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Flickr on Friday


Last Friday was the Flickr Friday meetup - a meetup for Liverpool photographers in conjunction with the Bold Street Project. A quick look at the lively Bold Street Exhibition was followed by a talk by Patrick Henry, the Open Eye Gallery’s director about the gallery, and its history on Bold Street. More history followed with guided tours of the E. Chambre Hardman house and photographic studio on Rodney Street. On a very rainy day we were pleased with the turnout - I think around 15 of us did the tour! A good time was had by all - but where are all your photos everyone?

Independence Day (Tomorrow!)

Tomorrow is Independence Day at FACT! Join the lovely Jayne Casey (loveliverpool) who’s chairing a keynote webcast discussion on the past, present and future of Bold Street. Join in in The Box, FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool 2.00-3.00pm

As one of the most important and historical streets in the city – once known as The Bond Street of The North - Bold Street has a rich story to tell. With its future uncertain as Liverpool City Centre changes beyond recognition, we examine its lifeblood, sounds, economy, policing, flavours and sense of community. Guests include Matthew Biagetti, Development Manager at Liverpool Vision, and representatives from News From Nowhere and Utility.

The event is also listed on Upcoming, if you’re an Upcoming Fan!

Memories of the Mardi Gras


If you haven’t heard of the Mardi Gras on Bold Street then you probably aren’t into music and didn’t live in Liverpool in the late eighties or nineties. The Mardi Gras is synonymous with the dance and club scene and was a Bold Street, and Liverpool favorite. Club Promoters Jason and Mark Jones managed the Mardi in its heyday, and recently talked to Laura Yates about the club, its history and some of their favorite nights. Laura interviews Jason and Mark in a series of episodes covering everything from the history of the club to the night the Stone Roses played. You can watch all of the episodes on Google Video. A selection has also been added to the Bold Street Video Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Hidden Bold Street with David Lewis

Liverpool-based writer and historian David Lewis, author of “Walks Through History: Liverpool” explores some of Bold Street’s hidden areas with Laura Yates. There are five audio recordings in this series as David and Laura uncover some of Bold Street’s hidden treasures.

Hear from the vaults of the old Midland Bank, Bold Street’s very own music hall and how the building that now houses OXFAM is owned by Sir Alan Sugar.  All five parts are included in the Bold Street Podcast (Audio Edition). Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes by clicking here.

Alternatively you can play these audio clips by clicking on the images below.

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Bold Street Bill!

Busker Bill, a Bold Street regular, entertains the shoppers and workers of Bold Street on a daily basis. He has recently been talking to John McGuirk about Bold Street, Liverpool, and how Bold Street will fair when the new Paradise Project launches elsewhere in the city.

The interview with Bill is available on Youtube (or by clicking above) or by subscribing to our audio or video podcast.


No Bold Street has not been taken over by headphone wearing zombies, they are in fact gallery staff from all over Europe working with artist Ross Dalziel exploring the sounds of Bold Street. The outcome of this work will be available during the exhibition which is launching in a mere 10 days……

….and vision

As well as Sound, visiting Gallery staff from around Europe were invited to document their first impression of Bold Street with DV Cameras. Some interesting discussions took place, with an emphasis on the street’s varying architectural styles and proposed re-generation works. The group also spoke about “bold streets” in their cities.

Bold Street Virgins

Recently FACT was visited by a group of 30 European delegates from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK. The delegates are Gallery Educators and for many it was their first time in Liverpool. Sensing an opportunity to get a unique view of Bold Street we armed the group with digital cameras, mini-disc recorders and video cameras to capture their first impressions of the street. The content created will be available in the exhibition.

It was really fantastic to capture these first experiences and many in the group were struck by the street’s architecture and vibrancy. If you were one of the delegates please get in touch with your comments.

Have you recently visited Bold Street, what were your over-riding impressions?

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3pm on Bold Street, Baby


Jegsy Dodd
visited us at FACT today and read his poem (and song) “3am on Bold Street”, to the thoughtful tenantspin audience. then joined Laura in conversation on the sofa for an ‘edgy’ chat on the contemporary feel of Bold Street.

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