A Liverpool festival of grassroots music and arts needs all of us.
Threshold Festival of Music & Arts was started by artists for artists and has its roots in the creative industries of Liverpool and the North West. Since 2011, they have held annual festivals bringing together a diverse wealth of artists, musicians, promoters, academics and enthusiasts to The Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool. Sadly, they’ve not received the funding they need to make the festival viable this year but the people of Liverpool have come together, in traditional Scouse fashion, to make sure that it does indeed happen. A couple weeks ago they launched a crowdfunding campaign and the reaction has been great.
Threshold has been critically acclaimed in citywide, regional and national press and in 2016 was shortlisted as Best Festival for Emerging Talent in the UK Festival Awards. It has been described as “a life force for grass-roots and emerging arts” and is regarded by many as a platform for creative practitioners at all stages of artistic development. It’s vital festivals like this happen for the city and for the area of The Baltic for it to continue to be a tour de force in all things creative and forward thinking. Using the once derelict and now booming warehouse venues of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, which has drawn comparisons to Berlin, Shoreditch and the Meatpacking District of New York, Threshold has grown up in a playground for those seeking the alternative, experimental and fresh. They launched their campaign last week following a shortfall in funding ahead of their 7th annual event in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.
Organisers have been amazed by the response so far, which has included a £1000 pledge from Pacificstream, a Liverpool support service for creative industries, making them an official Threshold 2017 Patron. In addition to this great show of support, Arts Council England have now pledged to fund the final 25% of Threshold’s target if their campaign manages to hit the three-quarter mark of £6750. It now makes the crowdfund an ‘all or nothing’ situation for the festival but organisers are hopeful that fans will show their support.
They have up until 11th of March to help them reach that target, let’s do it Liverpool. Support here.