The second Threshold Festival was held in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool in a bid to improve and promote the district as a cultural hub.

 

The three-day long event covered a series of activities, ranging from live stages, arts and crafts stalls, to theatre workshops and panel discussions, all spread across different venues, from Friday to Sunday.

 

Some of the highlights were acts like The John Fairhurst Band, Police Squad, The Temps and Organ Freeman. At the Elevator Bar was a 'made-here' craft store displaying beautiful trinkets and other handmade articles. On Saturday, a zumba session was hosted at the Picket.

 

Industry panel discussions on topics urging the media to ‘Mind Your Own Business’ and the city's ‘Culture of Capital’ were held at the Liverpool Gallery.

 

Threshold Festival’s first outing was held entirely in the Contemporary Urban Center in 2011. However, funding cuts to the People Can charity has meant that the CUC had to close in January this year.

 

This forced the Threshold Festival to take to the surrounding buildings, like the Blade Factory and The Lantern Theatre, among others.

 

Chris Carney, who came up with the idea and organised the Threshold Festival with his wife Kaya told JMU Journalism: “We wanted to bring the creative community to the Baltic Triangle. It’s an up and coming area and we were interested in developing the creative hub it was becoming.

 

"We wanted to be on top of it. I myself have a background in theatre and dance and my wife is into music and clubs. We hope for it to become a huge festival.”

 

The festival takes place once a year around the same time, but Carney added that they were looking to expand it. He said: “We may do a one-night event, a larger headline, and maybe a couple of smaller festivals.”

Threshold Festival boosts Baltic Triangle

By Priyanka Zaveri, International Editor

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