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Signing up 07.11.28 007aaa (106x73).jpg This evening (Wednesday 28 November 2007) saw another big step in establishing Liverpool Fringe! when the Fringe's six Trustees got together to sign papers formalising arrangements. With this step completed, we are well on our way to securing the support we need for 2008 events.

Meet the new Founding Trustees....

[L-R] Peter Worthington, Antony Mantova*, Dawn Stewart, Hilary Burrage*, Andrew Chambers and Bisakha Sanker:

Liverpool Fringe! Trustees Cafe Tabac signing 07.11.28 Peter Worthington, Anthony Mantova*, Dawn Stewart, Hilary Burrage*, Andrew Chambers, 007aaa (430x167).jpg Bisakha Sanker  4302  (68x168).jpg
[* Trustees until end of 2008]

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LightDisplay 91x118 007b.jpg Today is the beginning of a new era for community-led arts in Liverpool. The launch of Liverpool Fringe!, organised by the Liverpool Community Network Arts and Culture Steering Group, was a packed occasion, with artists and performers from across the city congregating in the Rex Makin Lecture Theatre to show their enthusiasm for this exciting grassroots festival initiative.

Not a seat in the Rex Makin Lecture Theatre of the Walker Art Gallery was unoccupied this afternoon, Wednesday 21 November 2007, for the first Liverpool Fringe! Open Meeting.

Keynote talk on the Edinburgh Fringe
The event, organised by Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS)'s Liverpool Community Network (LCN) Arts and Culture Network Steering Group, featured a keynote talk by Claire Daly of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Claire gave a fascinating account of how the Fringe in that great city has developed, and the opportunities and challenges of that growth.

Discussion groups
There was also much discussion in groups and between individuals, who were invited in a 'speed networking' session to find three people from different groups, and ask them to share ideas about how to progress. The buzz told us all we needed to know about the appetite to make Liverpool Fringe! work.

Next steps
Katie Beales, as the LCVS Arts and Culture Development Officer, had a huge hand alongside the Steering Group members in arranging this Fringe event; and now she has an equally big task ahead, working through all the ideas which participants have already submitted and this afternoon recorded on their questionnaires.

In the meantime, as Andrew Chambers of the Arts and Culture Steering Group reported, the new Trustees of Liverpool Fringe! will be meeting very soon to confirm dates and arrangements for 2008.
[Later: Confirmed as August.]

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ToxtethIcon (83x102) 06.8-9 170c.jpg The Liverpool Fringe is now launched; and next we need a Logo!
The Fringe Trustees announced at the launch event today that we're looking for a logo that 'sums up everything that's best about Liverpool and about the Fringe'.
The design must be innovative and experimental but still work for different applications.

The icon above is not the logo we're looking for - your entry must be original for the Liverpool Fringe! - but perhaps it represents something of the spirit of our communities, displayed proudly by an unknown artist as it was above the boulevard in Toxteth's Princes Avenue.

Where and when?
Liverpool Fringe! Festival is inviting submissions for the logo competition by end of play on Friday 11 January 2008.

Ideas need to be sent by that date to the Fringe! Festival c/o
Katie Beales, Liverpool Community Network Arts and Culture Development Officer, at
Liverpool Community Network
14 Castle Street
Liverpool L2 0NJ.

The requirements
The logo should be innovative and experimental, but still readable. It must be original.

It will need to work on a small scale, simple enough to use on a T-shirt, coffee mug or stickers. Coloured logos are welcome, but it is essential that they also work just in black and white.

Submissions should ideally be jpeg or pdf although postal paper entries will also be considered.

The competition is open to all ages and multiple submissions may be made.

Each entry must be marked clearly with name, address and details.

What happens next?
The deadline is 11 January 2008 and the winner will be notified by the end of January.

The winner will be selected by a panel of Liverpool Fringe! Trustees and community representatives and may be approached to undertake further design work on behalf of the Fringe.

We look forward to receiving your ideas for the Liverpool Fringe! logo.....

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