Halton Borough Council’s Libraries Service is bringing back your favourite family friendly drag queen, Mama G for some special online story sessions. Join her for three fabulous virtual story times, as part of Halton Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge programme! Mama G will be going live on Facebook telling some new stories: ‘I Can Sing a […]

£17M boost for Littlewoods Studios

Liverpool’s goal to be the Hollywood of the North has taken a major step forward with a £17 million funding boost for Littlewoods Studios. The funding comes via the Government’s Getting Building Fund, allocated by the Combined Authority. This initial tranche of £11 million forms part of a package potentially worth an overall £17 million. […]

Helen Blakeman receives funding from Liverpool Film Office

BAFTA award winning writer, Helen Blakeman talks about funding she has received from Liverpool Film Office’s Film and TV Development Fund which was set up in response to Covid19, using grants from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

Brand new productions given green light by Liverpool Film Office fund

An animated adaptation of a critically acclaimed novel is one of a tranche of brand new projects to be produced in Liverpool City Region thanks to Liverpool Film Office funding. The Girl Who Stole An Elephant, by Nizrana Farook, will be brought to life by local BAFTA and Emmy-winning writer, Helen Blakeman (Dustbin Baby, Hetty Feather) and […]

More support needed for Manchester’s music venues and culture sector

City cultural leaders have given a cautious welcome to today’s national announcement on the early release of funds to help support music venues that would otherwise be facing closure by September, but say more still needs to be done. In a letter sent to culture secretary Oliver Dowden and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak […]

Manchester asks for £16.4m to save and support city’s music sector and venues

Manchester has asked culture secretary Oliver Dowden and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak for £16.4m over the next two years to directly support fifty city music venues and organisations. The figure asked for follows close liaison over the last weeks and months during lockdown between the council, cultural leaders and venues of all kinds, […]


This September Halton Borough Council will begin a major six-week consultation on the shape of the future of youth provision in the borough with a view to launching a new look service late Spring 2021. The Council will continue to provide a range of services and opportunities for Halton’s young people until the new service […]

Mike Tyson to take on Roy Jones Jr. in boxing match this September

After months of talk and training montages, Mike Tyson finally has an opponent for his return to the ring. Tyson will take on fellow boxing legend and former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition fight scheduled for Sept. 12. Tyson had been linked to a potential fight with former rival Evander […]

Walton Hall steps back in time for wartime film

Walton Hall has served as the backdrop for a new cultural project which is bringing wartime stories to life. Warrington production company Ludovico has used the hall to film a series of monologues capturing the experiences of people in the town during World War II.  The project has been commissioned by the council through Heritage […]

New fund to bring culture to the streets of Liverpool

A brand new £200,000 fund has been created to bring energy, culture and vibrancy on to the streets of Liverpool. Following recent announcements from central Government that socially distanced live performances are now allowed, Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England are launching a £200,000 pilot project to fund performing and visual art in the […]