Get creative with these arts and crafts classes in Liverpool

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If you’re looking for a creative outlet check out these arts and crafts classes in Liverpool. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something for everyone.

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Independent gallery and dot-art run loads of great arts and creative classes for children and adults. Their courses include life drawing, abstract painting, cartooning, photography, an introduction to darkroom, textile arts, Cyanotype workshops and more. There’s something for everyone.

Make Liverpool

Make offer a range of creative courses like introductory courses to Woodwork, Pattern Cutting and Sourdough. Their Drink and Draw night is always popular for both avid drawers and beginners, where you can enjoy life drawing in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Convenience Gallery

Convenience Gallery CIC host a monthly life drawing session on the third Tuesday of every month. The session is for people of all levels and is untaught, meaning you can bring along whatever materials you wish to work with. There will be a mixture of poses; both short and long, with a 20 minute break at the halfway point. The class takes place in the bar/ coffeeshop at Bloom Building & Coffee, so you can get a drink whilst you draw. At Bloom, 100% of the money you spend goes to support the work of the Open Door Charity, so there’s even more reason to get involved.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool regularly hosts workshops, classes and courses which you can find out about here. There are various offers for people of all ages, interests and abilities.

Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre: Liverpool Life Drawing

Liverpool Life Drawing is back for a series of Thursday sessions at Unity Theatre. Currently in the middle of a course, there are two sessions left on 28th October and 11th November. The sessions are £8 on the door and run from 5.30-7.30pm.

dot-art: Drawing for Everyone

Also taking place at the Unity is a three-part drawing course beginning on 7th November. Slightly on the pricier side, this course is £125 for the three sessions. It is designed for both beginners and those more advanced, and teaches students how to use the ‘thumb-and-pencil’ method to measure and draw.

Studio Arts Liverpool

Studio Arts Liverpool is based in the Bridewell Studios on Prescot Street, L7,  and has been running classes since 2015 for people of all abilities. There are various classes and courses on offer, including the recent addition of collagraphs and drypoint etching. At the end of each course, students are invited to exhibit their work in the Bridewell Studios gallery to celebrate their achievements. For more information about courses, check here.

Life Drawing at 92 Degrees

92 Degrees adds to its burgeoning reputation across Liverpool with it’s Life Drawing event. The event is keen to stress it’s supportive environment and is not gatekeeping amateur artists from taking part. In fact, all skill levels are welcome!. If it is anything like the coffee shop, expect a colourful, diverse crowd who enjoy the passionate work from the staff. 92 degrees Liverpool branches are found in the most vibrant areas of the city! This includes Jamaica Street, Myrtle Street and Hardman Street. The Hardman Street venue is where this is taking place, so feel free to enjoy some coffee and culture here! Tickets are available here.

The Create Workshop

Based in the stunning setting of the Mansion House at Calderstones Park, the Create Workshop offers weekly workshops in sewing, craft and dressmaking. Students have access to a fully equipped studio complete with sewing machines, cutting table, pressing equipment and other specialist tools. Here’s the full list of courses available.

Cass Art

If you are a frequent visitor of The Bluecoat, then you may have come across Cass Art on School Lane in Liverpool One. Cass Art is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of art materials, and the Liverpool store is conveniently located near some of the city’s major art galleries. Various workshops take place at Cass Art, including calligraphy, oil portraiture, acrylic workshops and screen printing. Visit their website for more information about their courses.

Black History Month Events

Find out more about the eclectic calendar of events taking place in Liverpool to celebrate Black History Month.

Black to the Future: Saturday 16 October 2021

Black To The Future Liverpool

 

Black to The Future is an exciting two part event will focus on a debut Documentary facilitated by Go Off Sis, Elev8 and Julian Gilly focussing on L8 and their impactful work deriving straight from the local Black community.

7pm-10pm
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Entry/Tickets: Free

Routes & Roots-Festival of the African Diaspora: Saturday 16 – 30 October 2021

Routes and Roots Festival of the African Diaspora

Routes & Roots Festival Opening
Saturday 16 October 2021, 12 noon – 5pm
St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR

A day of workshops for all ages, introducing the public to different art forms and activities including African and Brazilian dance, drumming, capoeira, slavery tours on bikes and more.

Community Workshops
Sunday 17 – Saturday 30 October 2021, Various Times
Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Caribbean Centre, Merseyside Caribbean Centre, 1 Amberley Street, Liverpool, L8 1YJ
Pal Multicultural Centre, 68A Mulgrave Street, Liverpool, L8 2TF
Katumba Culture Hub, #1 John Archer Hall, 68 Upper Hill Street, Liverpool, L8 1YR
Asylum Link Merseyside, St Anne’s Centre, 7 Overbury Street, Liverpool, L7 3HJ

A range of workshops that will give participants the chance to learn skills and build props they can showcase at the Katumba Halloween Carnival performances on Sunday 31 October.

This will also include online workshops with international guest artists as well as a creative exchange day with all facilitators to inform and bring together the collaborative aspect of the 31 October activities.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 31 October, Various Times
Various Locations
Entry/Tickets: Free

BlackFest Hip-Hop Dance For All: Tuesday 19 October 2021

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BlackFest’s Borderline Funk group are proud to present a verbatim piece of Theatre for Social Change based on the theme of ‘Protest’. BlackFest are passionate about people having a voice, the right to use that voice, be heard and listened to in a peaceful way. Everyone has the right to express themselves and be respected. We’ve all experienced times in our life when it has been hard to have our voices heard. The arts are a powerful medium for expression and here you will be presented with a dynamic, political performance combining multiple art forms to express the passion of this ethos.

By Unity Theatre in partnership with BlackFest
7.30pm
Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
Tickets: £12 per person / £10.50 Concession /£6 Creative Membership / Carers FREE

Roni Size x LTJ Bukem:  Saturday 23 October 2021

Roni Size x LTJ Bukem

Coming together for this headline show are LTJ Bukem and English DJ and record producer Roni Size. An event for the night owls that will keep you moving right through to the earlier hours of the morning.

11:00pm – 4:00am  Ages 18+
Invisible Wind Factory, 3 Regent Road, Liverpool L3 7DS
Tickets: £10.45

1981 Liverpool 8 Uprisings 40th Anniversary Exhibition: Friday 22 October – Wednesday 22 December 2021

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Writing on the Wall and Liverpool Record Office present an original exhibition remembering the 1981 Liverpool 8 Uprisings. ‘The Toxteth Riots’, as they were dubbed by the media were a reaction and response by the L8 community to many years of racists policing, brutality and racism, aimed at the community and individuals. This exhibition displays many of the news material from 1981 and reveals the extensive L8 Law Centre collection.

Time TBC
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW
Free. No booking necessary

On Record Merseyside: Saturday 23 October – Sunday 7 November 2021

On Record Merseyside

On Record Merseyside is a curated celebration and exploration of Black music in Liverpool and the role it has played in the city and in communities over the past 70 years.

Following the success of 2020’s On Record: Untold & Retold, the 2021 edition will include:

  • A collaborative music making project entitled the Liverpool ONE Project – Take Two, artistically directed by L100’s DJ 2Kind in association with Go Play Studios.
  • GRIME > PUNK, in partnership with TATE and University of Liverpool. The day event will reflect how Grime is Punk for this new generation and will include a debate, live performances, workshops and an exhibition of art and fashion
  • Black music on Merseyside seminar at the British Music Experience. The event will include the launch of the Liverpool City Region Music Board’s Black music manifesto, a series of roundtables and a number of guest speakers.
  • The premiere of the BEATS OF HEART Black music trail, presented by poet and performer, Curtis Watt.
  • A DJ clash club night presented by 24 Kitchen Street featuring an assortment of the best Black music DJs in the region.
  • A series of exclusive podcasts including 4 new Untold Stories and a live recording of a special episode of Mellowtone’s Beneath The Merseybeat.

Black Market: Sunday 24 October 2021

Black Market 24 Kitchen Street

Black Market brings together a wide range of locally produced products  – art, film, photography, fashion, food and tunes, plus much more. Interactive workshops will unfold throughout the day at this progressive event. The aim of this market is to champion Black talent and the organisers envision a year-round regular event in the future.

24 Kitchen Street, 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Entry/Tickets: Free

Sessions: Monday 25 October 2021

Sessions Unity Theatre

Sessions is a discussion with Ifeyinwa Frederick, a 30 year old back man who engages his audience in a raw and honest look into the complexities associated with masculinity, depression and therapy. The Esmée Fairburn Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation are supporting this event.

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool L1 9BG
Book Tickets: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
Tickets: £10 – £12

Katumba Halloween Carnival: Sunday 31 October

Katumba Halloween Parade

Join the Katumba Halloween Carnival, part of the new ‘Routes & Roots-Festival of the African Diaspora’, which is a partnership with the newly formed Black & Brown Social Traders Network (BlaST).

Be ready to have your senses bewitched with an all-immersive spectacle, a hybrid of visual performance, theatre and music this Halloween. Stay tuned for highlights on the artists taking part and the revealing of the devious characters, as well as how YOU can take part!

5pm – 9pm
St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR
Church Street, Liverpool, L1 3AP
Liverpool ONE, Sugar House Steps, 2 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW
Free. No booking necessary

Clinic: Interview

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Since the ‘90s Clinic have stood out from the crowd. Never once wanting to follow the conventional path, their ever-evolving, post-punk psychedelia sounds has enraptured fans across the world.

From their debut 2000 album Internal Wrangler, Clinic released stellar albums every two years up until 2012’s Free Reign. Then, after a seven year absence they returned with the stand out Wheeltappers and Shunters, confirming that they’d lost none of their unique quality during that break.

In October, they return with their 9th album, Fantasy Island, so we caught up with frontman Ade Blackburn to find out more about their latest record, the band’s influences, favourite gigs and more.

Uncover Liverpool: You’re back with the new album Fantasy Island on 22nd October, what can you tell us about it?

Ade Blackburn: It’s a fun and exotic sounding album, in keeping with the tropical title. We thought it’d be good to make something colourful at the moment to combat the darker side of things.

Uncover: How did making this album compare with previous ones?

Ade: We went down a more pop and electronic route than before, which really opened things up to fresh ideas. It felt a lot easier and more enjoyable to make.

Uncover Liverpool: Each of your albums has been completely distinct from any of your other releases. Does that come easily to you or do you feel a pressure to make a completely unique record?

Ade: It doesn’t always come easy, we have to work at it. With each record we try and use different and unusual/vintage instruments (whether we can play them or not!), that approach usually means you get a different end result.

Uncover: Is there a favourite/standout track on the new album for you?

Ade: My favourite is ‘Refractions (in the rain) it’s our semi-serious take on eurodisco and quite a demented dancefloor number. It’s probably the most out-there song on the Lp.

Uncover: You’ve had to postpone your planned gigs for now, but are you excited about playing live again?

Ade: Unfortunately we had to postpone due to illness but hopefully we’ll be playing live soon. It has felt a really long time. 

Uncover: It feels like your on stage look will actually feel very relevant in the current climate, with the pandemic making masks commonplace! Can we still expect to see you in masks and surgical scrubs?

Ade: Yes such a strange turn of events, I never thought we’d see that. We’ll be back with masks and scrubs but with a different twist based around the totally tropical theme.

Uncover: Favourite gig/s you’ve ever played?

Ade: My favourite was playing a London gig for the DJ John Peel. I’d always been a regular listener so it was nice to be asked. He was very supportive of the band and I think everyone still misses him and the programme even now. 

Uncover: Favourite song/s to perform live?

Ade: I’d say Ferryboat of the Mind, a nice merseybeat instrumental and Shopping Bag, a full on demented punk song. It’s good to have a mixture of things live. 

Uncover: Is there somewhere in the world you’d really like to play that you haven’t yet?

Ade: I’d like to play in South America, I’ve never been, the audiences seem passionately into music and dancing, which would suit us down to the ground.

Uncover: What’s the music writing and production process like for Clinic?

Ade: We record everything ourselves so it’s fairly self-contained and DIY. With the writing, the songs are based around rhythms and then we let the ideas develop from there.

Uncover: Do you have any particular goals or ideals that you want to push forward with the music and have those changed over the years?

Ade: I think it’s essential that less mainstream music is still heard. Our ideals and goals are all wrapped up in that, to keep an alternative going. Not just with ourselves but other bands and artists.

Uncover: Who are your main influences, and have your influences changed over the years?

Ade: The influences have changed over the years, the new songs have quite an 80s pop influence, from things like Fun Boy Three and Kid Creole and The Coconuts. The main underlying influences though would be early rock ‘n’ roll and The Velvet Underground.

Uncover: Favourite review or feature someone’s ever written about you?

Ade: We were featured in Vanity Fair as an example of eccentric Liverpudlians, which I was quite chuffed about.

Uncover: Favourite current Liverpool bands?

Ade: I like Eyesore and The Jinx and also Prison Behaviour, they’ve both got a really good sense of humour to their music and visuals.

Uncover: What’s next for Clinic? Will there be another album on the way after Fantasy Island?

Ade: Yes all things being well, we’ll be back with more mayhem and eccentricity!

 

Clinic’s new album Fantasy Island, is out on 22nd October and you can pre-order the Limited Edition Colour Vinyl now via https://www.dominomusic.com/artists/clinic

5 of Liverpool’s Hidden Gems To Discover

If you’re looking for some lesser known places to explore in Liverpool, what about the UK’s last video shop, an electic museum or National Trust property you might not know of?

1. VideOdyssey

VideOdyssey Video Shop, Cinema and Arcade Liverpool

‘The UK’s last video shop’ is right here in Liverpool. VideOdyssey on Windsor Street, Toxteth will transport you back to the days of VHS. Not only does VideOdyssey have thousands of VHS tapes lined up in their 8 foot high video walls but you can also catch screenings of some classic films in their cinema room.  And as if that wasn’t enough there’s also an arcade room with 12 vintage games including Street Fighter, Space Invaders and Pac Man. The whole place is a thing of beauty.

2. Arts Hub 47

Arts Hub 47 Aigburth Liverpool

Arts Hub 47 is a community cooperative for artists, designers, makers and crafters. This open hub on Aigburth Road is a place for like minded people to come together and share skills and is a unique way to support local artists.

3. Hardman’s House

Hardman's House Liverpool

The Georgian Quarter is full of history and if you take a walk down to 59 Rodney Street you can get a real taste of the the 1950’s at the Hardman’s House. The National Trust property gives visitors the chance to explore the home and photography studio of Edward and Margaret Hardman.

4. Victoria Gallery

Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool

The University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery aims is to amaze and amuse their visitors with an incredible collection of curiosities from their 127 year history. A unique museum, in that where else would you find the world’s most important display of false teeth under the same roof as an exhibition of fine art?

5. Sudley House

Sudley House Liverpool

The historic Sudley House was built in 1824 and is now a museum and art gallery, containing the collection of George Holt, a shipping-line owner and former resident. Since 1990 National Museums Liverpool have been gradually returning the downstairs rooms to the style in which they were decorated and furnished when the Holts lived in the house.

Rainy Day Activities In Liverpool

Don’t let the rain put you off heading out in Liverpool and exploring, there’s plenty of indoor activities you can do to keep you entertained. Here’s our guide to how to spend a rainy day in Liverpool.

Museums

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Call us bias but Liverpool has some brilliant museums. Whether you want to find out more about the history of the city then take a trip to the Museum of Liverpool.

To discover Liverpool’s Seafaring past, head to the Maritime Museum. While you’re there, pay a visit to the International Slavery Museum and hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery.

The World Museum is great for exploring Ancient history, outer space and coming up close to some critters. The full dome Planetarium is the perfect way to discover more about the Earth and Universe.

Art Galleries

Tate Liverpool Exterior

Liverpool is home to an impressive collection of art galleries from traditional to contemporary work. The Walker Art Gallery, houses paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes European Renaissance paintings, masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt and Turner and the winners of the John Moores Painting Prize.

Tate Liverpool holds international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, including work from Picasso, Tracey Emin and Sir Peter Blake. Their impressive collections could easily take hours to explore and their kids zone is a great way to keep kids entertained and engaged too.

The Bluecoat also offers a unique and varied programme of visual art, performance and literature. They host a regular programme of family events for all ages, so budding artists have a place to explore their creativity.

If photography is your thing, Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery and archive championing photography as an art form, hosting entertaining exhibitions.

With a trip to Sudley House you can explore the home of George Holt and his family, a Victorian merchant with impeccable taste in period furniture and paintings.

And if you want to discover one of the UK’s finest collections of fine and decorative arts, then a visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral is a must.

The Beatles Story

The award-winning The Beatles Story is the the world’s largest permanent exhibition telling the story of the lives and times of The Beatles. The exhibition features walk through recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, Abbey Road Studios, and many more. Additionally, The Beatles Story features an impressive collection of authentic memorabilia such as original instruments, clothing, John Lennon’s glasses, Ringo Starr’s drum kit, rare album sleeves, never-before-seen photography and original handwritten lyrics. Read our in-depth review of The Beatles Story here.

British Music Experience

British Music Experience

You can discover the extensive history of British Rock and Pop music at the British Music Experience. With over 600 artefacts charting the UK’s musical past with memorabilia, stage outfits, instruments, images and footage, it charts the beginnings, rise and influence of British pop from 1945 to the present day.

There’s plenty to see in their galleries and you can engage in their audio visual experiences and hologram performances. Plus, you can get hands on in their interactive zones including the Gibson Interactive Studio where you can learn to play guitar, drums or keyboards. Or dance your way through the eras in the Dance the Decades studio.

Central Library

Central Library Liverpool

Liverpool’s Central Library was remodelled and reopened in 2013 and is full of surprises. Check out their famous collections of rare books housed in the stunning Hornby Library and Oak Room, as well the impressive Picton Reading Room. You can also study their rare archives from the 13th century to the present day which tell Liverpool’s story.

FACT

FACT is the UK’s leading organisation for the support and exhibition of art and film that embraces new technology and explores digital culture. They have two large art galleries, three cinema screens showing mainstream and art house films, a media and events space, a lab for learning and experimentation, a café and a bar.

The Anglican & Metropolitan Cathedrals

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

A visit to both the Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals is a great way to take in some awe-inspiring architecture, with plenty of features to explore in both buildings. The Anglican Cathedral, Britain’s biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe, is free to enter. You can also choose to do the the tower and audio tour which is highly recommended.

The Metropolitan Cathedral is steeped in history too. Beneath the Cathedral lies a unique opportunity to view one of the city’s greatest architectural gems, The Lutyens’ Crypt. And it’s no ordinary cathedral crypt; to many in the city this is Liverpool’s third cathedral, a secret spiritual space.

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae: Preview

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae 2021

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae makes a welcome return this year, on 10 & 11 September, after the pandemic made it impossible for the event to go ahead last year. And they’re back with an incredible festival lineup.

Since the Reggae festival’s inception in 2016, Positive Vibration has become one of the country’s most exciting and eclectic festivals. It’s played host to internationally renowned bands, legendary sound systems & selectors, and some of the best up and coming talent.

The festival is a stand out on the Liverpool scene due to the programme of events they host during the festival weekend. Not only is the music schedule packed, but there’s also the annual Art of Reggae exhibition, family activities and workshops, as well as the Jamdown food, drink and crafts market.

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae Music Lineup

Legendary reggae artist, Dawn Penn, will grace the stage at this year’s festival, joining an already stellar line-up, which includes Asian Dub Foundation, Mad Professor, Hollie Cook, Twinkle Brothers, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Zion Train, General Levy, Congo Natty, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Neville Staple, Jah Wobble, Tippa Irie and Benjamin Zephaniah.

One of the original queens of reggae music, Penn released her first single “When I’m Gonna Be Free” in 1966. “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” has become one of reggae’s most iconic songs.

With six stages to choose from, audiences will be spoiled for choice by a wide range of reggae acts around every corner.

The full music line-up includes:

Asian Dub Foundation // The Twinkle Brothers // Mad Professor // Gentleman’s Dub Club // Dawn Penn & The Maticians // Hollie Cook // Zion Train // Tippa Irie // Congo Natty // General Levy & Joe Ariwa // Don Letts //  Channel One // Horseman & The Upper Cut Band // Mungo’s Hi Fi // Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds //  Ruts DC // Kiko Bun // From The Specials – Neville Staple Band // Krafty Kuts Ft. Dynamite MC // Jah Wobble & The Invaders of The Heart // Iration Steppas Ft. Murray Man // The Nextmen Ft. Gardna // DJ Vadim Ft. Jman // O.B.F Ft. Sr. Wilson // Charlie P // Sister Aisha // Congo Dubz & Iron Dread // Sinai Sound System // Kioko // Aleighcia Scott // FutureDub Orchestra // Oxman // Adam Prescott //  Dub Link Up Ft. Mc Mad-X // Count Skylarkin’ // Kingston Express // Levi Tafari // Rubber Dub // One A Penny // DJ Fadda B // Buddha // Keith Marley // The Liquidator V Ska-Lette Fever

Positive Vibration 2021 Timetable

Positive Vibration Festival Lineup Times

Additional Festival Events

The Art of Reggae exhibition, a collaboration between Positive Vibration and the international Reggae Poster Contest, will once again showcase a series of reggae-inspired posters designed by illustrators & artists from across the globe.

Additionally, there’s an action-packed weekend of family activities and workshops, including dub poetry, drumming & movement, dance, capoeira, arts & crafts and screen-printing.

The activities and workshops will be hosted by Levi Tafari, Katumba, Capoeira For All, Movema, Square Pegs, The Paper Moon and Curtis Watt. There will also be a special live performance from festival favourites, Staged Kaos.

Children and young people are welcome to the festival on both days, with free entry for kids under 12. However, please note, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and there’s a curfew of 9pm on both days.

Also at this year’s festival DJ, filmmaker & broadcaster, Don Letts will be bringing his ‘There and Back Again’ book tour to this year’s Positive Vibration Festival. There will be a book reading, signing and Q&A hosted by award-winning music journalist and friend of the festival, John Robb.

Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae Art of Reggae Exhibition

 

And if you’re still after more, then the Jamdown Market will be on hand with a host of traders offering a diverse selection of food, drink, records, clothes, arts & crafts, jewellery, health and well-being.

Positive Vibration Festival founder Rory Taylor said:

“The past 18 months has been a long hard slog and extremely challenging at times, but we can see the light, and couldn’t be happier that Positive Vibration Festival is returning to the Baltic Triangle next month.

We’ve got an incredible line-up of bands, artists, sound systems, DJs & selectors, celebrating the best in reggae, roots, dub, dancehall, 2tone, punk, jungle, drum n bass, rub a dub and steppas. We’ll also be hosting the Liverpool leg of Don Letts’ There and Black Again Book Tour, as well the Art of Reggae Exhibition and loads of fantastic workshops & activities, including dub poetry, dance, capoeira, drumming, beatboxing, screen-printing, and arts & crafts.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces, catching up with old friends and meeting new people. I also can’t wait to feel the heavyweight bass. I’ve missed it!”

Tickets are still available for Positive Vibration Festival here.

Explore The City With These Walking Tours

Get your steps in and explore Liverpool in a whole new light with these walking tours.

1. The Liver Bird Safari

The Liver Bird Safari

If you’re looking for an alternative way to discover the history of Liverpool and the famous Liver Birds, then look no further than the Liver Bird Safari. Aside from the famous Liver Bird Building there’s over 100 Liver Birds in the city, embedded in the architecture. On this two hour walking tour you’ll discover plenty of the lesser known Liver Birds and their history.

 

2. Liverpool Slavery Walking Tour

Laurence Westgaph Slavery Walking Tours

Historian and writer Laurence Westgaph runs regular walking tours where you can find out about the city’s slavery history. The tours start at St George’s Hall Plateau and will take you across historical city centre locations. Sign up to one of Laurence’s tours here.

 

3. Reel Tours – Film & TV Location Tour

Reel Tours Gary Lunt

Liverpool is the most filmed city in Europe, outside London, so you can imagine there’s a plethora of tv and film shooting locations dotted across the city centre. That’s where Gary Lunt of Reel Tours comes in. Gary is the city’s film buff, who will take you on a guided tour of some fascinating film locations, parting with film trivia along the way. Check out Gary’s local film knowledge here.

 

4. Shiverpool Historic Ghost Walks

Shiverpool

The multi-award winning Shiverpool Ghost Tours are one of the best ways to spend an evening exploring Liverpool. Shiverpool’s hilarious street theatre ghost tours are super fun and packed full of history and interesting stories about the city.

 

5. Mersey Tunnel Tour

Mersey Tunnel Tours

Did you know you can tour the Queensway Mersey Tunnel? You’ll learn about the construction of the tunnel, visit the original control room, see giant ventilation fans in action and go down to watch the traffic in the tunnel, deep below the city streets.​ You will also find out which Hollywood movies the tunnel has featured in.

 

6. The Old Dock Tour

The Liverpool Old Dock Tour

Discover the origin of Liverpool’s fortune, buried underneath Liverpool ONE with the Old Dock Tour. Revealed during excavations on the site in 2001, the story of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock is explored on this guided tour.

 

7. Silent Adventures

Silent Adventures Liverpool

If you’re looking for something a little bit different then Silent Adventures offer a unique and unforgettable walking tour around Liverpool city centre. Take a guided walk around the streets, which will soon escalate into a silent disco flash mob, with you at the heart of it.

8. A Taste of Liverpool

Liverpool Food and Drink Tours

If exploring the city by foot gets you working up an appetite then a food and drink walking tour will be right up your street. On the A Taste of Liverpool tour you’ll be expertly guided around at least six of the finest independent food and drink spots in Liverpool on this 3 hour culinary tour. You’ll also learn about the history of Liverpool along the way.

To find out what else you can get up to in Liverpool visit our What’s On section.

Discover Something New This Summer With Liverpool’s ‘Very Public Art’

Liverpool Very Public Art Collage

A number of new art installations and activations are popping up across Liverpool city centre this summer.

The Very Public Art campaign will see art commissions showcasing local artists and creators, giving them the platform to tell stories through their work. Earlier this month, the first of these installations was on display in the gardens of St Nicholas Parish Church. And These Birds Can Sing was a magical sound, art and nature trail of birdhouses is a celebration of women’s voices, encouraging visitors to reflect, remember and be inspired.

And These Birds Can Sing provided a taste of what’s to come this summer and here we’re taking a closer look at each installation you’ll be able to see over the next few months.

Holiday Home

6 August 2021 – 5 September 2021.

Richard Woods’ vibrant installation Holiday Home is on display in Custom House Place, Liverpool ONE.

Holiday Home is modelled on an everyday British bungalow scaled to a third of its size. The size makes it doll-like and intimate, but architectural in feel not like an architectural model. The artist, who usually replicates recognisable objects with vibrant colours and prints, was inspired by his 1970s childhood home interior and interests in home renovation, DIY culture, and notions of taste. The neon colours, and black lines which he is particularly keen on, trademark his cartoon style and it is this cartoon appearance that separates the house from the real world in which it sits.

Mersey Sounds

15 August 2021 – 7 September 2021.

Mersey Sounds is a recreation of Liverpool’s Speaker’s Corner, designed by Liverpool Sculptor Arthur Dooley (1929-94), which was situated on the waterfront from 1973-1990. It was a site for speeches, rallies and demonstrations during Liverpool’s turbulent industrial and political past.

The 12.5-meter structure of steel columns and beams finds at its heart a giant handmade copper megaphone to reflect Liverpool’s tradition as a democratic city and the need to share our voices and stories.

Mersey Sounds is a collaboration between Arts Organisation of the Liverpool Year of Writing, Writing on the Wall and award-winning Architect, Daniel Smith of Liverpool’s Smith Young Architects. The historic connection between the original Speakers Corner and Mersey Sounds is that Daniel Smith’s father was the steel erector who worked with Sculptor Arthur Dooley when he created the original Speakers Corner.

The project is also a collaboration with Liverpool’s communities as it will feature a changing sound scape of speeches and stories gathered from the diverse groups WoW works with, to recognise the democratic traditions of the original design and encourage engagement from both longstanding and new communities who are reshaping Liverpool, an ever-changing city.

Winds of Change

17 September 2021 – 5 October 2021.

Winds of Change was commissioned by St George’s Quarter CIC and designed by Simon Armstrong of Design Laser Play in collaboration with Laura Pullig and with support from DoES Liverpool.

It is a working windmill installation that celebrates the past, present and future of St George’s Quarter, its links to industry and the development of the city of Liverpool as a whole.

The self-sufficient windmill will have moving elements and uses some of the earliest renewable energy technology to produce its own power by harnessing the wind.

This will provide electricity for LED illumination of laser cut imagery all around the structure while also powering the modern day technological devices installed inside. The Windmill will be on display in St George’s Quarter from 17 September to 5 October. As well as the stunning spectacle of the installation, there will be a programme of workshops taking place around St George’s Quarter to celebrate the history of the area.

From Now On

9 August 2021 – 6 October 2021.

From Now On is an artwork consisting of 4 giant letters: H,O,P & E which have been filled with donated items that hold a personal ‘pandemic story’ to people from across the city.

The memories they conjure may be fond or they may be bittersweet. They might make people smile or make them cry. Either way this personal, symbolic, fun and poignant artwork asks us to remember what we have learnt about ourselves over the past few months as well as to embrace the audacity of hope.

Cowheard and the Weaver Girl

14 August 2021 – 28 August 2021.

Cowheard and The Weaver Girl
Photo Credit: James O’Hanlon (@jamesohanlon49)

Cowheard and The Weaver Girl is a site specific installation, created by artist Laura Brownhill, which depicts scenes from the mythological story around which the Chinese festival, Qixi is based. The installation is designed to look like you are stepping into a giant pop up children’s book to immerse you into the story. Qixi falls on 14th August – Chinese Valentines Day – a chance to celebrate love, culture, friendship and community.

Statues Redressed

Statues Redressed Vic Monument Photo Credit MINT
Statues Redressed Queen Victoria Monument. Photo Credit: MINT

Statues Redressed, a Sky Arts initiative, also forms part of the Very Public Art campaign.

Sky Arts, Northern Town and Culture Liverpool have taken on the city’s statues, grappling with some of the issues around them. As artists, designers and members of the community, they have given them a whole new look by dressing the statues up, or creating art around them.

Almost 50 statues will be revealed throughout the summer and then the story of the project will be presented in a special broadcast on Sky Arts in October. Find out more about Statues Redressed here.

5 Unmissable Events Happening In August

Liverpool Skyline Uncover Liverpool Unsplash

With summer in full swing, here’s our guide to what’s happening in Liverpool this month.

Bridge

Bridge Liverpool

Over three days, Culture Liverpool in partnership with Imagineer are set to host a series of free pop-up events and happenings, where ‘Bridge’ becomes the setting for an extraordinary outdoor performance.

Visit ‘Bridge’  by day and enjoy a series of FREE events and experiences created in collaboration with communities and arts organisations from across County District and the wider city.

Friday and Saturday night will see gravity-defying circus acrobatics, dance, comedy, theatre and live music, inspired by local people’s stories, to create a thrilling and moving montage of the courage, compassion and humour needed to bridge a divide.

FestEVOL All Dayer Music Festival

FESTEVOL Invisible Wind Factory

Legendary music promoter EVOL have produced a stellar line up for their FestEVOL all dayer music festival at the Invisible Wind Factory with Kelly Lee Owens headlining. The full lineup: Working Men’s Club, Stealing Sheep, Tea Street Band, IST IST, The Ninth Wave, Walt Disco, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Odd Morris, PIXEY, White Flowers, SKIA, HAARM, The DSM IV, Eyesore & The Jinx, Silent-K, Psycho Comedy, Honey Motel, Oranj Son.

FACT Cinema in the City

FACT Cinema in the City

A new cinematic experience by FACT will bring the best in new, independent film to extraordinary places across Liverpool, starting with the Cotton Exchange rooftop garden. Cinema in the City gives film fans a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience critically-acclaimed and award-winning films against the backdrop of the city’s iconic architecture.

Heathers – The Musical

Heathers The Musical

Following two smash hit record breaking London West End seasons, Heathers – The Musical embarks on its first national tour. This high octane, black comedy rock musical based on the 1988 film of the same name is back with a bang, missing out might just be the death of you.

Florrie Fest

Florrie Fest

The Florrie Fest Fundraiser returns on August 28th 2021 with a huge line-up of amazing bands & artists. Confirmed artists includeRed Rum Club (Acoustic), Amiee Stevens, Ali Horn, Beyond Average, David Silcock & The Castaways, Hushtones, Jake Gerard Nolan, Jimmy Allen, Katy Alex, Kieo, Mark Manley, Piss Kitti, Rubber Dub, The Sway.

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

Venue Spotlight: Future Yard

Future Yard Wirral

Future Yard has quickly become one of the most talked about music venues in Merseyside and rightly so. The 350-capacity space at 75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead promises to be much more than just a music venue. Future Yard will also provide live industry training to budding creatives and will become a regional hub for artist development.

With no established music venues in Birkenhead, 2019’s Future Yard, two-day festival provided a taste of what could be over on the Wirral. Gig-goers from across Merseyside were attracted by the strong lineup which included a special, two-man performance by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. The festival also gave local, emerging musicians the chance to perform alongside acts who were thriving, like Evian Christ and She Drew The Gun.

Following the success of the festival, it was clear there was an appetite for a permanent venue and this year we’ll see Future Yard bring some of the most exciting national and international artists to Wirral, while providing support slots to local up and coming artists and bands.

The venue also boasts a light and airy bar, coffee shop & kitchen, open all day every day, serving vegan and veggie food, with local craft beers and boss coffee. Additionally, their garden area with bleachers has already proved to be a popular hangout during the sunny weather. Future Yard feels just like the bustling creative hub it set out to be.

COVID-19 has obviously had a huge impact on music venues such as Future Yard but they are committed to realising their vision for the new space.

“We believe that Future Yard is needed now, more than ever before,” says Future Yard co-founder Craig Pennington. “True, it is a challenging time, but we believe the experience of lockdown has shown how powerful a community can be and we want to provide a space for our local community to come together. We’ve also seen an explosion in live streaming and digital performance, which has been hugely welcome and is here to stay, but this does not replace live music. People who love live music have acutely realised how important it is to them, how much of a role it plays in their lives. We’re committed to creating a new venue to champion and support new music in Birkenhead.”

Future Yard Bar & Kitchen

This past month Future Yard hosted touring exhibition, Super Cool Drawing Machine. Presented by Yuppies Music, the exhibition is a celebration of the visual art created by a host of internationally acclaimed, touring musicians. The exhibition featured paintings, photography, drawings, ceramics, digital instillations, recycled arts, sculpture and furniture. Hosting Super Cool Drawing Machine added another layer to the venue and one that we are likely to see explored again in the future.

Additionally, Future Yard recently announced PROPELLER, a new, artist-focused music programme. PROPELLER will provide access to quality studio space, personalised mentorship support, expert knowledge from leading industry minds and a vibrant peer to peer community for budding musicians. Their involvement in actively nurturing and supporting local musicians is arguably more important than ever with the challenges the on-going pandemic have had on the arts industry.

The PROPELLER membership programme is run by the Future Yard management team, alongside the mentors and team of supporting professionals, amassing years of relevant music industry experience. Project lead and mentor Cath Hurley said: 

“Having worked with exciting and emerging talent for the past 15 years, it’s easy to spot where the disconnects lie in the pathway for regional talent who deserve to progress on to a world stage. Local scenes can often feel fragmented and disconnected within themselves, even before artists start working nationally and breaking out to international markets. Future Yard is creating a community where information and experience is shared freely and opportunities can be sought out and maximised in order to grow audiences and revenues. 

Enabling talented musicians to build a viable career is at the heart of what we aim to do, whilst creating a safe and inclusive space for musicians to truly be themselves. We want artists to feel empowered, in control and supported in a community that celebrates their individuality and personality. The wider PROPELLER team is packed full of professionals that inspire us and have achieved great results with special artists. I can’t wait to introduce them to our growing community of local talent. Music in our region is so special and I can’t wait to hear so much of it thudding out of our rehearsal rooms and on to our stage.” 

PROPELLER applications close on Monday 2nd August and you can find out more about the programme here.

As for the venue itself the schedule of gigs already lined up in 2021 offers an insight into the diverse lineup you can expect to watch here, with the likes of Orchestral Movements In The Dark, Henge, Tokky Horror and Sam Brookes and many more coming up over the next few months.

With live music making it’s long-awaited come back, Future Yard is set to be a bustling music hub this summer and far beyond.

Check out the Future Yard website for more information and gig listings.