FAITH IN ONE CITY In the build-up to becoming the European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool is spending 2004 celebrating "Faith in One City". The second of eight themed years, it will encompass the city's diverse religious communities, personal beliefs and confidence in the city and its future. A programme of events will begin with a multifaith extravaganza of song, dance and performance and end with a Festival of Light featuring building projections, spectacular illuminations and "reminiscence projects" focusing on older citizens. Contact Mike Doran for further details Tel: 0151 225 5582 www.liverpoolculture.com
UNTIL AUTUMN 2004
THE FASHIONS OF JANE AUSTEN FROM THE PAGE TO THE SCREEN Find out how costume designers set about clothing the cast in film and television productions of Jane Austen's novels in this exhibition at Bath's Museum of Costume. Outfits from Pride and Prejudice (starring Colin Firth) and other productions will be on display alongside real examples of fashionable early 19th-century dress.
Tel: 01225 477737
GENERATION OAKS COMPETITION In January, as part of its campaign to plant young oak trees across the UK, the Royal Horticultural Society is sending acorns harvested from Windsor Great Park to its 2,000 member schools. Other primary schools are also invited to germinate the acorns in classrooms, plant them as seedlings in school grounds and do cross-curricular project work, which will be entered into a nationwide competition that closes on April 2. Pupils are required to predict the environment around their tree in 200 years' time and consider how environmental issues have affected plants and how gardening practices have evolved. First prize is pound;500 to improve their school grounds. For details contact Jacky Chave Tel: 01483 224234
UNTIL JULY 2004
SILK, SATIN, MUSLIN, RAGS This interactive dramatisation about the lives of Victorian apprentices is being presented in UK schools by the Lunchbox Theatre Company. Pupils and teachers get to march for a 10-hour day, work the mule in the cotton mill, sign indentures, and much more. In accompanying workshops pupils learn about the theatre and get the chance to perform and create scripts from documentary evidence.
Tickets: pound;2.50 (minimum audience 80; maximum 110). Lancashire schools receive a 10 per cent discount Telfax: 07000 802280