River of Light Festival Returns For 2022

River of Light is set to illuminate the waterfront across 17 nights from Friday 21 October to Sunday 6 November, and will showcase ten artworks from a host of local, national and international artists along a 2km route.

River of Light 2022 - Evanescent is one of this year’s River of Light installations ©HQ Images
Evanescent is one of this year’s River of Light installations ©HQ Images

The installations will include a mix of brand new, never-before-seen commissions as well as existing artworks which haven’t been on display in the city before.

The theme of this year’s free event is Unexpected Twist in a nod to the World Gymnastics Championships 2022 which is taking place in the city during the same period.

Full details of all ten pieces, the artists and their locations will be unveiled next month, but to whet people’s appetite the team behind the trail has announced the first two pieces:

  • BEAM – A brand new commission by the acclaimed Lucid Creates (artists Helen Swan and Chris Carr) will see a beam of light transport visitors to a hot, summer’s day, accompanied by the sounds of the British countryside. But after several minutes the feeling of peace and warmth will change to unease and suspense… Located at Canning Graving Dock, opposite Museum of Liverpool, the artists behind the work are no strangers to River of Light and have previously showcased large-scale artworks including 2021’s incredibly popular Dance Together – a huge tribute to the legendary nightclub Chibuku. 
  • Evanescent – A series of giant bubbles will take over Exchange Flags courtesy of Australian artists Atelier Sisu. The immersive sound and light structure will react to visitors as they explore the artwork, depicting the transient nature of human existence. It has already been showcased in locations including Taiwan, the USA, Greece and Australia.

River of Light will be delivered by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team and is supported by Arts Council England.

River of Light 2022
Friday 21 October – Sunday 6 November 2022
Liverpool City Centre & Waterfront

For more information and announcements visit https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Autumn/Winter 2022 Programme Preview

By Jessica Marshall

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Winter 2022 Programme Preview

The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse have announced their Autumn/Winter 2022 programme of events, with some fantastic shows lined up to brighten up your Autumn/Winter and give you something to look forward to. Here’s a look ahead to their upcoming shows.

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Autumn/Winter 2022 Programme

A Billion Times I Love You (27 September – 8 October)

The Everyman is presenting to you a modern-day queer love story which is sure to take you on a rollercoaster journey of emotions. This play focuses on different love languages and how to display your love for someone when it feels unreciprocated.

Tickets from £11 to £26

Othello (4 – 8 October)

Shakespeare’s Othello is coming to you this October at the Playhouse Theatre. This award-winning drama focuses on themes of love, sex, murder, and betrayal, transformed, and reimagined into a 21st century world. How easily can relationships be broken when they’re built on paranoia and manipulation?

Tickets from £10 to £30

A Lovely World Featuring Elle Dillon-Reams (6 October)

A Lovely Word promises a night full of beautiful and thought-provoking poetry for all you poetry fanatics and writers out there on October 6th at The Everyman. Elle Dillon-Reams is a spoken word artist who has sold out two spoken shows after winning multiple poetry competitions over the past few years. If you’re a poet and would like to show off your talent, you can sign up to speak at this event! Best of all, the entire event is completely free. All you have to do is show up.

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (11 – 15 October)

Award winner Denzel Westley-Sanderson brings Oscar Wilde’s famous play ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ to a new life, with themes explored such as family, gender, class, and sexuality, packed with plenty of wit and humour. Don’t miss out on a night full of laughter and heart-warming moments at the beautiful Everyman theatre.

Tickets from £10 to £35

Deep Blue (20 – 22 October)

This October the Everyman presents ‘Deep Blue’ a play which focuses on the feeling of growing up and yearning to find where you belong. We meet Riley, the main character who feels connected to the solemness of the worlds loneliest whale on a David Attenborough documentary. In a world as big as this, many people crave human connection and are searching for their place to call home.

Tickets from £11 to £16

The Smartest Giant in Town (25 – 29 October)

The Playhouse theatre represents a story book brought to life on stage for your little ones to enjoy. From puppets to costumes and stage props, your children are sure to be kept entertained for the night. Who knows, you might enjoy it too. George the giant goes on a journey involving a makeover and a quest to help his new friends carry through their mission.

Tickets from £10 to £14

Murder Mystery – The Body Snatchers: Halloween 2022 Special (28 October)

Indulge in a spooky treat this Halloween season and get down to the Everyman to immerse yourself into a thrilling murder mystery. Set in Liverpool 1826, a body is discovered in one of the ships lined up at the docks, and Johnathon fears it is his cousin who has been MIA for the past few weeks. Will he find out who it is and what price will he have to pay for exposing the truth?

Tickets £25

An Audience With The Scaffold (29 October)

On the 29th of October at The Everyman Theatre, John Gorman, Roger McGough, and Mike “McGear” McCartney are returning to Liverpool to celebrate 60 years of The Scaffold. Be prepared for a night of comedic sketches, poetry, and songs from these Liverpool legends to create a night full of memories that you won’t forget.

Tickets from £16 to £31

Filla Crack’s Halloween Drag Cabaret 2022 (29 October)

Join these scouse drag queens at The Everyman for a spooky night of glitz, glam and glorious costume, bringing to you Liverpool’s very own Sanderson sisters with a twist. ‘The Sefton Sisters.’ Get to planning your outfits and join these queens for a night full of laughter, fun and dragtastic outfits. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the spooky season.

Tickets £25

State Of Mind Symposium In person & Online (3 November)

20 Stories High have raised awareness for the importance of focus on mental health in Liverpool over the past 4 years, with talks and workshops focused on what we can do as a community to support one another and put our own wellbeing above all other life responsibilities. This year they are coming to The Everyman to bring a range of discussions, presentations, and workshops to educate the people of Liverpool.

In-Person Tickets – Pay What You Can
Online Tickets – Pay What You Can

A Lovely Word x Homotopia (3 November)

A lovely Word and Homotopia are teaming up to present to you a night of LQBTQIA poetry with an open mic and a headliner on in the first half of the night. If you are a poet fanatic or you love to see people showcase their talent, come down to this FREE event and meet some new people! There is also a chance to take part if you are a poet who would love the opportunity to perform in front of others.

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TOUCHY + ANTHOLOGY (3 & 4 November)

20 Stories High will bring to you a night filled with Liverpool’s best rappers, poets, singer, and Ninjas! With two themes of the night, ‘Touchy’ will begin in the first half featuring a collection of award-winning short films which all centre around the theme of touch, made to captivate and entertain. The second half of the night will present ‘Analogy’ which brings fourth a collection of funny and emotive testimonies performed on stage, from hip hop music to a perfect combination of poetry and Ninja moves. It sounds like a unique night that you don’t want to miss out on.

Tickets £11

Brown Girls Do It Too: Mama Told Me Not to Come (4 November)

At The Playhouse Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani present to you a night filled with personal entertainment and life advice, focusing on themes such as navigating life, sexpectations and the messy reality that we all live in. Crowned ‘The funniest woman in Britain’ by The Times, their unapologetic and raw personalities are sure to draw you in and make you feel seen. From sketches to humorous songs and personal anecdotes, it is sure to be a night you won’t regret.

Tickets from £11 to £19

David O’Doherty: Whoa Is Me (11 November)

Stand-up comedian David O’Doherty joins The Playhouse Theatre for a night of humour, wit, and maybe a little bit of singing accompanied by his famous keyboard. From Live at the Apollo to 8 Out Of 10 Cats, David is set to perform in Liverpool, a show not to miss. Come and find out what all the hype is about.

Tickets from £14 to £23

Flo & Joan: Sweet Release 2022 (12 November)

Musical comedy duo, Flo and Jean are set to perform in The Playhouse Theatre this November, to bring to Liverpool a night of brilliant songs and great comedy. With multiple sell out tours across the globe, we can see why these two women are so loved with their witty humour and infectious personalities, paired with their famous retro look.

Tickets from £11 to £23.50

Mark Thomas: Black and White (16 & 17 November)

The Playhouse welcomes award winning comedian Mark Thomas this winter, with themes of capitalism and uniting together as a community to learn and grow, this night will focus on new ideas for uplifting ourselves and each other and finding hope in uncertain times.

Tickets £17.50

Les Dawson: Flying High (19 November)

Jon Culshaw joins The Playhouse Theatre to celebrate the very much missed comedic legend Les Dawson, bringing his stage presence back to life with this amazing tribute. From sketches to retelling of incidents from his life, join Jon Culshaw to keep the memory of Les alive and enjoy some good ol’ comedy.

Tickets from £15 to £24

Noughts & Crosses (22 – 25 November)

Noughts and Crosses is a play which focuses on racial and social divides, represented by two groups, The Noughts and The Crosses, and the struggles that emerge when two people fall in love from each group. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, this play involves themes of violence brought upon by forbidden love.

Tickets from £10 to £30

The Rock N’ Roll Panto Red Riding Hood (25 November – 14 January 2023)

Prepare to enter a world of wolves, bears, and an unsuspecting girl in a bright red dress. From dazzling costumes to brilliant stage props and musical performances, Little Red Riding Hood is being brought to life right in our own Everyman Theatre. A perfect event to bring your family to this winter. Prepare to be dazzled.

Tickets from £16 to £41

A Lovely Word Featuring The Repeat Beat Poet (1 December)

Lovely Word is back with a headliner in the first half of the show and open mic poets in the second, once again free of cost! If you’re looking for a fun and chilled night of poetry then this event is perfect for you. Ghanaian poet Peter De-graft Johnson will be performing his amazing poetry, you don’t want to miss it.

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SIX (6 – 8 December)

The Playhouse presents, hit musical SIX, from Broadway to Liverpool, this famous West end Show is a perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season and treat your family to an amazing night of Pop Princesses, Tudor Queens, and the six wives of Henry the VIII within the 21st girl power theatre performance. It’ll leave you feeling uplifted and empowered.

Tickets from £10 to £45

Liverpool Theatre Festival: Preview

By Jessica Marshall

Photo Credit David Munn
Photo Credit David Munn

Liverpool Theatre Festival is back and ready to entertain Liverpool in 2022. The festival first made an appearance in 2020, with the intent to boost Liverpool’s creative sector after the devastating aftermath of Covid-19. With over 4,000 festival goers in 2021 and over 200 participants, the festival is going from strength to strength.

Liverpool Theatre Festival will take place from 31 August to 11 September, in the beautiful venue of St Luke’s Bombed Out Church to create a magical backdrop to a range of fantastic plays, comedy, cabaret and more.

Liverpool Theatre Festival 2022 Full Line Up

I Wish My Life Where A Musical (31 August)

Performed by a talented west end cast, kickstarting the festival off is this comedic extravaganza which walks you through life in the theatre and all the mishaps that could happen on stage. Hilarious and heart-warming, it’ll have you laughing in your seat.

Times: 6pm & 8pm
Tickets: £18

Fear And Misery Of The Third Reich (1 September)

Starring Liam Powell Berry, this show will guide you through life in a typical German household set in the 1930’s when Hitler shook the nation. You will get first-hand insight into the fear that lived within German households and the impact of the war on the country.

Times: 7:30pm
Tickets: £20

Laughterhouse Comedy (2 September)

Comedians Mick Miller, Tom Wrigglesworth, and Duncan Oakley and host Chris Cairns have teamed up to bring to you a night of scouse comedy and a barrel of laughs. Prepare to be entertained by this hilarious trio and treat yourself to a night you won’t forget.

Time: 6pm & 8:30pm
Tickets: £22

Not Drunk But Disorderly (3 September)

With a 5-star rating, Megan Hindley and Beth Amos are back with their two-woman comedic act. Their characters Howard and Jeffrey find themselves in a murder mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute and choking down laughter the next. Hilarious and unique, it’s not a show to miss.

Times: 5pm
Tickets: £18

Holy Moly Cabaret (3 September)

Hosted by the mega-talented Nana Funk, Holy Moly Cabaret presents to you a night of music, comedy, burlesque, and circus. Starring award-winning comedy musicians, Jollyboat and Liverpool’s own glamour queen, Millie Dollar, and all presented in the stunning surroundings of the Bombed Out Church.

Times: 7:30pm
Tickets: £20

The Wind In The Willows (4 September)

Set in the wild woods, following the stories of woodland creatures Mole, Ratty and Badger and their adventures, from picnics to fun with friends. This story is brought to life on stage, combined with folk-rock tunes to entertain your little ones for the day. Don’t miss out on this fun performance.

Times: 12:00 noon
Tickets: Adult- £14, Children- £10

Ma Joyce’s Tales From The Parlour (4 September)

Written and performed by Victoria Evaristo and directed by Angela Ekaette Michaels, this performance brings to you the ups and downs of motherhood and a humorous perspective of Liverpool’s social, economic, and political status. Ma Joyce brings us back in time to her childhood set in the Welsh countryside and takes us on a journey through her romantic affairs and her trip to Nigeria.

Times: 3pm
Tickets: £18

Venus Rising (5 September)

This play follows the story of a writer who discovers a newfound talent for erotic fiction and has created a successful life for himself…yet he has a deep hatred for everything in it. A modern love story that takes you through themes of loss, regret, and uncertainty. Will James gets his happy ending after all? You’ll have to come to find out.

Times: 6pm & 8:30pm
Tickets: £22

The Crown Duels – Gangs Of Hope (6 September)

Two rival gangs go head-to-head, set in Liverpool post-war in a world full of poverty, crime, and hunger. The High Rip gang and The Logwood Gang have taken over the city and installed fear into its inhabitants that even the police are too terrified to intervene. This play follows a criminal investigation of missing jewels and drug dealing in the city. When the reward for finding them is the title for King or Queen of the city, people will do anything they can to win. Even murder.

Times: 7:30pm
Tickets: £18

Stop The World, We’re Getting Off (7 September)

Welcome you to Clapham South tube station – home to the last five survivors of the climate crisis. Ava and Cayden are having a baby, but with the oxygen dwindling, can they come together and stabilise their living situation, or will someone pay the ultimate price? Combining climate activism with dynamic storytelling, they use a range of creative practices to ensure their productions tell sustainable stories using sustainable methods.

Times: 8pm
Tickets: £18

Opera Beneath The Stars (8 September)

Absolute Opera presents to you this September a night of magnificent music, set under the starry night sky. With national and international performers such as Soprano Leigh Rhianon Coggins, Tenor Roy Locke, and Mezzo Soprano Augusta Knopov, joined by Per Nielsen on the piano, it is set to be an enchanting evening. The nations most well-loved songs will be performed such as music from the Grand Opera and Modern Classical hits. Opera lovers will not be disappointed.

Times: 7:30pm
Tickets: £28

97+ A Drama Based On The 1989 Hillsborough Disaster (9 September)

Written and directed by Tom Cain, this play is based on the tragic real-life disaster at Hillsborough which led to 97 lives lost and many injured. Following the story of Hillsborough survivors, John and Steve, this performance takes us along with their battle of the trauma they endure in everyday life and the mental health issues they struggle with daily. The two characters find each other due to their shared experience and take us through their journey to justice.

Times: 6:00pm or 8:30pm
Tickets: £20

The Forgotten Forest (10 September)

The Forgotten Forest is a children’s performance which takes us along on a group of furry friends quest to saving their habitat. It includes real life themes of pollution and the effect it has on the world and animals, celebrating the power of change, friendship, and the importance of a healthy environment. Come along to find out if the animals will end up as the queens servants or if they find a new place to call home!

Times: 12:00 noon
Tickets: Adults- £12, Children- £10

Dame Fanny & The Starlets (10 September)

Drag galore, this family-friendly drag show is sure to entertain. Fabulous makeup and stunning outfits, come and join Dame Fanny De Faux the magnificent mystique alongside Brooke Spears and Iva bouquet, two incredible performers, for a night of comedy, fashion, music, and games. It is the perfect interactive event to lift your spirits and bring out your inner drag.

Time: 4:00pm
Tickets: Adults- £15, Children- £12.50

Drag Me To Church (10 September)

Come down to the bombed-out church to watch these drag queens strut their heels within the church ruins, adding their dazzling sparkle to the night. Hosted once more by Dame Fanny and The Starlets, secure your place now for a night filled with glitter, games, and giveaways. Maybe you’ll be the lucky audience member who gets chosen to compete in the lip sync battle?

Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: £18

Julie Madly Deeply (11 September)

This West End smash hit show is coming to you this September. This story follows showbiz star Dame Julie Andrews and her life of fame and stardom. Songs from Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and The sound of music are interwoven into stories of her life, following her journey from child stardom to a career ending incident of losing her voice. Performed by Sarah-Louise Young, this performance will show you the reality of life in showbiz.

Time: 3:00pm
Tickets: £20

Looking For Me Friend – The Music Of Victoria Wood (11 September)

Music director Michael Roulston joins cabaret and TV performer Paulus to take us through a loving tribute to his late idol Victoria Wood, performing songs such as ‘Reincarnation’ and ‘It would have never worked’ to bring her soul back to life for the night. To embody her persona, he adopts a northern accent and Wood’s famous catchphrases and sketches to make you feel as though she is in the room with you. This performance is a treat for Victoria Wood fans.

Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: £20

 

To find out more about Liverpool Theatre Festival visit https://www.liverpooltheatrefestival.com/

Feature Image: Photo Credit David Munn

Free Things To Do Around The Liverpool City Region

By Jessica Marshall

Things To Do Around Liverpool City Region - The Dream Sculpture - Photo Credit Steve Samosa
The Dream Sculpture, St Helens. Photo Credit Steve Samosa

Are you yearning to get out and about but you’re on a budget? We’ve compiled a list of free activities to dive into around the Liverpool city region.

Halton

Halton Castle

If you’re a fan of history and you love visiting historic monuments and ruins then Halton castle remains is a perfect place for you to visit. Just a short drive over the Runcorn bridge, you can visit this Norman castle situated on a hill that looks over Halton village. So not only will you get to see the ruins, but you’ll also have a beautiful view to gaze at from the hill. There are often events and tours available to venture into the castle so keep a look out for any updates if this is something you’d be interested in.

Victoria Park

Located in Widnes, Victoria Park is filled with lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Take a stroll around the stunning lake and appreciate the birds and the flowers. There is also a glasshouse that you can to visit and wander inside to take a look at the diverse types of plants that are coming into bloom.

The Centre

The Centre located in Halton is a community centre that is open to the public throughout the week which includes a skate park, ballpark, playground, café, and community centre. Located in the Lune Valley, you can even venture off to go on a lovely nature walk. With lots to do here, it is the perfect place for a day trip with the family.

Knowsley

Kirkby Gallery

Kirkby Gallery is known to be one of the best contemporary art galleries in Merseyside and best of all, it has free admission! It includes local artists as well as international pieces for you to browse. They also often host adult and children’s art classes if you want to get creative. Located in Kirkby town centre, the gallery is open from 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday and on Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Prescot Museum

Why not visit Prescot Museum to step back in time and learn about Knowsley’s past. With over 14,000 items to browse, this museum tells the tale of the people who built Knowsley’s reputation, from businesses to pottery manufacture and coal mining. There’s lots to learn on this trip. This museum is open 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday and on Saturday at 10am to 1pm.

Sefton

The Atkinson

The Atkinson describes itself as a cultural pick and mix for the family. There’s music, theatre, art, literature and history all under one roof.

Sefton Coastal Path

The Sefton Coastal Path at Southport is a beautiful journey through a variety of landscapes – perfect for blowing away those cobwebs. See the impressive Southport Pier, salt marshes of the Ribble Estuary, the RSPB Nature Reserve and the Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail. The 9.5 mile route starts at Crossens and finishes at Ainsdale.

Another Place at Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach has beautiful views over to New Brighton and is also home to the famous sculptures of Anthony Gormley’s  Another Place – 100 cast iron statues stretching for 1.5 miles. Gormley described the installation as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration – sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in Another Place.

St Helens

The Dream Sculpture

Located on the former site of Sutton Manor Colliery, Dream is a 20 metre high sculpture designed by the world-renowned artist, Jaume Plensa. The site offers views across the Cheshire and Lancashire plains, out to the mountains of Snowdonia, the Pennines and the Peak District. The Dream Sculpture is a great day out if you enjoy walking as there’s some brilliant trails to explore around the sculpture too.

The Smithy Heritage Centre

Formally a busy blacksmith’s forge in the heart of Eccleston village, The Smithy Heritage Centre hosts an exhibition focusing on the impact industry has had on St Helens. With lots of historic items inside, history is brought to life here, making it the perfect family visit. They are open from 1-4pm on weekends.

Taylor Park

If you’re looking for some new parks to visit this summer, Taylor Park is a lovely place to go to relax, have a stroll around the lake and maybe bring a picnic to enjoy on the grassy fields. Although, if you forget to bring food there is a café and ice cream parlour at the park to stop by if you get hungry. There are also two playgrounds located in the park for your little ones to enjoy.

Wirral

West Kirby Marine Lake

If you’re looking for a lake side trip or you love to watch boats travel across the waves, then West Kirby Marine Lake is the perfect destination for you. It’s set on the tip of peninsula with beautiful views of the Welsh hills and the Dee Estuary. If you’re more on the adventurous side then you can use the lake for water sports or sailing or take a stroll on the beach.

Wirral Tramway and Wirral Transport Museum

Travel back in time to Wirral’s past with this transport museum where you’ll have the chance to browse models of trains, buses, trams, cars, and motorcycles of the past. Open Wednesday to Sunday on school holidays from 1pm to 4.30pm, there’s lots to learn and see here, perfect for an educational family trip.

Tam O’Shanter Farm

Located on the Bidston Hills in Wirral is the Tom O’Shanter urban farm and cottage which has free entry and is open every day. With lots of animals to see such as goats, pigs, alpacas, ponies and much more, this is a perfect trip to go on with family or friends. There is also a park onsite for the kids to play in and there is a café and picnic areas located at the farm to grab a bite to eat after a long day of petting the animals.

The Wirral Way Walk

The Wirral Way is situated within the beautiful Wirral Country Park. The route starts in West Kirby and runs through to Hooton along an old disused railway line. Wirral Country Park is perfect for seeing wildlife, a variety of birds nest in the dense hedges and you may see up to ten kinds of butterfly in summer. There are also stunning views over the Dee Estuary to Wales. The entire route is 13 miles but you can just choose to walk sections of the Wirral Way.

Hilbre Island

You can visit Hilbre Island throughout the year, it’s a pleasant walk across the sands from West Kirby to the island – an archipelago and one of just 43 unbridged islands in the UK that can be reached on foot from the mainland. In the summer, it’s possible to see grey seals swimming just off the shore, and it’s a great place for spotting sightings of rare and endangered wildlife all year round. It takes roughly an hour to cross the 2 miles to Hilbre Island and is essential to time your walk to fit in with the tides.

Discover more of what’s happening in Liverpool and across the Liverpool City Region via our What’s On listings.

Let Your Creative Side Shine: Art Hubs and Creative Centres in the Liverpool City Region

By Jessica Marshall

Here are some art hubs and creative centres in the Liverpool City Region for you to explore your creative side.

Arts Hubs and Creative Spaces in the Liverpool City Region

Make Liverpool

Make CIC is a creative-led organisation with spaces across Liverpool City Region (Baltic, North Docks and Hamilton Square). At Make people come together to share skills, make, fix and create. It’s a place to learn new skills, uncover your inner talents and rediscover your passions. Make is the best place for creatives, makers and doers to hang out all under one roof. There’s workshops both the community and Make members, studios for residents and loads of events to attend.

Established in 2012, Make has become one of the popular community hubs for artists and local businesses, integrating various fields, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, embroidery, and woodcraft.

Smithdown Social Arts Hub

Smithdown Social Arts Hub is an enterprise which works tirelessly to support local artists and help people develop their skills whilst providing them with a platform to share their work with the community, through their gallery space. They also support local musicians and writer’s in developing their skills further and sharing it with the world. They host many art exhibitions at Gallery 455, and they offer their own art classes for the community to get stuck into.

Bluecoat

Bluecoat is a contemporary arts centre in which many exhibitions, events, and workshops are held for the community to get involved with and discover art in different forms. They aim to provide people with creative outlets who may not have had the chance to explore their creative side. They offer free family events throughout summer for you and your family to get stuck into.

dot-art

Independent gallery and dot-art run lots 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.

Writing On The Wall

Writing On The Wall is a creative project which inspires writers within the community to share their talent for words and meet others who share the same passion. Their aim is to provide writers with the platform for their voices to be heard and celebrated. They understand the power of words and how important stories are for the progression of society which is why they host various workshops and events for adults, young people, and professionals to develop their skills. They are also a huge advocate for the power writing can have for mental health support and promote working through your emotions by writing it out.

Merseymade

Merseymade is a creative hub in which art studios are set up for local artists to work in, from painters to nail artists and jewellery makers. You can stop by to watch these artists at work and shop their designs, as well as dine at their café. If you would rather get involved creatively, they host many events and workshops ranging from wine tasting to clay making and candle making. Head over to the Merseymade website to browse the events they have to offer.

Zap Graffiti

Zap Graffiti is an art venue in which graffiti art is celebrated and explored. They host graffiti art classes which are available for children aged 6+ and adults to develop basic skills and technique. The classes are taught outside, and all equipment is provided for your little ones to discover their inner artist and learn an amazing skill. They also host art galleries for the community to come and visit some talented wall murals. If you’re already a graffiti artist looking for a canvas, they have a variety of sites to offer where you can let your creative juices flow.

MD Creatives

MD Creatives is a project that was expanded upon from the dance school ‘MD Productions’ in order to provide the community with an opportunity to get involved in performing arts and expand their skills within areas such as cooking, hairdressing, DJ’ing, make-up and more alongside dance. They have lots of courses and services available online to get involved with and enhance your communication and social skills as well as gain employability and life skills. If you have a passion for performing arts or you’re looking to join their academy and meet like-minded people visit their website for more information.

The Art Room Wirral

The Art Room is a studio which offers a range of art classes including one to one classes and workshops both in person and online for adults and children. The classes focus on art and crafts including mixed media, drawing, watercolour and more! If you’re an artist or you’re someone who is just wanting to start out, be sure to check out their website and develop your skills today.

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.

China Butterfly Craft Centre Formby

The China Butterfly Craft Centre is a pottery studio, offering pottery painting for all ages. If you want to get more hands on you can take on the pottery wheel and get creative with your own designs. There’s designs already to choose from such as ornaments, trinkets, dishware etc. you can just show up and get straight to it, adding your own character to your chosen item using acrylic or glaze paints. Why not grab a bite whilst you’re there?

Frankie’s Paint It Pottery

Another art hub which offers pottery painting is Frankie’s painting pottery which is open to everyone in the community. With a wide range of objects to choose from at different prices, why not get creative and learn a new skill? Pottery can be a perfect outlet for your emotions and to take time out of your daily routine to relax and create. It’s also a great way to meet new people. They also host events such as Prosecco And Paint for adults and clay imprint workshops. Check out their website for more information.

Sola Arts

Sola Arts is an art organisation which focuses on art psychotherapy, working with adults, families, and children with mental health needs, providing individual and group art therapy for people to express themselves and gain support. They offer social support and help people develop skills and increase their confidence and independence in both life and art and crafts.

You can also discover a whole range of workshops, arts classes and events by checking out our events listings here.

Free Things To Do In Liverpool

By Jessica Marshall

There’s so much that you can do in Liverpool that won’t cost you a penny. Whether you’re looking for some arts and culture or some outdoor activities this is your guide to all the free things to do in Liverpool.

Free Things To Do In Liverpool

Art Galleries

Tate Liverpool (Free Collection Displays)

If you’re an art fanatic or you just enjoy browsing through a variety of creative pieces in beautiful buildings then look no further than the Tate Liverpool. Tate hosts a range of free art exhibitions, with work from over sixty artists from different corners of the world. There is an ‘Ideas Depot’ which includes work personally chosen to be displayed by children in primary schools In Liverpool and ‘Journeys Through The Tate collection’ which captures the impact of international exchange, colonialism, and migration in Liverpool. Book your free tickets now via the Tate Liverpool website.

Walker Art Gallery

Inside the Walker Art Gallery you will find many famous renaissance art pieces alongside captivating stone sculptures and decorative art including Victorian furniture and cultural dishware. The Walker Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Bluecoat

At Bluecoat you can find free exhibitions and events for all the family to enjoy. There is also a calm sensory room which is located in Gallery One with beautiful visuals, soft and comfortable spaces, and soothing sounds to relax your children. Gallery Two includes a playroom with soft toys and surfaces to play on whilst Gallery Three includes drawings and sculptures to browse, where children can get creative with their own artwork and enjoy story-telling sessions. Lastly, Gallery four includes a small library where you can enjoy a variety of children’s books including dual language books.

Museums

World Museum

The Liverpool World Museum will take you through a journey from the Jurassic period through to ancient Egypt. With plenty to learn about and see, from ancient antiquities and paintings to the exploration of sea life in the aquarium. Whilst you’re there you can head over to the planetarium to go star gazing and learn more about our solar system. The world museum is perfect for a fun family day out or a solo trip.

Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is brewing with the city’s culture and history. From a mode of Liverpool’s former overhead railway to famous paintings, sculptures, archaeological objects and much more, there’s a bit of everything for you to see. It is the perfect place to bring your family for a fun and educational trip. The Museum of Liverpool is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Maritime Museum

Are you interested about life at sea or have a thirst for knowledge for Liverpool’s seafaring past? The Maritime Museum is the perfect place to learn more about the old dock and glance around old models of the ships that once frequented Liverpool. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm.

Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum

Located in Port sunlight, Merseyside the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum is a stunning place to visit. Home to many famous paintings and sculptures, nestled inside a magnificent building, there is so much to see here. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. If you get hungry on your trip, there is a café inside open from 10am to 3pm through the week and 10am to 4pm on weekends.

Explore The City

Liverpool ONE Heritage Trail

Become a time traveller and journey back 300 years into Liverpool’s past with this free heritage trail, discovering the creation of Liverpool’s famous first commercial wet dock. To participate, download the free app in the app store called ‘Liverpool ONE’ which will give you an audio guide to listen to as you follow the 16 stop off points and as the history behind each one is explained to you. A free map is available to collect at the Liverpool ONE Visitor Information Centre, located on Wall Street. The tour should last between 60-80 minutes.

Williamson Tunnels

One of Liverpool’s hidden gems is the Williamson Tunnels which host free tours. On this tour, you will explore the caverns of the tunnel which include all of the treasures that have been discovered by the team such as ancient dishware and household objects. To enter these tunnels, you will have to go through a trapdoor which you will then be escorted through the various caverns by a team member. All completely free.

Liverpool Cathedral

Whether you are a local or a tourist, Liverpool Cathedral is always a beautiful visit. You can go inside to gaze at the beautiful architecture and history it holds and if you’re religious, feel free to stay and worship. There is a shop located inside of the cathedral to have a wander around and see if there is anything you would like to pick up whilst you’re there. Rich in history, the Anglican Cathedral isn’t a sight to miss.

Strawberry Field Visitor Centre & Famous Gate

If you or anyone you know is a Beatles fan, then this one is for you. The famous Strawberry Field gate is free to visit, plus you can also visit the Strawberry Field visitor centre and gardens. There’s also an exhibition that you can purchase tickets for separately inside or online.

Liverpool Street Art

Discover Liverpool’s Street Art by checking out our features here:

9 Pieces of Street Art To Find on Your Next Walk in Liverpool

6 More Pieces of Street Art To Find On Your Next Walk Around Merseyside

Liverpool Parks & The Great Outdoors

Sefton Park

One of Liverpool’s most beautiful parks is home to lakes, waterfalls, beautiful scenery, play areas, tennis courts, ice cream parlours and much more. It is also home to the Palm House which is a beautiful building with a botanical garden inside which is free to enter! It often holds many events across the year so keep a look out to see if anything interests you.

Croxteth Park

Enjoy the nature Liverpool has to offer with the beautiful scenery that Croxteth Park has to offer. Walk around beautiful fields, lakes, and architecture such as the stunning Croxteth Hall. There is also a playground for your children to enjoy. A horse-riding club is also located within this park if that is something that interests you, or maybe you’d prefer to admire the horses from a distance out on the fields.

Festival Gardens

Why not enjoy some beautiful scenery and oriental style architecture that Liverpool Festival Gardens has to offer? Take a stroll around this park and enjoy the lakes, waterfalls, and sculptures. There is also a woodland trail to walk around to enjoy the view and the wildlife this park is home to.

New Bird Skate Park

For you skaters who are looking for somewhere to practice your tricks and meet people with fellow interests, New Bird Skate park is completely free and is located near the Baltic Triangle. With Graffiti art decorating the walls and floor, it is a perfect place to enjoy an activity you love and hang out for a while.

Everton Park

If you’re looking for a new park to wonder around, why not visit Everton Park? This park has a heritage trail you can follow to learn about the grounds and the history that lays there as well as a skate park and a playground for your kids to enjoy. To see a beautiful view of the city you can climb the steps from Heyworth street and enjoy the view of the city below.

Rice Lane City Farm

If you’re looking for a family day out or a trip with your friends, Rice Lane City Farm is free to visit with plenty of animals to see from goats to sheep and pigs. There’s also a children’s play area to keep kids occupied too.

Discover whats happening in Liverpool via our What’s On section here.

5 Unmissible Events Happening in August

By Eden Wilkinson

There’s plenty of events happening in Liverpool this August, here’s just 5 of our top picks.

1. Peter Walker – Being Human 

Being Human - Connection

Placed within the gothic architecture of the Liverpool Cathedral, acclaimed sculptor and artist Peter Walker unveils his four art installations entitled ‘Being Human’. The exhibition will run from the 27 July – 30 August, leaving plenty time to drop in on this creation story inspired work. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a sculpture entitled Connection, inspired by Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ yet subverted by Walker in his contemporary style. Individuality is the aim here, inviting visitors to reflect on their own sense of self, our uniqueness and our relationships with others in our ever-changing world. These four artworks, Connection, Reflection, Identity and Creativity are most certainly not to be missed. 

2. Trails and Tales: Interactive Map from The Reader 

If you’re struggling to find a way to get the kids outside this school holidays look no further than this interactive trail around Calderstones Park. It has been running since July 2021 and has proven extremely popular within that time, it merges literature with exploration and the outside world to provide a fun yet educational journey. Open from 10-6pm everyday. 

3. Summer of Luv 

Big Luv - Summer of Luv at The Shankly Hotel

Big Luv is taking over the rooftop of the Shankly Hotel to present a special series of parties in August. Giving all the energy of the best house, disco, and club classics it is set to be the ultimate summer vibe. It is on from 4pm till 1am meaning it can be an afternoon dance or transcend into nightlife. Tickets can be found on Skiddle, with their final party of the season taking place on the 27 August giving you plenty of options for a boogie.

4 .The Book of Mormon 

The Book of Mormon

Musical fans look no further. This scandalous musical comedy, named as ‘the best musical of this century’ by the New York Times has come to Liverpool. Hailed as potentially the funniest musical of all time the book of Mormon follows a mismatched pair of missionaries to give us a story of chaos and hilarity. You must be quick however if you want to see this critically acclaimed show as The Book of Mormon is only on at the Liverpool Empire until the 6 August. 

5. Emma Rodgers: Wunderkammer

Emma Rodgers- Wunderkammer

The Williamson Art Gallery is hosting home-grown talent this month. Wirral based sculptor Emma Rodgers presents us with a mini-retrospective of her practice giving visitors an insight into the world of an artist. It takes the form of a ‘coming of age’ story almost, showing us how her work has developed overtime from a young artist to her most recent work. The Williamson Gallery will also be unveiling a specially commissioned sculpture by Emma for their outdoor courtyard. This will most certainly be a cultural masterpiece not to be missed. 

For more events happening in July and beyond check out our What’s On section.

Liverpool International Music Festival 2022 Preview

By Radka Hostašová

LIMF-Line-up 2022

Over the past two years, the cultural scene around the world, including music festivals, was shrouded in silence as an unfortunate result of the global pandemic. However, the year 2022 symbolizes the revival of many cultural programmes, injecting a lot of expectation and excitement.

With a number of cultural events taking place in Liverpool this year, organisations are starting to recover from the long break and are returning with even more drive and devotion. In fact, the announcement of a new era for the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) proves it. Like many other large-scale events, LIMF used the downtime to re-evaluate the whole concept of the event and embrace new visions and ambitions.

LIMF 2022 falls on the last weekend of July and unlike in previous years, the programme is spread across various indoor and outdoor venues in the city. This new approach brings more diversity and allows the attendees to plan their own itinerary by choosing between the genres as well as venues. LIMF has confirmed a collaboration with M&S Bank Arena, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St. Lukes Bombed Out Church, The Merchant, Invisible Wind Factory, The Arts Club, and many more.

This year’s festival also aims to go beyond mere entertainment and as a response to a range of social issues and tensions, conveys a broader message. Therefore, the programme has been built to address social justice, equality and inclusion. In other words, with the theme ‘Power To The People & Purpose’, LIMF celebrates humanity, its power, beauty, and influence.

Looking at the line-up of the 3-day event, the organisers have summoned both national and international names together with new progressive voices and sounds. To give you a little brief of what awaits, LIMF 2022 will kick off with UB40 Featuring Ali Cambell on Friday 29th June in M&S Bank Arena. However, if reggae music is not your cup of tea, you can opt for hip-hop with De La Soul, as they headline the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Alternatively, there’s the sound and visual installation SYSTEM By Gaika situated in the Invisible Wind Factory.

Saturday will follow up with the same ambition, featuring a wide range of genres and styles. Visitors can choose from a Jazz Happening in Ettie’s, a basement bar situated beneath Bold Street, a mixture of U.K. Garage and R&B by Donae hosted by Arts Club Liverpool, and much more. Night owls can also enjoy the afterparty thrown by The Merchant with DJs Greg Wilson and Roisin W, until early morning.

And finally, Sunday culminates with the fusion of genres including rock, indie, reggae, and soul. Namely, Camp and Furnace in Baltic Triangle will host Liverpool indie rock band The Zutons and guests, while the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will experience a unique encounter of Cuban and Jamaican music Havana Meets Kingston.

Overall, LIMF has returned with a desire to create a diverse, multi-cultural space for people to learn, share and connect. Alongside the music programme, this year’s festival introduces a brand new visual element to the program. Namely, Liverpool John Moores University will present the ‘Still Do The Right Thing’ exhibition, exploring the relationship between music, art, fashion, and activism.

For more information and to get tickets for LIMF 2022 visit https://www.limfestival.com/

Pride in Liverpool: Preview

By Eden Wilkinson

Pride in Liverpool 2022

Much awaited after its 3-year hiatus, Pride returns to Liverpool this month. The city will be filled with social, cultural, and political events for all to attend and stand together in solidarity.

The free Pride Festival ran by LCR Pride is set to take place on Saturday 30th July at the Pier Head. Opening at 12 noon, with the busiest period set to be between 12.45pm and 2pm, it most certainly will be a lively and exuberant occasion. The line-up for the Barclays main stage will be announced later in the month. You can sign up to the LCR Pride foundation mailing list to be the first to find out more information. 

With the day festival finishing at 8pm, what better way to continue the party than at Sonic Yootha. Described as a club night for “homos, fauxmos, gender-blenders, full-time queers and part-time Brendas” it has taken the gay scene in Liverpool by storm over the past 7 years. Their next disco will take place from 9pm-4am on the 30th July at 24 Kitchen Street. With it being their Pride ’22 special, it is set to be yet another sensational disco where all are welcome. 

Pride in Liverpool always begins with the annual ‘March with Pride’, an opportunity to fly the flag for the LGBTQ+ community and take to the streets in solidarity. This year aims to be bigger than ever after the 2019 march saw over 12,000 people take to the streets. Gathering will begin at 10:30am with the aim to begin the march at noon. Sign up to the LCR Pride March here.

The chosen theme of the LCR Pride foundation for this year is ‘Come Together’, an extremely poignant message after the substantial social distancing that has been in force over the few past years. LCR Pride aims to make Liverpool the most LGBTQ+ friendly community in the country, emphasising the importance of coming together at a time where the communities’ freedoms and rights continue to be attacked. It is great to see LCR Pride extend their events further across the region with the brand new ‘Pride at the Seaside’ event at New Brighton on the 27th August. 

Homotopia is an art and activism-based festival that runs each year around October time. However, this year they have ran events such as the recent ‘Queer in the City’ on the 2nd July. In collaboration with National Museums Liverpool, it was the first ever NML Xtra event which showcased unique experiences and installations, certainly creating anticipation for what else they have in store for this year. 

You can donate to LCR Pride Foundation here.

6 More Pieces of Street Art To Find On Your Next Walk Around Merseyside

By Radka Hostašová

The artistic spirit of Liverpool appeals to locals as well as tourists in many ways. On one hand, the city is rich in various cultural settings, such as theatres, galleries and concert halls that regularly host diverse events to present the work of local, national and international artists. However, to feel the bohemian soul of the city, we don’t necessarily need to enter the closed space of a gallery or purchase a ticket for a concert. In fact, a lot of art in Liverpool is facilitated in the streets, in the form of murals and poetic writings, but also public pianos and street musicians. In today’s feature, we have decided to follow up on our past article, 9 Pieces of Street Art To Find on Your Next Walk in Liverpool and bring you even more street art that deserves attention in Liverpool and Wirral. 

1. Paul Curtis: Abbey Road

Paul Curtis Street Art - Abbey Road Liverpool

Let’s begin our walk in the Baltic Triangle – the city’s growing cultural hub with lots of space and surfaces ideal for street art. To pay tribute to local music legends, The Beatles Story commissioned artist Paul Curtis to paint a living memory of The Beatles’ famous album cover Abbey Road. As a result, the Grafton Street wall in the Baltic Triangle has been transformed into the iconic zebra crossing in London. However, Paul Curtis chose to omit the musicians from his painting and instead, allow passersby to become one of the fab four for a moment. 

2. Akse: Steven Hawking

Akse Street Art - Steven Hawking

Again within the Baltic Triangle, we can find a giant mural of Steven Hawking, placed on the side of The Studio School (formerly the Contemporary Urban Centre), Upper Parliament Street. By depicting the face of the famous scientist, a French street artist known as Akse epaid homage to the life-long work of Steven Hawking and created a living memory of the exceptional figure for generations to come.

3. Jon Culshaw: Liver Bird

Jon Culshaw - Liver Bird
Photo Credit: Jon Culshaw Instagram

Jon Culshaw is a name commonly linked to many pieces of street art around Merseyside. Located on the side of the iconic Wedding House, Liver Bird is one of the latest John Culshaw murals. With the precise details and unmistakable expression in the face, this colourful Liver Bird is looking over the street, embodying the city’s spirit and pride. 

4. Mr Cenz: Rainbow Goddess

Mr Cenz - Rainbow Goddess (Credit new Brighton Street Art)
Photo credit New Brighton Street Art

When crossing the river Mersey to the Wirral, we can find many more pieces of street art, located especially around the beach town of New Brighton. Our first stop will be the Rainbow Goddess – a beautiful portrait of a woman’s face on the side wall of a house in Grosvenor Road. The mural was created by street artist Mr Cenz, whose distinctive style is characteristic of a spiritual depiction of feminity, futuristic colour spectrum, and complex, multi-layered composition. 

5. Dotmaster: Otto and Rude Kids House

Dotmaster Otto (Photo credit Dotmaster)
Photo credit Dotmaster

Another significant artist who contributed to New Brighton’s street art gallery is Dotmaster. Both of his artworks, namely Otto and Rude Kids House, share a similar black and white wallpaper background with the stencil of naughty children in the forefront. Referring to the characteristic features of the artist’s style, Dotmaster reflects a typical English sense of humour, and his pieces stand out for their precise details as well as playing with illusion. 

6. Matt Dosa: Abstract Seaside

Matt Dosa- Abstract Seaside (Photo credit Matt Dosa)
Photo credit Matt Dosa

And finally, our walk will finish by admiring the mural Abstract Seaside created by Matt Dosa. Whereas the previous artworks we mentioned were showing particular figures and rather realistic motifs, Matt Dosas’ style is a fusion of spontaneity and experiments. Abstract Seaside, covering the upper floor of 3 adjacent buildings, is a sequence of colourful patterns inspired by the nearby seaside. Through the large-scale playful mural, Matt Dosa transforms a commonly dull landscape into a cheerful environment.