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New fund to bring culture to the streets of Liverpool

An injection of energy, culture and vibrancy will be given to the streets of Liverpool this summer, thanks to new funding. 

Following recent announcements from central Government that socially distanced live performances are now allowed, Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England are launching a £200,000 pilot project to fund performing and visual art in the streets of Liverpool. 

The fund will support artists and organisations to create work which can be presented within the city centre over the coming months – with grants of up to £5,000 on offer. 

The aim is to help those who apply to look at new ways of making content, while also creating more reasons to encourage local and regional audiences back into the city centre during the summer holidays. 

This is the next phase of the Liverpool Without Walls project which began in June by supporting the hospitality sector to reimagine eating outdoors. This latest strand of the project will look at how the city’s world-famous cultural offer can come out of the venues, galleries and performance spaces the city boasts, and turn the streets into a stage. 

With the school holidays now in full swing, the latest news will be greatly received by families looking to attend and enjoy cultural events around the city. Businesses and organisations will also be able to benefit from higher attendance figures as parents and children look to occupy their days. 

Educate magazine will report on all the upcoming event listings throughout the summer which are suitable for families. Keep an eye out on our ‘Events’ page.  

Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The cultural and arts sector has been hit as hard as anyone by this crisis. Naturally our long-term aim is to help organisations reopen their venues safely, but in the meantime, we wanted to find a way for our artistic community to create and perform elsewhere. 

“By giving artists and performers a lifeline to create new work, while also attracting people into the city centre again, this project is a real win-win.” 

The fund is available for organisations and individuals who are based in Liverpool, and the application form can be found here. 

Visit www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/without-walls-fund for more information. 

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