From open air cinema, to music festivals, art exhibitions and more, here’s 7 events you can’t miss this summer.
1. Abandon Normal Devices – AND Festival (27 May – 11 July)
AND Festival will take place online, on docklands and on the water, featuring field trips in the physical world via augmented reality seascapes, immersive voyages and floating laboratories, expanded through an online programme of radical and disruptive artworks, film screenings, performances, talks and workshops.
2. Liverpool Biennial, The Inside Chapter (19 May – 27 June)
Liverpool Biennial 2021 opens the second ‘inside’ chapter of exhibitions across the city on 19 May, bringing together the complete presentation of the 11th edition, The Stomach and the Port. In line with Government guidance, this final chapter will open the doors to the city, welcoming visitors from across the country to safely enjoy the UK’s largest free festival of contemporary art. Artists will take over new venues, including Lewis’s Building, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, Lush Building, Liverpool Central Library and Cotton Exchange. New commissions and existing works will be shown at partner venues Tate Liverpool, FACT, Bluecoat and Open Eye Gallery.
3. Summer Arts Markets (5 & 19 June)
Discover the most popular craft fair in the region, featuring over 50 stalls from independent artists, designers, and makers.
Pop along to the Summer Arts Markets with your friends and family to shop for creative crafts, contemporary design and artisanal food and drink at affordable prices. You’ll be able to find everything from cards, photography, ceramics and prints, to jewellery, homewares, textiles and handmade beauty products.
4. Liverpool Disco Festival – Release Party (26 & 27 June)
Liverpool Disco Festival will make their debut at the Invisible Wind Factory in June for their Release Party. Featuring DJ’s Jeremy Underground, Dam Swindle, Marcel Vogel and more.
5. Super Cool Drawing Machine (15 – 18 July)
Yuppies Music presents Super Cool Drawing Machine, a touring exhibition of musicians’ “other” artwork. The exhibition will take up residency at Future Yard between 15th and 18th July 2021.
Drawn from diverse musical genres and backgrounds, the artists include trailblazing saxophonist and figurehead of the UK jazz scene Shabaka Hutchings, Mercury-nominated Welsh singer/producer Cate Le Bon, experimental folk musician Richard Dawson, African American experimentalist Lonnie Holley (who has previously exhibited in the likes of the Turner Contemporary gallery), celebrated drummer/composer Seb Rochford and former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks, as well as members of This is The Kit, Mammal Hands, Haiku Salut, Snapped Ankles and many more.
6. Open Air Cinema (Various locations & dates)
We’ve got our fingers crossed for a hot summer as several open air cinema’s will be showing some classic films in some stunning outdoor locations. Film and Food Fest will roll into town from 12th – 15th August. Moonlight Flicks will take up residency at Claremont Farm from 29 May – 26 August. Plus there’s still a limited number of tickets available for Independent Liverpool’s Open Air Cinema at the Bombed Out Church in August.
7. Positive Vibration Festival (10 – 11 September)
The UK’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican culture, Positive Vibration Festival returns to the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool in September. Confirmed artists include The Twinkle Brothers, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Hollie Cook, Don Letts and many more.
Check out our What’s On section for all the latest events happening in Liverpool.