COoL Projects

COoL work on a variety of collaborative projects and are open to collaborate with other organisations. Our most recent project was Black History Month Festival 2021 in collaboration with Culture Liverpool and Writing on the Wall.

COoL Creates- International Youth Day

The first COoL Creates public showcase day took place in August 2018, in Liverpool ONE for International Youth Day. Four COoL members; dot art, Open Culture, The Windows Project and Hope Street Ltd teamed together to showcase unique projects they had been working on with young people across the city in poetry, art, music and street theatre, a fantastic celebration of talented young people.

COoL Black History Month Festival- 1919 Race Riots

Five COoL organisations worked together successfully in partnership to deliver a Black History Month Festival for 2019 to mark the centenary of the 1919 Liverpool Race Riots.

The organisation involved were: Writing on the Wall, First Take, Tmesis Theatre, Pagoda Arts and the Liverpool Irish Festival.

The festival managed to provide audiences with a range of activities that considered the history and heritage of black communities nationally but particularly in Liverpool and their legacy within the city.

We did this through a number of collaborative events:

  • Curated by LIF, a day of 3 story-releasing sessions led by Black, Chinese and Irish leaders reaching 64 participants.
  • Animated Walking tours from WoW with performance from Tmesis Theatre, bringing the history of the 1919 Race Riots in Liverpool to life, following the tragic journey of Charles Wotten.
  • An AR trail created by First Take with soundtrack from pagoda Arts: A poignant and moving retelling of the 1919 Race Riots in Liverpool, on the streets where it took place. Audience could visit the Augmented Reality (AR) trail and find the signs on the streets that were brought to life using a mobile device
  • A series of talks and events curated by Writing on the Wall including:
    • BlackFest Celebration
    • Rioting – A Class Act? the Guardian Editor-at-Large journalist and broadcaster, Gary Younge investigated the nature of riots.

Watch the festival highlights here

COoL Creates- Building Blocks to Freedom

Building Blocks to Freedom (2018) explored messages of togetherness, hope and inclusivity by building stories and experiences around the thoughts, ideas and hopes of our communities for the society and identity they wish to build for themselves and each other.

It culminated in a day of performance, by the ‘Wall’ from COoL members Writing on the Wall, Luma Creations and Tmesis Theatre in Liverpool City Centre.