A Moment…

Continuing the theme of Stuff All Over, i’m just recovering from the If Only festival, which was a laughably intensive weekend of exhilarating and dizzying performance all over the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool. Sometimes wildy experimental, sometimes it was the mix or the context that was daring. Also worth noting that we get an audience for this stuff as well, so just because you’re trying to push boundaries doesn’t mean you’re condemned to playing to three people on a Tuesday evening. But i digress.

After it was all over, and we were grasping our hard-earned pints, it struck us how high a quality of work we’d been able to present using mainly local artists. It would definitely seem that Liverpool is having a bit of a moment, artistically: some people were born here, some have been pulled by the gravitational mass of what’s happening (trust me, it isn’t cos of the money!). A slightly odd feeling – abandoned by both the state and the private sector, yet here we are, at the centre of the universe…

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