Families can see magicians, music and street theater at a free event in Liverpool

A free, family-friendly three-day street theater event is coming to Liverpool city centre.

Beyond the Fringe 2021 centers around the home of Liverpool’s 18th century performance routes in Williamson Square, taking over the area to transform the streets into a playground for performers.

Organizers of the free event are working with local, national and international artists to bring the festival to life in hopes of developing it into an annual event for the city and communities of Liverpool.

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The three-day creative extravaganza will feature jugglers, magicians, musicians and more. It will take place in Williamson Square, Clayton Square and surrounding streets on October 22, 23 and 24 between 12pm and 6pm.

The internationally acclaimed Men In Coats, a one-of-a-kind visual comedy double act, will perform daily on the main stage in Williamson Square at around 2pm and 5pm for all three days. The duo have over 60 million views on YouTube and are famous for combining comedy, clowning and illusion.

Lucy Carew, one of the main organizers of the festival, said: “We have had brilliant support and funding from the City, Culture, LJMU Theater Director Nick Philips, the brilliant Bluecoat Chamber, the Playhouse and a special mention to the Liverpool BID team, artists Melvyn Altwarg, Mat Boden and the Shiverpool team, who were brilliant from the start and supported us.

“It’s been a wonderful collaboration between artists from Liverpool, London and across the UK. It’s so exciting to showcase this amazing talent here in Liverpool – we really [are] the city landscape to be home to street theater and outdoor arts.”

Melvyn Altwarg, representing Covent Garden Artist, said: “Liverpool have an opportunity and could take center stage for street theater in the UK.”

Further information and updates can be found via Beyond the Fringe Website.

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