Liverpool MakeFest returns to the city on Saturday 1st July at Central Library.
Makefest is the UK’s biggest free ‘maker’ event, a one-day hybrid technology, arts and craft festival where makers from across the UK get together to share and show their projects to the public with the hope of enthusing the next generation of creative technologists and artists . It’s a fun, buzzing, educational and often surprising day for the whole family, that takes place in the unique and stunning surroundings of Liverpool Central Library.
And what’s more, it’s all FREE!
And this year Liverpool MakeFest has a special theme -the 1960s !
1963 was pivotal year for Liverpool with the launch of the first Beatles album alongside the musical explosion that was Merseybeat, the launch of Dr. Who and local lad Harold Wilsons’s famous ‘White Heat of Technology’ speech. As the world seems to be in the middle of a new era of technology and digital transformation it’s appropriate to show the transition between 1963 and 2023 by celebrating all things 1960s retro.
Come and see some retro computer kits, old toys hacked and reimagined, plates and bowls made from old milk bottles, a table full of rockets, an experimental hot air balloon, 3-D printed buildings, the naughty or nice machine, learn how embroidery and knitting machines work, design an underwater creature or make a wallet from bubble wrap and much more.
There is also a full range of interesting talks and performances with Ignite returning with the ‘Cosy Conference’, stepping into the future rather than the past looking at what life may be like in Liverpool in 2053, Poet Cath Holland will also be performing, she will explore class, feminism and the loneliness of the modern age. The illustrator, artist and author Tina Freeman will be making a welcome return to talk about her Beatles and Mod-themed children’s books and she’ll also be giving away a few secrets about her characters’ costumes.
And while you are visiting don’t forget to join 60s music expert Spencer Leigh for a tour of the Liverpool 1963: How did we do it MerseyBeat Exhibition -it’s absolutely fascinating
And finally but not least, come along and meet Dalek Dominic-lovingly hand-crafted by ‘His Maker’ who’ll be patrolling the front of the library capturing members of the public for interrogation
Maker’s and visitors are encouraged to dress up in a 60s theme, fashion; or how about coming along as your fantasy, film, TV or come as your favourite Dr Who character or favourite 60s food. There will be prizes for the best ‘Maker’ costume and best adult and children’s costume.