17 July – 2 August 2014
Flux Liverpool is a new pioneering arts festival engineered by young people, created for everyone. This 17-day youth arts festival with a difference gets under way this Thursday 17 July 2014. Flux Liverpool plans to lay bare the power and creative talent residing in Liverpool’s youth culture via performances, workshops, exhibitions, games, parades, and more.
The eye of the Flux storm is The Hub, a 4G-enabled, custom-built venue located in Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE open daily 11am-6pm throughout Flux. The Hub is home to several of the #FluxCommissions, and will have the Flux Ambassadors on hand ready to answer questions and share information about this new festival
Ten #FluxCommission grants have been awarded to creative young people to produce a diverse range of special projects for Flux, which include; #ProjectGreensleeves – a clothes-swapping platform in the form of a tree-sculpture at The Hub. Then there’s #FluxTV which will run as a YouTube channel throughout the festival, and beyond, covering events, interviews, competitions, and capturing the energy behind Flux Liverpool. Cyber Bullying Awareness Week will consist of a week of workshops exploring the causes and consequences of Cyberbullying, culminating in a dynamic multimedia performance at Tate Liverpool on 30th July. IdeasTap have funded the Flux Commissions, following short listing from well over 40 applications.
Another key strand of this new festival for Liverpool is #FluxSkills, which is aimed at enhancing young people’s understanding and knowledge of the arts as an industry and an employer, with discussion panels and presentations from some of the UK’s leading professionals. One such event is #FLUXMusic which takes place on Monday 21st July at Camp & Furnace, and includes guest speakers like musician Natalie McCool, Ruby Lounge Promoter Jay Taylor, Liverpool-based label Rebel Soul, and more.
Further Flux highlights include; Blueprint Festival led by Tate Liverpool’s ongoing youth art initiative Tate Collective, is a 3 days festival over the launch weekend of Flux. Young visitors can experience surprise encounters with art installations, music, spoken word, dance, free entry to the Mondrian exhibition, a parade and a print fair. FLAG Film Festival presented by Freehand at FACT, a 3-day film festival, which includes special screenings, hands on workshops and challenges – a must for any budding filmmakers in Liverpool. Heroine Fest, a full day of workshops, performances, and industry talks, will centre on the region’s Women in the Arts, promising to be both educational and inspirational. Dog Eat Dog – a Collective Encounters’ commissioned play from Liverpool writer Kellie Smith that explores the challenges young people face growing up in poverty.