Abandon Normal Devices’ festival of new cinema, digital culture and art, and the UK’s only roaming digital festival, takes to the water for the 9th edition, exploring the global trade gateway of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey.

AND Festival 2020 will transform waterways, ports and docklands into temporary autonomous creative zones, unfolding along the water’s edge at sites in Merseyside and Cheshire (UK).

Opened in 1894, the 36mile long ship canal is an engineering wonder which has traversed the North’s industrial heart for 125 years, chronicling our past, present and future industries. AND Festival 2020 will bring into focus global trade industries and infrastructures largely hidden from sight.

Navigating the flows of oil refineries, recycling plants, wind farms and agriculture from these ports to sites across the world, AND will enable prophetic reflections of global trade systems and raise radical perspectives to envisage shared liberatory futures. 

AND Festival 2020 will feature 4 days of unusual and unexpected experiences – immersive installations, augmented reality seascapes, virtual environments, floating experiments and immersive field trips – on boats, docks and ports. 

AND invites you to abandon your normal devices and submerge yourself in this industrial waterscape.


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AND Festival 2020 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England with additional support from British Council and The Space, and programme partners Canal & River Trust, Culture Liverpool,Culture Warrington, The Daniel Adamson, University of Salford Art Collection, Somerset House Studios and Wirral Council.

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Stanlow Oil Refinery © ARG_Flickr (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Manchester Ship Canal, Warrington. © Neil

Event info:

  • Thu 14th — Sun 17th May 2020
  • Manchester Ship Canal & River Mersey (UK)

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