Liverpool Against Racism Festival line-up unveiled


The line-up has been revealed for the inaugural Liverpool Against Racism festival which takes place next month.

The week-long event, running from April 23-30, includes a day-long music showcase in the Baltic Triangle, conferences, debates and partner events ranging from walking tours and poetry workshops to skating festivals.

The programme has been curated by creative consultant Yaw Owusu.

The Music Day on April 24 will take place across Camp and Furnace, District and 24 Kitchen Street and will feature appearances by John Power, The Christians, The Farm, Sense of Sound, DJ Greg Wilson, Mic Lowry, and LAPSLEY among others.

It’s expected there will be around 50 acts and tickets are £5 per person per venue.

A conference at The Spine on April 26 will include local, national and international contributors from the world of education, business, media, fashion and sport.

And on April 29 there will be a Youth Empower conference and summit, organised in collaboration with the Anthony Walker Foundation and Liverpool John Moores University.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: “The festival is part of the ongoing debate we have about racism, how it impacts and look at what meaningful change really means. All people of all backgrounds are welcome to join in and participate.

“Shining a spotlight on the topic may well be uncomfortable and, for some, upsetting, but it is also empowering, thought-provoking, ambitious, impactful and quite simply, essential.”

And creative consultant Yaw Owusu added: “Music, creativity and debate are incredible outlets for expressing the complex narratives around racism.

“The reaction we received from the musicians and speakers we approached to be part of LAR spoke volumes about the importance, and uniqueness of this event. And of course the line-up is significant in its multiculturalism – racism isn’t just an issue for one sector of society – it’s for us all to acknowledge and address.

“It’s set to be a fearless, frank and meaningful week which will raise awareness which can create a path to change.”

Liverpool Against Racism runs from April 23-30. More details HERE