Summer Social: Aurora & Arrival City

Friday 6 July / 7pm-9.30pm / Toxteth Town Hall / Free, drop-in


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.


For more information on how to get involved in the Summer Social in July, or about the opening events in September, check or call 0151 707 4444.


Aurora is commissioned by FACT, in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Invisible Flock and Dingle 2000. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; and British Council. Arrival City is supported by the Goethe-Institut. The Summer Social is part of Festival 31.

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