With artistic performances, local rhythms and a fresh selection of young talent, expect a feel-good family atmosphere and an edgy vibe. See the gardens of Blackburne House adorned with festival flags, bunting, decorated trees and dazzling lights plus a plethora of street food and outdoor bars, all accompanied by a live DJ.
Mythical Mask Making Workshop (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 20:00
Theatrical production artist Carly Fisher and team guide you through the stages of designing your own mask. Best of all, you can keep the mask you make! Carly’s handmade mythical masks will also be featured in the Wicker Woman ceremonies happening over the course of the evening.
Staged Kaos (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 18:00
Staged Kaos children sing, dance and perform in a unique production. Staged Kaos works to develop essential skills such as confidence and social development through performing arts training, with a focus on creativity for children.
The Advocacy Story (Family Friendly) 18:00 — 19:00
Witness 30 years of radical history in this Heritage Lottery funded performance celebrating People First Merseyside, a charity run by and for people with learning disabilities. PFM members collaborate with Unity Theatre to stage the highs and lows of running the organisation and speaking up to improve their lives.
Wakey Wakey! (Family Friendly) 19:00 — 20:00
Liverpool Scriptshop presents an hour-long cabaret-style ritual show with a mix of original poetry, sketches, songs and music.
Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales (Family Friendly) 20:15 — 20:45 & 21:00 — 21:30
A backdrop film of ritual dance, folk fiddle, accordion and drum with live narration by David Greygoose of Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales, published by Pushkin Press and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Film by First Take with original score by Hannah James (Lady Maisery) and Giles Lewin (founding member of Bellowhead).
Opera Viva (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 17:30
Beautiful renditions of operatic pieces sung in English with a full chorus. Performances are colourfully staged with costumes and lighting, to bring the magic of opera to Blackburne House!
Quadraphonics (Family Friendly) 18:00 & 20:00
A three-piece saxophone group playing velvety rhythms.
Wicker Woman Ceremony
The Wicker Woman is symbolic of emancipation from the shackles of patriarchal generational rituals, imposed by society and religion. Join Blackburne House in challenging the very nature of rituals and gender over time and symbolically setting women free in the most beautiful and breathtaking ceremony.
Part One (Family Friendly) 19:00 — 19:30
Opening ceremony by Coach House Theatre Productions, interpreted and choreographed by LJMU dancers and masked actors to bring you the first of three vibrant ceremonies as the sun lays fat in the sky.
Part Two (Family Friendly) 20:00 — 20:30
As dusk approaches, Part 2 descends into an enchanting ceremony of dancing and ritualistic drumming from Brazilica with narration from Coach House Productions.
Part Three (Parental Discretion Advised) Grand Finale 21:45 — 22:15
The time has come to release the Wicker Woman from her patriarchal shackles and emancipate her from the rituals of old. Bring the Fire Project tells the story of women’s struggles to be free through fire dancing, poi and staffs in a spectacular macabre-masked performance soundtracked by Opera Viva. As the ceremony draws to an end, a stunning display of light dancing and performance encloses the magnificent Wicker Woman as she basks in incandescent light for the entire city to see.
Parental discretion advised, includes masked performers and fire.