Young people are being invited to learn hairdressing, make up, beauty and nail art skills as part of Culture Liverpool’s EuroStreetprogramme.
Commissioned by Culture Liverpool as part of the host city’s EuroStreet programme, Brook Community Training will deliver twice-weekly sessions for young people aged 10-18 and young people with special educational needs, or disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25.
Brook Community Training is one of over 60 community groups and grassroots organisations to receive a EuroGrant, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to spread the Eurovision magic across Liverpool City Region.
The sessions run from 4pm – 6pm every Monday and Wednesday (except 29 May, which is a Bank Holiday) until 14 June.
Claire McColgan CBE, Director of Culture Liverpool said:
“If there’s one thing the people of Liverpool City Region and Eurovision Song Contestants have in common, it’s that they wouldn’t be seen in public without immaculate hair and nails!
“From beehives and bouffants, to bangs and bobs, the hairstyles of Eurovision through the decades are as iconic as the songs themselves. Who could forget Lulu’s gorgeous beehive when she won the Contest for the UK back in 1969, or Conchita Wurst’s glossy locks paired with a beard?
“Throughout history, hair has played a significant role in our society and is intrinsically linked to our cultural identity. This is a fabulous project teaching children and young people about the heritage of different hairstyles and what they represent, as well as picking up skills to potentially pursue a career in the hair and beauty industry.”
Nicola Littlemore, Director of Brook Community Training, said:
“Just like the Eurovision Song Contest itself, expect lots of glitter, gems and glamour. Our young learners will find out about different hairstyles through the decades, before trying them out on training heads – and each other – and painting nails in the different colours of the flags representing the participating countries.
“These after-school sessions provide a safe and inclusive space for young people to try something new and express themselves creatively through the art of hair and beauty.”
Helen Featherstone, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“It can’t be denied that Eurovision is one of the most glitzy and glamourous events in the cultural calendar and it’s wonderful to see these workshops from Brook Community Training celebrating the glittering heritage of the hair and fashion we have seen on display through the decades.
“We’re incredibly proud to be supporting this project thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, as well as all the other inspiring community projects that were awarded via EuroGrants. The spirit of Eurovision is truly bringing people across the Liverpool City Region together to share and explore some of the most amazing heritage Eurovision and the many communities of Liverpool have to offer, and we can’t wait to see more!”