Mini Outdoor Threshold Festival at The Atkinson, Southport as part of Independents Biennial coinciding with the launch of Sefton Open 2018.

Grass-roots, multi-arts festival Threshold have teamed up with Independents Biennial & The Atkinson, Southport to deliver a free, family friendly outdoor mini-festival on Saturday 28th July 2018. The event is one of the Independents Biennial’s five special commissions taking place during the visual arts festival, which runs until 28th October in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. The sister festival to Liverpool Biennial, it champions and supports emerging and grassroots art and artists on Merseyside.

The day of events by Threshold, including a mix of visual arts, performance, storytelling and music, will take place at the renowned Atkinson arts centre from 11am until 3pm.

The line-up of offerings, open to all, includes the following:

Interactive performance and theatre shows from ‘Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club’ and Storytelling from the magically talented Gav Cross.

A visual arts programme including interactive live sculptural and drawing workshops, using live performances on the day for inspiration from: Pamela Sullivan (creator of detailed and fascinating installations); and Jazamin Sinclair (creator of satirical acerbic storyboard illustration series Illustrated Prosody).

Music entertainment will come from: ‘Operation Lightfoot’, a music and arts collaboration directed by composer Luke Moore; stand-out, powerful country rock & roll from Amber Stone; and folk-punk sounds with biting lyrics & harmonies from Jazamin Sinclair.
“Threshold has grown up in the creative boom of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle as a multi-arts festival, which is fiercely independent and inclusive-roots. We deliver quality above all from grass-roots, brilliantly talented artists.” Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival Director.

“Working with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson is really close to our hearts. The main focus of the day, as with all Threshold events is to enrich people through art and music, but most importantly for it to be a fun experience for all!”
Jazamin Sinclair, Threshold Festival Visual Arts Curator.

Location: The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB.

Time: 11am-3pm

Entry: FREE

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Notes to editors

The Independents’ Biennial is the sister festival to the Liverpool Biennial. It runs from 14 July until 28 October.

Art in Liverpool are producing the four month festival with production partners including; Heart of Glass (St Helens), The Atkinson (Sefton), Williamson Art Gallery & Museum (Wirral), Knowsley Galleries & Museums (Knowsley), Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW)  and Metal Liverpool (Liverpool). Funded by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council, Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) and the above partners.

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Gav Cross – Storytelling with Gav Cross

Stories you know – told with a fresh, funny and very silly approach!

Stories from around the world!
Stories for all the family.
Expect: Noise – joining in – jokes – nonsense – giggles – wiggles & dragons!


Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club

Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club is a rag tag bag of tomfoolery and nonsense. Chaos and cacophony, silliness and stupidity. It offers comedy for kids with an alternative twist. From the silliest of sketches to the Mighty Joke Competition. We bring the Family Friendly Comedy – you bring the giggles!


Pam Sullivan:

Interactive arts and sculpture workshop!

Jazamin Sinclair (Illustrated Prosody)

Interactive drawing workshop using the live theatre performances for inspiration on the day!

Operation Lightfoot

A music and arts collaboration directed by composer Luke Moore.

Amber Stone

Stand-out, powerful country rock & roll.

Jazamin Sinclair

Folk-punk sounds with biting lyrics & harmonies.

 About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.


Our lovely gift shop  is well worth a visit, with its handmade in Merseyside jewellery and crafts collection and Southport memorabilia and then relax in our new café – Great Little Place.






Posted on 19 July 2018 under Just announced

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