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Things to Do in Liverpool

Creative Tourist

Liverpool exploded into life in the 18th century, rapidly turning from a small town into one of the world’s most important port cities. For 200 years, it eclipsed most of Europe in the trading stakes – nationally and internationally, Liverpool was where it was at. What does that mean for the visitor today?

You’ve only to look up: a skyline that’s part of a World Heritage Site, a waterfront that never fails to impress, and Georgian streets that are as graceful as they are grand. It is these architectural cheekbones that, along with the grand sweep of the River Mersey, make Liverpool such a visual treat. Sure, the city was for years on its uppers, its post-industrial decline as swift as it was comprehensive. But Liverpool has reinvented itself, as the UK Capital of Culture in 2008, as the home of the leading visual arts event Liverpool Biennial, as the place where artists make work and where a new, creative future is being written.

It is this combination of grace and ambition, wit and occasional decay that it typical of Liverpool; all this and the fact that it is one of the friendliest cities we know. Like the Liver Birds sitting atop the city’s most famous building, one turned to the sea, one turned to home, Liverpool is a city with a world view, yet a place with a personal, personable one too.

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Families 21–25 February 2017, from £9.50

The Twits at Liverpool Playhouse

This new interactive production of two of the most revolting people in literary existence promises a proliferation of pranks and a whole lot of hilarious horridness.

The exterior of Liverpool Everyman
Families 13–29 April 2017, from £10.00

The Story Giant at Liverpool Everyman

A spellbinding new adaptation of the tale of four children from across the globe who meet at dreamtime by Mersey poet Brian Patten as part of the Everyman Company’s exciting new season and Liverpool’s Summer of Love.

Exhibitions 6 January–19 March 2017, FREE

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery launches its 40th birthday year with this exhibition, exploring the influence of the North of England on fashion and visual culture.

Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Sculptor, painter and creator of artistic installations and happenings, Edward Krasiński was one of the most significant Eastern European artists of the 20th century. This is the first UK retrospective of his work.

Exhibitions 1 April–1 May 2017, FREE

O.K. The Musical at Tate Liverpool

Visitors to Tate Liverpool will have the unique opportunity to witness the entire production of a musical unfold live in the gallery over the space of four weeks, culminating in three special performances.

Exhibitions 2 March–21 May 2017, FREE

How much of this is fiction at FACT

A new exhibition of artists as tricksters, whose work involves the direct use of deception, hoaxes and hacks. These politically inspired media artists exploit the shifting boundaries between fiction and reality in a world of post-truth politics.

Exhibitions 4 February–23 April 2017, FREE

Public View at Bluecoat

Part of the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary year is this exhibition of works by 100 artists who have previously exhibited at the gallery. Public View features a number of high profile artists including Jeremy Deller, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Magill, Yoko Ono and Yinka Sonibare.

Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

An exhibition focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.

Exhibitions 23 June–15 October 2017, from £6.00

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool’s upcoming exhibition Portraying a Nation documents the glamour and misery of the Weimar Republic through the work of painter Otto Dix and photographer August Sander.

Theatre 27 February–3 March 2017, from £10.00

Narvik at The BlueCoat

Written by Lizzie Nunnery, whose beautiful folk songs accompany the play, Narvik tells the story of love torn apart by war, and the resulting scars that can last a lifetime.

Liverpool District Guides

Photo of Southport Pier

Southport

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Lark Lane, Liverpool

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Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

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City Centre, Liverpool

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Hope Street, Liverpool

One of Liverpool’s most graceful quarters can be found along Hope Street. Named after the…

Ropewalks and Chinatown, Liverpool

The Ropewalks is a part of Liverpool that combines old and new. Once crowded with…

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Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Exhibitions 4 February–23 April 2017, FREE

Public View at Bluecoat

Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £06.00

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