LIVERPOOL Central Library is hosting the third annual Liverpool Makefest taking place on 24th June 2017 9am-5pm. A free one day festival Liverpool MakeFest is organised by a team of volunteers from the Local ‘maker’ community and is a showcase of digital arts, science, creations, inventions and gadgets. This year there are more than 200 makers all with the same aim, to introduce ‘making’ to a new audience and for the community to get involved. There will be free hands on activities for all age groups ranging from coding to crafts that will explore how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics or ‘STEAM’ are shaping and enhancing the world we live in. Highlights include… Culture Matters – creating the next generation of cultural leaders A brand new project for young creatives in Liverpool to make a difference to the lives of children and young people by engaging them in arts and cultural activities. As part of the project, a group of young people with disabilities will be recruited as Digital & Cultural producers and will receive mentoring and training from a range of arts and media professionals in different creative skills areas, such as digital media production, organising events, recruiting and working with artists, facilitating creative activities and much more. Field ready-humanitarian applications of ‘making’ Who work making essential supplies on the ground in humanitarian crises, through videos/poster/some demo items, and talking about how others can get involved as humanitarian makers. They train people in Africa in applications such as 3D printing so they can make medical and essential supplies. Women in technology showcase Chelsea Slater, from Liverpool Girl geeks has curated a showcase of women working with technology to inspire and educate everyone. One of these exhibitors is Rachel Freire who is an artist and designer who uses the body as a canvas. Her work combines material innovation with traditional craftsmanship and Rachel launched her conceptual fashion label on the catwalks of London Fashion Week in 2009. She is the textile designer of mi.mu gloves, a wearable gestural interface which lets you compose and play music with your hands. She is currently fascinated with engineered surfaces, combining fabric and circuits to create functional garments for the future. Her work exists to tell stories, or to inspire them. Liverpool Code Club A pilot code club born out of the first Liverpool Makefest in 2015 and going from strength to strength. Liverpool Code club meets at Central library at 11am on Sundays in term time but watch out for more Liverpool Code club happenings at other library sites soon. Up on the roof!-Liverpool Astronomy Club and Quantum Technology Club Liverpool Astronomical Society is arguably the oldest amateur astronomical society in the world. Founded in 1881 the Society has over 130 years of experience behind it and can offer advice on a wide range of related astronomical subjects. The Quantum Technology Club’s ‘Communicating around the world without the Internet ‘shows people how amateur radio operators (the original ‘makers’) communicate with each other over many thousands of miles using simple equipment. Communication can be by code, voice, video, imagery or linking computers together to exchange information. Communication can even be with satellites and the International Space Station. Business start-up advice desk In addition the Central Library Entrepreneur in Residence Councillor Gary Millar will be on hand to give free business and intellectual property advice to entrepreneurs involved in Digital and creative businesses. Maker Difference Makefest 2017 is part of Liverpool Libraries’ ‘Maker Difference’ project funded by Arts Council England Council England and the BBC’s Children in Need. The Library Service will be recruiting at Makefest for young people to participate in Maker Hubs, Code Clubs and creative learning opportunities at library sites in the heart of local communities in Liverpool. These activities will encourage children and young people aged 8-18 to engage with technology in innovative ways, help to develop their creative and digital skills, and inspire and empower participants whilst allowing them not only to create together, but also to socialise, innovate and learn. The ‘Maker Difference’ Project at Liverpool Libraries will culminate with the introduction and curation of a new festival ‘Young MakeFest’ in March 2018. Interested? Then chat with Chris Huffee at Code Club workshop for more information .