Be prepared for an out-of-this-world discovery, as Portals opens in Haydock Library on Friday 9 August, as part of the award-winning Cultural Hubs arts-in-libraries programme.


A mysterious glowing disc will materialise in the library, inviting everyone to play. This mesmerising interactive experience allows people of all ages and abilities to intuitively make complex patterns through movement and colour, through two episodic adventures.

In Episode One (1pm-6pm), library visitors will risk being sucked into another dimension, as they manipulate the strange device to create surreal shapes and symbols.

Episode Two (7pm) will take spacefaring visitors to new horizons, as digital artist Sam Meech and musician Raz Ullah present a special performance in surround sound. The duo will use coloured lasers to create compelling video, triggering sweeping synth soundscapes, all within Haydock Library. Booking is essential for Episode Two.

Both events are free to attend, but you must book your space for Episode Two via or within Haydock Library. Just drop in to Episode One.

Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Libraries, said: “Another ground-breaking season of our nationally renowned Cultural Hubs programme is coming to a cosmic end with Portals; be sure not to miss this unique event as Sam and Raz take visitors on a time-travelling, mind-bending adventure.

“We’re really proud of Cultural Hubs, and the positive way the community is getting involved with and supporting it. Look out for announcements about the start of the next season, covering September to November, in the weeks ahead, which is sure to be full of more exciting and inclusive events in our libraries.”

Cultural Hubs is funded by Arts Council England and delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.


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