9 June 2007
Metal Culture Liverpool
'open here' at EDGE HILL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
EDGE HILL TRAIN STATION, TUNNEL ROAD, LIVERPOOL
APPROACH TO PLATFORMS 3 & 4
10am - 6pm
EXCITING NEW PLANS TO TRANSFORM EDGE HILL TRAIN STATION INTO AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE.
To kick start the creative programme, and fundraising campaign, Cathy Tyson will launch a day of international art, music, food, comedy, performance and dance - FREE for everyone.
Fresh from the first few legs of it's European tour, a specially adapted Arts Truck will park up at Edge Hill train station on 9th June to deliver some of the best visual and performing arts from 5 European cities, free to the public.
Celebrating the arrival of the truck, and responding to the idea of migration, Kensington and Edge Hill have galvanised to welcome the international artists, joining forces to showcase the best of Liverpool talent.
The festival will include art, film, food, music, theatre, dance, talks and tours with a few extra surprises thrown in!
"A tremendous mix of local and international talent, a real cross-cultural, people-led event. And, hallelujah, it is NOT in the Albert Dock. It will be wonderful."
(Jimmy McGovern, screenwriter from Kensington)
This will be the first public event in recent times at the historic landmark site of Edge Hill Train Station, the world's oldest standing passenger railway station, marking the determination of Metal and the local community to bring the buildings back to life for community and cultural use.
Edge Hill Station has a proud history, not only of being at the forefront of innovation, aspiration and technology, but also of investing in, training and inspiring a younger generation of talent. Metal believes that this can be the future of the building as well as the past.
The festival anticipates the buildings at the station being developed into an International, contemporary arts centre, launched during 2008. Metal are working with Liverpool based architects Shed KM, Northern Rail, Network Rail, artists, and a committed group of local residents to realise this.
"Artist's have the ability to reveal the energies and excitement held captive in buildings like Edge Hill Station, and they bring with them a huge capacity for inventiveness, self-sufficiency and work. They make a huge contribution to community life. This initiative will be fantastic."
(Jude Kelly OBE, founder and Chair, Metal)
20 Stories High; Al & Al; Charles Ofoedu; Edge Hill Youth Club; Edgar Lliuya; Eleanor Hawkridge; Evangelina Basdekis; Fen Fen Huang; The Flicks; Gabriel Minnikin; Hamish McLain; Haven Magazine; Home Grown Music; Home Grown Voices; Jason Green; Jen Davis; John McDonald; Judith Egger; Kai-oi Jay Yung; Kevin Hunt; Kensington Community Choir; Kensington Fields Community Association; Kensington and Liver World Community Sports; Kensington FM Web Radio; Kensington Vision; King Kora; Laurence Westgaph; Liverpool African Association; Liverpool Youth Music Service; Magic Joe; Metal; Olivia Moura; Oliver Braid; Paddy Gould; Philip McHugh; Rosie Farrell; Sean Hawkridge; Stephen K Amos; Squash Nutrition; Swampfox; Truck Records; Theräs Reich; Tomáš Žižka; Urban Strawberry Lunch; Williamson's Tunnels; Yemeni Children's Choir; Young KOF;
TRUCK STOP is part of
open here: consTRUCKtions - conNEXTions
community, art, and diversity in a common Europe
Edge Hill International Festival is brought to you by Metal, in collaboration with individuals and community groups from Kensington, Toxteth and Edge Hill.
More information about Metal Culture under 'truckstops' and www.metalculture.com.