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Arrival City

Arrival City presents a portrait of Liverpool, and more specifically Toxteth, as a city of immigration.

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Liverpool’s historic status as an important port city makes it one of the most unique ‘arrival cities’ in the UK, with many layers of history still making up the identities of people who have lived here for generations. This past has influenced the architectural character of the city - we walk through streets named after celebrated anti-abolitionists and past grand buildings paid for by slave-traders. One of the questions Arrival City asks is: how does the past affect the people’s way of life in Liverpool?

Toxteth’s relationship with immigration is multi-layered, made up of different pasts and presents. This abundance of perspectives can be heard in the poetry, spoken word, and music of the area’s artists. Arrival City seeks to learn and understand these points of difference through the timeless ritual of conversation: creating a space for exchange, whether through storytelling, poetry and music, or simply open discussion with one another.

From April to June 2019, a series of events, an exhibition and a newly commissioned zine from ROOT-ed will open up this space for exchange.

Summer Social: Aurora & Arrival City at Toxteth Town Hall, July 2018. Photo by Brian Roberts.
Summer Social: Aurora & Arrival City at Toxteth Town Hall, July 2018. Photo by Brian Roberts.
Project Curator, Niloo Sharifi, welcomes everyone to Toxteth Town Hall and introduces Arrival City. Summer Social: Aurora & Arrival City at Toxteth Town Hall, July 2018. Photo by Brian Roberts.
Vahid Davar Poem
Naami Soya Poem
Mc Nelson Poem

Excerpt from Pastoral 1 (2018), a poem by Vahid Davar.
Excerpt from Untitled (2018), a poem by Naami Soya.
Excerpt from Immigration (2018), lyrics by MC Nelson.

Arrival City is supported by the Goethe-Institut, the Federal Ministry for Interior, Building and Community and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum.

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