Liverpool’s finest annual showcase of grassroots music and arts – Threshold Six: Alchemy – took over the city’s thriving Baltic Triangle this past weekend with an eclectic festival celebration.
An abundance of emerging artists, collaboration, DIY, avant garde and community based projects encompassing music, theatre, film, performance and visual arts showcased just what an embarrassment of riches this city of culture has to offer.
Friday’s launch night set the tone with sets from the likes of Natalie McCool, Baba Soul & The Professors of Funk, Johnny Sands and The Boston Shakers whilst the Performance programme got off to a theatrical start thanks to the brilliant Cabaret from the Shadows.
The Visual Arts programme filled nine venues with a veritable smorgasbord of exhibitions across the weekend and is still running at the The Gallery Liverpool and The Baltic Social (post room) until April 11th. As the festival closed, artwork was combined and re-presented, with elements merging together, distilling themes, forms and imagery to create a new narrative.
The exhibition features interpretations of Alchemy, alchemical symbolism and the mysterious arts of transmutation. Participating artists have explored the versatility and changeable nature of materials. Work includes photography, painting and illustration, sculpture, mixed media installation and works that develop and change. You can read a review of the whole Visual Arts programme from ‘Art in Liverpool’ here.
Sunday saw some wonderful family fun at Constellations, as well as acoustic magic from Mellowtone at Unit 51 and the fantastic Mad Pride in association with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium.
Festival Co-Director Chris Herstad Carney was thrilled with the weekend. “Seeing so many people come out to support and celebrate grassroots music and arts in Liverpool has been an absolute joy” he said. “We feel like we’ve turned a corner this year. An amazing weekend.”
Threshold would like to thank all those who played such an integral part of an amazing weekend, including their stellar team of volunteers, all the artists, venues, sponsors and partners, and of course everyone who came down to join the festivities.
Threshold 2017 dates have been announced and Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale for just £10. You can pick up tickets for the event which will take place on Friday 31st March til Sunday 2nd April, 2017 via Skiddle here.