Contributor – Kelza Pilkington

Our Warm Welcome and Katumba Celebrate Difference Through Drumming

A Warm Welcome for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Our Warm Welcome aims to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to the town; to protect them, promote them, and ultimately integrate them into the community. Around 40 people attend their Welcome Cafe, which provides support with clothing, food and housing.  20th June 2021 marks the end of …

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Arts Education: How Will the Proposed Cuts Impact Working Class Students?

The UK government has recently proposed a 50% cut to funding for arts education courses at higher level. This could mean that young people looking to go into degrees such as fine art, music and performing arts may find opportunities at university and beyond slashed.  The proposal, laid out in a letter to the Office …

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Peace Doves - from directly underneath, lit in blue.

Peace Doves: A Work of Creative Collective Action at Liverpool Cathedral

HackTV\’s roving reporter and art enthusiast Kelza Pilkington takes a look at Peter Walker\’s \’Peace Doves\’, a mass participation art installation which is currently on display at Liverpool Cathedral. I hadn’t been to an art exhibition since before lockdown. In fact, I think the last one was Alfie Bradley’s Knife Angel, in the autumn of 2019. …

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Finding Alan

Book Review – Finding Alan by Kath and Rod Griffiths, and Graham Evans

HackTV\’s resident bookworm Kelza Pilkington reviews Finding Alan. This is the extraordinary tale of what happened when a spirit medium, a team of divers and the St Helens community came together to locate the remains of missing diver Alan Costello. Do I believe in life after death? It’s difficult to say–I believe that there’s much …

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Pandemic Diaries – Deified

In our investigations into local bands and how they’ve adapted during the pandemic, Kelza was lucky enough to speak to the guys of Deified. Describing their music as ‘dark, angry, philosophical and downright nihilistic’, these hardcore Bloodstock veterans have seen life as a local band before and after Covid rattled the UK’s music industry. So, how have the guys been getting on in …

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Pandemic Diaries – Disraeli\’s Whip

2020 was a difficult year for many industries – the series of lockdowns, restrictions and introduction of social distancing guidelines has meant that those folks whose jobs rely on human interaction, gathering and contact have struggled. The people of the music industry have been hit especially hard, with performances being indefinitely postponed or cancelled outright, …

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