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TakeOverFest 2015 is a three-month arts festival full of exciting things to do in St Helens! In late 2014 we invited artist and broadcaster Scottee to St.Helens, this was quickly followed up a residency in early 2015. We asked Scottee to ‘take over’ and so developed the first annual TakeOverFest, an artist led programme of work for and with St.Helens people and place.
Scottee has sourced some of the best artists and entertainers from across the region (and beyond), inviting them to take over empty shops, parks, tunnels and even minicabs to create a fun festival for all ages that won’t break the bank!
The programme includes raves for kids, stand up poetry, haunted ghost tours and there’s even a café where you can enjoy a cheap brew whilst people show off at your table!
Knitbomb the Park! September 19 – December 19
Local knitters, old and young will knit the grass, benches and trees of Friends Park.
The grand opening is on September 19 at 5pm, but you can visit throughout the three-month festival.
Free event at Friends Park, from 5pm on September 19 – December 19.
Fraff poetry night – October 16
Fraff is a fun, stand up poetry night for people who don’t like poetry, compered by artist and “Kim Jong-Un lookalike” Scottee.
£6 tickets (£2.50 concessions), 7pm at St Helens Central Library.
Marisa Carnesky’s Haunted Furnace – October 23 & 24
A scary walk-about performance featuring live performers in the “haunted” Hotties furness at World of Glass.
This interactive performance will take over the underground tunnels of the original Pilkington’s glass factory – “not for the faint hearted”.
£4 tickets (£3 concessions, but 13+ only), 5.30pm at the World of Glass museum
Hunt & Darton Café – November 4 – 21
The award-winning Hunt & Darton Café is coming to St Helens – a fully functioning cafe serving cups of tea and tableside performances, take away art and pineapple hats.
Free entry, open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday, location yet to be announced.
Le Gateau Chocolat – November 13
An intimate night of song and opera from “the world’s leading operatic diva”, Le Gateau Chocolat.
£6 ticket (£4 concessions), 7.30pm at the World of Glass museum.
Jack Rooke: Come Ride With Me – November 19
Comedian Jack Rooke invites you into his minicab to talk death, loss and how we treat the bereaved, based on his own experiences.
He is running 30-minute slots for up to three passengers, and will “celebrate lost loved ones and find happiness after tragedy”.
£6 per half-hour cab performance from 5pm – 8.30pm, picked up outside Lily’s Tea Room.
IncrEDIBLE poetry with Talia Randall – November 20
Artist Talia Randall promises to show you how to make poetry, then eat it – using a little food and a little imagination.
Free event, from 10am – 4pm at Hunt & Darton Cafe (location yet to be announced).
Scottee’s Camp – December 4
Scottee promises “a gang of cabaret weirdos including fat opera singers, drag queens eating hot dogs and some naff magic for a proper Saturday night knees up.”
£10 tickets (£8 concessions), 7.30pm at the Citadel arts centre.
Kids Rave – December 19
Heart of Glass present a morning rave for under-8s, featuring a cereal bar, balloon modeling, face painting, drag DJs and live music and dance on a Saturday morning.
£2.50 per child (donations encouraged by parents), 10am – 1pm at the Citadel arts centre.
Tickets are available from the box office The Citadel, Waterloo Street, St. Helens, WA10 1PX or call 01744 735436 or visit click here