We are EPIC!

We are pleased to let you know that on 21st May our wonderful Flyover Fest was announced as the Epic Awards 2015 England Winner

“Rather than see millions wasted on tearing down an ugly, under-used flyover, this innovative group is turning it into a cultural space for everyone to enjoy.”


Epic Awards is an annual initiative run by Voluntary Arts The awards champion creative cultural participation and shine a spotlight on excellence and achievement in the voluntary arts sector.


The reception took place at MediaCityUK compared by BBC Radio 4 presenter Sheila McClennon who commented “Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best these people have made a real difference to their communities.”


Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy in England sent a message to us on the night:

Many congratulations to Friends of the Flyover for winning the Epic Award 2015. They can, and should, be very proud indeed for what they have achieved in such a short amount of time. Flyover Fest is a fantastic example of local people working together creatively and with innovation to transform their community through the power of arts and culture. I have seen this happen with other projects in all parts of the country, and it is inspiring to see the effect that taking part in creative cultural activity can have on the lives of people, and the strength and identity of their community.

I am proud to have supported Epic Awards since the first winners’ reception in 2011 and I have the greatest respect for all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted groups. They show the positive difference that voluntary arts groups can make across the country.


Kate Stewart, Steve Threlfall and Toria Buzza (Director of We Make Places) collected our EPIC award at the event in Media City

Kate Stewart, Steve Threlfall and Toria Buzza (Director of We Make Places) collected our EPIC award at the event in Media City


Friends of the Flyover said: “We are thrilled that our event Flyover Fest has been chosen as the national winner for England in the Epic Awards. Flyover Fest was a massive public consultation event and celebration of our idea to transform 25,000 tonnes of concrete highway, walkways and spaces beneath into an elevated urban park. The Flyover Fest event showed just how successful the project could be and how the space could go on to be an important venue in Liverpool for more cultural and arts events owned and managed by the voluntary sector.  We are excited about what will happen in the next chapter of The Flyover.” (Kate Stewart, Friends of the Flyover)


We worked with Baltic based Tomfoolery Pictures to put together this short summary of the project which was shown on the awards evening

The soundtrack for the above film is used by permission of We The Undersigned and photographs are by the ever talented Iron Bird Aerial Photography, Michael Kirkham Photography and Liverpool Live TV

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Flyover Fest by Liverpool Live TV

Our lovely friends at Liverpool Live TV joined us for the Friends of the Flyover Festival They took their cameras with them, have a look at what they recorded:

Blunderbuss&Badger-at Flyover Fest

Flyover Fest InfoGraphic

After our amazing Flyover Fest event we contacted over 700 people who came along and took part and we produced this info graphic which describes how great it was for the city and why Churchill Way should become a public space and an elevated urban park on a permanent basis



By Helen Hunt

The Friends of the Flyover hold festival which showcases their ambitious plans for urban park

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy a street festival held on a flyover in Liverpool city centre.

Churchill Way was closed off to traffic but open to people who were entertained with music and song in the sunshine.

The event, held by the Friends of the Flyover, was a chance for them to show off their ambitious plans to transform the structure into a new urban park.

The Friends group was set up after the city’s 2012 Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) proposed the removal of the Churchill flyover which runs from Islington, past Central Library and the World Museum though to Dale Street.

Ukulele Club performance with World Museum at the background

Ukulele Club performance with Dale St at the background

Flyover Fest overview

Scrap tall bike at Dale St

Organisers were encouraging as many people as possible to sign up to become a friend and help make their project a reality.

The Friends are proposing turning the roads into cyclist and pedestrian-friendly routes with kiosks and cafes.

Earlier, a spokesman for the group said: “The space will offer the potential for animation activities such as theatre, music, art, cafes, allotments, cycle paths etc, in the same way as New York’s High Line, which has become a visitor attraction in its own right.”

This article first appeared on Liverpool Echo website. On their link there is also a video from the day of the event available.



By David Lloyd

Churchill Way Flyover Liverpool Proposal by We Make Liverpool


It’s not official yet, but it’s inching closer: the Churchill Flyovers’ future as an elevated wonderland of herb gardens, herbaceous borders and hot coffee is looking like it might, just might get off the ground.

So, go this Sunday and get a taster of the shape of things that may come. While we worry and fret about Heaps Mill, student flats and Liverpool Waters, it’s good to see real grass-roots action taking flight. Who knows, with a little wind under them (and a couple of million quid) we might all be walking in the air one day.

Flyover Fest, Sunday 13th, will see buskers, street food (appropriately, for once), art, crafts and workshops: have your say on the shape of things to come, and see the results, live, thanks to on-the-spot computer visualisations. Like Time Team – but of the future.

More than anything, though, this weekend is a chance for you to show your support to the amazing folk making this one of the most exciting regeneration projects in the city.

Flyover Fest
Churchill Flyover (Dale Street)
July 13 (12-5pm)

This publication first appeared on the Seven Streets website.


Flyover Fest this weekend, Liverpool, 13th July, 12 – 5pm

Come Down to a Free Event & Support a Great Project


What better way is there to spend your Sunday, than with a full on Flyover Fest for free from 12 – 5pm? Enjoy performances and busker sets from Vanessa Murray, Dominic Dunn, We The Undersigned, She Drew The Gun and the wonderful Ukulele Club Liverpool as well as a free busking site.

You can also join Trev & Angie of Impropriety providing tours with completely fabricated stories about things that never happened on the Flyover…or did they?

Add this to great food, street arts, travelling minstrels and birds of prey, Sunday will be a day to elevate all of your expectations when it comes to a party on a bit of road.

“The Friends of the Flyover project is one of the most exciting things to happen to Liverpool in a very long time, make sure you’re there to show your support and experience a great day for all ages.” – Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival.

This article first appeared on the Open Culture Merseyside Arts & Culture website.