May is one of the best months of the year, IMHO. And not just because of the two bank holidays, but it’s also the real start of things happening around the city. May – July in Liverpool is chock full of lovely events, there really is something to suit everyone. Other things to celebrate in May include Get Caught Reading Month and Deck Safety Month. In case you have managed to keep up your diet from New Year, you have a day off on No Diet Day (6th), not forgetting Bike to Work Day on 18th and, of course, internationally-renowned Towel Day on 25th.
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.
3 May: It Will Never Work – Brutalism Event, RIBA North, Mann Island. Part of the Urban Splash exhibition running at RIBA North, celebrating 25 years of innovation in placemaking, his event involves a panel of participants discussing why Brutalism, above all other architectural genres, divides opinion as much as it does. Starts at 6pm, free event but you must register.
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, pre-order your programme here, as well as other LightNight merchandise.
19 May: ‘Planning the 100 Year City’ at Tate Liverpool. A free drop-in session where visitors are invited to imagine what Liverpool could look like in the future. Working with artist Nina, visitors will think about what could be planned for our descendants to enjoy in the future. Large-scale, multi-coloured picture making sessions will record the imaginings of visitors.
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.
25-31 May: ‘Museum of the Moon’, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Step inside the breath-taking Liverpool Cathedral to explore the mysteries of the moon. A stunning installation by artist, Luke Jerram will be suspended in the well of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Jerram fuses lunar imagery, moonlight and a surround-soundscape by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones to create an awe-inspiring experience. Plus a number of events including moonlight yoga, a piano recital, children’s storytelling and talks. Most events are free with no booking required.