Press release: Merseyside Arts Festival Needs Your Talent

The Prescot Festival will return this June with plans to get you involved in its 10-day programme of arts, music and culture.

The seventeenth annual festival features a mixture of online and offline activities between Friday 18 and Sunday 27 June, and the community is being asked to take part in several key events.

Do you have a knack for words and a tale to tell? Enter the 2021 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition by writing up to 1,000 words inspired by the quote ‘We know what we are, but not what we may be’—a line spoken by the tragic Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The full rules are online at, along with more ideas to fire up your imagination.

Art will feature prominently this year. Anyone can submit photos of their own artistic creations—from paintings to sculptures—for the Prescot Festival Community Art Display, an online exhibition.

And if you want to get active and explore Prescot’s illustrious heritage, put on your walking shoes and follow the clues on the Prescot Cultural Trail on Saturday 19 June. You’ll receive a map to guide you on a fact-finding mission through the historic town centre, and all the answers will be revealed on Monday 28 June.

In previous years, an average of 100 sopranos, altos, tenors and basses have gathered to ‘Come & Sing’ as the Prescot Festival Chorus (pictured). Although circumstances don’t allow a live choral concert this year, the festival is encouraging members to satisfy the urge to make music by joining the Self Isolation Choir at

‘The world isn’t quite back to “normality” yet,’ said artistic director Dr Robert Howard, ‘but like communities across the world, we’re finding fun and innovative ways to keep celebrating arts and culture in Covid-safe ways until audiences can come out to concerts and bigger live events again.’

Festival audiences can look forward to online contributions from Shakespeare North and Liverpool Cathedral, among others, this year, and worship at Prescot Parish Church on Sundays 20 and 27 June will play a part in the programme.

The full schedule is now online at


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