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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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Arrival City presents a portrait of Liverpool, and more specifically Toxteth, as a city of immigration. 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 - but thriving areas such as Toxteth demonstrate the cultural power of community that run through these points of arrival. One of the questions Arrival City asks is: how does the past affect people’s ways 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 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.

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.

Video by Leech.

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.

Arrival City installation view at FACT, Liverpool. Photo by Rob Battersby.

Arrival City

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Continuing our year-long exploration into issues of representation, Arrival City seeks to explore both the visible and invisible factors that contribute to the formation of our identity, and thus our agency and place within society.

Arrival City installation view at FACT, Liverpool. Photo by Rob Battersby.

Arrival City: Zine Launch + Performances

Building on the exhibition currently on show at FACT, curated by Niloo Sharifi and featuring films by Leech, join us as we celebrate the stories Arrival City explores: whether reflections on the past, or collective hopes or fears for the future. Featuring performances and discussions, the event will also launch a new zine from ROOT-ed, which captures the experiences and thoughts of the people that live and work in L8.

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