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 focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.
The problem with stand up comics is that the best ones tend to shun the spotlight. That is certainly the case with Simon Munnery, a man whose eclectic tastes and eccentric jokes mean he is simply too good for the mainstream.
Liverpool Biennial 2016 is organised as a series of six episodes: fictional worlds that draw from Liverpool’s past, present and future.
Liverpool Small Cinema continue their work showcasing female filmmakers with a series of films #DirectedbyWomen for Scalarama. The lineup includes everything from cult faves and art-horror masterpieces to underseen American gems and recent releases.
Add The Nutcracker to your Christmas tradition and you won’t be disappointed: it really is a special piece, with enchanting dancing and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.
The only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West, Open Eye is host to three different artists during the Biennial.
Visit Tate Liverpool during the Biennial and you step into a world where contemporary artists collaborate with Ancient Greece.
During the Biennial, FACT is home to work by artists Lucy Beech and Krzysztof Wodiczko – both have intriguing preoccupations.
An evening hosted by Film Book Club’s Gary Lunt, which gives you the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the best creative talent in the city before anyone else.
When her best friend (a little yellow bird named Tito) goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds…