April brings us the requisite showers (let’s face it, that’s every month in the UK) but also Caramel Popcorn Day and Plan your Epitaph Day (6th), and Tangible Karma Day and – more importantly – No Housework Day and Beer Day on the 7th. We’re fairly sure these aren’t mutually exclusive. And, my personal favourite, Jelly Bean Day on 22nd. So much to look forward to.
5-8 April: ‘Heritage on the Dock‘, Albert Dock. Sightseers will be able to see the wider waterfront, and by taking a Blue Badge guided Albert Dock heritage tour visitors will hear about dock-based Leather Satchel Co, which gives an insight of one of the city’s master craftsmen.
12-14 April: The Randox Grand National at Aintree. All tickets and information here.
13-14 April: Threshold Fest, Baltic Triangle. Threshold Festival of Music & Arts has its roots in the creative industries of Liverpool and the North West. For eight successive years, the event has brought together a diverse wealth of artists, musicians, promoters, academics and enthusiasts to The Baltic Triangle district of the city. Book tickets here.
21 April: ‘Mad Pride‘ at District, Jordan Street. Based on the theme, ‘Circus of the Absurd’, the event will include live music, a hula hoop workshop, a fancy dress competition and much much more. From 3pm-9pm, all welcome.
25 April: In partnership with Fashion Revolution week, The Wild Dyery is running a fantastic new class, ‘bring+dye‘, where you can give life to an old t-shirt whilst learning ancient dyeing and patterning techniques. 6.45 – 9pm, £20, at Make Liverpool. Book tickets here.
From 26 April: ‘Euphonia‘, an exhibition at the Bluecoat gallery in Liverpool. The gallery will be transformed into a sonic chamber for collective singing in this ground-breaking new sound installation by Emma Smith, based on the music of social communication. On until 24th June, free entry.
28 April: ‘Wrong Festival‘, at the Invisible Wind Factory. The unmissable second-year outing of the vital oddball rock music festival. This year they’ll be shining a spotlight on talent from both the burgeoning local and UK-wide Freakscene. More information and tickets here.
From 1 May: Being held to coincide with the International Business Festival and the UNI Global Union’s Fifth Congress at the ACCL, ‘The Future World of Work’ is a series of events in various locations around the city looking at the future role of humans in jobs. On until 31 July.
2 May: The 2018 Lord St John of Fawsley Commemoration Lecture with Lord Heseltine, ‘Liverpool 1979, My Conversion to Devolution‘ at RIBA North in Mann Island from 1pm – 3pm. In this special lecture, Lord Heseltine talks about devolution and the regeneration of the Albert Dock. Free entry, but you must register to attend.
2-7 May: ‘Gigs and Graphics’ – a collaboration between Northern Lights at Cains Brewery Village, Sound City (see below), Liverpool Print Fair and Paper Moon Print Studio, at the Northern Lights building. Events and exhibitions that explore the relationship between visual art and music. There will be an Industry Day and Preview on 3rd May. More information here.
5-6 May: Liverpool Sound City. The largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK, taking pride in bringing some of the most exciting breakthrough artists to the city. Various venues around the Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery, information and tickets here.
12-13 May: Steam on the Dock, one of the UK’s only inner-city steam rallies returns to the Albert Dock in Liverpool with over 30 steam engines, boats and even a train making the Dock their home.
17 May: At the Hilton hotel in Liverpool, the Business of Science 2018 Conference is being held. Come and see some of the most influential people in their scientific fields talking about some of the astonishing progress being made in the world of science. Tickets cost £140 plus VAT if booked by 31 March, thereafter £175 plus VAT. All information and tickets here.
18 May: LightNight Liverpool, the free one-night arts festival. Now very much a regular part of the annual Liverpool cultural calendar, LightNight promises a large variety of events, with something for everyone. Roam the streets of Liverpool with other Lightnighters from 5pm. The full line up will be announced on 1st May.
20 May: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon‘ around Liverpool. 20,000 people took part last year – a great opportunity to run the city, whilst listening to local performers along the route, helping to propel you around the course. More information here.
From 24 May: ‘Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman‘ at Tate Liverpool. Egon Schiele was the radical protege of Gustav Klimt, and Francesca Woodman produced sublime photography. Both are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits which look beneath the surface to capture their subjects’ emotions. On until 23rd September, free to Tate members, or £12.50 to non-members. More details here.
25-28 May: Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and Bordeaux Wine Festival. Raise a glass! During the last bank holiday weekend in May, the most celebrated wine event in Europe, Bordeaux Fete le Vin (The Bordeaux Wine Festival), will be coming to Liverpool while the Tall Ships are in the city. Perfect for food and wine lovers, this ticketed event will bring the very best of France’s food and drink to the Pier Head during one of the most electric happenings in the city.