Something for the weekend? Bold Street One World Festival

On Sunday this weekend in Liverpool there’ll be an inclusive festival full of food and fun and welcome and well-being that’s free to get into. Free because it’s on the street, one of the finest and best beloved of all of our streets, Bold Street.

Bold Street, the heart of Liverpool.

Bold Street, the heart of Liverpool.

What a contrast to the nonsense of a couple of weeks ago when people were charged an entrance fee to get into one of our own parks, at the ludicrous ‘Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.’

At the ‘Bold Street One World Festival’ there’ll be all manner of street entertainment plus, get this, all these local food and drink places for you to explore – for only the price of whatever you eat and drink.

Soul Café

Soul Café. And yes you’ve got to love a place with Marvin Gaye on the wall.

Bold Street Coffee. So much more than coffee.

Bold Street Coffee. So much more than coffee.

Café Tabac.

Café Tabac.

Liverpool’s legendary Leaf. Two art deco floors of tea and friendship.

The Kasbah.

The Kasbah.

Backchich, Lebanese street food.

Bakchich, Lebanese street food.

And another Liverpool legend, Mattas, for when it really matters.

And another Liverpool legend, Mattas, for when it really matters.

The name says it all.

The name says it all.

NoLita Cantina.

NoLita Cantina.

The Italian Club.

The Italian Club.

Seoul Love.

Seoul Love.

And these are by no means the only food and drink places on Bold Street. So, A public event containing no exploitation whatsoever. Good.

While you’re there there’s also much else to explore.

A rummage in Rennie's Arts and Crafts?

A rummage in Rennie’s Arts and Crafts?

Our treasured independent book shop, who'll be running their 'Bolshy Bookstall' on the street.

Our treasured independent book shop, who’ll be running their ‘Bolshy Bookstall’ on the street.

FACT of course, which also contains the lovely 'Garden by Leaf' café.

FACT of course, which also contains the lovely ‘Garden by Leaf’ café.

Plus there’s history.

The Lyceum. Built in 1802 and the first lending library in England.

The Lyceum. Built in 1802 and the first lending library in England.

And there’s the simple pleasures of a beautiful street.

That's St Luke's, 'The bombed out church' at the top. Our permanent memorial to the dead of World War 2.

That’s St Luke’s, ‘The bombed out church’ at the top. Our permanent memorial to the dead of World War 2.

All these places, and this whole street will be joining in the Festival.

“Bold Street presents One World Festival Liverpool’ will feature two stages either end of the street with artists performing at both throughout the day. In addition there will be a children’s area focusing on circus skills, run by the Black-E, as well as walkabouts and impromptu performances.

Artists appearing include:

Big Wow – A Liverpool/Australian group bringing Austrangels – beautifully crafted Angel wings adorn these loving creatures complete with Aussie hats and accents. Unlike the Angels of Doctor Who, they go round the public checking that everyone is ok.
Black Eagles – Tanzanian acrobats performing to African and Caribbean music, a mixture of highly complex acrobatics and dances.
Café con Leche – A Latin/Cuban Ensemble performing music from Latin American and the Caribbean.
Curtis Watt – Acclaimed Liverpool performance poet.
Cusan Theatre Company – Children’s walkabout and street theatre performances from Colombian theatre.
Flamenco Liverpool – Wonderful Flamenco and Bulerias culture in Liverpool.
Fools Rush In – French/Spanish street performers who take cycling to a new dimension!
Japanese Troupe – A Japanese dance company performing traditional Japanese dances.
La Bomba – Women’s Drum Troupe from Merseyside, playing Candombe and Bombo Drums from Uruguay, Chile and Portugal.
The Bouncers – 12 foot high ‘ friendly’ bouncers will be patrolling the street pointing people in the right direction.

There will also be performances from Liverpool’s Irish, Chinese, Caribbean and West African communities.”

So there. It’s the world in one street, Bold Street. Don’t miss it.Bold Street18 Bold Street20

And if you see me there, say hello!

Before then, you’ve time to catch up on what’s been happening around here this week.

Remember, walking in the sand.

Walking on the beach in misty Anglesey for Sarah’s birthday.

Sarah’s memories of her beloved 2CVs. Cars that can look after your allotment and sort out unsuitable boyfriends.

And, from the beginning of the week, in ‘Enjoy every sandwich’ we had nothing less than the meaning of life.

Well, if the meaning of life is enjoying the passage of time, and James Taylor once memorably said it is, then the best way to do that this weekend is to get down to Bold Street on Sunday. There, you’ve been told.Bold Street19

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