The inaugural Festival of Beautiful Ideas begins this month. From April 23 to 27 you’re invited to join us to share an idea that can have further impact on making Birkenhead and Woodside a great place to live and work. Come along, get ready to collaborate, and help reignite Wirral’s long history of ideas and innovation.
Focusing inspiration and energy on Birkenhead and Woodside, the week-long festival run by the Beautiful Ideas Company sees a series of events and ‘hack days’, taking place around the area. They’re an opportunity for people to talk about ideas, share opportunities and get inspired.
Each event taps into the opportunities highlighted for the Festival of Beautiful Ideas, including music and events; food and drink; making and manufacturing and places and spaces, to show people with bright ideas some of Wirral’s unique and under-utilised spaces. It’s about cultural potential; reclaiming Wirral’s industrial heritage; pop-ups, meanwhile spaces and most importantly collaboration. We’re not only looking for ideas, but we’re looking for people who are willing to offer opportunities and challenges to be met by our entrepreneurs, or can support them in any way.
The festival ends with an event on April 27, where people will be able to showcase their ideas. The best ideas will benefit from a funding pot of £5,000, designed to help take ideas to the next stage of development. Funded work space and mentoring for some of the winners will also be provided by Wirral Chamber.
A summary of the events are listed below
For the full festival programme please visit http://thebeautifulideas.co/wirral
To join us at one of events and share your Beautiful Idea book onto the events here
|Sunday 23 April:
#WirralSpaces A sense of place, 1pm to 2.30pm
Meet at Hamilton Square for a walk around Birkenhead and Woodside. Take your inspiration from the area’s unique spaces, and hone your idea while you walk…
|Monday 24 April:
#WirralEats Food and Drink hack, 6.30pm to 9pm, Home Café at Woodside
Join Wirral-based food and drink makers to share inspiration, stories and help those interested in launching beautiful new food and drink businesses on Wirral.
|Tuesday 25 April:
#WirralMakes Making and Manufacturing hack, 12 to 4pm, Pacific Road
Whether you’re a longstanding manufacturer with new plans, a maker ready to grow or an inventor with an idea – share your ideas with like-minded makers and chat and create. What ideas will you bring with you, and what will you be taking away?!
#WirralSpaces – A sense of as place (as per 23 April above, but leaving from Pacific Road at 4:30pm)
#WirralPlays Music and Culture hack, 6pm to 9pm, Gallagher’s Pub
Music and culture has always been a part of what Wirral has created, imported and exported. Big or small, how would you change things for Wirral’s music lovers and makers, its writers, artists and creators?
Following the Hack events there will be the opportunity to Hone your pitch on Wednesday 26 April, 10am-2:30pm, Pacific Road. Here you can talk to our team to help hone your idea and include it in the final pitch and exhibition to be held at Pacific Road Sheds on 27 April. We’ll help you work out what you need, and how to sell your story to the people who can help you make it happen.
Every successful enterprise starts with an idea – so if you have one bring it along.