We’ve rounded up 5 events you don’t want to miss this July, with poetry, music, theatre and more!
1. A Lovely Poetry Festival
Taking place at the Everyman Theatre from 1 – 9 July, A Lovely Poetry Festival will celebrate writing, different voices and showcase the wonderful creative community of Liverpool. With a week of headline poetry events, industry talks, a poetry slam, radio poetry competitions and a poetry factory, the festival will also include working with local poets such as Lyndsay Price, Gerry Clarkson and Olive Yoxall, as well as A Lovely Word artist-in-residence Amina Atiq. Together with nationally recognised “Poet Factory” Beth Calverley, the festival will gather and build a body of poetry on the ground floor of the Everyman, as local residents and visitors are encouraged to simply walk up and write a poem.
2. Pride In Liverpool
2022 is the year that we all “Come Together”. The Liverpool Pride 2022/23 theme has been chosen to represent not only the city region’s LGBT+ community returning to in-person events and much needed connection to each other, but the need to come together as one united community, now more than ever, as we continue to have our rights and freedoms attacked.
The Pride in Liverpool festival, will centre around the Tithebarn Street festival hub, just a stones through from the city’s Pride Quarter and visitor attractions, on Saturday 30 July.
LIMF returns with a new format, taking over city centre venues rather than Sefton Park. The lineup includes British reggae and pop band legends UB40 ft Ali Campbell, iconic American hip hop trio De La Soul, Liverpool royalty The Zutons, one of the hottest new bands around at the moment Red Rum Club, all-female DJ Collective Girls Don’t Sync, critically acclaimed rapper Kojey Radical, electrifying performers House Gospel Choir and the singer behind the unmistakable M People vocals, Heather Small, are among the first acts to be announced for LIMF 2022.
4. Liverpool Arab Arts Festival
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival will mark 20 years since their first festival was held in the city. For two decades Liverpool Arab Arts Festival has provided a platform for Arab art and culture, celebrating Arab artists across a range of artforms including music, performance, theatre, literature, spoken word, visual art and more.
5. Shakespeare North Playhouse Opening
The launch of the highly-anticipated Shakespeare North Playhouse will see a number of special events taking place, including All The Joy That You Can Wish, featuring ‘local heroes’ including the builders who helped construct the venue, and Prescot Cables FC players, who will gather outside the theatre for a ceremony to celebrate the opening, as well as the heritage and community of Prescot.
Africa Oyé festival returns to Liverpool’s Sefton Park on 18th and 19th June, following a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic. It marks a special return as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Beginning in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Africa Oyé has evolved into one of Liverpool’s most beloved annual events, attracting artists and attendees from across the globe.
The festival will see one of Merseyside’s most beautiful green spaces filled with the music and culture of Africa, the Caribbean and the diaspora, for two free days of live music, DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village.
Oumou Sangaré, Fuse ODG and Eek-A-Mouse will top the bill at this year’s free celebration of African and Caribbean culture in Liverpool, along with a host of other acclaimed acts appearing on the line-up.
The Grammy Award-winning Oumou Sangaréwas just 21 when her first album, Moussoulu, with its groundbreaking songs championing female empowerment and condemning inequality and polygamy, rocketed her to national stardom in her home country of Mali in 1989.
Since then she has become internationally recognised as one of Africa’s greatest voices, performing at prestigious venues and festivals around the world, receiving honours and awards and releasing a string of acclaimed albums. Her music is contemporary yet stays true to her musical roots of Wassoulou – a historical region south of the Niger River, where the music descends from age-old traditional song.
British-Ghanaian superstar Fuse ODG made his name in the London rap scene after growing up in the UK capital. Born Nana Richard Abiona, the producer and artist has been a pioneer of the rise of Afrobeats across the world, as well as an active influence in helping young people in his local communities realise their musical aspirations through a mobile studio. Fuse will be bringing a full live performance to Oyé and it’s not to be missed!
Eek-A-Mousebecame a household name in Jamaica in the late 70s and early 80s having invented a whole new vocal style, sing-jay, flooding the airwaves with his catch phrases and going on to become a respected toaster. His set at Oyé will see him backed by British reggae rhythm section and production team, Mafia & Fluxy.
The eclectic line-up for this year’s festival also includes the return of DR Congo’s Kanda Bongo Man, who previously played Oyé back in 2009 and 2003; Cape Verdean singer-songwriter, Elida Almeida; one of Guinea-Bissau’s most influential bands, Tabanka Djaz; the Ghanian modern highlife stars, Santrofi; French-Cameroonian songstress, Valérie Ékoumé; and Congolese electro music ambassador, Kizab.
DJs, Kenyan star DJ Edu (BBC 1Xtra) and UK-based Emily Dust will also return to the Oyé main stage. A host of the region’s finest Afro-centric DJs will showcase their sounds across the wider festival site.
Africa Oyé is also an amazing platform for local artists to be seen and heard. Festival favourites, Staged Kaos return to the Oyé stage to kick off festivities on the Saturday, with a special performance to mark Oyé’s 30th anniversary.
Kaos produce fun inclusive educational workshops with a focus on Black history, female empowerment and social issues. Their weekly youth theatre based in Toxteth caters for children aged 3-13 and looks to inspire positive development through performing arts, with a focus on creative growth, developing confidence and social awareness.
Representing ‘Introduces’ on the Saturday is Nazeem, a prolific singer-songwriter, guitarist and peace ambassador, who is also the founding director of Dole Ndawi, an NGO engaging directly with young people to foster their development and increase resilience faced by Gambian youth. Nazeem’s style of music reflects his roots and culture – influenced by a 2-year residency in Senegal – and is an infectious blend of Afro Pop, Zouk, Reggae, Dancehall and Mbalax.
Opening the main stage music programme on the Sunday of the festival is Liverpool Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter, Ni Maxine. Growing up on MTV Base and cassette mixtapes made by her mum, Ni listened to everything from gospel and rare groove through to funk and R&B from a young age. From writing songs in the car with her brother and sister, drumming on the back of headrests beatboxing and singing, through to listening to the likes of Herbie Hancock and Fela Kuti on Jazz FM. Over the past year, Ni has been working on a body of music which explores themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging. With ‘a sense of duty to reflect the times’, Ni Maxine presents the story of a black woman navigating today’s world.
DJ 2Kind and the L100 Cypher will make their main stage debut on the Sunday of the festival this year, following an acclaimed showing at Africa Oyé’s recent Hip Hop Showcase the Philharmonic Hall earlier this year.
2Kind is a Liverpool based DJ who started his musical journey alongside Liverpool Urban DJ Collective ‘Lyrical Compact. With DJ Olabean and D Fresh he spent 10 years performing at venues across the UK, promoting the likes of ‘Players Ball’ and ‘BOUNCE’, which brought top quality artists to his hometown of Liverpool for the first time. His KCC Live radio show, The L100, is the first ever urban radio show to showcase solely Liverpool and Merseyside artists. ‘The L100 Cypher’ concept has seen 2Kind’s collective of artists share the stage with artists such as Redman & Method Man, Mobb Deep, DJ Premier, Jeru the Damaja & KRS One.
Oyé Village & Active Zone DJs
The festival will also feature food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village. Plus, the Oyé Active Zone provides festival-goers with free workshops across the whole weekend, suitable for all ages, while the ever-popular DJ stages Trenchtown and Freetown are returning.
Established in 2012, Trenchtown was the festival’s inaugural dedicated DJ stage. At the far end of the park, Trenchtown is soundtracked by some of the country’s top Afro-centric DJs as well as home-grown selectors playing music from across the African diaspora; dub, reggae, ska, Afrobeat, house and much more.
Trenchtown also features the original Oyé Inn, their merchandise stall, donation station, and a comfortable seating area ideal for chilling out. For those feeling more active, there will also be plenty of space for dancing the weekend away!
This year at Trenchtown, along with some returning Oyé favorites, they welcome a host of new faces, including Lucy Grey, Simma, King Surman Sound, and Audio Farm resident, Silent Selector. An eclectic day of African sounds is planned for Saturday, with a reggae-leaning lineup on Sunday.
Now in its third year at Oye, Freetown is back for 2022, soundtracking our second bar. Freetown will be hosting a wealth of DJs playing Afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, soul, hiphop and jazz. With a seating area ideal for chilling out and a dancefloor for those feeling more like moving, be sure to pay a visit.
They’re also very happy to be welcoming new acts to Freetown for 2022, with Oye debuts for Papu Raf, Anti Social Jazz Club and SoulfulTiz, along with a host of familiar faces, including No Fakin’, Subcora, Chris McBride, Melodic Distraction and many more.
Africa Oyé will take place on June 18th and 19th 2022, in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE. For more information visit https://africaoye.com/
Here’s our guide to 5 unmissable exhibitions to catch in Liverpool over the summer.
1. Radical Landscapes at Tate Liverpool
Featuring over 150 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and films, Radical Landscapes is a powerful and political exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Activism, conflict and the climate emergency are all at the forefront of this major exhibition that features artworks by artists including Jeremy Deller (Feature Image), Ingrid Pollard, Tanoa Sasraku, Derek Jarman, Hurvin Anderson, Claude Cahun, Alan Lodge and many more.
Radical Landscapes is on display at Tate Liverpool until 4 September 2022.
2. Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder at the World Museum
The Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition includes 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. 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. Space scientist, author and presenter of BBC’s The Sky at Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE will provide expert analysis and explore the mind-blowing science behind the well-loved TV show, through interactive “Ask a Scientist” sections located throughout the exhibition.
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.
Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder is on display at the World Museum until 30 October 2022.
3. The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics at the Walker Art Gallery
The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics includes almost seventy works from the National Portrait Gallery, a selection of additional loans, and paintings from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. It is the first time such a significant number of the National Portrait Gallery’s renowned Tudor portraits have been lent for exhibition. This major exhibition at the Walker will explore the Tudors from a range of perspectives. It will spotlight some historically underrepresented aspects of the period, including Black Tudor history and LGBTQ+ history.
The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics is on display at the Walker Art Gallery until 29 August 2022.
4. My Garden My Sanctuary at FACT
Summer 2022 exhibition, My Garden, My Sanctuary, is a collection of new, immersive artworks by Yaloo and Sian Fan – two artists using creative technology to tell stories of ancestry and self-discovery in a hyperconnected world. Curated by Carrie Chan, FACT’s 2022 Curator-in-Residence, the exhibition challenges the conventional ways we define our backgrounds to embrace identities that are more fluid.
My Garden My Sanctuary is on display at FACT from 21 July – 9 October 2022.
5. Kunichika: Japanese Prints at the Lady Lever Art Gallery
More than 50 of Kunichika’s hand-printed single, double and triptych prints feature in this must-see exhibition, which is the first in a national gallery outside of Japan to focus on his work.
Kunichika: Japanese Prints is on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery until 4 September 2022.
Check out our What’s On section for more exhibitions, events, festivals and much more.
‘Global Grooves For Plants and People’ is the tagline for the brilliant Dance For Plants, founded by DJs Sam Forryan and Emily Shinagawa. Their aim is clear; throwing dance parties with an ethical conscience and raising awareness of climate change. So if you join them for their events you can dance the day and night away knowing that you’re helping in some way towards the climate change emergency.
We had a chat with Sam and Emily to find out all about Dance For Plants.
Uncover Liverpool: Tell us a bit more about yourselves, how you come up with the idea for Dance For Plants and when did you get started?
Sam & Emily: Dance for Plants started as a simple idea of just two people (us) wanting to have a party with their friends. Basically we both had been bedroom DJs for a few years and loved the idea of DJing live, and so we just decided to go for it! We thought that we could use our first event to raise money for a good cause, and so hired a small venue, sold tickets for a few pounds each and used the money to support World Land Trust. We also felt that in raising money for an environmental charity, it would be a bit counterintuitive to use single-use plastics (i.e. cups, straws etc.), so we kind of made the event about trying to reduce our waste footprint too. The event was a hit, and we decided to try and do more! Sadly this was about 2 weeks before the pandemic hit (February 2020), so we had to wait a long time to do more in-person events!
UL: You guys also have your own show on Mixcloud where you play some seriously cool music and chat about important environmental issues. It’s such an enjoyable listen! Did this feel like a natural step for you to take with being DJ’s?
Sam & Emily: We actually made a few of these Mixcloud shows in the early part of last year, when most venues were still closed or restricted due to COVID. It was a fun project for us to work on, and it was a great way to learn more about some of the music and artists we love, and try to get to grips with some of the environmental issues in the world today. It’s pretty clear the world is in a bad way as a result of human impact, so it was important to us that we didn’t just raise awareness about some of these things, but try and give people some little ideas about achievable things that they can do to try and have a more positive impact.
UL: The music you play at your parties and on your Mixcloud show is such an incredible mix. What can the party-goer or listener expect?
Sam & Emily: Really glad to hear you liked it!! We both really enjoy music from a really wide range of styles and genres, and from all over the world. Our live events differ from our recordings in that it is such a joy to get to play our favourite songs on a big soundsystem and watch people groove to it! Essentially we want to play music that maximises that feeling and gets across how much fun we have while doing it. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, because at the end of the day we’re just sharing music that other, more talented people have made! You can expect to hear a real mix of stuff across a whole range of vibes, from more laidback Saharan Blues, Brazilian jazz and Arabic reggae to latin house, fiery Caribbean zouk and Vietnamese disco!
UL: Could you tell us a bit about the environmental charities you support and the work that they do?
Sam & Emily: For our last two parties, we raised funds for World Land Trust, which is a conservation charity that protects threatened habitats and wildlife by buying land to prevent development and helping them regenerate. We’ve been big fans of the amazing work they do for a long time, so it was fantastic to be able to support them whilst having a lot of fun. We also planted trees in Scotland with the Future Forest Company through our monthly gigs at a great bar in Liverpool called Subrosa – we used our pay to plant about 30 trees a month, and have now planted around 300 trees with them.
For our May event, we’ll be planting a tree with FFC for every ticket sold. We’re also donating the rest of our ticket profits to the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. They are a great local organisation that manages and regenerates a variety of habitats, from meadows to wetlands and even the sea. We are so lucky to have such a variety of unique landscapes around the Merseyside region, and it’s important to protect these habitats for everyone to enjoy for decades to come.
UL: Obviously environmental causes and climate change are really important to you, how would you encourage others to get involved in the movement? What small or big changes have you made in your lives that you think others could do?
Sam & Emily: Climate change is a very real challenge we face, and it can be quite daunting to think about how to overcome it – but we really want people to realise that small, consistent changes in our daily habits can make a big impact on the long run. It might be reducing how much meat/dairy you eat, choosing to use public transport, or buying second-hand clothes instead – these all add up! If you want to get more actively involved, there are plenty of environmental charities and organisations that need our help, both locally and nationally. Social media is a great way to find out about any groups and events happening nearby, and there’s plenty of ways to do your bit – it can be as easy as adding your name to a petition, making regular donations, volunteering for a few hours or even taking part in a fundraiser!
UL: You also arrange litter picking sessions, that you currently run once a month, how can people get involved with these litter picks?
Sam & Emily: We normally post about them on our Instagram page about a week in advance – drop us a message if you fancy joining in! We provide all the equipment, so all you have to bring is enthusiasm – you get a free drink at the bar afterwards too.
UL: What does the future hold for Dance For Plants? Do you have more events planned? What are your long term goals?
Sam & Emily: Dance for Plants has already far exceeded what we imagined it could be! As well as helping environmental charities, it has been so great to collaborate with local charities too, such as Liverpool Cares and Liverpool RASA. In the long term we’d love to work more with some of these guys. Similarly, it has been really enjoyable to collaborate with small local businesses and invite them into our events, and this is also something we’d like to pursue more in the future.
We have also been selling T-Shirts with our logo on to raise money for the Disaster Emergency Committee’s work in Ukraine – if this goes well we might try and expand this idea to sell other kinds of merchandise to help good causes.
We are also currently in talks with local radio station Melodic Distraction to turn our podcast into a radio show with them, which we’re really excited about.
However right now most of our mental energy is focusing on trying to make our next event as big a success as possible! It takes place at Bloom Building on Bank Holiday Sunday (May 1st) from 4-11pm, and it’s gonna be a blast. Tickets are available on Resident Advisor, and as above each ticket sold plants a tree, with the remaining profit going to Cheshire Wildlife Trust. We’ve also enlisted the wonderful Desert Island Dumplings to come and sell their amazing plant-based dumplings, and can’t wait to see what they bring!
London-based, emo-influenced indie rock outfit Sad Boys Club will return to Liverpool this Spring for Sound City festival. We spoke to frontman Jacob Wheldon to find out more about the band, their latest EP, who they want to catch at Sound City.
Uncover Liverpool: For our readers who might be unfamiliar with you, how would you best describe yourselves as a band and what’s your sound?
Jacob: It’s the sound of fire and slaughter, of shaking spears, splintered shields, the sword-day, the red day, and the ride to Gondor. Sorry. People say it sounds a bit like The Cure. It’s hard to say when you’re in the eye of the storm. There’s some death, some love, some dysmorphia and diaspora.
UL: Are you looking forward to playing Sound City? You’ve played the festival before, so is it one you really enjoy? And do you like the Liverpool crowds?
Jacob: It’s the only time we’ve played Liverpool, we had a great time, I think it was one of the first shows we realised we had fans. Our label are based there so there’s a communal spirit about it for us which makes it that bit more special. Can’t wait.
UL: Again, for those readers who haven’t heard your music, if you had to tell them to go and listen to just one of your songs ahead of your Sound City set, which one would you choose?
Jacob: I think ‘Your Mind (Makes Mine Seem Fine)’ from our most recent EP gives quite a good idea of what we’re about, we’re quite unashamedly ambitious and curious and it’s one of those tracks that becomes a different beast live.
UL: Are there any bands and artists that you’re looking forward to watching at Sound City?
Jacob: Self Esteem. I loved the record and haven’t had a chance to catch the show yet but heard it’s special. Crawlers are a big success story for our guys at Modern Sky so I’m keen to catch that too… Prima Queen are another, there are lots, it’s best to just to see what catches you by surprise I think.
UL: You’ve recently released your new EP ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Death (But I am Afraid of the Dying)’, are you looking forward to performing the tracks live? Do you have a favourite track from the EP?
Jacob: I think it’s going to be interesting, a lot of it sits amongst our most textural work to date, it’ll be interesting to see how that can sit live, particularly at the inner-city festivals. Might need to just shut up and play the hits, but I’m excited to explore how it can work, we haven’t started rehearsals yet so your guess is as good as mine. My favourite track on the EP at the moment is the opening song ‘Green’, I don’t think it sounds like anything else which is quite impressive given there’s been, what, 70 years?, of pop music to contest with? It was one of those tracks that had a bit of an ‘essence’ to it, it felt more like it was found than made, those always hold a special place.
UL: What else does 2022 have in store for you?
Jacob: I think it’s best not to try and predict anything at this point.
Sad Boys Club’s latest EP, ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Death (But I am Afraid of the Dying)’, is out now and you can stream it on all platforms here.
From February, Tate Liverpool unveils two new displays of works from the Tate collection that considers the impact of the global movement of people on artists and art movements throughout the twentieth century and beyond. The displays, The Port and Migrations and Global Encounters, will feature more than 80 works that explore themes of movement, migration and international exchange, and how they relate to the history of Liverpool.
A highlight will be Hew Locke’s Armada 2019, an immersive large-scale installation made up of a flotilla of boats and rafts. An array of cargo ships, fishing boats, caravels and galleons from different historical periods and places will be suspended from the ceiling at shoulder height, with each boat made from and embellished with a variety of materials. Some feature nets and decorations, while others incorporate jewels, charms, military badges and replica medals from the Caribbean and Syria and elsewhere. The Armada reflects on international trade and the movement of goods, as well as the movement of people and the current global refugee crisis.
The Port and Migrations considers how the movement of people and ideas is central to Liverpool’s history and identity, and the city’s relationship to the wider world. Through this, the display looks at the intertwined stories of the transatlantic slave trade, migration and displacement, and how these continue to impact society. For example, Sonia Boyce’s From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born ‘Native’ Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her Roots in Reconstruction 1987 raises questions about the effect of the dispersion of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora across the world through slavery and colonisation on the identity and representation of Black people.
The display will also feature artists such as Rita Donagh, Anish Kapoor, Chen Zhen, Ellen Gallagher and Donald Rodney, whose Visceral Canker 1990 consists of wall plaques displaying two coats of arms, one symbolising Queen Elizabeth I, the other John Hawkins, the first British slave trader. The plaques are linked via a system of tubes which circulate imitation blood, symbolising the movement of enslaved peoples and reflecting upon Britain’s colonial past.
Global Encounters explores and rethinks how international exchange has enabled the spread of ideas and knowledge, as global art movements and tendencies have been shaped by migration and the relationships between artists on different continents. The display looks at Modernist art from around the world and features works from artists such as Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Shikanosuke Yagaki and György Kepes. Mondrian’s Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937‑42 is an instantly recognisable painting by the Dutch artist, who was a central figure for abstract art throughout the twentieth century. György Kepes’s Cone, Prism, Rock c.1939‑40 is part of a group of photographs by the influential Hungarian artist made using physical objects and light sensitive paper to explore abstraction derived from natural phenomena and real objects.
The display includes works by Saloua Raouda Choucair from Lebanon, Brazilians Hélio Oiticica and Mira Schendel, and Li Yuan-Chia from China, an artist who settled in rural Cumbria. Their art presents insights into the expansive, complex internationalism that has always been at the heart of modern art movements. By exploring works like these, and how they resonate with local and global history, we can consider the relationship between Liverpool and the world that it looks out on.
The Port and Migrations and Global Encounters will open at Tate Liverpool on 14 February.
Immerse yourself in the art installation Space, The Universe and Everything at Liverpool Cathedral.
Space, The Universe and Everything is a light and sound show like no other. In just one night, travel through space, light and time – from the first step on the Moon to the edge of the Universe then back again, without leaving the inside of Liverpool Cathedral.
While you ponder our relationship with planet Earth and beyond, artwork will be projected onto the Cathedral’s interior, highlighting its architecture. You will travel through the light artworks and installations, set to bespoke music.
Become immersed in this new stunning installation as you walk through the architectural splendour of Liverpool Cathedral. The artistic collaboration that brought you Angel Wings, Luxmuralis, will employ multiple lights and sound displays which merge and link to create a spectacular internal sound and light show.
Speaking about this awe-inspiring new immersive art installation coming to Liverpool Cathedral, Peter Walker, artistic director of Luxmuralis, said: “We’re incredibly excited about bringing ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’ to such a remarkable building. Liverpool Cathedral has an amphitheatre of space about it and to fill such a vast area of Gothic architecture with galaxies and the universe is going to be absolutely phenomenal.
“Mankind has only scratched the surface of space discovery and this artwork explores the amazing wonders of the universe, capturing the excitement of what the next steps might be as we see far away galaxies emerge before us. ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’ gives visitors the chance to lose themselves in space and time as we take them from the first step on the moon to the edge of the universe and back again in just one night. It really will be an unforgettable experience.”
Space The Universe and Everything will run from February 18 to 27 with shows starting every 15 minutes between 6 pm – 8 pm. Tickets can be booked in advance here.
As nice as it is to stay at home, watching our favourite Christmas films, with the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, there’s also plenty to do in the city this Christmas. To help you plan a unique advent experience, we’ve created a list of festive activities and events that take place this winter in Liverpool.
1. Christmas Markets
Let’s start with some of the most popular events in the city, where you can enjoy mulled wine, local food specialties, handmade gifts and live music.
Liverpool Christmas Market is located on the St. George’s Hall Plateau and hosts around 40 stalls this year. The event runs from the 12 of November until the 23 of December and provides entertainment for the whole family. Whereas adult visitors can enjoy the traditional program and festive themed bars, children can ride on the big wheel or the giant Bavarian snow slide.
The festive spirit has also arrived at the waterfront as the Light Trail has illuminated the Royal Albert Dock again. This large-scale event features a number of creative light installations, while the dock’s independent retailers and restaurants bring a variety of original gifts and special offers. You can download the Light Trail map to guide you and find the best Christmas spots.
2. Activities For Children
Christmas is a time full of surprises and miracles for children, so it’s no surprise that there’s some fantastic kids events lined up.
On Saturday 4 & 11 December, Duke Street Food and Drink Market is hosting Santa’s Stories. The family event invites children to listen to magical tales and share their Christmas wishes with Santa.
Similarly, the GPO Food Hall, at Metquarter is hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 5, 12 & 19 December.
At both events, children will receive a small gift, while parents can discover a variety of world cuisines from these two amazing food courts.
To balance all the delicious food we consume during Christmas time, why not throw in some exercise by going for a skate, while soaking up the festive atmosphere in a slightly different way.
The Invisible Wind Factory has introduced Christmas Roller Skating, simply called ‘Skatemas‘. The event runs throughout December and offers an unusual alternative to a weekend night out. After getting tired of skating to famous Christmas tunes, visitors can take a break and enjoy festive themed refreshments.
If you prefer an ice rink over a roller drome, the city’s riverside is the place to be. Like in the previous years, the Pier Head hosts the Liverpool Ice Festival; however, this time it’s bigger than ever. The festival includes a large covered arena for ice skating, an adventurous Ice Slide, and Ice Jet ride displaying an exciting light show. Visitors can warm up with hot drinks and traditional food.
4. Cultural events
There’s also some heart-warming Christmas events happening at some of the city’s best-loved venues.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is bringing a number of performances featuring glorious Christmas stories and musical performances. There’s the Swingin’ Christmas concert, featuring seasonal favourites, made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland. Moreover, visitors can enjoy Love Actually In Concert, screening the classic film, accompanied by live orchestral music and of course a Christmas Eve screening of It’s A Wonderful Life.
In summer 2022 Tate Liverpool will present Radical Landscapes, a major exhibition showing a century of landscape art revealing a never-before told social and cultural history of Britain through the themes of trespass, land use and the climate emergency.
The exhibition will include over 150 works and a special highlight will be Ruth Ewan’s Back to the Fields 2015-22, an immersive installation that will bring the gallery to life though a living installation of plants, farming tools and the fruits of the land. This will be accompanied by a new commission by Davinia-Ann Robinson, whose practice explores the relationship between Black, Brown and Indigenous soil conservation practices and what she terms as ‘Colonial Nature environments’.
Expanding on the traditional, picturesque portrayal of the landscape, Radical Landscapes will present art that reflects the diversity of Britain’s landscape and communities. From rural to radical, the exhibition reconsiders landscape art as a progressive genre, with artists drawing new meanings from the land to present it as a heartland for ideas of freedom, mysticism, experimentation and rebellion.
Radical Landscapes poses questions about who has the freedom to access, inhabit and enjoy this ‘green and pleasant land’. It will draw on themes of trespass and contested boundaries that are spurred by our cultural and emotional responses to accessing and protecting our rural landscape. Key works looking at Britain’s landscape histories include Cerne Abbas 2019 by Jeremy Deller, Tacita Dean’s Majesty 2006 and Oceans Apart 1989 by Ingrid Pollard. Ideas about collective activism can be seen in banners, posters and photographs, such as the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp banners by Thalia Campbell and video installations by Tina Keane.
Reflecting on shared customs, myths and rituals, the exhibition emphasises how artists have reclaimed the landscape as a common cultural space to make art. Interrogating concepts of nature and nation, the exhibition reverses the established view to reveal how the countryside has been shaped by our values and use of the land. Key works looking at performance and identity in the landscape include Claude Cahun’s Je Tends les Bras 1931and Whop, Cawbaby 2018 by Tanoa Sasraku, while the significance of the British garden is seen in works such as Anwar Jalal Shemza’s Apple Tree 1962 and Figures in a Garden 1979-81 by Eileen Agar.
The exhibition will also consider how artists and activists have created works that highlight and question human impact on the landscape and ecosystems, shining a light on the restorative potential of nature to provoke debate and stimulate social change. Radical Landscapes will feature works that reflect on the climate and its impact on the landscape including Gustav Metzger’s dazzling Liquid Crystal Environment 1965 (remade 2005) and Yuri Pattison’s sun[set] provisioning 2019.
Radical Landscapes will be presented within an immersive, environmentally-conscious exhibition design by Smout Allen that creates a dynamic dialogue with the artworks. The exhibition will be complemented by a new publication, with contributions by leading and upcoming writers, campaigners, naturists, environmentalists and social historians, offering a wide variety of voices on the subject of landscape. A diverse public programme will accompany the exhibition, taking place online, throughout the gallery, across the city and beyond into the great outdoors throughout the summer.
Radical Landscapes is curated by Darren Pih, Curator, Exhibitions & Displays, and Laura Bruni, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool.
5 May – 4 September 2022
Supported by University of Liverpool
As we head towards the end of another year we are slowly approaching the time of the year when shopping plays an important role! Hunting Christmas presents can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially in busy supermarkets and crowded high streets dominated by persistent adverts and ‘this year’s must-haves’.
How about changing the routine this year and instead discover the gems amongst local businesses? Buying from small, independent businesses has a number of advantages.
By purchasing a gift from a local seller you’ll not only be spreading the joy between your friends and family, you’ll also bring a big smile to the face behind a small business.
You’ll be supporting the local creative economy.
Many independent sellers items are handcrafted, which means that every single piece is original and unique. Additionally, handmade products are often made using sustainable techniques and eco-friendly materials.
And finally, shopping local has a much more personal feel. You can get to know the person behind the business and feel even more connected to your local area.
So, if we’ve convinced you to visit local businesses we have listed the most popular shops and events where you can shop independent in Liverpool.
1. Shop at independent gift shops
Liverpool is bursting with lots of talented designers and artists. Popping into an independent store is the best way to see their work and purchase a piece from them. Merseymade is a great place to pick up gifts from a vast array of artists. Located in the heart of Liverpool, Merseymade is divided into a shopping area and a cute café on the ground floor. Moreover, the first floor serves as a studio space for artists to create and engage with customers.
Ten Streets Market and Red Brick Market are also worth visiting to stock up on gifts. Both markets are in the industrial zones – whereas Ten Streets is located the north of Liverpool, Red Brick can be found in Baltic Triangle. However, both places offer a range of local food, drinks, artworks and fashion.
2. Shop online with Good Liverpool
Online shopping can be more convenient for a lot of us, and the good news is you can still shop locally, online, with Good Liverpool. The platform is filled with positive vibes, celebrating sellers who make a good impact and encouraging buyers to shop with purpose. As their slogan says: ‘Do good. Feel good.’
3. Local Arts & Crafts Markets
Meeting local artists and business owners in person is always a one of a kind experience. For customers who prefer wandering around a number of different stalls, Liverpool has so much to offer.
Open Culture curates huge, twice-yearly Arts Markets in Liverpool Cathedral. The Arts Markets gather some the best local artists, makers and creators in Liverpool and the North West under one roof for one of the most popular arts market in the region. Tickets for the Winter Arts Markets on Friday 3 & Saturday 4 December are on sale now.
However, the possibilities of local shopping go beyond with the Good Market organised by Good Liverpool. Events are held on monthly basis in Chapters of Us, Dovedale Towers or Pins Social Club on Duke Street. Similarly, MAKE Liverpool invites customers to Summer and Winter Arkade Market located in The Invisible Wind Factory.
4. Independent record shops
There is no doubt that Liverpool has a rich music heritage and music lovers with a weakness for vinyl have also many options to shop local.
Not just handmade gifts, food and drinks can be sourced locally. Several small businesses in Liverpool focus on selling plants that come from around the world. While shopping in the city centre, you can visit Lisa in her beautiful store Root Houseplants in the Bluecoat. If you prefer hanging around Lark Lane, you shouldn’t miss Freida Mo’s – a colourful, vibrant place selling plants, gifts and vintage fashion.
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