A celebration of culture, unity and creative freedom of expression takes place at Invisible Wind Factory, Meraki and Quarry over Sunday 7th – Tuesday 9th May
Xpresia is a unique and free to attend festival concept that brings together different forms of both electronic and performing arts within a carefully curated three-day programme, celebrating culture, unity, and creative freedom of expression.
Xpresia is born from the shared desire to bring Ukrainian and UK artists together in solidarity as Liverpool hosts Eurovision on Ukraine’s behalf. The festival is collaboratively produced by both British and Ukrainian creative producers and curators to deliver something truly unique in Liverpool as part of EuroFestival 2023.
Across three days – Sunday 7th, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May – over 30 Ukrainian and UK artists will showcase their work to the city and world beyond. Taking place in the thriving development area of the Ten Streets, Xpresia will happen across some of Liverpool’s best independent arts and music venues; The Invisible Wind Factory (Hall, Substation & Garden), Meraki, and Quarry.
Artistic disciplines showcased across Xpresia Festival will be creative technology and visual arts, electronic music production and DJs, live music, theatre and cabaret in a celebration bringing Ukrainian and UK artists together as part of the Eurovision festivities.
Tickets are free and available to book at: https://xpresiafestival.com
Xpresia Festival – The Programme
Sunday 7th May – 10pm-6am (inc secret after party)
Xpresia kicks off with electronic club nights across all three venues on Sunday 7th May. The lineup includes Kyiv-based producer and rave hero Koloah, DJs from Sisu and Kyiv’s Veselka, DJ SweetSpot and friends (Humble Abode), local legend Luna Thee Frenchie, and a special guest to be revealed. There will also be an after party with venue and acts to be announced soon.
Monday 8th May – 1pm – midnight
On Monday 8th May, IWF hosts a lineup of live acts including Liverpool band Ostrich, Kyiv-based rock group Love’n’Joy, and headlined by Ukrainian alternative music project Zetetics. Meraki becomes the home for electronic and live-electronic acts such as Liverpool act Podge and Ukrainian acts Nu-jazz/electro pop duo Krapka;Koma and electronic pop artist Palmo X. Quarry transforms into a cabaret club to host The Secret Circus for an Xpresia special, as well as an Unsual Art Sourcing takeover and panel discussion with UKRAINE PRIDE.
Tuesday 9th May – 7pm – midnight
Kyiv-based audiovisual jazz-rock band Stas Koroliov headline IWF on Tuesday 9th May, with other acts including Liverpool dance-rock band DSM IV and Ukrainian alt-pop artist Marineris. At Meraki dark electro act Tucha will feature, chill electronic RnB artist Zbaraski and jungle, jazz, and drum’n’bass inspired saxophonist/composer Andrii Barmalii. Over at Quarry is a life changing, not-to-be-missed radical cabaret presented by Eat Me and Pomoc, showcasing migrant talent, influences and voices through a queer lens.
The festival is a collaboration between Liverpool based project partners Invisible Wind Factory, Kazimier Productions, independent theatre producer, Sonia Chapman, and Ukrainian partners Slukh Media and Perfectionist London. Other delivery partners include cabaret collectives Eat Me and The Secret Circus, Ukrainian queer rave Veselka, Sisu – a UK platform for women and non-binary DJs and producers, UKRAINE PRIDE, Amorphic Music, and Sun Palace Sound System
Invisible Wind Factory and Substation, 3 Regent Rd, Liverpool, L3 7DS –
Meraki, 3 Dickson St, Liverpool, L3 7EB
Quarry, 17 Love Ln, Liverpool L3 7DD
Tickets from: https://xpresiafestival.com