St Helens and Knowsley Arts Festival with free event returns – here’s what’s on


A FREE arts festival returns to venues across St Helens and Knowsley.

The festival marks Heart of Glass, a collaborative arts organization, announcing support for free events, exhibitions and performances taking place across the region.

Heart of Glass promises “a playful arts program taking place in unexpected spaces and places” across St Helens and for the first time in Knowsley, as the city region’s current culture borough.

The festival, curated by Lowri Evans, a living artist based in Manchester, will feature a variety of art exhibitions and events suited to the autumn season, with an opportunity for locals to discover individual experiences.

Patrick Fox, Managing Director of Heart of Glass, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Take Over our free arts festival back across St Helens and – this year Knowsley – too, after our Covid hiatus.

“The Creative People and Places program aims to bring artists and communities together to create and experience incredible art.

“Lowri and the team have put together an incredibly exciting slate of events, workshops and hands-on experiences to feed our hearts and souls this fall.”

Lowri Evans, festival host, added: “It’s lovely to be back in St Helens and Knowsley at this magical time of year.

“I’m thrilled to share an exciting group of artists, events and gatherings with you, so if you’re ready to brave the cold and get outside, join us as we cast spells, embrace temptation, try new things, let’s come together.”

To get you in the fall mood, here are the events taking place from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, November 13, with a selection of times available to browse the Heart of Glass site:

TOUCHY + ANTHOLOGY by 20StoriesHigh – Saturday 5 November at the Théâtre de la Citadelle

Made of Stars by Turntable Theater – From Friday 28 October to Sunday 13 November at Knowsley Community College and St Mary’s Market

Ten Commandments by David Hoyle, in partnership with Homotopia – Saturday, October 29 The Citadel Theater

Astrology Bingo by Figs in Wigs – Friday 4 November at Thatto Heath Labor Club

Routes 10A and 257 by Heather Glazzard – From Saturday 29 October to Sunday 13 November

MUSH by Unfinished Business – Saturday 29 October at St Mary’s Market

NEW SOCIETY by Lisa Mattocks – From Friday 28 October to Sunday 13 November

The Addams Family Projection (PG) – Saturday, October 29 at Maison Lucem

I’m from Reykjavik by Sonia Hughes – Saturday, November 5 place of the church

Projection Persepolis (12A) – Saturday November 5 at Maison Lucem

Workplace Game Night by Michelle Browne – Sunday 6 November at St Helens Book Stop

Face and Place (PG) Screening – Sunday 13 November at the Shakespeare North Playhouse, Knowsley

Jenny Gaskell’s dressing room – Saturday 5 November at Prescot High Street

Sharing sauerkraut spells by unfinished business – Saturday, November 12 at Maison Lucem

FEAST: PEAR by Xhi Ndubisi and Sarah Hunter – Sunday 13 November at St Mary’s Market

Jane Mason, dancer in residence – Saturday November 5

Children’s show by Eggs Collective – Saturday 12 November at Knowsley Community College and St Helens Town Hall

Hocus Pocus (PG) Screening – Sunday 30 October at the Shakespeare North Playhouse, Knowsley

All events are free, with some requiring a reservation.

For more information on times and tickets, visit


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