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The special show produced by LIPA Management Students and their Events Team in aid of the Anthony Walker Foundation, will be held in the Baltic Market on Wednesday 20th February 2019.
On the night there will be a performances by local singers, dancers, spoken word artists as well as a number of guest speakers including Anthony’s mother, Gee Walker.
An exceptionally bright young man from Liverpool, with ambitions to become a lawyer, Anthony had his life senselessly taken away in a racially motivated murder in 2005.
Andrea Heffernan from LIPA said, “We’re privileged to be working with the Anthony Walker Foundation on this event. The show in honour of Anthony will show that Liverpool is committed to not tolerating racism and hate crime, and we can’t wait for everyone in the community to come together in unity for a great night of entertainment.”
Remembering Anthony: Standing Up against Hate will feature live music and dance performances by a range of local talent, including Pete Wylie, Wavertree Gospel Choir, DJ2Kind, Blue Saint and Deja Vu.
Proud Scouser and singer/ songwriter Wylie said, ‘I’m absolutely honoured and humbled to be asked to perform at this very special event for such a good cause, and one that is very close to my heart. In tough times like these, communities come together and can change things for the better. I’m delighted to play a small part in that. And when it comes to making a difference, there’s nowhere better than Liverpool!’
MD Productions, Girl Talk, Jamie Broad, Kit McAdam, and other emerging local talent will also be entertaining visitors to the event. There will be spoken word artists reciting their work to reinforce the message of the evening; to not forget Anthony Walker and that as a city Liverpool can stand together in its determination to oppose hate, prejudice and hostility upon individuals based on difference.
Gee Walker commented “We wanted to make sure my Anthony’s life was not in vain and this evening reminds us we must carry on with our work to educate people to stop racism and hate from happening, and also to help people who may be suffering because of it. Anthony would be proud of the work in his name and that is why this means so much to us all.”
The event takes place at the popular venue, the Baltic Market in Stanhope Street, Liverpool 8. Doors open from 5.00pm ahead of a 5.30pm start with Gee formally opening with a welcome and personal address to guests and visitors. Liverpool’s Mayoral Lead for Equality and Race Equality, Councillor Anna Rothery will also be speaking at the event.
There will be a designated supervised arts and craft area for younger ones and midway through the event there will be a balloon release as we remember Anthony and reflect on how everyone can to contribute to a safer world where difference and diversity is valued and respected.
Food will also be available from some of Liverpool’s most popular restaurants at the venue as well as a wide variety of drinks with the venue offering a free glass of prosecco to the first 100 ticket holders.
John Au from the Foundation stated “This will be a great evening with people coming together for a night of entertainment but more importantly there is a purpose behind the event, that is to show we cannot turn a blind eye when racism and any form of hate impacts upon the quality of life of people”
The show takes place at the Baltic Market in Liverpool on Wednesday 20th February 2019. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite here. Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.
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