Open-air performances on the streets of Liverpool are in development thanks to the creation of a £200,000 dedicated fund.
Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England have set up the pilot project to create performing and visual arts especially for the city’s streets and outdoor areas and “turn its streets into a stage”.
Grants of up to £5,000 will be available for artists and organisations to create work through the scheme, which the council said would inspire Liverpool’s artists to look at new ways of making work and encourage audiences back into the city centre.
Wendy Simon, Liverpool’s deputy mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, said: “The cultural and arts sector has been hit as hard as anyone by this crisis. Naturally, our long term aim is to help organisations reopen their venues safely, but in the meantime we wanted to find a way for our artistic community to create and perform elsewhere.
“By giving artists and performers a lifeline to create new work, while also attracting people into the city centre again, this project is a real win-win.”
The project is the next phase of an initiative called Liverpool Without Walls, which has already supported the hospitality sector to “reimagine eating outdoors”.
Applications for the performing arts fund are open to organisations and individuals based in Liverpool, and will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis until all the money has been allocated.
Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, said: “When lockdown started, our extraordinary culture sector moved with speed and imagination to create brilliant work that could be shared digitally.
“This fund has been created to tap into their ingenuity once again and to come up with ideas for how to reimagine their art forms on the streets of Liverpool.”