform Anthology
We hosted a virtual launch of the Bolton Rail Community Partnership anthology on Thursday 15 April at 7.00 pm. There were readings of entries by category winners and judges. Contributors included Sam Johnson, University of Bolton and Prof Paul Salveson, who have been behind the creation of the new Community Rooms and Gallery at Bolton Station.
An edition of the magazine was produced every month with growing success.
Following on the success of last year’s 'Cotton, Culture and Characters', we launched more free online series of historically themed guided walks.
You can find out more about the walks and download the guided walk by clicking here
World Poetry Day Event - A Special Cultural Cabaret 7.30pm 21st March 2021
Organised and hosted by Dave Morgan the line up was 14 poets reading poems from 14 different languages - in translation. The poets included:: Natalie Smalley, Shriram, Gokul, Hilary Walker, Margaret Simpson, Julian Jordon, Steven Waling, Rosemary Moore, Rich Davenport, Jacky Woods, Rosie Cullen, Gordon Zola & Eve Nortley, Lynn Collier Jelly with songs from Eric Lever
Click here to go to a video of the event
8pm 28th February Line up: Special guest Michael Chapman with Gordon Zola, Dave Morgan, Eve Nortley, Chris Kehoe, Sopie & Paul, and host Peter Firth. Click here to go to a video of the event.
In conjunction with India's Chennai’s Bharathi Open Mic, Live from Worktown presented this event which will took place on our Facebook Group (Click Here) on Wednesday, 4th August at 7pm UK time - 4pm New York, Midnight Chennai/Mumbai).
Starring, New York poet, George Wallace
The Voice finalist, Linda Jennings,the boy from Little Lever, Oliver James Lomax,Bharathi Open Mic founder, Sriram Gokul,‘Me Too’ activist and actress/poet, Shrutee Choudhary.
WithEve Nortley (poet), Dushyant Satbhai (singer), Adwait Keska (tabala), James Hartnell (jazz guitar).
Technical Direction/keyboards: Peter Firth
Compere: Dave Morgan
JAZZ IS BACK! Out of the blue we were offered the chance to host the top touring band of the moment Lukas Oravec & Alex Garnett Quintet Lukáš Oravec – Trumpet, (leading award-winning Slovakian Trumpeter) Alex Garnett – Saxophone, (Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, played with artists from Sir John Dankworth and Wynton Marsalis, to Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones). Jamil Sheriff – Keyboard, (Bolton-born pianist/composer, now Head of Jazz Composition at Leeds College of Music) Jack Garside - Double Bass Marek Dorčík – Drums The gig was on Friday 3 September at the Northern Monkey, Nelson Square, Bolton