Bootle Festival of Ideas – Spaces for change / walk tour
As part of Sefton’s year as Borough of Culture we’re running the Festival of Ideas – to help YOU get new ideas off the ground
Have you ever looked at one of Bootle’s unloved spaces or unused buildings and thought “I could do something with that”? Maybe you want to transform a disused building into a fresh co-working space, beautify a long neglected passageway, or turn forgotten spaces into trails for exploration or places to meet? Do you look wistfully at the canal, dreaming of outdoor seating and Amsterdam-esque independents?
These are places where communities have gathered; spaces with character and history. And, importantly, lots of life left within them. With hundreds of years worth of stories found in every brick and blade of grass, it’s about time we told some more.How do we use the spaces around and between our buildings? And what connects A to B?
We’re looking for a raft of new ideas that local residents want to try out in Sefton. As part of Sefton’s year as Borough of Culture we’re running the Festival of Ideas – to help YOU get new ideas off the ground.
Nobody expected this from 2020. It’s been a year that’s thrown all of our assumptions up into the air; made us rethink what we do and why we do it, and shown the value of community, collective endeavour and local resilience. We’ve had a chance to think about what works for us and the places we live in. How can we help #BuildBackBetter and create real and lasting change in Bootle?
Whether you have a dream that has outgrown your box room, or want to give a new lease of life to some long forgotten areas, we want to help transform Bootle. What would you do to bring one of these spaces back to life?
We’ve seen people power regenerate neglected buildings and unremarkable walkways and waste ground. Is there an outside area you’ve always wanted to transform? Change how we all get from A to B? Wanted to open a café near that office building or run a nature walk along the canal? The places and spaces around us are unique and deserve love.So we want to hear your ideas.
Come along to one of our events and share your idea to bid for support from a funding pot of £6,000, which will help take your idea to the next stage of development.
Walkie-Talkies: Join us to walk and talk on Wednesday 30 September from 5:30pm.
We’ll walk from Bootle Town Hall to the Strand, and alongside the canal, to see for ourselves the potential for some of Bootle’s spaces for change.
Bootle Festival of Ideas is part of the Borough of Culture (BoC) programme.
The title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities on a rotating, annual basis, and we’ve taken over from Wirral, 2019’s Borough of Culture.
The focus of Sefton’s programme is on stories – about us, by us, and for us… all of us – revolving around the theme of ‘Myths and Realities’. So join us and tell your story, share your idea and see what we can help you make a reality at this spring’s Festival of Ideas.
Bootle Festival of Ideas is produced by Make CIC, a North Liverpool-based community organisation, and Kindred, which supports the region’s socially-trading businesses. Make supports artists, makers and small businesses with studio space, workshop facilities and guidance so that people can live happy, healthy and prosperous lives.