Ok; we’ll admit that navigating as large, multi-faceted and action-packed a festival as Liverpool Biennial in just a weekend may sound like a challenge… But it can be done. Here we’ve put together our own specially-crafted itinerary to help you get the most out of a whistle-stop visit. If you’re lucky (or organised) enough to be able to coincide with the Opening, be sure to catch some of the one-off performances taking place on the 14 & 15 July. For a more in-depth look at what this year’s 10th anniversary edition – poetically titled Beautiful world, where are you? – has to offer, check out our full festival guide and top five highlights here.
Here are our picks
Day one… With a busy 48 hours ahead, we suggest arriving into Liverpool early – before 10am – with enough time to nip into one of the city’s many unbeatable breakfast spots or coffee shops to kick-start the day. With Lime Street train station behind you, cross over the road to St. George’s Hall where a series of bold video installations, presented in the atmospheric setting of the building’s former prison cells and courtroom, will provide a solid introduction to the notably political flavour of this year’s festival.
Maray, 91 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HF - Visit now
Bring the day to a close with dinner. For a semi ‘up-market’ treat, it’s got to be Maray (which also serves exceptional cocktails) or opt for the slightly more budget friendly Penn Factory. For further evening recommendations, check out our guides to Liverpool’s best vegetarian food, restaurants, casual dining, pubs, music venues and hotels.
LEAF on Bold Street, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4EZ - Visit now
Day two… Once again, start the day with a solid breakfast at LEAF on Bold Street before heading up the road and around the corner to FACT, where Three Movements – a brand-new three-channel video installation by the renowned grandmother of French New Wave cinema, Agnès Varda – offers a moving reflection on temporality and the rhythm of human life. From here, climb the stairs to the upper level gallery to watch a short artist film will provide a nice introduction to the next stop on our tour: Mohamed Bourouissa’s Resilience Garden in Toxteth.