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


WINNER – eccentric idea of the year!

We are OVERJOYED to have been thought worthy of being nominated in the Sense of Place Liverpool Awards……….

……….and we couldn’t think of an award we would more like to win than

Eccentric idea of the year

Friends of the Flyover, Monkey Map, Post Code Honey, Liverpool Giants (plus memories of the Liverpool spider).

Explaining that I mean ‘eccentric’ as a good thing. An idea so good that you look at it and think ‘Where did that one come from?’ – we set about discussing which of these add the most to Liverpool. Sarah’s ‘Monkey Map’ website, her mission to log every monkey puzzle tree on Earth from her Liverpool base, was as ever fascinating to all and rightly recognised as an ongoing mission of breathtaking eccentricity. But no more about Liverpool than it’s about everywhere else where the trees grow.

So awarding this one to the Friends of the Flyover for the richness their idea will add to Liverpool life was an easy decision for us all. One of the very best days of the year was the day the flyovers were closed to traffic and we all tried the idea out by going for a play around on the skyroads. It’ll cost less to make this idea a reality than it would to knock the things down. So let’s get on with doing it so before long the flyovers are competing for Place of the Year at future Liverpool Awards.

Winner – Friends of the Flyoverflyover29



northern futures info graphic

Firmly on the agenda!

We’ve certainly gone up in the world a little recently – with both Crowd Funding and citizen-led public space projects catching the attention of local and national government

We took part in the recent Northern Futures Ideas Day in Liverpool that was set up as a one of a series of events around the north to capture citizen’s ideas for improving wealth and prosperity outside of the capital.  The day was a great networking opportunity and a chance to brainstorm ideas with people we knew and some we didn’t too!  One of our favourite collaborators – Elaine Cresswell from reShaped, pitched an idea of co-ordinated and facilitated use of meanwhile spaces and it was taken up as one of only 9 ideas presented to the Northern Futures Summit – watch her presentation her at 1:33:20


The Flyover is one of Elaine’s examples of citizen-led use of space and our Flyover Fest and our plans for our Promo Phase are firmly on the agenda of ODPM and this fabulous project which will be rolled out in the new year!

We’ve also made it to the Prime Minister’s press releases this month too as he Hails the Rise of Civic Crowdfunding