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A spectacular bridge is set to mesmerise north Liverpool

The 72ft long and 19ft high bridge will bringing together culture, communities and civic pride and will be located in Walton, Liverpool and will be the focal point of a three-day (5-7 August) event called Bridge.

The bridge will play host to a series of free activities, and for two nights an extraordinary outdoor performance is set to wow crowds.

The event will take place from 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday, the community, artists and designers will come together in a series of workshops, conversations and activities which look to discover and tell the story of County ward and the people who live there.

A gravity-defying circus acrobatics, dance, comedy, theatre and live music experience, inspired by local people’s stories at 8.45pm on Friday and Saturday will create a thrilling climax. 

This will be a FREE ticketed performance and further details on ticketing will be announced on Tuesday 20 July.

As part of the project, communities will be encouraged to make their own bridges and share stories of bridge-building (and bridge-burning), using special kits which will be provided. The aim is to bring together people who wouldn’t normally meet, to create an astonishing and beautiful structure in public and outdoor spaces. Community groups, schools, businesses and individuals are welcome to build their own bridges.

To apply to build a bridge, click here.

As well as building bridges, people can also get involved in the event by:

  • Staging activities as part of the Under the Bridge daytime programme – anything ranging from choirs, fitness classes to demonstrations.
  • Taking part in the evening finale performance. Aimed at experienced performers and dancers aged 16+, you must be able to learn a specific choreographed piece and attend a dress rehearsal on 5 August. Places are limited. 

To find out more about how to get involved in this exciting cultural event, visit www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/bridge/

Bridge will be located at Breeze Hill, Millennium Green – known locally as The Rezzy (which can be found less than one mile north of Everton FC’s Goodison Park stadium.)

The outdoor experience is produced by Coventry-based company Imagineer Productions and is created by artistic director Orit Azaz. The event has been made possible by Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, County District Community and Arts Council England. 

Bridge forms part of two of the pledges made by the city council in March when it set out Liverpool’s very own roadmap to recovery. These are The Comeback which aims to support a cultural programme across the city and Next Generation Neighbourhoods which has the ambition to build safe, sustainable and inspiring neighbourhoods. Head to the pledge website to find out more.

Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle, said: 

“This is one of the first Culture Liverpool events to take place under my tenure as cabinet member, and I’m delighted that it will shine a spotlight on such a tight-knit, north Liverpool community.

“The concept of building bridges is something we can all identify with, and as we move towards normality after such a challenging and unsettling year, this event sends out positive messages around a community coming together and sharing in this wonderful experience.

“Local people play a key role, and with a number of opportunities for people to get involved across the two days. I’d like to thank residents, local councillors and council staff for their work on making the Bridge happen, and I hope as many people as possible get stuck in in what is set to be a real celebration of Walton and Liverpool.”  

Follow @CultureLPool (Twitter) for the latest information you can book you free admission here.

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