A WEEK-LONG arts festival featuring a performance by 90s chart-toppers Space will be held in New Brighton next month.

Taking place from Monday, July 8 to Saturday, July 13, the New Brighton One Community Arts Festival is part of Wirral's ‘Borough of Culture’ activities and promises an 'exciting, week-long celebration of the arts' at various locations in the seaside town.

Events across the week will range from choir performances, a commissioned piece of theatre about New Brighton, a comedy night, an evening of spoken word, a showcase of amazing bands from across the borough and will finish with a free family festival in the Victoria Quarter on Saturday, July 13 11am-9pm a free family festival.

Liverpool band Space, whose hits included Female of the Species and The Ballad of Tom Jones will perform that day. There will be two live stages of music, dance and entertainment; a kids and creative zone, both with a wealth of free activities for children, there will be live street art being created by famous street artists, performances from the renowned Samba Livre Liverpool Brazilian Dancers, the Katumba Drummers and Movema Dance who will be hosting live dance workshops.

A spokesperson for organisers HFCMAT and C-Change said events throughout the week 'are designed to bring the local community together, providing a platform for local children, adults and professional artists to collaborate and perform together'.

The week culminates in what promises to be an 'incredible' One Community Street Party in the Victoria Quarter on Saturday, July 13 from 11am-9pm, described as 'a free family festival for the whole community to enjoy.'

Andy Moor, chief executive of HFCMAT and C-Change lead, said: "We believe that Creativity, Community and Culture are key to making a change in the lives of young people and are proud to launch our annual Arts Festival this year, bringing different generations together to celebrate the fantastic creative community we have here in New Brighton.

"We are excited to bring a host of professional artists to New Brighton to help us grow the cultural opportunities in the area".

A spokesperson for Wirral Council said "The council are proud to support this wonderful festival as part of the wider celebrations for the Borough of Culture this year.

"We have an incredible opportunity to make the most of the town’s cultural and heritage assets to develop new and fun experiences for local people and visitors to enjoy.

"Celebrating New Brighton’s history, telling our story in new ways and energising our communities through cultural experiences has never been more important as we recover from the pandemic and look ahead to the future."

Equilibrium North West CIC said: "We love organising and collaborating with these community events.

"It will be great fun, there is some incredible talent in our communities and the Arts are the best ways for us to all express ourselves.

"We always make it our greatest ambition to put as much on free for people and families to access. We really hope it brings people together, to sing, dance and make happy memories."

For more details, go to: www.hfcmat.com/new-brighton-arts-festival/