A Celebration Of Culture, Unity & Creative Freedom Of Expression Takes Place At The Invisible Wind Factory, Meraki & Quarry Over Sunday The 7th - Tuesday The 9th May 2023
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 incredible 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 asthe Liverpool City Region 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.
'The Ukrainians have always fought for possibility to express their own opinions, minds, creative ideas.' - Maksym Serdiuk, SLUKH.MEDIA Founder & Editor-in-Chief.
Across three days – Sunday the 7th , Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 9th of 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 Quarter, Xpresia will happen across some of Liverpool’s best independent arts and music venues; The Invisible Wind Factory's (IWF) Hall, Substation & Garden, alongside the venues Meraki, and Quarry.
Invisible Wind Factory & Substation, 3 Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 7DS.
Meraki, 3 Dickson Street, Liverpool, L3 7EB.
Quarry, 17 Love Lane, Liverpool L3 7DD.
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.
Maksym Serdiuk, SLUKH.MEDIA Founder & Editor-in-Chief, said: 'I see the great challenge for SLUKH.MEDIA and me personally in popularising Ukrainian culture and music. The Ukrainians have always fought for possibility to express their own opinions, minds, creative ideas. And Xpresia Festival will be a great experience for you to come together over us.'
Tickets are free and available to book through the Xpresia Festival website.
Xpresia Festival - The Programme Breakdown
Sunday 7th May – 10pm Until 6am (Including 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 (Pictured above), 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 Until 12 Midnight
On Monday 8th May, The Invisible Wind Factory 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 Until 12 Midnight
Kyiv-based audiovisual jazz-rock band, Stas Koroliov headline IWF on Tuesday the 9th of 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 an LBGT+ 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 LGBT+ 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 is a music venue and multi-disciplinary arts organisation founded by the people behind the Kazimier. Owned and run by creatives and artists, IWF have developed many festival installations, immersive productions and unique cultural events and experiences. Previous partners and clients that they have worked with include Glastonbury Festival, Kendal Calling, Culture Liverpool, Walk the Plank, River of Light, Light Night, Fire In The Mountain, Festival No.6 and many more.
Oleh Teteriatnyk, creative producer of Xpresia. Perfectionist London: 'We are bringing emerging artists from Ukraine to Liverpool. Some of them are mainstream, some are pretty alternative, but both are underrepresented. So I’m happy about the opportunity to show how European we are in music. I’m looking forward to making them exposed in the UK by turning the worst time for every Ukrainian into something good. Hope that we can manage quantum leap for every artist we have.'
Oleh added: 'Xpresia Festival will showcase the Ukrainian spirit and intention to the UK audience. So I’m watching the space for them in the media to put this music on air and intro every headphone.'
He said: 'That’s a pleasure how much support has been given to us by Culture Liverpool and Mayor. Liverpool is breathing and pulsing with music. Let’s roll.'