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.
An exhibition that puts the concerns of black women at the forefront and provides a space for healing and comfort.
An exhibition dedicated to the America Pop Art legend, Roy Lichtenstein, brings a Whaam! of colour to Tate Liverpool.
Picturehouse at FACT provide some much needed cheer with a series of musicals to round off the summer.
Based on a true story, The Suitcase is a modern day theatrical thriller with a distinctly South African storytelling style.
The first major UK exhibition to address a much underrepresented, yet fascinating chapter in the history of Surrealism.
Ian Dury was a pioneering figure for disabled people, but he wasn’t without his dark side.
Tarot card readings, ‘nail transphobia’ and 60 decomposing gerberas. The UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to exploring sex, gender and LGBT+ history through modern and contemporary art, opens in 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.
Scalarama is a celebration of cinema, for everyone, by everyone, everywhere, taking place every September. This year Hoylake Community Cinema present Stanley Donen’s fizzy 1960s thriller featuring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.