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Metal at Edge Hill: Future Station Festival 2011

6 – 20 August 2011 at Metal at Edge Hill Station. ‘Your Station’ – The Future Station Festival returns for a second year.

Following a successful and inspirational two weeks during last year’s Liverpool Biennial, Metal’s Future Station group will once again take over the spaces at Edge Hill Station for a creative festival that showcases the group’s own talent, interests and ideas.

Kicking off on the same weekend as Liverpool’s Pride Festival, the two week Future Station Festival will explore the theme of Equality under the title of YOUR STATION.

Is everybody born equal? Do we have equality? Is full equality possible? Is it desired? How equal are we? What about difference?

Through visual art, poetry, performance, writing and film the festival offers a broad range of responses to this universal theme.

Highlights include; a performance and workshop with one of India’s leading alternative theatre directors Parnab Mukherjee, the North West premier of ‘Arise, You Gallant Sweeneys!’ a documentary following a number of Irish males who migrated to Britain during the building boom of the 50s and 60s, and a series of evening discussion events with Philosophy in Pubs.

There will also be an exhibition throughout the festival featuring work made by members of the group and an open studio showing  the final stage of Adrian Jeans’ ‘Craft of Art’ project (, a process which began during last year’s festival.

The Future Station group is an open network of volunteers, artists and local residents involved in Metal at Edge Hill Station.  The group meet once a month at the station to discuss ideas, and to enjoy some food.  The group are fundamental to the work Metal develops from Edge Hill and were an instrumental part of the renovation of the station, the World’s oldest passenger station in the world.
Image (above) : Tony Garner


Fri 5 Aug 6.30pm Film Station film screening ‘Victim‘ (1961)
Sat 6 Aug 12pm Liverpool Pride March
Mon 8 Aug 6-8.30pm Philosophy in Pubs discussion part 1
Tues 9 Aug 12-4pm Workshop with Parnab Mukherjee
Wed 10 Aug 2-6pm Exhibition open
7pm Parnab Mukherjee, Ruth Dillon, Jonathan Tooze ‘This Room Is Not my Room’ Multimedia performance
Thu 11 Aug 2-6pm Exhibition open
Fri 12 Aug 2-6pm Exhibition open
6pm ‘Arise, You Gallant Sweeneys!’ screening
Sat 13 Aug 12-4pm Exhibition open
11am Walking tour to local churches of diverse faiths
Mon 15 Aug 6-8.30pm Philosophy in Pubs discussion part 2
Tues 16 Aug 2-6pm Exhibition open
Wed 17 Aug 2-6pm Exhibition open
6-9pm Suitcase Ensemble Workshop (for 14-25 year olds)
Thu 18 Aug 11-4pm Edge Hill Archive open day
2-6pm Exhibition open
Fri 19 Aug 2-6pm Exhibition open
6.30pm Film Station ‘Animal Farm’ (1954)
Sat 20 Aug 12-4pm Exhibition open


All events are free.  For film screenings, discussions or workshops there are limited spaces so participants must book by email or by phone on [0151] 7072277.

Please check the website for up to date details.