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Free arts festival to mark official launch of Fabric District

A three-day international free arts festival featuring a wide programme of events and exhibitions will mark the official launch of the Fabric District.

Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and FINSA, ‘May 1968 Time Tunnel: May 2018 Liverpool’ will feature a number of previously unseen world exclusives.

The festival will coincide with the official launch of the Fabric District on 10 May when business and arts leaders will submit a vision document calling for the area to be recognised as a priority regeneration zone in a bid to trigger investment and job creation schemes.

The mixed-use vision document includes a detailed plan to revitalise the neighbourhood, with changes to its existing streetscapes, and identifies ways to make it more welcoming to both new businesses and to the public, as well as attracting new residents.

The Fabric District, which takes its name from the area’s historic associations with the fashion and textile industries is located between Islington and London Road, and borders Lime Street and the Knowledge Quarter, home to the city’s universities and the £1 billion Paddington Village scheme.

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Highlights of the 10-13 May festival, which has been curated by John Hyatt, include:

The Gift of John Heartfield, The Tapestry, Kempston Street

In 1968 the students of Liverpool School of Art and Design invited German artist John Heartfield to speak in the city. In return he gifted this complete set of his pre-WW2 anti-Nazi photomontage posters which will be seen here for the first time.

History of the Scottie Press, The Tapestry

The Scottie Press is a community newspaper that covers the last 50 years. Curated by John Hyatt working with Joel Hansen of the Scottie Press, this will be the first time its archive has been displayed as an exhibition.

The White Space: 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album, The Tapestry

This exhibtion studies The Beatles as an evolving band, the transitions from Beatlemania to psychedelia and then minimalism through The White Album. Press clippings, posters, magazines and rarely seen documents from Apple Records are on show.

GIRLFANS: Untold Stories, The YPG Gallery, Devon Street

GIRLFANS investigates the lives of real women through photography and the traditional fanzine form to give female football fans visibility, a voice and a sense of belonging in football culture.

The Try & Lilly Archive, The YPG Gallery

This display shows the history of one of Liverpool’s oldest but littlest-known companies, Try & Lilly Ltd.

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