Eight Days A Week 1998 : Koln 1-30 September over 33 Events and Art Exhibitions Spread thought the City.
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Alan Dunn: Engagement show

Eight days a week seeks to develop creative dialogue between the cities of Liverpool and Cologne through an ongoing cultural exchange programme that promotes greater awareness and understanding of each other.here was Collaboration is at its heart, providing opportunities for artists and other individuals, venues and organisations in both cities to participate. Its focus is on the contemporary arts and on developing access to them through educational and other partnerships

KOlN town hall photography by Geoff Molyneux

Eight Days A Week was the first independent Liverpool/Cologne arts festival in 1998, a great success when over thirty Liverpool artists descended on Cologne to participate in events ranging from visual arts, poetry, music, conferences and meetings.


Eight Days A Week 1998 : Major festival, in Germany to celebrate Liverpool culture

September 1998 sees an ambitious festival in Cologne,of exhibitions and events celebrating the cultural life of Liverpool and Merseyside, past and present. It will focus on the contemporary arts scene, as well as take an historical look at the role football and pop music have played in shaping the regions unique culture, and the way films, television and photography have represented Liverpool from the 1940s to the present.Major festival, in Germany to celebrate Liverpool culture. One of Europe's leading cultural centres, especially for the visual arts, Cologne has a longstanding twinning arrangement with Liverpool, and Eight Days A Weck is the largest cultural collaboration to date.

The month-long programme involves 30 venues in Cologne, including galleries, museums and schools, hosting a range of events. These include ten exhibitions of contemporary art, with many of the artists travelling for the occasion: poetry readings and music by local bands; a season of feature films and documentaries, and new short films/Videos produced on Merseyside; and a fax art project between the two cities.

There are three specially researched exhibitions - a look at the Merseybeat phenomenon, including rare photographs from the 1960s; a selection of photographs of Liverpool life from the Open Eye Gallery archive; and a fascinating display about the legendary European Cup football match in 1965 between Liverpool FC and FC Cologne which, after three draws, was decided on the toss of a coin!

Residencies in schools by Liverpool artists, workshops, public discussions and talks, complete the festival, which is organised in Cologne by writer, art critic and Journalist Jürgen Kisters, and artist and educationalist Georg Gartz. working in collaboration with Liverpool's Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, Liverpool

Eight Days A Week is supported by the City of Cologne Department of Culture, the British Council and North West Arts Board.


History of the project

When Liverpool became the first twin town 50 years ago of Cologne, this was to be created an important step, the isolation of Germany after the second world war to beat and at a new, interpersonal level international connections. During fifty years both towns have experienced huge changes, Cologne has developed to a town with a varied cultural life; Liverpool has succeeded in developing after a strong recession in the eighties, to a town of the young life between music, film and new media. In 2008 Liverpool would like to become a cultural town of Europe. Culture has been always also a connection for the town partnership. After there have been the first exchange projects in the eighties with the BBK in Cologne and the Bluecoat Gallery and the Cologne art scene was shown in 1989 in the Tate Liverpool, an artist's initiative has freshened these contacts again.

Since 1998 "Eight Days A Week" has initiated numerous exhibits, artist's stays, screenings, performance, Workshops and projects of artistic collaboration in both towns with more than sixty artists and even more participants. In 1998 under the direction of Jürgen Kisters and Georg Gartz in Cologne the biggest presentation Liverpool culture took place which there was up to now and two years later were invited under the direction of Bryan Biggs, manager of the Bluecoat Arts Centres, numerous artists from Cologne, her works in numerous artists from Cologne invited to show her works in Liverpool. Now on the occasion of the fifty-year-old partnership there are for the first time at the same time in both towns’ new projects.

"Eight Days A Week" is a piece of lived town partnership, a project which is carried above all by the engagement of all partners. Nevertheless, without support of the town of Cologne, the town of Liverpool, of the British Councils and Goethe-Institute these actions could not have taken place.

In 1952 till this day the chief burgomaster of the town of Cologne about the oldest twin town of Cologne Liverpool became in May, 1952 of Cologne the first twin town. Seven years after end of the war both towns closed friendship. The purpose of the town fathers at that time was to let grow from the recollection of the former opposition reconciliation and cooperation. This "pioneer's partnership" was from the original motive and her liveliness here exemplarily for many following town partnerships. The harbour town, industrial town and media town in the northwest of England with about 450,000 inhabitants is not only the native country of the Beatles and two famous Football clubs. The restored Albert-Dock belongs to the mostly visited places of interest of Great Britain. From here begin "Ferries cross the Mersey".

Who speaks of blossoming music scene of Liverpool, besides, thinks less of the Liverpool members of a philharmonic orchestra than to the legendary fungous heads which wrote rock history and pop history here in the 60s. Beatles fans from all over the world meet annually in August to stroll on the traces of "Fab Four". So that the music - but also theatres, dance and all the other sections of the show business - have a home also furthermore in Liverpool, " Liverpool institutes for Performing Arts " (LIPA) which should allow the start in an international career to young artists and female artists was furnished with support by Paul McCartney in his old school. " Liverpool institutes for Performing Arts " (LIPA) furnished which should allow the start in an international career to young artists and female artists.

Four bigger theatres, numerous museums and galleries, under it the Tate-Gallery open in 1988 for contemporary art and the Merseyside maritime museum, the biggest Schiffahrtsmusem of Europe, do Liverpool a town in which one is not bored guaranteed. The Liverpool Chinatown is oldest in Europe.

About the years away the intensive contacts which are continuously further maintained have developed between Cologne and Liverpool. Exemplarily are mentioned: Pupil exchange, youth exchange and sport exchange which is also capitalized like contacts between the universities and other educational institutions, as for example adult education programs and cultural institutes and relations of the hand werkskammer to Cologne to the North-West-Training Council in Liverpool. Especially gratifyingly the exchange installed for some years between the Merseyside Fire is a brigade and the occupational fire brigade of the town of Cologne which was documented in November, 1997 in "Declaration of Friendship". Policemen from both towns have begun just as trainee and employee of both city administrations an intensive exchange of experience.

The cultural exchange takes of course also a special value in the town partnership between Cologne and Liverpool. Since about 1985 the professional organization of pedagogic artists maintains North Rhine-Westphalia, district representation Cologne, relations with the twin town. Last her works have issued in October, 1995 four artist from Liverpool in the rooms of the BBK in the batch house. In April, 1989 the Gürzenich orchestra gave a guest performance in Liverpool. Then one month later the exhibit “kind from Cologne " followed in the Tate Gallery Liverpool.

Thus I am glad that in September, 1998 with " Liverpool EIGHT DAYS A WEEK in Cologne " a cultural project of the special kind can be presented here. After in 1996 in the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool and with the BBK in Cologne mutual exhibits with inhabitant of Cologne and Liverpool to artists have taken place, become within the scope of "EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-Festivals" at the same time exhibits, performances, Workshops, readings Music events, talks, discussions and screenings organizes. I thank with the inhabitant of Cologne and Liverpool organizers who have contributed to the fact that the topical Liverpool (culture) lives are announced in Cologne even more. For the project I wish the organizers and all participant artists’ big success.

Norbert Burger Oberbürgermeister of the town of Cologne



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