About Us


“The revolution will be televised, digitised, analysed and theorised if this festival for ‘anarchists of the imagination’ is anything to go by.”

- The Guardian

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is an energetic regional festival of new cinema, digital culture and art. The festival takes place annually in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years, with an extended regional programme.

Our mission is to push the boundaries of audience experience through a programme that spills out of galleries and screens into the streets of the Northwest.

To date AND has commissioned 56 new works across several platforms including visual arts, film, performance, the public realm and and media art.

We have worked with over 300 contemporary artists including Eva and Franco Mattes, Brody Condon, Molleindustria, Ubermorgan, Andrew Kötting, John O’ Shea, Heath Bunting, Oreet Ashery, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Stephen Fortune, Carolee Schneeman, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Gillian Wearing, Phil Collins, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, The Yes Men, Centre of Attention and Jamie King.

AND features a mix of screenings, installations, online projects, residencies, public realm interventions and exhibitions with a distinct emphasis on critique and ideas. Criticality is central to the festival concept, with space for both high-level industry-based knowledge and wider public engagement, conversation and debate.

The festival was founded in 2009 through a unique partnership between FACT, Cornerhouse and folly.