AND Festival 2021

Thursday 27 May – Sunday 11 July 2021

the Daniel Adamson, Mersey Ferries, National Waterways Museum + Online

AND Festival resurfaces for 2021, taking you on an extraordinary journey responding to the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey. The programme follows the flows of shipping, energy and political power structures, from container ports on our doorsteps to the depths of the ocean floor; through ecosystems bound up with industrial chemicals, minerals and microplastics, to their effects on our planet, human and non-human bodies. 

AND Festival 2021 will take place online, on docklands and on the water, featuring field trips in the physical world via augmented reality seascapes, immersive voyages and floating laboratories, expanded through an online programme of radical and disruptive artworks, film screenings, performances, talks and workshops. Inviting radical artists, critical thinkers and curious audiences to renavigate the industrial landscape from physical and virtual perspectives, the programme brings into focus the oceanic scale of networked industries and infrastructures that form part of our daily contemporary consumption. 

Audiences local and remote are invited to trace the entangled flows of shipping routes, oil refineries, chemical industries, recycling plants and energy systems from these ports, and unearth the impact on our ways of living.

We have recently announced the following projects, with many more to come over the following weeks:

The Blue Violet River – Anita Fontaine

By the Sound of Things – Kate Davies 

WetLab – public works + Assembly

One-Fifth of the Earth’s Surface – Hakeem Adam + Maxwell Mutanda

Toxicity’s ReachMary Maggic, Luiza Prado de. O Martins + Sissel Marie Tonn

AND Festival 2021 Artists and Collaborators: Hakeem Adam (GH), Assembly (UK), Marija Bozinovska Jones (MK)Kate Davies (UK), Anita Fontaine (AU), Mary Maggic (CN/US), Maxwell Mutanda (ZW), New Emergences (NL), Ignatia Nilam Agusta (ID), Luiza Prado de. O Martins (BR), public works (UK) and Sissel Marie Tonn (DK) with more to be announced.

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AND Festival 2021 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England with additional support from British Council, Creative Industries Fund Netherlands, The Space and Film Hub North (National Lottery funding from BFI Film Audience Network). Programme partners British Library, Canal & River Trust, Culture Liverpool, Culture Warrington, Merseytravel, The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, Super Slow Way, Wigan Council, Wirral Council and York Mediale.

Event info:

  • Thu 27th May — Sun 11th Jul 2021
  • Manchester Ship Canal, River Mersey UK and online

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