This year, we’ll be hoping that March signals the start of some warm spring weather. The cold winter feels like it has been going on a very long time! Don’t forget International Women’s Day on 8th March, Mother’s Day on 11th March, and Easter right at the end of the month. We also have World Book Day on 1st March, Grammar Day on 4th March and, of course, Fill our Staplers Day on 12th.
Until 18th March: ‘Dragons of the Pool’ at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. This multimedia exhibition explores the hidden history of the forced repatriation of Chinese seaman in 1946, and the stories of the families they left behind without any clue where they were or why it happened. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am – 5pm (although if short-staffed they sometimes close a bit earlier). Click here to see Granada Reports coverage of the exhibition.
From 3rd March: Jason Hollis, the very talented graffiti artist who painted the lovely new mural on the Northern Lights Building at Cains Brewery VIllage (you can see more of his work in this blog) is putting on a solo exhibition at Zap Graffiti on Oldham Place in L1 until 19th April. Free entry. If you can’t make it, his Instagram feed is a thing of beauty @jsn_hollis.
7th March: Our friends at Liverpool Girl Geeks are hosting a Tech for Good Liverpool meetup on the eve of International Women’s Day at Launch22 Liverpool called ‘IWD: Time’s Up – Is Gender on your Agenda?’ with a specific focus on women in tech. With a panel of some of the brightest and best women in Liverpool tech companies, this should prove to be a lively and interesting discussion. Free entry, open to all, but you need to book your place here.
8th March: Launch22 Liverpool is holding a Women’s Day Breakfast from 8.30-10.30 at their offices on Tithebarn Street. It’s an opportunity to grab some breakfast whilst listening to some inspirational speakers on the subject of gender parity under the hashtag #pressforprogress. Open to all, free entry, but you must book. More details here.
13th March: Brought to you by the Alumni Association at the University of Liverpool, come and hear Liverpool alumna and US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone who will deliver the Annual Law School and Alumni Association Lecture entitled ‘The United States Federal Judiciary: The Weakest Branch of Government? Or what?’ It starts at 6pm at the University of Liverpool campus and is open to all, free entry but you must book. More details here.
18th March: We do a lot of work with Make Liverpool. What’s not to love about an organisation where you can carve your own Greenwood bowl (24th March) and needle-felt a bird? In this class, you’ll be shown the basics of how to create felted structures and mould wool fibres, all whilst creating your very own needle-felted bird. The class is at Make on Parliament Street, 12-3.30pm, tickets are £35, you can book tickets through Eventbrite on the link above. Designed for beginners.
From 23rd March: For 7 evenings including over the Easter weekend ‘Walk the Plank‘, the Salford-based creative team behind the opening and closing ceremonies for Capital of Culture in 2008, presents the ‘Feast of Fire‘ in St John’s Gardens by St George’s Hall in Liverpool. It’s a mini-festival following a trail of spectacular fire installations. Tickets are available now, find out more here.
From 31 March: At RIBA Liverpool in Mann island, ‘It Will Never Work: 25 years of Urban Splash 1993-2018‘, an exhibition around 25 years or Urban Splash’s RIBA award-winning projects in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day. On until 16th June 2018, free entry.
April brings us the requisite showers (I think that’s every month in the UK if we’re honest) 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.
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‘, 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.