What’s on: February

February means half term, so if you’re looking for ideas for the kids, you may find something useful here. In 2018, it also means Chinese New Year, which Liverpool usually does in style, and this year looks to be no different.

5th February: Sian Owen is launching her new book ‘Social on a Shoestring’, available on Amazon as either an ebook or paperback and iTunes. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep up with the big companies but without their budget, this is the book for you.

5th February: Liverpool Girl Geeks are holding their first event of the year at Launch22, TIthebarn Street, Liverpool. In collaboration with the innovative bank Monzo, they will be discussing tech innovation in the financial sector, cultivating diversity and inclusivity, open banking APIs, how to fund a start-up and building communities. Open to all, free entry, book your tickets here.

9th February: Tickets are now on sale for the new exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool for ‘China’s First Emperor & The Terracotta Warriors’. The show launches on 9th February until 28th October 2018. This is a first – the exhibition has never been seen in the UK outside London and includes brand new artefacts never seen outside China.

From 12th February: Make Liverpool are running loads of events for kids during half term, including ‘Drone Camp’, ‘Stop-Motion Animation Camp’ and ‘Introduction to Computer Game Design’. Find out more here.

13th February: RIBA North is hosting a public clayplay workshop for families to get hands-on with clay. It runs in sessions from 10.30am – 4pm at Mann Island in Liverpool and is free entry but you must book as places are limited.

13th-15th February: ‘Half-Term Prototype Camp: Making it and Faking it workshop’ at FACT on Wood Street in Liverpool, suitable for 11-15 year olds. The three-day camp offers young people a range of digital and creative skills. At this camp you will learn about designing, prototyping, coding, and electronics while imagining what kinds of jobs people will have in the future. You will work together to create fake documentary films, telling the story of how their inventions will change the world of work forever. Costs £65.11, find out more here.

We’re big fans of Liverpool Girl Geeks, who have events running all the time. Keep an eye on their website for all the latest bootcamps, courses and workshops to get young women engaged and involved in the tech industry. Teen events can be found here.

16th February: Liverpool is celebrating Chinese New Year with a 3 day celebration in Chinatown. Find out more about welcoming in the Year of the Dog. This event kicks off 9 months of contemporary Chinese arts and culture events, running until October, including the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum, and other events in collaboration with FACT, the Open Eye Gallery and the Liverpool Phil.

From 22nd February: ‘Life Drawing introduction’ at Make Liverpool. Run by Siobhan Carmichael from Liverpool Independent Art School, 6pm-8pm, this should be a fun lively session combining drinking and drawing. Tickets are £15 each. More about them and their courses can be found here.

From 28th February: ‘Rapid Response Unit’. Each day, week or fortnight from the end of February to December, commissioned artists and performers, paired with some of the city’s most innovative and acclaimed arts and cultural organisations, will produce challenging new work based on, and inspired by, a key story or topic that is in the headlines. More details will be announced here.

Until 20th May: ‘Slaves of Fashion’: New Works by the Singh Twins at the Walker Art Gallery. This exhibition explores the history of Indian textiles, Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism, and the contemporary relevance of these issues in the world today, with a particular focus on the relationship between Britain and India. Free entry.

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