What measures is AND taking to safely deliver the festival during Stage 3 Roadmap guidelines?
Following new guidance on local enhanced measures in areas across the North West, we have updated our advice to festival goers. Please see our full statement here.
At every AND event, you can expect:
- Events presented in low-risk, outdoor or well ventilated spaces
- Face coverings worn (unless exempt) by staff wherever audiences are required to
- Social distancing to be observed
- Strict, reduced capacities of event spaces
- To be asked for track and trace information on arrival
- Sanitising stations and enhanced cleaning schedules
- Only card or contactless payments to minimise touch points
- Festival staff to have undertaken COVID-19 safety training
Working together to keep our events safe, visitors must:
- Bring a face mask and wear on site where signage or staff advise, unless you are medically exempt
- Maintain social distancing
- Please remain at home, if you or anyone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19; if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19; if you have recently been in contact with someone who has COVID-19; or you have been advised to self isolate. For further advice visit the NHS website.
For the most up to date guidance in your area, check local guidance.
To order free lateral flow home tests, visit the government website.
How do I book a ticket?
Is AND Festival 21 suitable for children?
Please refer to each event page for specific age restrictions or content warnings. We generally advise that anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult for our all events.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend planning your travel in advance to make the most out of your festival experience. Basic travel information for getting to Liverpool, Birkenhead and Ellesmere Port can be found on our travel page or, where possible, we’ve included travel information on individual venue pages. For full details about local bus and train services please visit Merseytravel journey planner, or for ferry services please visit Mersey Ferries.
Basic accommodation information can be found on our accomodation page. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend booking accomodation in advance to avoid disappointment.
Code of Conduct
We want you to enjoy your experience of our spaces. Both offline and online, our spaces are ones where everyone should feel safe, welcomed and respected. We have a collective responsibility for each other, and to ourselves, to be mindful of our behaviour. Read our Code of Conduct for details on how to enter AND spaces.
Abandon Normal Devices Merchandise
Abandon Normal Devices merchandise will be available to purchase at all sited AND Festival 2021 events. This includes tote bags, Abandon Normal Strategies and limited-edition, anti-facial recognition face masks designed and made by Lucy Fawcett, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. We will not be selling either tote bags or face masks online.
About AND Festival
What is AND Festival?
AND Festival 2021 is a 7 week programme of site-specific installations and events presented on and along the industrial waterways of Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey, and online. Events will take place in a variety of unusual spaces and venues including boats, waterways and old industrial sites. View the full programme.
Who funds AND Festival?
Abandon Normal Devices would like to thank all our partners, venues and funders, without whose time and effort AND Festival 2021 would not be possible.
AND Festival 2021 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England with additional support from British Council, Culture Warrington, Creative Industries Fund Netherlands, The Space, Film Hub North (National Lottery funding from BFI Film Audience Network) and in collaboration with Wirral Borough Council.
Programme partners British Library, Canal & River Trust, Culture Liverpool, Maritime Digital Hub, Merseytravel, The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, Portico: Portsmouth’s Cargo Terminal, Super Slow Way, Wigan Council and York Mediale.