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Article date - 12 September 2018
Take Over Festival is a partnership between Heart of Glass and St Helens Libraries that sees six weeks of art, culture and pop-up performances ignite the streets and spaces of St Helens.
No location is off limits as artists are invited to showcase new and engaging work in libraries, shops, labour clubs and public spaces, with St Helens 150’s edition of the festival examining the idea of identity.
Social realism is the term used for work produced by painters, printmakers, photographers, writers and filmmakers that aims to draw attention to the everyday conditions of the working class and to voice the authors' critique of the social structures behind these conditions.
The films are as follows:
Nightcleaners - 20th September 2018, 7pm
Created by members of the Berwick Street Film Collective, ‘Nightcleaners’ is a documentary film about the campaign to unionise the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimised and underpaid by their employers. (90 minutes)
Bata-ville - 4th October 2018, 7pm
‘Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future’ is a bittersweet record of an English coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire - the Moravian town of Zlin. The film will be introduced by its writers and directors, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope. (93 minutes)
The Rank & File - 18th October, 7pm
Based on the Pilkington Glass strike that took place in St Helens in 1970, this film by lauded British director Ken Loach uses a documentary approach to cover a wildcat strike among rank and file union members. (71 minutes)
Tickets for individual films are £4, £3 (St Helens Library Card Holders, £2 (concessions), or £8/£6/£4 for all three films. Book tickets online at www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or call into any library in St Helens.
For more information on the Take Over Festival programme, including appearances from St Helens ‘son’ Frank Cottrell Boyce and actress Maxine Peake and a performance of the award-winning ‘salt’ by Selina Thompson, visit www.heartofglass.org.uk.
Cultural Hubs, the nationally-renowned arts-in-libraries programme, is delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Heart of Glass is an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens, Merseyside. Made possible by an initial investment of £1.5 million from Arts Council England through the Creative People and Places programme. Heart of Glass is made with, of and for St Helens. Its programme is rooted in collaborative practice and embodies the principle of partnership.
Heart of Glass' core values, philosophy and approach as a project are founded on co-production with the community and the active participation of the collaborator, non-artist, audience and viewer in the creation of great art. People, both individually and within communities of place or interest, are central to both their thinking and practice.