is a free magazine published by Catalyst Media
(formerly Catalyst Creative Media) in Liverpool
, North West England
. Combining features on social issues with artist profiles, it runs to 32 pages and is published about three times a year. The magazine has a broadly anti-capitalist
stance, and this has led to on-going criticism of both Liverpool's European Capital of Culture
status and advance planning for the 2008 event.
Catalyst was set up by local activist and founding editor Darren Guy in early 2003, with the stated aim of 'promoting grassroots arts and culture on Merseyside'. When Guy moved on in autumn 2005, a co-operative editorial team of Adam Ford, Paul Hunt, Ritchie Hunter and Colin Serjent was brought together.