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Our community arts festival was established in 2011 by John Gorman with the late Stirling Dutton to encourage participation in the arts, to showcase local talent across a wide range of arts disciplines, to bring national / international performers and artists to the Wirral and to inspire new work in the arts.
We are a 100% volunteer run festival and were very honoured to be awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service on 2nd June 2017. Each July, since 2011, we have managed – somehow - to bring a packed programme of events to the Wirral Community! This year Wirral’s favourite community arts festival is back from 30th June - 14th July 2018.
We will be featuring a number of exciting headliners again, including poet Jackie Kay and instrumental ensemble Bowjangles! In addition, we will be providing lots of opportunities for local talent to be showcased in the arts, music, theatre, poetry and storytelling, working with a range of local patrners. And we plan to repeat our series of community saturdays including the Children’s Festival Day in Meols the Hoylake Street Festival, Art on the Promenade and the West Kirby Summer Festival day.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved
- competitions in poetry and photography
- a range of workshops, including our Poetry Picnics" combining some of Wirral's most beautiful walks with the chance to write
- A new "47 parks project" to invite poetry, prose and photos celebrating the green spaces of Wirral.
- The innovation of some somg writing workshops and the chance to perform the songs created.
- Community art projects featuring work by groups using recycled materials
- Our Wirral Makes Music series with performances by some of our best local orchestras.
- Open mic poetry
- Open stages for local musicians