Crossing Borders

Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest18 - Crossing Borders was a powerful and insightful programme of discussions, performances, workshops, talks and presentations that celebrated the diversity, social activism and stories about Crossing Borders from Liverpool and across the globe. Taking place in venues across the city for the month of May, delivering 45 events, we brought together writers, performers, journalists, poets, novelists, activists, commentators, broadcasters, academics and communities.

Our feature activity this year was the construction of our installation wall, Building Blocks To Freedom, that popped-up in Church Street for two special performances with LowKey and our Light Night open mic. We created stunning narrative designs with the help of artist Izzy O’Rourke, and the people of Liverpool who came to tell their stories.

We welcomed a distinctive array of international guests including Carmen Bugan, Mourid Barghouti, Marcello Di Cintio, Chuma Nwokolo, Stephen James Smith, Eamonn McCann, Radio Django Berlin and Amineh Abou Kerech.

We hosted significant national guests too, such as Akala, Benjamin Zephaniah, Robert Webb, Jordan Stephens, Shami Chakrabarti, Richard Blair (George Orwell’s son), Kate Evans, Bidisha, LowKey, Reni Eddo Lodge, Caroline Moran, Beatrix Campbell, Paul Farley and highlighted local artists James Rice, Andy Grant, Nina McCallig and projects such as the From Pitt Street to Granby publication, our Pulp Idol 2018 competition and the array of local artists and WoW project participants supporting our festival guests and our performance opportunities at Light Night and Superheroes & Superstars, a special day of activity for children and young people.

Thanks to all those who made WoWFEST 18 – Crossing Borders such a successful festival – our funders, Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool, the writers, artists and commentators who took part, our wonderful volunteers, staff, trustees, and of course, our brilliant audiences. We look forward to getting your feedback on WoWFEST 18, and your support for our next festival in 2019.


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