Liverpool Beach Huts – an ideas walk

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Liverpool Beach Huts – a waterfront encounter between business and alternative thinking


Saturday 11 June – Sunday 3 July 2016 

Along the Liverpool Waterfront the Beach Huts project animated the 2016 International Festival of Business for a three week period. Providing a celebration of British Culture, new technologies, art and DIY enterprise. the Beach Huts were occupied by artists, designer-makers, poets, performers and entrepreneurs. They became stations for a series of performances, participatory workshops, conversations and ideas.

There was a mix of different huts stretching from the site of the festival to the main thoroughfare of the Strand (the Strand is the old English word for beach). The location attracted festival delegates and the general public to find out more about what Liverpool and the North’s creative industries has to offer.

Each cluster of Beach Huts contained a selection of new creative commissions; a showcase of creative industries from the Northern Powerhouse cities (Hull, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield), a series of new artworks responding to the themes of the International Festival of Business, performance huts, and community huts.

The Beach Huts have been inspired by the following themes from the festival: creative and digital economies, technology, manufacturing; sustainability, and energy and the environment.

Each mixture of huts contained items, images and activities to inspire delegates and entertain passers-by.


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