Sizzle, Song and Standup at Festival 31

“Sizzle, Song & Standup”: Festival 31, St Bride’s Church, Liverpool City Centre, 17 July

Breaking down cultural barriers with food and music

The team behind the bi-monthly “Soup, Song & Standup” events at the Black-E joins forces with Festival 31 on 17th July for “Sizzle, Song & Standup Festival 31 Freedom BBQ”. It’s a free event aiming to break down cultural barriers with food and music – pleasures shared by people around the world. “Sizzle, Song & Standup” provides a platform for Liverpool’s diverse communities to meet, eat and enjoy great music.

Organiser Nici Konigs Balfry said: “I started “Soup, Song & Standup” because I wanted to create a safe space for people in need to eat a nice, free meal and listen to good music – both easily taken for granted, but they’re a treat for homeless and destitute people. The event started attracting a diverse audience and the mix of people creates a really nice vibe. We hope that the format will also work for the “special edition” with focus on welcoming refugees.”

Host venue St. Bride’s Church is a great fit with its diverse, inclusive ethos: its tagline is “Creative, Progressive, Inclusive”. The venue is also well known among refugees and asylum seekers. Church warden Dave Bradley said “St. Brides Church provides a platform and meeting point for a range of groups from very diverse backgrounds such as Mrang and the Red Cross and we’re happy to host “Sizzle, Song & Standup”.

Food and music are at the heart of “Sizzle, Song & Standup”. One strand of activity at Festival 31 is the “Creative Café”, providing the inspiration to link up with guest chefs Nesrin and Ghena, who will dish up specialities from their home country Syria. Other fare will be served straight from the BBQ and there will be treats from the continent for those with a sweet tooth.

The event kicks off at 3pm with a set of songs around refugees, sung by Festival 31 stalwarts Liverpool Socialist Singers.  Next up are Duo Anwar Ali on oud and Dave Owen on acoustic guitar. Anwar, once a refugee himself from the Bajuni islands off the Somalian coast, and Dave from Oswaldtwistle, met in Liverpool at a charity gig and have delighted audiences with their unique blend of life-affirming music for four years. Also on the bill are Radio Exotica, who will dig deep into their treasure troves and take the audience on a tour of tunes around the world.

Everyone’s welcome! See you on 17/07.

Please contact the organiser on hello@zesteventmanagement.com if you have any questions or feedback on “Sizzle, Song & Standup Festival 31 Freedom BBQ”.

For further information on Festival 31 and its excellent programme please visit http://www.festival31.com/