Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


On Friday May 18th 2018, as part of Liverpool’s Light Night Festival and working in partnership with the other creative, cultural and community organisations in and around Windsor Street in Liverpool 8, Writing on the Wall plan to ‘Light Up Windsor Street’ with a day and evening of exciting, fun, creative and interactive activities for local residents and guests and visitors from across Liverpool and beyond – a celebration of the creativity to engage local residents and make them proud of what their area has to offer.

In March 2018 Writing on the Wall was offered the opportunity by Liverpool Libraries to move our offices into Toxteth Library on Windsor Street, Liverpool 8. Writing on the Wall has been running community-based projects and delivering an annual month-long writing and literary festival for eighteen years; our offices have mainly been in the Liverpool 8 area.

Windsor Street is now one of the most creative streets in Liverpool – with a range of creative, cultural and community organisations based here, including: Writing on the Wall; Toxteth Library - holds many adult and children based cultural activities; Squash Nutrition - a Liverpool 8-based social enterprise, working within communities to share skills and promote food health and well-being; Toxteth TV - a multi-use creative community hub; Firefit Hub - Liverpool’s Super Youth Zone. A state of the art, world class facility for young people, and a youth centre for sports, music, culture and diversity designed by young people – for young people; Brouhaha International festival - who deliver new and exciting cultural initiatives and arts projects, and others in the surrounding area, including the Kuumba Imani Centre, and Granby Community Land trust and Granby Market.

To celebrate all these creative, cultural organisations having their base in Windsor Street, and to get local residents involved in what we all do, we want to join in with Liverpool's annual LightNight celebrations and 'Light Up Windsor Street' with a night where all the organistions open their doors to the local community and other guests and visitors from across the city and beyond, with a series of public activities and events for adults and children featuring street theatre, pop-up food stalls, literary events, and interactive activities for all to enjoy.

LightNight is the city’s one-night arts festival – a time for visitors of all ages to come along and see the city in a new light with everything from large-scale light projections and live music to workshops and spoken word, art, crafts and theatre, street performance, walking tours, dancing and late-opening exhibitions taking place right across the city centre. LightNight sees venues large and small, old and new stay open late to celebrate the incredible arts and culture on offer in Merseyside. Each year tens of thousands of people take the opportunity to try something new; see something different; step out of their comfort zone; or just spend time with friends and family.

The 2018 edition of the LightNight festival will take place on Friday 18 May.
LightNight is part of Museums at Night, the national festival of arts & culture that sees cultural spaces around the UK open late into the night.

Our aim is to inspire and engage local people in culture and the arts – it’s good for us all and good for our local community. Light Up Windsor Street will be developed through workshops with local artists so people in the area can create their own artwork, writing, theatre, etc., to be showcased as part of the day of festivities. We'll create an ongoing legacy to keep creating new work and ensure, from young to old, that everyone can keep on being involved in arts and culture.

With author readings, writing competitions, pop-up food stalls, cooking lessons, outdoor theatre, music, poetry, dancing and much, much more, this promises to be one of the most exciting street parties Windsor Street has ever seen!

Writing on the Wall

Moment of Pride

Writing on the Wall have developed many projects engaging diverse communities across Liverpool, working with people with mental health issues, refugees, asylum seekers, young people, kinship carers, and many more. Our projects always engage people in creative activity, letting their talents shine!

Location: Windsor Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom