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City of Culture bid could herald dawn of new era


TODAY could be the dawn of a new era for Warrington, our great town with city ambitions!

Warrington Borough Council has now officially submitted the bid document and early this summer we will find out if Warrington has been shortlisted.

If Warrington makes the last four there will be one final push with the winner being announced in September.
While Warrington is far from perfect, it has plenty to offer and if this year’s City of Culture Hull can be successful, so can Warrington.

I can remember visitng Hull on various occasions in the past to watch the rugby and little inspired me to return.
From what I hear becoming City of Culture has transformed Hull and created a major economic boost in the region of £100m.

Warrington’s bid Chairman Cllr. Dan Price is confident that if Warrington is successful it could generate three times that amount in investment.

The more noise we can make promoting our town, the more chance we have of being shortlisted

Back the bid for #warrington2021 and let’s make our great town an even better city!

For those of you who say there is little culture, get out there and look again, there is plenty to be found.

Last night I had the honour of being a guest at the VIP launch of the “film noir” exhibiton created by local photographer Paul Jackson.

Paul is just one of many hard working people, proud of the town where they live and work, who is backing the bid.

His Paint it Black exhibition is a joint project with Culture Warrington, LiveWire and the borough council and explores the dark and mysterious world of film noir, a genre of American crime thrillers such as The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity and The Killers.

An exhibition of photographs inspired by these highly stylised black and white films, which are so evocative of mystery and intrigue with their dimly-lit nightscapes and smoky silhouettes, is going on tour, spending a week at five of the town’s libraries – Warrington Central, Penketh, Culcheth, Stockton Heath and Padgate.

The retro images will be accompanied by special screenings of classic film noir movies and promotion of the “hardboiled” American crime fiction novels which inspired them.

Warrington Noir, an exhibition exploring the history of cinema in the town during the 1940s and 1950s, will also run at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery to coincide with the film noir celebration, and will feature images and memorabilia from the period.

Tickets can be bought at any of Warrington’s libraries or at www.pyramidparrhall.com

The photographic exhibition will be touring between April 29 and June 2 and the films will be screened between May 4 and June 1.

Launch of #filmnoir at the Pyramid


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