AND Festival 2021 comes to Wirral Waters

The iconic Grade II listed hydraulic tower at Wirral Waters will be one of the venues for a four-day immersive audio experience created by American composer Kali Malone. 

The installation, titled Does Spring Hide Its Joy, will take place in the hydraulic tower and engine house between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th July 2021 as part of Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival 2021. 

AND Festival is a 7-week programme of site-specific installations and events presented on and along the industrial waterways of Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey, and online. Events will take place in a variety of unusual spaces and venues including boats, waterways and old industrial sites. 

Kali Malone’s Does Spring Hide Its Joy will be an immersive, multichannel sound experience within the deep listening environment of the hydraulic tower, featuring musicians Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton. The piece was recorded in the empty Berlin Funkhaus & Monom during the lockdown of spring 2020. 

The hydraulic tower at Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters was originally designed by engineer Jesse Hartley in 1868. It is based on the Palazzo Vecchio, a renaissance cavern in Florence, Italy, which was bombed during World War II. The iconic nineteenth-century Grade II listed building has been left unused for decades. 

Richard Mawdsley, Peel L&P’s Director of Development at Wirral Waters, said, “The hydraulic tower and engine house is an incredible asset of Wirral Waters and is set to become the £23m Maritime Knowledge Hub, an internationally recognised facility for marine engineering research, entrepreneurship and offshore survival training. 

“It is an incredible space and will provide the perfect setting for this musical composition by artist Kali Malone which will showcase and celebrate our industrial heritage in Birkenhead. 

“We are proud to host this event and to support AND Festival 2021, which champions experimental art in unexpected locations.” 

Visitor Information 

Visitors will be invited into the main hall of the building to listen, walk, sit, and be immersed in the vibrations of the durational audio installation. 

This work is a durational piece, lasting six hours in total. We recommend spending around 30 minutes in the space, and your ticket is valid for any time within your chosen two-hour window. Walk up tickets will also be available on the door, although we recommend booking in advance. 

We have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group from arrival through to departure. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site. 

Bookable time slots between 12-2pm, 2-4pm, and 4-6pm | Pay what you feel | Book your ticket

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