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The next stage of the ‘Liverpool Without Walls’ project, commissions have been funded for projects ranging from live music, theatrical performance, dance, light installations, murals, photography exhibitions and street animation.
Last month, the city council announced a £200,000 fund to support creative businesses and individuals who have been hardest hit by Covid-19 in the cultural sector, and in doing so, start to bring the city’s streets to life with its world-famous cultural offer.
It also complements the huge success of the first stage of the project which has seen bars and restaurants reimagine themselves as outdoor eateries.
Some of those awarded bids of up to £5,000 include:
The Culture Liverpool team is now liaising with the successful bidders on performance dates, with the ambition for the majority to take place over three consecutive weekends starting on the 29/30/31 August. Visual art will also start appearing across the city in the coming weeks.
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With no pre-advertised schedule, there will be an element of surprise for visitors to the city centre.
More information on performers will be unveiled later this week on Visit Liverpool and Culture Liverpool social channels.
Due to the number of applications already received, the fund is currently on hold and will only be reopened if all the money is not allocated in this initial phase. The funding has been made possible thanks to Arts Council England.
“This culture fund is all about us doing what we can to support those freelancers and arts organisations that may have fallen through the cracks when it comes to financial help during this global pandemic.
“The response has been overwhelming with so many brilliant ideas about how to use our streets as a stage, and the passion and drive to bring culture to the forefront once again is really encouraging. For those that have received funding, it means they can now concentrate on bringing their work to life and the spontaneity of it will be something visitors to the city centre can enjoy.
“We are renowned for amazing outdoor performances and it’s great to see this slow, steady return – we’re one of the first cities in the UK to attempt to facilitate something of this scale and it will be incredibly exciting for all involved to see how yet another strand of the ground-breaking Liverpool Without Walls programme will develop.”
“As a former Capital of Culture city with one of oldest black communities in the UK it’s imperative we acknowledge and celebrate the wealth of creatives on our doorstep.
“I’m incredibly excited to help share the work of a few of our amazing black artists who often go unknown by organisations. Let’s get them visible!”
“The superbly animated figures on the glass balustrade reflect how our museum and magnificent waterfront is alive and buzzing with people after such a difficult lockdown. And we are so excited to see our very own Liver Bird emerge on the steps of the museum. It’s an icon for the city and perfectly symbolises its indomitable spirit as we all adapt to the new normal.
“For the arts and culture sector support like the Without Walls fund is vital to its recovery and we’re delighted to be able to help facilitate such important initiatives. But the artworks won’t be there forever, so we urge people to come down and enjoy them over the next few weeks!”
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