Things To Do This Summer In Liverpool

There’s a wide range of things to see and do in our region this summer, including some great events for children. Many are free or relatively cheap and ideal for a family day out.

Liverpool Waterfront From Inside The Museum of Liverpool

1. Children’s workshops and events

Children’s events can be a real lifesaver and help to keep the children occupied and entertained over summer.

The Reader’s Storybarn has workshops to get the kids reading and there’s a range of family films showing at Crosby’s Plaza Cinema, such as current Marvel blockbuster Thor (12A). Williamson Art Gallery also has a full day of drop-in art and craft activities.

The World Museum has a host of Dr Who workshops linking to their new Worlds of Wonder exhibition, from building a TARDIS to making your very own sonic screwdriver.

Bluecoat have a special exhibition for children and adults this summer, Are you Messin’? features work by leading UK artists that are designed to be touched and explored.

2. Scenic walks

Merseyside has an abundance of trails and walks for a great family day-out. Some of the most scenic are on the coast, with walks and cycle trails along the Sefton Coastal Path, Otterspool Park and the Wirral Way.

The Dream statue loop walk in St Helens is a great day out, with easily-accessible paths and it’s suitable for any fitness level. The 20-metre high Dream sculpture was commissioned by ex-miners and St Helens’ Council to reflect the aspirations of the community.

If you prefer something more urban, there’s also some great historic walks around Liverpool’s city centre that cover key sites such as Mathew Street and the waterfront.

3. Summer festivals

There’s an excellent selection of festivals happening in the region over the summer, from local music and family festivals to larger events such as Liverpool International Music Festival. LIMF features sets this year from De La Soul, The Zutons and a host of upcoming local talent.

Brazilica Festival returns to Liverpool with a spectacular street parade on 6 August. Brazilica is the UK’s largest celebration of Brazilian culture. Creamfields, one of the biggest electronic music festivals, is also back this year from August 25 – August 29.

There’s plenty of one-day festivals worth checking out, Convenience Gallery are holding their Summer Festival in August, with a day of arts and culture at Bloom in Birkenhead.

4. Museums and galleries

The city’s museums and galleries are free for most exhibitions and a low cost way to spend a day out with the family.

Museum of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool all host free workshops as well as their regular exhibitions. The Wondrous Place Gallery at Museum of Liverpool is especially worth checking out for its showcase of the city’s cultural heritage.

The Lady Lever Art Gallery in scenic Port Sunlight is also excellent for a visit and explorer day. Their current Inspired by Lady Lever exhibition celebrates 100 years of the gallery and its history.

5. Get creative

If you feel like getting creative over the summer there’s plenty of inspiring adult art classes at a range of venues.

Classes include Life Drawing with Convenience Gallery, painting your own Starry Night over Liverpool at Shipping Forecast and weaving workshops from LazyKate Textiles at John Archer Hall.  

Make. also have Introduction to Tie Dye and Beginner Mosaic workshops for a chance to explore something new and discover a new hobby.

For more events happening over the summer and beyond check out our What’s On section.

More Hidden Gems To Discover In Liverpool

By Ade Blackburn

Liverpool has a host of hidden gems to discover, here’s a second selection of unique and culturally important venues and places that have helped shape the city.

1. News from Nowhere

News From Nowhere Bookshop Bold Street Liverpool

News From Nowhere is Liverpool’s not-for-profit radical and community bookshop – established in 1974, and run collectively by a workers’ co-operative.

The bookshop is strongly committed to social justice, from challenging the power of corporate capitalism to breaking down prejudiced attitudes. They focus on subjects such as feminism, anti-racism, LGBT+, workers’ rights and also stock many local interest books.

A lovely shop to browse and discover new writers.

News from Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, L1

2. 24 Kitchen Street

24 Kitchen Street

With a storming mishmash of house, hip-hop, techno, electro and garage, there’s something for everyone at Liverpool’s 24 Kitchen Street venue. Head down on a bhangra/dancehall/soca night, or look out for samba dance and drumming nights for something a little different.

24 Kitchen Street has developed a multi-purpose events space in the Baltic Triangle and one well worth discovering to get a true flavour of Liverpool’s nightlife.

24 Kitchen Street, L1

3. Probe Records

Probe Records Liverpool

The shop was founded in 1971 by Geoff Davies, a former carpet manufacturer who was fed up with not having anywhere to buy the kinds of records he liked. Quitting his job and pooling his £300 savings, Davies opened the first Probe Records on Clarence Street.

Due to its substantial stock of LPs and radical literature, Probe became a favourite within Liverpool’s alternative movement and relocated to Button Street. The new shop was close to the punk club Eric’s and became a hang-out in itself, gaining a legendary reputation as the cool place to buy music.

The shop is still going as strong as ever and is now located on School Lane, next door to the main Bluecoat building.

Probe Records, 1 The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1

4. Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre Liverpool

Originally known as the Merseyside Left Theatre, the venue was opened in 1937. The theatre’s name eventually changed to the Merseyside Unity Theatre in 1944, as part of a national movement of radical and experimental theatre.

Located on Hope Place, in a former synagogue, the theatre has expanded over time to accommodate touring companies, as well as continuing to give crucial support to local talent.

In 2004, their acclaimed Unity Youth Theatre was established and the venue currently hosts and collaborates on the biannual Physical Fest with Tmesis Theatre.

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, L1

5. Kazimier Stockroom

Kazimier Garden Kazimier Stockroom

A one hundred capacity grassroots space for live music, comedy, film and more. The Kazimier Stockroom opened in 2019 and is a unique platform for the creative community in the city.

The space provides a safe little haven for local up-and-coming artists to place their shows, out of the open air and the busy surroundings of the Kazimier Garden.

Stockroom has also become a fixture of emerging talent on tour, featuring bands from all over the world, including acclaimed London art-rockers Snapped Ankles and the dark synth-pop of Los Angeles’ Riki.

Kazimier Garden, 32 Seel Street, L1

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder Exhibition Preview: Our Favourite Doctors And Baddies From The Cult TV Show

By Ade Blackburn

The upcoming Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition ( at the World Museum promises to be a delight for both kids and adults. The thrilling new interactive exhibition explores the world of science within the universe of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder Exhibition (27 May - 30 Oct 2022)

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder will include contributions from stars across the fields of science and entertainment, along with the opportunity to find out more about the many links between Liverpool and the long running sci-fi show, National Museums Liverpool has revealed.

Game of Thrones star Mark Gatiss – co-creator of BBC’s Sherlock and writer of several episodes of Doctor Who – will narrate the exhibition, guiding visitors through space and time.

Visitors will also be able to delve into the classic set designs of the original series, as well as the incredible special effects and makeup design that bring the show to life – all from scientists, designers and producers who have worked on Doctor Who. NML can also reveal the inclusion of a special Liverpool Connections area within the exhibition – delving deeper into the links between the classic TV show and the city of Liverpool.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition here’s a selection of some of the most celebrated Doctors and several of the Time Lord’s scary adversaries.

1. William Hartnell

The BBC show was first aired in 1963, it was originally intended as an educational programme, using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history.

The very first Doctor Who, William Hartnell, was a veteran of the stage and Carry On films, he approached the role as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Father Christmas. Becoming the Doctor was a particular triumph for William as he’d left school at 16 with no qualifications and few prospects.

2. Jodie Whittaker 

The thirteenth and current Doctor Who, Jodie had appeared in BBC’s Broadchurch and The Night Watch before taking the part. The concept of a female Doctor was first discussed in 1981 but took until 2017 to become a reality, both Judy Dench and Helen Mirren were considered for the part in earlier years.

A female Doctor was quite a surprise and controversial for many fans and whilst some had doubts about ‘political correctness’, the majority agreed Jodie was a positive role model for young girls.

3. Jon Pertwee 

One of the best-loved and most flamboyant in the Time Lord role, Jon Pertwee had a penchant for fancy clothes and theatricality. He was famously described as ‘a dapper, technologically oriented man of action’ and perfect for the part as Britain entered the colourful Seventies.

Jon later became the star of children’s show Worzel Gummidge, playing alongside Una Stubbs, and hosted the sleuthing game show Whodunnit?

4. Daleks

Created by science-fiction writer Terry Nation and drawing inspiration from the Nazis, the Daleks are merciless cyborg aliens who demand total conformity to their will and rather famously, the extermination of inferior races.

The Daleks are led by mad Kaled scientist Davros, a dastardly character who is sure to get you hiding behind the sofa. For episodes involving armies of the aliens, the BBC effects team would use wooden replicas and even turned to using commercially available toy Daleks to make up the numbers.

Dalek in World Museum
Get up close to the Darleks at the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder Exhibition (Photo Credit: Pete Carr)

5. Peter Capaldi 

Prior to taking over the lead role in Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi had played in a punk band, The Dreamboys, in the 1970s. He was best known for his acting role as the infamous spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC political sitcom The Thick of It.

Peter had been asked to audition for Doctor Who as early as 1995 but didn’t turn up for the audition, he loved the show so much but didn’t think he would get the part. In 2013 he finally took on the role and uniquely portrayed the Doctor as a spiky, brusque, and pragmatic character.

6. Tom Baker

The longest serving Doctor from 1974-81, Tom had served in the army and Merchant Navy before becoming a professional actor. He made the role his own with his eccentricity, very long scarves and fondness for Jelly Babies.

Baker suggested many aspects of his Doctor’s personality, he became known for making frequent and often comedic script suggestions, as well as ad-libs on camera.

The actor later went on to star in Monarch of the Glen, narrate Little Britain and is also fondly remembered for the children’s show The Book Tower.

7. Cybermen

In the 1960s, ‘spare-part’ surgery in hospitals began with the development of gigantic heart-lung machines. Cybermen creator Dr Kit Pedler discussed with his wife what would happen if a person had so many prostheses that they could no longer distinguish themselves between man and machine.

Dr Pedler got the opportunity to develop this idea when, in 1966, after an appearance on Tomorrows World, he was hired as a consultant by the BBC for Doctor Who. The Cybermen emerged on the show as emotionless cyborgs who, often painfully, surgically convert human beings to join their ranks.

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition, World Museum, 27 May 202230 Oct 2022.
Book your tickets via the National Museums Liverpool website now.

Legendary Liverpool Venues

By Ade Blackburn

Liverpool is famous for its culture and nightlife, here’s a selection of some of the key venues that have shaped the city’s musical history.

1. Eric’s

Eric's Liverpool - British Music Experience
Eric’s Liverpool Gig Listings December 1979 – Credit The British Music Experience

Eric’s opened its doors in 1976 and quickly became the venue to play for punk and alternative bands. Launched by Ken Testi and Roger Eagle, the original club was given the name ‘Eric’s’ as an antidote to disco clubs with names such as ‘Tiffany’s’ and ‘Samantha’s’.

The first band to appear at Eric’s was The Stranglers on 1st October 1976 and entry was just 60p. The club famously went on to stage gigs by future stars such as The Clash and Talking Heads.

The venue also helped launch the careers of many Liverpool groups, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes.

2. The Blackie

The Blackie (now Black-E) opened in May 1968 with a commitment to combine a contemporary arts centre with a community centre.

The team of inspirational artists, led by Wendy and Bill Harpe, began their cultural adventures in the former Congregational Church in 1967. They created a centre where all the arts could engage with local people, young and old, disadvantaged and privileged.

The Blackie also staged significant events by known artists, including an early Elvis Costello show and exhibitions by Mark Boyle and John Latham.

3. Planet X

Established by the legendary Doreen Allen and Kenny Dawick, goth/alternative hangout Planet X was most famously based on Temple Street in the city centre.

Black and neon-pink outfits, outrageous haircuts and brothel creepers were de rigueur for the club’s regulars in the 1980s. The venue hosted some of the alternative scene’s biggest bands, including The Mission and a pre-fame Stone Roses.

Planet X was a true haven for Liverpool’s misfits and weirdos and is still celebrated today via the internet.

4. Cream

Cream Liverpool - Photo Credit Mark McNulty
Liverpool superclub Cream hosting their weekly summer night at Amnesia in the mid 1990’s in Ibiza. – Photo Credit Mark McNulty

Cream was started by James Barton and Darren Hughes in the early nineties and within a few years had become one of the most famous clubs in the UK.

At its height in the mid-90s, the club attracted revellers from across the country, as well as celebrities and live performances from the likes of Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue and The Chemical Brothers.

The success of Cream led to the first Creamfields festival in 1998, attracting 25,000 people and featuring live shows from Run DMC and Primal Scream.

5. Everyman Theatre

Founded in 1964 at Hope Hall (once a chapel) in an area of Liverpool noted for its bohemian environment, the Everyman built a reputation for ground-breaking work.

International stars and writers such as Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Alan Bleasdale and Willy Russell, all considered the Everyman a home in their early years.

The downstairs Everyman Bistro was also an important hangout for creatives and hosted early gigs by the likes of The La’s and Levi Tafari.

6. The Kazimier

The Kazimier John Johnson
The Kazimier – Photo Credit John Johnson

Much of the appeal in The Kazimier’s events was with the venue’s underground mystique. Many people will know the name only as a gig venue but it was also renowned for its cryptic and curious one-off parties.

They staged some amazing New Year’s Eve events under ‘The Kronos’ banner, featuring an array of weird and wonderful acts and giant props.

The Kazimier could also be a theatre, a cabaret, a cinema, or just an inspirational energy source. They hosted many memorable gigs during their eight-year reign, including shows by Les Savy Fav and Wooden Shjips.

7. The Cavern

The Cavern Club opened on Mathew Street in January 1957, initially as a jazz club. The venue later converted to rock ‘n’ roll, with The Beatles playing their first gig on the Cavern’s stage four years later in 1961.

Less well documented are the original venue’s later years, Queen appeared at the Cavern Club in the seventies, as well as a youthful version of Status Quo.

Suzi Quatro was the last major recording artist to perform at the club before its final closure in 1973.

Celebrated Liverpool Artists

By Ade Blackburn

Sumuyya Khader
Sumuyya Khader

Liverpool has long been an innovative force in the visual arts, from film and street-art to book covers and naïve painting. We’ve listed a selection of artists that highlight the depth and variety of the city’s art.

1. Kiara Mohamed

A Queer, multidisciplinary artist, and one of Liverpool’s most outstanding filmmakers. Kiara Mohamed’s work deals with race, gender, sexuality and self-care.

She created the powerful and poetic 2020 film, Home, using spectacular drone footage shot above the artist’s L8 Toxteth neighbourhood.

The film examines notions of home, vulnerability and care during the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Gladys Cooper

Artist Gladys Cooper’s work went unrecognised until the age of 52. A naïve painter, she worked in oil paint, starting with a picture in a sketch book. She never had a drawing lesson and knew little about perspective and shading.

All her paintings, including 1964’s The Gate, are shot through with what she called ‘our sinister times’. She exhibited at London’s Grosvenor Gallery and Portal Gallery.

3. Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis is a Liverpool-based artist specialising in street-art and large murals. In his first 3 years as an artist, he has created more than 150 public pieces, largely in Liverpool and Wirral.

Paul came to prominence with his very first piece of street-art, For All Liverpool’s Liver Birds (2017). The piece was an instant success with queues of people eager to have the picture taken with the wings, forcing the council to temporarily close the road. In 2018, the mural was the nineteenth most geotagged place in the UK.

4. Sumuyya Khader

Sumuyya Khader is an illustrator and artist whose work explores place and identity. She recently set up Granby Press, a community-based organisation with a focus on printed material and design. Summuya has also developed an archive of Black culture and history in the L8 area.

A recent residency and acclaimed exhibition at Bluecoat, Always Black Never Blue (2021/22), helped bring her work to a wider audience.

5. Josh Kirby

Born in Waterloo, Josh Kirby attended Liverpool’s School of Art in the 1940s, developing his drawing skills and an eye for detail. He became a sought-after commercial artist with a career lasting more than 60 years.

His paintings have adorned book covers by authors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Terry Pratchett, as well as being featured on film posters including Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

6. George Stubbs

Stubbs, born the son of a Leatherseller, was brought up in Ormond Street, Liverpool, and worked as a painter in Knowsley. He began painting portraits and rural scenes from a young age but made his name painting horses.

The record price for a Stubbs painting was set by the sale at auction of Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey (1765) at Christie’s in London in July 2011 for £22.4 million.

7. Adrian Henri

Although best known as a 1960s Mersey poet, Adrian Henri was primarily a painter, his work has been the subject of retrospectives at Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool.

He was influenced by the abstract expressionists and pop artists but Henri’s work also had a strong personal signature – an affection for the urban landscapes and popular culture of Liverpool.

His most renowned painting, The Entry of Christ Into Liverpool (1962), depicts a host of cultural icons marching down Liverpool’s Hope Street, including The Beatles and jazz-singer George Melly.

Celebrated Liverpool Writers

By Ade Blackburn

Celebrated Liverpool Writers

Liverpool has a magnificent literary history, from novelists to poets and playwrights. Here’s a selection of some of our most celebrated writers.

1. Adrian Henri

Adrian Henri was a much-loved figure in the world of performance poetry, fine art and beyond.

Born in Birkenhead, he was part of the Liverpool scene in the 1960s appearing alongside Roger McGough and Brian Patten in the groundbreaking anthology The Mersey Sound. The poems brought everyday subject matter such as pubs and factory work to poetry and were more accessible to readers.

The anthology has sold over half a million copies and was highly influential in opening the doors to other performance-orientated artists who followed in subsequent decades including John Hegley, John Cooper-Clarke, Linton Kwesi Johnson and others.

2. Jeff Young

Jeff Young is a writer for theatre, radio and screen, including Eastenders, Holby City, CBBC and Casualty.

His 2020 biographical novel ‘Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay’ is brilliantly evocative of 1960s and 1970s Liverpool, tracing the path of the city’s cultural life up to the present.

He broadcasts essays for Radio 3, collaborates with artists and musicians on sound art installations and has worked on many arts projects in Liverpool and elsewhere, including a residency in Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower.

3. Levi Tafari

Levi Tafari is a firm member of the Rastafari movement and saw it as his duty to reach a wider audience with his work. In the early 1980s, he started attending the Liverpool 8 Writers Workshop and decided to become a performance poet.

Levi has four collections of work published and has been included in many anthologies. He was the first person to use the term Duboetry, the title of his first book, and several of his musical tracks can be found on compilation albums.

He was also commissioned to write and perform a piece especially for the BBC’s Grange Hill programme, in which he appeared as himself.

4. Carla Lane

One of Britain’s most celebrated television comedy writers for television, Carla Lane was best known for her sitcoms The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread, but she was almost as well known for her animal rights activism.

Her first hit series, BBC’s The Liver Birds, was about the lives and loves of two Liverpool girls living on the city’s Huskisson Street, broadcast from 1969-1978.

Her greatest writing success was the 1980s series Bread, the classic sitcom about a Liverpool family scamming and surviving in Thatcher’s Britain.

5. Alan Bleasdale

Alan Bleasdale taught in various Lancashire schools and while teaching, he wrote a series of stories for BBC Radio Merseyside about a Liverpool teenage dreamer Scully. The stories led to a Granada television series.

His most successful work was the series Boys from the Blackstuff (1983), which dealt with the devastating effects of unemployment in Liverpool. The show’s humorous and cutting take on life on the dole featured the legendary  Yozza ‘Giz a Job’ Hughes.

He later went on to write the acclaimed series GBH, showing the takeover of a northern English city by a fascist organisation. The show was based on the controversial 1980s Liverpool City Council figure Derek Hatton.

6. Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce first worked as a television critic and then wrote for Coronation Street and Brookside. He also worked on films with director Michael Winterbottom, including the wonderful Tony Wilson biopic, 24 Hour Party People, starring Steve Coogan.

Frank started his successful career writing for children with 2004’s heist romp Millions. His children’s books have been praised as full of mystery, adventure and above all, laughs. The Unforgotten Coat, a story of cross-cultural friendship in a Liverpool school, earned him The Guardian Prize in 2012.

He later gained recognition as a writer for the inventive 2012 UK Summer Olympics opening ceremony, collaborating with director Danny Boyle.

7. Kevin Sampson

Widely known for his football terrace novel and subsequent film, Awaydays, Kevin Sampson began his writing career in the 1980’s with gig reviews for NME.

His second novel Powder (1999) covers his time setting up the Liverpool record label Produce with The Farm’s Peter Hooton. In the 1990s, Produce had chart success with The Farm, including the top five hit All Together Now and Powder depicts the trials and excesses of the music business.

More recently, Kevin was hired to write the new ITV mini-series Anne, which centres on Anne Williams’ crusade for justice after the death of her son Kevin in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

5 Unmissable Events in December

There’s a great range of events to explore this December, including many festive specials!

1. Solstice Meditation at Dawn and Dusk

Join The Reader for an hour of meditation and movement with Laura Rowe from X-Hail Liverpool, followed by a half-hour Shared Reading session and refreshment.

X-Hail is the UK’s first Mind and Body class, it’s easy and intuitive meditation and pure relaxation. The classes are held against a backdrop of soulful and uplifting chilled chart classics.

The Reader, 21 December, starts 10am/6pm.

2. Laughterhouse Comedy Christmas Show

Enjoy an evening of hilarity with some legendary home-grown comics, alongside Live At The Apollo stars and acts from the international comedy-circuit at Epstein Theatre.

This December, Laughterhouse Comedy deliver some great TV comedians in a stellar festive line-up, the evening features Tom Stade, Mick Miller, Justin Moorhouse and Chris Cairns.

Epstein Theatre, 10 December, 7.30pm.

3. Sleeping Beauty

Hope Street Theatre are presenting a special version of Sleeping Beauty, the show stars Lucy Forrester as Princess Aurora and Liverpool Live Radio’s Breakfast presenter Aaron Hayes as the hilarious Dame Dolly.

The colourful panto will also feature a full supporting cast and ensemble from the local Liverpool Theatre School and The Performers Theatre School.

With sparkling sets and dazzling costumes, there is even a visit from Santa at the end of selected shows!

Hope Street Theatre, 16-30 December, various times.

4. Voices of Christmas

Immerse yourself in Christmas past, present and future with poetry and short stories from talented local writers and performers at The Old Library.

The library is run by the excellent community charity Lister Steps in North Liverpool, the charity helped save the building from neglect and reopened the venue this year.

You can relax and enjoy a festive literary evening at Voices of Christmas, it’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! The night features Merseyside writers, performers and friends of The Old Library, as they imagine Christmas in times gone by and look to the future.

The Old Library, 8 December, 7pm.

5. Spoken Word

Spoken Word events at The Reader encompass a huge variety of writing and performance styles, from the intimately personal and heart-breaking to the uproariously funny and celebratory.

The Reader’s Spoken Word event for December features Vicky Foster, Roy, Cath Holland, Saint Vespaluus and Janaya Pickett

Poetry in all its forms will be the main feature, along with memoirs, stories, monologues and any number of almost-indefinable types of prose!

The Reader, 16 December, 7pm.

Visit our What’s On section to find even more events happening in December and beyond.

5 Unmissable Events Happening In November

There’s a host of must-see events this November, from new theatre productions to the reopening of Museum of Liverpool’s Wondrous Place gallery.

1. Rossiter

For the first time Jim Blythe’s incredibly touching and thought-provoking play Rossiter will be performed in Liverpool, at the Hope Street Theatre. Actor Toby Harris will bring the much loved and iconic comic actor Leonard Rossiter back to life in his home city once again.

A fascinating insight into one of the leading comic actors of his generation, the play explores the actor’s life, his work and motivations.

Hope Street Theatre, 4-6 November, 7.30pm (3pm matinee show on the 5th).

2. Wondrous Place Gallery

Celebrating the city’s staggering roll call of trailblazing entertainers, musicians, sports people, writers, poets, visual artists and comedians, the gallery continues to showcase Liverpool’s internationally recognised creativity and influence through exciting new displays and immersive experiences.

This includes a new Stage and Screen display, which examines the city as a film set and how it continues to provide an impressive backdrop to Hollywood blockbusters and award-winning TV shows.

Items on display include one of Villanelle’s costumes from Killing Eve worn by Liverpool actress Jodie Comer.

Museum of Liverpool, Wondrous Place Gallery reopens 26 November, 10am-6pm, free.

3. Oxton Art Fair 2021

Williamson Art Gallery are welcoming Oxton Art Fair back after last year’s break. This year’s edition is slightly more compact, with 12 member artists taking part, but no less beautiful and considered than any other year.

Visit to view, discover and purchase originally produced painting, photography, jewellery, ceramics, mixed-media, printmaking and textiles.

As always there is something for everyone!

Williamson Art Gallery, 7th November, 10am-5pm, free.

4. I’m not the sentimental type, but…

Convenience Gallery

An artistic exploration of the feeling of nostalgia: How does nostalgia affect us individually and what lies beneath the initial set of feelings?

This audiovisual album dismantles and reframes footage of the Wirral, whilst spoken word, field recordings and synthesizers create a thought-provoking interpretation of the area.

The work is a culmination of the practice-led research by audiovisual artist Mathew Lomas.

Convenience Gallery, 12 November, 7.30pm, free/donation.

5. ON RECORD 2021

A brand new programme celebrating and exploring Black music on Merseyside has been launched.

ON RECORD, is back for the second year with a raft of brand new in-person, online and audio commissions looking at the impact of Black music on the city region’s communities over the past 70 years.

Running until 7 November, live music performances, documentaries, walking tours, workshops, debates and podcasts will make up the thought-provoking programme.

Various venues, Liverpool City Region, until 7 November.

5 Unmissable Events for October

By Ade Blackburn

This month includes a host of inspiring festivals and autumn events to explore.

1. Black History Month

liverpool-l8-uprising Black History Month

Black History Month returns with a range of events and activities across Merseyside. The festival includes Museum of Liverpool workshops devoted to Inspirational Black Scousers and a commemoration of the L8 uprising in 1981.

A highlight of this year’s BHM is Everyman Theatre’s My White Best Friend – North. Northern artists were invited to write personal letters exploring issues around race. The letters will be read by actors live for the first time on the night.

1-31 October, various venues and online.

 

2. Stick Man

Stick Man Liverpool Playhouse

Touching and funny, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is heading to Liverpool’s Playhouse Theatre.

This award-winning production, from the team behind Zog and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

Liverpool Playhouse, 26-27 October, various times.

 

3. Liverpool Irish Festival

Liverpool Irish festival 2021

Join Liverpool Irish Festival for ten days of arts and cultural activities celebrating Liverpool’s links with Ireland.

Expect music and song, food and film, talks, theatre and much more. There will be a chance to join in with ceílís and comedy nights, traditional music seisiuns and poetry events.

The festival also features a new piece of music theatre by renowned composer Maz O’Connor, exploring Irish folklore and superstitions.

Head along for a packed festival of family fun.

21-31 October, various venues and online.

 

4. Homotopia Festival

Homotopia Festival 2021

The UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival, Homotopia Festival, is back. After months of being stuck at home, this year’s festival theme is Coming Out. And for those who aren’t ready to Come Out, they’ve got some fabulous digital content on offer too.

A festival highlight is international cabaret and drag artist Peter Groom’s Dietrich: Live in Liverpool’ – a glittering, poignant and uplifting audience with icon, Marlene Dietrich, in the stunning St George’s Hall.

This year’s festival also features a new exhibition by celebrated artist Christian Asare and Homotopia’s Artist in Residence for 2021 is actor and writer Jade Anouka.

28 October – 14 November, various venues and online.

 

5. Gustavo The Shy Ghost

Gustavo The Shy Ghost Liverpool Storybarn

The Storybarn are featuring the vibrant and light-hearted book Gustavo The Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago,  this October Half Term.

Head along and meet Gustavo a multi-talented ghost with a big heart and a love a music! The only thing is he is a bit shy and has gone missing.  Help find Gustavo and give him the courage to put on his very first concert.

They will create shadow puppets, learn about the day of the dead, read stories and have a spooktacular time!

The Storybarn, 22-31 October, various times.

 

For more events check out our What’s On section.

5 Unmissable Events Happening In September

By Ade Blackburn

As we head into autumn, there are a host of new events to look forward to and keep you entertained.

1. Wirral Open Studio Tour 2021

Wirral Open Gallery

The popular Wirral Open Studio Tour is set to return on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September.

Now in its eleventh year celebrating visual arts across the peninsula, this free event will see around 70 artists and makers open the doors to their houses or studio spaces.

The Tour gives visitors an exciting opportunity to talk first-hand to the artists and to view their work in the environment it was created, or to just enjoy wandering through the various studios to answer the eternal question ‘What do artists do all day?’.

Various venues, 11/12 September, 10am-5pm, free. 

2. Positive Vibration Reggae Festival

Positive Vibration Festival 2021 Art of Reggae Exhibition

The UK’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican culture, Positive Vibration Festival, returns to the Baltic Triangle 10th and 11th of September.

Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae has established itself as one of the country’s most exciting and eclectic reggae festivals, playing host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems and some of the brightest new talent.

The line-up includes: The Twinkle Brothers, Mad Professor Ft. Sister Aisha and Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds.

Baltic Triangle, 10/11 September, 12noon-late.

3. Uncertain Data

FACT Uncertain Data

How do our feelings, emotions and reactions affect how we experience the world? Uncertain Data brings together four artists in residence at FACT, whose work exposes the complex layers of data that govern us, and questions the trust we place in it.

The four newly commissioned artworks invite us to journey through the depths of the ocean by controlling our emotions in an interactive VR work.

Uncover hard facts and data to reveal the human stories beneath them – exposing the uncertainty our world is built on.

FACT, 15 September – 3 October, 12-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday, free.

4. Something About George

Where does life take you after being in the greatest band in the history of the world? Something About George answers that question and follows George Harrison’s post-Beatles career.

Featuring beautiful songs like My Sweet Lord, Something, and Handle With Care, the show also includes Harrison’s incredible solo material and music from rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys.

The show is part of the excellent Liverpool Theatre Festival.

St Luke’s ‘Bombed-Out’ Church, 12 September, 5pm and 8pm.

5. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

In their first ever tour as a duo, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis head to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, following the release of their acclaimed album CARNAGE.

While they have composed and recorded soundtracks together, and Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, CARNAGE is their first entire album of songs.

Cave and Ellis’ creative chemistry comes from their long history of music making, both as collaborators and as individual artists.

Philharmonic Hall, 27 September, 8pm.


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