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A Bluecoat Creative Community Event: Backlands

Explore the Backlands with an original electroacoustic work, alongside an immersive soundscape and film.


5:30pm - 8:30pm


Thu 23 November 2023

Thu 23 Nov, 5.30-8.30pm

Experience a creative portrayal of the Backlands, a unique hidden landscape that lies between the world's first industrial urban areas.

The Backlands are a hidden land that defies labels. Quarried, dredged, heaped with soil and reclaimed, Backlands was carved out by pioneering road, rail and waterways connecting Liverpool and Manchester to global markets.

Within this event, Backlands are explored and interpreted through film, music, painting, poetry, and photography.

This event allows you to experience a unique landscape at the premiere of BACKLANDS, an original electroacoustic work composed collectively by James Girling, Carmel Smickersgill and Andy Scott. The work will performed live during the evening with an accompanying immersive film and soundscape directed by John Ludlam.

This event is organised by members of the Bluecoat's creative community.

Painting by Fine Artist John Skinner.
Photography and poetry by multidisciplinary artist Anthony Wong

Event Details

Live premiere of original electroacoustic music and immersive film.

5.30 - doors open, drinks and visuals in the Bistro Bar

6.15 - Show call

6.30 - Backlands begins

7.30 - Show close - Bistro bar opens

Tickets: £12.50

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