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Summer Social: Aurora & Arrival City at Toxteth Town Hall, July 2018. Photo by Brian Roberts.

Summer Social: Aurora & Arrival City

Toxteth Town Hall
15 High Park St, Liverpool L8 8DX
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In September 2018, Toxteth Reservoir will be transformed into Aurora; an epic, immersive experience reimagining water as the most precious element on earth. Visitors will experience a surprising and astonishing feast for the senses, with artists combining interactive technologies with water to evolve the artwork each day it is live.

In parallel, Arrival City presents a portrait of Liverpool, and more specifically Toxteth, as a city of immigration. The project aims to open up conversations about immigration in Liverpool, and offer a chance to address and improve upon the toxicity of popular discourse around migration.

On 6 July, in conjunction with Festival 31, we will bring Aurora and Arrival City to Toxteth Town Hall, a focal point for the social and economic life of many residents with immigrant or refugee backgrounds in the area. We are inviting the residents of Toxteth to come and participate in an open discussion, in response to a lineup of poets, rappers and musicians offering their viewpoint through their words and sounds: exploring Toxteth’s history, and celebrating residents’ vision of the future.

Alongside, artists Invisible Flock will present an interactive mini maker-faire showcasing some elements of the art and technology that will feature in Aurora, offering a chance to playfully explore the themes behind the project ahead of the launch in September.

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

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