Liverpool is launching a unique events programme designed to enrich the lives of those hardest hit by the pandemic.
A brand new community programme will slowly reintroduce culture into the lives of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) individuals and those who have been shielding during the pandemic, and those who have experienced mental health challenges, bereavements or even financial hardship.
The city council-funded initiative aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness, promote improved wellbeing and empower residents who have been adversely impacted by Covid-19.
The activities on offer range from performances in the grounds of care homes, cinema screenings for those who have been shielding, aerial productions that explore mental health and creative workshops which will give young cancer patients the chance to mix with others after periods of isolation.
The events will be delivered by arts organisations across the city and highlights include:
- Cinema Nation CIC will be working with local partners in the County District, North Liverpool, to create a series of community screenings both online and in person for residents who have been in isolation throughout the pandemic. It will offer a safe environment for those taking their first steps back into society.
- Theatre company Nwoko Arts will produce a 30-minute show consisting of dance, music and mime. The multi-sensory show will be aimed at care home residents and will take place inside the home or in its grounds. As part of the creative process, the memories and hopes of the care home residents will be recorded and used in the final performances.
- Me Vs Me will see aerial experts Wired Aerial Theatre will touring the city’s secondary schools and exploring the subject of mental health and celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.
- A series of high-quality music activities and events from the Liverpool Philharmonic will give CEV residents free access to concerts, in-person and online, and the funding will also allow for the creation of drop-in music sessions Music Mondays which will allow residents to connect with others and boost wellbeing through music. Sessions run from February 2022 to July 2022.
- Altered Scale Theatre will create a fun, magical show that investigates different ways of expressing and dealing with personal anger and anxiety. The show entitled When Another Dragon Roars is aimed at young people shielding in Key Stages 1 and 2.
- Merseyside Dance Initiative will encourage people with Down syndrome to take part in accessible dance classes.
- National Museums Liverpool is offering community groups the opportunity to come together and process the events of the last two years through free creative workshops, producing their own ‘museum in a box’.
- The award-winning LIMF Academy introduced Changing the Narrative to support musicians on their mental health and wellbeing journey. Aimed at 18-30 year-olds, the free programme builds confidence and explores how they can move forward with a fresh focus and renewed energy in their careers and personal life.
- dot-art has created online art classes for adults, children and families to enjoy.
- Workshops facilitated by the Bluecoat Display Centre team will see them join forces with the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s dedicated Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) unit, to create a series of tailored craft workshops at TYA led by professional local artist/makers to benefit the young cancer patients. It will provide a supportive environment to develop, share and create and act as a relaxing distraction from treatment that allows young people to feel like themselves again.
- DaDaFest will bring together disabled people in Liverpool to share their experiences of shielding. Working with artists their stories will be transformed into poetry which will then be discovered via QR codes across the city.
The programme will be delivered throughout the year and the latest details can be found on the Culture Liverpool website This site will be updated as each project progresses.
This announcement comes weeks after the launch of the Culture Collective campaign which sees Liverpool’s arts organisations come together to show off the city’s impressive cultural credentials. To find out more and to watch the official music video soundtrack head to https://www.visitliverpool.com/culturesclub
Image: When Another Dragons Roar aims to address young people’s mental health issues