COoL Members

20 Stories High make theatre with young people from excluded communities, emerging and world class artists to ell stories. We believe everybody’s got a story to tell…and their own way of telling it…

Bluecoat Display Centre is an independent charitable organisation, which aims to promote contemporary applied arts to support the craft infrastructure through: extending audiences, working with leading North West practitioners, and participation and learning to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Brazuka builds positive connections through artistic and cultural activities, designing and delivering events, workshops and exchange trips between Brazil and the UK.

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture which takes place annually in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, highlighting the range of culture, food and music from the vibrant and inspiring continent. 

Collective Encounters is a professional arts organisation specialising in theatre for social change. We use theatre to engage those on the margins of society, telling untold stories and tackling the local, national and international concerns of our time.

DaDaFest is an innovative and cutting edge disability and deaf arts organisation. Our vision is to inspire, develop and celebrate talent and excellence in disability and deaf arts.

dot-art supports visual arts and champions art an integral part of everyday life. We this by selling locally sourced, affordable art, working with businesses to put art in the workplace and public realm, running art classes and working with schools and community groups.

First Take is an award-winning filmmaking and digital arts organisation specialising in working with diverse communities and on artistic collaborations, producing edgy, authentic, untold stories. 

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival delivers arts and community programmes that bring diverse cultures together, increasing appreciation and awareness of Arab culture and arts at a local, national and international level.

The Liverpool Irish Festival exists to bring Liverpool and Ireland closer together using arts and culture. Why? Because Irish people suffer isolation, ignorance and invisibility, in England and around the world. 

BlackFest is an annual festival which platforms, develops and celebrates Black/POC artists and communities across art forms such as music, dance, film, theatre, and the visual arts. To educate, empower and improve equality in the arts championing leadership.

MDI are a charity and dance development organisation. We work with dancers of every age, ability and community to inspire through the power of movement in our classes, workshops and our annual LEAP festival. 

Metal Liverpool is an artistic laboratory based at Edge Hill Staton, the world’s oldest active passenger railway station. We act as a catalyst for art and artists to create innovative societal change.

Homotopia makes art, interventions and participation that inspires and unities communities. Every November, Homotopia presents the longest running annual festival of local, national and international LGBTQIA arts & culture in the country.

Movema is an exciting and dynamic company providing world dance activities for everyone. Our unique team represents the vibrancy, energy and diversity of British culture.

OLC (One Latin Culture) Productions celebrates, promotes and produces Latin American and diversity arts and artists. We produce an annual programme of events, performances, festivals and projects.

Open Culture aims to increase the profile of arts and engagement in the region. We do this through our projects including LightNight Liverpool, Summer and Winter Arts Markets and Uncover Liverpool, a guide to cultural activities in the city region.

Open Eye Gallery produces exhibitions, long-term collaborative projects, publications, festivals, and university courses – locally and worldwide. We welcome over 85,000 visitors to our gallery every year, over 200,000 to projects in other venues, and many more to our online spaces.

Pagoda Arts introduces Chinese culture to a wide and diverse community and develops a unique Youth Orchestra which is at the cutting edge of contemporary and classical Chinese and Western music.

Squash is an arts and health initiative that promotes creative health education through workshops, course, events and training. We also turn an award-winning organic cafe and shop in Toxteth. 

The Atkinson is Southport’s home for music, theatre, art, literature and history. We offer an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts.

The Black-E is the UK’s first Community Arts Centre. Its programme includes Kinetic Theatre and Youth Arts & Education. 6 different spaces are hired to arts and community projects. Central focuses are Diversity, and the least engaged. 

The Comedy Trust create happier, healthier people through the power of laughter and comedy. Throughout the year we deliver workshop programmes and curate Liverpool’s annual celebration of comedy and the arts through the Liverpool Comedy Festival.

The Windows Project, founded in 1976, runs writing workshops in community venues: playschemes, youth centres, day centres. We also work with adults with learning difficulties and in secure units, prisons and schools.

Tmesis Theatre create, develop and share passionate and playful physical theatre through touring shows, participation and an International Festival, Physical Fest. We are a female-led company, with a large focus of work with and about women.

Wired are an internationally acclaimed aerial theatre company and the creators and world’s foremost performers of Bungee-Assisted Dance technique. 

Writing on the Wall (WoW) is a writing & literature organisation hosting Liverpool’s longest running literature festival – WoWFEST. WoW also host Black History Month festival in October and creates writing development programmes.