Liverpool, September 2018. Raising The Roof, the international concert held in support of The International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) International Student Design Competition Fellowships, returns to the iconic St George's Hall in Liverpool on November 1, 2018 with another star-studded line-up celebrating accessibility to life’s opportunities.
The first time Raising The Roof was held in October 2017, it was a resounding success. The glittering fund-raising celebration honoured the winners of the ICCC International Student Design Competition and supported the Fellows and architectural leaders of the future. It had a spectacular line-up of musical and dance talent, which took to the stage in the sumptuous Concert Room at the grade I listed landmark - St George's Hall in Liverpool.
This year Universal Inclusion, hosts and organisers of Raising The Roof, have extended the concept of accessible spaces and inclusion to present a ground-breaking and interactive afternoon seminar, bringing together global thought-leaders, artists, architects, entrepreneurs and key decision makers in all things art and culture.
The seminar will showcase and discuss essential concepts on accessibility to life’s opportunities and opening up the creative space, culminating in a global call-to-action.
Panel speakers include
This will be followed by a VIP reception with The Alder Hey Staff Choir by Bernie Whelan, where guests will have the opportunity to mix with the amazing international talent, speakers, dignitaries and guests before settling down for another stunning Raising The Roof concert, which will bring these concepts to life.
The spectacular evening features awards and star performances of music and singing from internationally renowned entertainers:
Jazz Vocalist ‘King of Swing’ Asa Murphy and his Big Band,
The internationally-acclaimed theorbo and lute player Matthew Wadsworth,
Elle Exxe, singer-songwriter who won the Best Female Solo Artist at the Unsigned Music Awards in 2016,
The award-winning Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and Dancers who have performed worldwide and who are the first and largest youth orchestra in Europe,
James Holt, a solo artist from Bolton and is receiving attention and praise from music industry giants,
Napua Davoy, a most extraordinary musician and song stylist, with the Liverpool Media Academy (LMA) Choir.
It will also celebrate this year's ICCC Award winners for the Caring Citizen of the Humanities, recognising the contributions they have done and continue to make. Concert Master of Ceremonies is Ade Adepitan MBE.
The day’s events are being hosted and organised by Universal Inclusion, led by Seminar and Concert Executive Producer Jacqueline Winstanley, Founder and CEO of Universal Inclusion. The Concert Musical Director is John Kiehl, co-founder of Soundtrack Recording Studios while Ellen Kerr from Merseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY) is Stage Manager.
As Jacqueline explained, “All that I do through Universal Inclusion and my other initiatives is in line with my deeply-rooted conviction to do what is possible to increase the equality of access to life’s opportunities for everyone.
“Both the Seminar Opening Up the Creative Space and the concert Raising The Roof continue to honour this conviction: the concert celebrates accessibility across spaces - seen in the physical space created through the winning works of the Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) International Student Design Competition Fellowships - and the creative space which is brought to life through music. Music has always been an art that can transcend boundaries and bring people together, and once again, the performers will represent a spectrum of geographic origins, musical styles, and ages.”
Jacqueline continued, “The concert supports the ICCC International Student Design Competition Fellowship, and their work highlights the importance of creating inclusive cities. As we strive to create the paradigm shift across all spaces, it is imperative that the built environment reflects the requirements of our increasingly diverse and ageing population.”
This year’s Raising The Roof production is in partnership with the ICCC* and Liverpool City Council, and supported by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Courage and Sparkle, Disability Today, Disability Rights UK, Evermore Wellbeing, Gooseberry Pink, Jigsaw Medical, LMA Liverpool, Market Accents, Merseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY), Pink Shoe Club, Soundtrack Recording Studios and St George’s Hall.
The supporting team includes Mike Cash; Noreen Cesareo, Market Accents; Professor Dianne Davis, ICCC Founder; Julie Fernandez; Christine Gong, Co-Founder, Chinese Cultural and Art International Organization; Christoff Karla; Ellen Kerr; Professor Gisela Loehlein, ICCC Vice President for Student Design Competition; Peter Mathius; Emanuel ‘Manny’ Perlman, Alan Smith and Tony Thompson.
*The ICCC acts as a bridge, linking government, civil society organizations, the private sector, universities and the United Nations in enhancing new ways of viewing an integrated society for all ages. These events are also aligned to and supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They foster the ICCC program: “Imagining the Possible”.
Tickets are available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raising-the-roof-2018-tickets-49054092110
Further details on the event as well as speakers’ and performers’ bios can be found at http://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/index.php/component/sppagebuilder/10-raising-the-roof-2018?Itemid=0
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