Conference panel will discuss creative independence in Liverpool next month

Next month Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise are set to play host to a highly-anticipated conference that will focus on the impact of globalisation on Liverpool’s creative and cultural independence.

Attendees will hear from a panel of speakers who will be discussing the roots of the city’s independence and the “role, benefits and characteristics” of independence not only in Liverpool, but in regional, national and global concepts also.

The panel:

Laura Brown: Journalist, writer and digital strategist

Neil Atkinson: filmmaker and producer and member of the award winning independent Liverpool FC podcast The Anfield Wrap

Peter Guy: Journalist, music blogger, Liverpool Sound City associate and founder of the GIT Award, Liverpool’s independent music prize

Mike Doran: Communications Manager at City Central B.I.D regeneration company, PR officer at Liverpool Culture Company

David Lloyd: Magazine editor and founder of Seven Streets

Lecturer in media at Edge Hill University, Paddy Hoey, said:

“Liverpool has always prided itself on standing alone from the rest of Britain like a cultural island of itself. We want to explore what sets Liverpool artists and musicians apart and the prospects of this continuing in an era of globalisation.

“Liverpool has a long history of civic and cultural independence and was once described as being ‘an island with arcane customs and rituals, loosely attached to the North West coast.’ This has influenced generations of musicians, authors, broadcasters, film makers and comedians and continues to the present day.”

Hoey added:

“From the Beatles to Cream, Arthur Askey to Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels, Liverpool has always been concerned with being little more than the capital of itself. Proud, surreal and non-conforming. However, the regeneration of the city this century has seen it come under the influence of global political and socioeconomic pressures. Venture capitalism and multi-national corporations at the heart of the global economy, have contributed to Liverpool’s gradual economic and cultural renaissance, and potentially threaten to dilute this strongly held independence.”


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