Dance, music, performance and conversation return to Liverpool’s Churchill Way Flyover in summer festival celebrating culture and community.
An acoustic picnic, making and planting, cycling projects, an Urban Workbench, street performers, theatre and dance along with sound and light installations are just some of the free events taking place between the end of June and September.
Organised by We Make Places and Friends of the Flyover with funding from Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Granada Foundation, Sustrans and others, the programme is the next stage in the exploration of The Flyover as a public space for community and cultural activities. Inviting artists, performers, makers and musicians to work with the local community, the programme will be about entertainment but also encouraging people to envisage the future of The Flyover, and empower them to say what they want it to be.
Four Artist Provocateurs, including international artist Luke Jerram, will work with people who live and work in the neighbourhoods surrounding The Flyover, understanding how they feel about the space, its history and role in the city and its future. By September, the artists will be ready to propose activities and installations for next year’s cultural programme.
Highlights of the Flyover Takeover include;
- An acoustic picnic with music by Threshold Festival
- The launch of The Flyover’s Urban Workbench project
- Ride and Stride cycle tours exploring the social history and connecting North Liverpool to the Pier Head
- Maverick City, a one day symposium exploring how artists and activists can shape cities
- Move Me flash mob dance performance
- Explosive, acrobatic dance-theatre piece Frantic by Acrojou
Key dates include;
Friday 24 June – Maverick City a one day cultural symposium exploring the growing movement of artists, designers and activities delivering grassroots projects and provocations in communities across Europe
Sunday 3rd July – A Ride and Stride to coincide with the Liverpool Chester Bike Ride in the morning with bike workshops and stopoffs. In the afternoon an acoustic picnic welcomes the riders (and everyone else) for food, music and conversation.
Sunday 31 July – Dance, Health & Wellbeing takeover with performances including Move Me and Acrojou with a morning Ride & Stride
Sunday 7th August – A day of cycling, walking, guided tours, urban exploring and a chance to learn about the locality of the Flyover.
Sunday 28 August – A morning of Ride & Stride with an afternoon of theatre with street acts, performances and workshops including Gobbledegook Threatre and Liverpool’s own VIP Puppets who will be bringing some of their zoo animals to our urban park.
Sunday 25 September – Light, Space & Technology takeover, with installations, film and music.
Kate Stewart from We Make Places and Friends of the Flyover said: “we are so excited to be able to build on the success of our first event and to invite local people and tourists alike to take part in activities and to experience amazing performances and presentations by local, national and international artists and performers. The support of the Arts Council, Liverpool City Council and the local community has been amazing and it is giving us the opportunity to bring world class cultural activity to an underused part of the city and, we hope, to new audiences. We are really grateful to our many other funders too and look forward to sharing more details about each event and funding partners through our website, social media and printed materials.”