This family-friendly event will include music, storytelling, crafts and cake.
The festival will see the launch of our exhibition as part of Liverpool Independents Biennial 2018. Over the course of the summer, artists will create works that respond to the woodland, and will survive or succumb to the elements, the exhibition growing and changing with time.
We aim to make the festival as accessible as possible, however visitors should bear in mind that this is a woodland, so the ground may be affected by rainfall.
We do not expect overcrowding or loud noise at the festival, but we have a social story available here and at the gardens to support anyone who may find busy situations stressful.
Into the Wild
A progressive folk duo with jazz influences.
Music to drone to.
According to Phil's Soundcloud profile: "If you are looking for pitch perfect vocals, metronome drums or guitars that don't make weird noises you may be in the wrong place."
Singer/songwriter heavily influenced by good old timey music ranging from delta blues, to ragtime, country and jazz.
Storytelling by Andy Johnson
Andy has a unique style of telling and includes local folk tales, true stories, ghost stories and fairy tales in his repertoire.
He draws on a lifetime of working in the library world where he promoted storytelling, literature and developed close community links.
In the last 6 years he has told in a variety of settings, including – storytelling and music festivals; libraries; schools; gala days; women’s clubs; storytelling clubs; open mic nights, private house parties and recently Liverpool Cathedral. He is able to tell for all ages.
It has been said he has a gentle, engaging style; a self-deprecating sense of humour and brings a warmth to all his stories.
Poetry from Judy Mazonowicz
Printmaking workshop with Nicola Roscoe-Calvert
In 2007, a large number of words relating to the natural world were removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. In response to this, Nicola is facilitating a project entitled #byewords. As part of this project, Nicola invites visitors to make prints inspired by these 'Lost Words' and the surroundings of the garden.
Water-gun painting with Ucraft
UCraft is a Community Interest Company. This means that we are an organisation with an aim - to bring arts and crafts to more people. We are a not for profit organisation so any money we make goes straight back into achieving this aim. We run pop up workshops around Liverpool, and soon we will be opening our purpose built arts and crafts centre, where we will be able to offer a huge range of arts and crafts tuition and groups.
Alien Queen Crafts
An arts and crafts lover who is forever creating paintings, tattoo designs, Disney ears and so much more! Currently specializing in cross stitching, creating home decor cross pieces with a humorous twist.
Kake by Affinitea
Vegan cakes https://www.facebook.com/Kake-by-Affinitea-572656056435192/
Vegan sush by Sane Food
I'm not Japanese, but very passionate about sushi! Once I went vegan I decided to turn this passion into little business. My sushi is as healthy as possible, wholesome, fresh and always made in front of the customer.
Ros Winrow, Tropic skincare and makeup
Vegan, natural, cruelty-free. Tropic are constantly researching the most innovative and skin nourishing ingredients from all over the world, to create their award-winning range of skincare, body care and makeup.
Raw Soap Merseyside
Natural soap handmade from the highest quality organic oils, plastic free and never tested on animals.
Installed artworks by Nicola Carter, Viv Holmes, Patrick O'Rourke, Claire Rice, Nicola Roscoe-Calvert, Pamela Sullivan, Wendy Williams, Heartsong Willow (+more TBC)
You are very welcome to bring a picnic.
Well-behaved animals (and their well-behaved humans) are free to enjoy the festival.
We will also be taking donations for a local food bank so please bring along anything you can spare. Suggested items are:
Long life milk
Long life juice
Tinned rice pudding/custard
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Sanitary towels and tampons
(Please check with food banks for more suggestions https://www.trusselltrust.org - most have plenty of baked beans/pasta/tinned soup/cereal)
Not Just Collective are very grateful for the support of our local Green Councillors in making this festival and residency happen.