july flyover takeover

Our July Flyover Takeover event promises to be a spectacular!

On Sunday 31st July, you can:

  • ride or stride along the South carriageway of Churchill Way from 8am-11am as it will be closed to traffic from 8am
  • from midday we will turn the carriageway into our temporary urban park and will be filling it with dancers, food, bicycle smoothie machines and much more!

Highlights in the performance programme for 31st July include a performance of Frantic by outstanding dance company Acrojou – it has been described as

“One of the finest short dance pieces I have seen for some time…an intensely moving experience.”
– Richard Ings, Arts Council England

Exploring love, freedom, blood, sweat and rainstorms: Frantic is an explosive acrobatic exploration of our relentless devotion to busyness, the reality of a running mind and one man’s thirst for escape.

Frantic features spectacular acrobatics and dance-theatre, choreographed around a wheel, with a hidden water system for a joyous finale danced in pouring rain.

We are so lucky to have a performance of this calibre coming to Liverpool and being part of our Flyover Takeover programme

We also have a wonderful mix of dance class meets flash mob meets performance by MoveMe which will get all our audience involved! Using a storytelling method to take the audience on a journey through an irresistible pop track, professional dancers teach people of all ages and abilities a contemporary dance choreography in just 40 minutes.

As our whole event on 31st July is sponsored by and produced in collaboration with Sustrans – you can expect a LOT of cycling related events, workshops and activites………

We have 3 FREE community workshops for you to choose from and once the learning is over the Flyover will be a space of shared fun and movement.

From 11am there will be a wing making workshop being held in Breckfield Community Centre, followed by a 1pm Flight of the Bikes ride down to the Flyover

Flight of the bikes

If you are feeling creatively energetic and love your bike so much you would like to learn to dance with it, then why not join in the Strictly Cycling workshops we will be running in Everton then take part in or watch the awesome Bicycle Ballet company’s exhilarating dance performance on bikes, exploring the joyful highs and gritty lows of cycling.  Their choreography fuses dance and physical theatre with visual spectacle, comedy and striking soundtracks.

Initially conceived as a mass participatory performance, engaging people and their bikes in new, exciting and unexpected ways is still at the heart of the project.  This work crosses the boundaries of art, sport, health and environment; to attract the widest range of audiences or passers-by, and to transform familiar environments into places of discovery and magic.

photo by Karen Poley

photo by Karen Poley

But, at its heart, its all about the bike.   Expressing the freedom and fun of cycling, and exploring people’s partnerships with their trusty steeds


Whether you get involved in any of the workshops, or you just want to bring the family and watch some of the performances, or sit and enjoy some lovely food from our local and regional suppliers whilst you take in the views or our great city,




Check back here frequently for our latest events and how to get involved:

Flyover Takeover Programme Announced

Dance, music, performance and conversation return to Liverpool’s Churchill Way Flyover in summer festival celebrating culture and community.

An acoustic picnic, making and planting, cycling projects, an Urban Workbench, street performers, theatre and dance along with sound and light installations are just some of the free events taking place between the end of June and September.

Organised by We Make Places and Friends of the Flyover with funding from Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Granada Foundation, Sustrans and others, the programme is the next stage in the exploration of The Flyover as a public space for community and cultural activities. Inviting artists, performers, makers and musicians to work with the local community, the programme will be about entertainment but also encouraging people to envisage the future of The Flyover, and empower them to say what they want it to be.

Four Artist Provocateurs, including international artist Luke Jerram, will work with people who live and work in the neighbourhoods surrounding The Flyover, understanding how they feel about the space, its history and role in the city and its future. By September, the artists will be ready to propose activities and installations for next year’s cultural programme.

Highlights of the Flyover Takeover include;

  • An acoustic picnic with music by Threshold Festival
  • The launch of The Flyover’s Urban Workbench project
  • Ride and Stride cycle tours exploring the social history and connecting North Liverpool to the Pier Head
  • Maverick City, a one day symposium exploring how artists and activists can shape cities
  • Move Me flash mob dance performance
  • Explosive, acrobatic dance-theatre piece Frantic by Acrojou

Key dates include;

Friday 24 June – Maverick City a one day cultural symposium exploring the growing movement of artists, designers and activities delivering grassroots projects and provocations in communities across Europe

Sunday 3rd July – A Ride and Stride to coincide with the Liverpool Chester Bike Ride in the morning with bike workshops and stopoffs. In the afternoon an acoustic picnic welcomes the riders (and everyone else) for food, music and conversation.

Sunday 31 July – Dance, Health & Wellbeing takeover with performances including Move Me and Acrojou with a morning Ride & Stride

Sunday 7th August – A day of cycling, walking, guided tours, urban exploring and a chance to learn about the locality of the Flyover.

Sunday 28 August – A morning of Ride & Stride with an afternoon of theatre with street acts, performances and workshops including Gobbledegook Threatre and Liverpool’s own VIP Puppets who will be bringing some of their zoo animals to our urban park.

Sunday 25 September – Light, Space & Technology takeover, with installations, film and music.

Full Programme Here

Kate Stewart from We Make Places and Friends of the Flyover said: “we are so excited to be able to build on the success of our first event and to invite local people and tourists alike to take part in activities and to experience amazing performances and presentations by local, national and international artists and performers.  The support of the Arts Council, Liverpool City Council and the local community has been amazing and it is giving us the opportunity to bring world class cultural activity to an underused part of the city and, we hope, to new audiences.  We are really grateful to our many other funders too and look forward to sharing more details about each event and funding partners through our website, social media and printed materials.”




The Maverick City – Friday 24th June – 10am till 4:30pm at The Playhouse Theatre Studio


Flyover Fest – Sunday 13th July – 12pm til 5pm



Be a Steward – we need 25 willing volunteers to help keep everyone (and the Flyover) happy and safe.  You will be giving directions, answering questions, picking up any stray litter and generally promoting the project and the event.  You will receive a full briefing and be working under a team manager.  You will be issued with a high-vis vest and name badge and we will provide you with a fixed amount of expenses (we hope you will spend some of it with our lovely food vendors on the day)

Promote the event – help by sharing the event on social media – our facebook event page is here

Help distribute flyers  – if you can collect some flyers from our base in Baltic Creative and distribute them to 4 named venues on our list please let us know


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