I promise I have tried not to include too many Christmas events in the following list. There are a couple though – Liverpool certainly does entertaining when it comes to this time of year.
Notable days to keep an eye out for in November include Chaos Never Dies Day on 9th (welcome to my world), a team favourite – World Kindness Day – on 13th, International Men’s Day on 19th (thanks to Richard Herring for the heads up on that one!) and finally – thank me for the warning later – it’s Black Friday on 23rd, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in the US where apparently everybody goes shopping for bargains.
Until 29 March 2019: Stability and Survival at Speke Hall, Liverpool. Learn about the inspiring life of Miss Adelaide Watt – an independent and powerful Victorian woman who fought the forces of modernity to preserve Speke Hall and all its treasures for generations to come. Set in the beautiful Speke Hall Estate, this National Trust property is well worth a visit. The exhibition is free but admission to Speke Hall applies.
Until 7 April 2019: Journey to Justice, International Slavery Museum. Powerful and moving personal stories reveal the circumstances that lead ‘ordinary’ people to take action for social justice in this interactive exhibition which features music, audio and photography. Journey to Justice shows how the US civil rights movement helped to move people in the UK and the rest of the world to fight for their rights and make significant social and political change. It tells the extraordinary and moving stories of some of the less well-known women, men and children involved in US and UK struggle for freedom. Free entry, open with the museum.
From 3 November: Homotopia 2018, various venues around the city. An annual festival of local, national and international LGBT+ arts and culture, Homotopia is a Liverpool-based arts and social justice organisation making art, interventions, and participation that inspires and unites communities. The Festival programme and tickets for the various events can be found here. This year’s theme is ‘I Will Survive’. Finishes on 1st December.
3-4 November: Celebrating Day of the Dead, World Museum, Liverpool. A free drop-in event for all the family, 11am – 4pm, this is an opportunity to find out more about how death is celebrated in Mexico. During the celebrations, they fill their cemeteries and streets with skeleton and skull decorations, bright flowers and candy. People prepare special foods, play music and dance to honour the spirits of those who have died.
4 November: River of Light, Liverpool and Wirral waterfronts. This hugely successful event returns again this year. Half the population of Merseyside will line the waterfronts to see spectacular fireworks from the same company behind London’s and Edinburgh’s new year displays, a well as hearing the specially commissioned music list. The entertainment starts at 5pm on both sides of the water (on Wirral, the focus will be on New Brighton). Free for all.
5-11 November: Brittle Heart, various venues around Liverpool. Brittle Heart marks both the centenary of the end of the First World War – the ‘war to end all wars’ – and of women over 30 winning the right to vote, in a programme which will look back to the world of 1918 and consider comparisons with our world now. At the heart of this autumn’s Brittle Heart will be a very special performance of Benjamin Britten’s mighty War Requiem, featuring the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Tickets for the Requiem on 10th November at Liverpool Cathedral are available here.
10 November: Not Your Granny’s Cross-Stitch!, Make Liverpool. Learn the art of cross stitch under the guidance of Curious Twist’s Melody Rule. Melody, the founder of A Curious Twist Etsy Shop, has been stitching since she first learned in Girl Guides, and hasn’t stopped since! Now she has a successful business creating… well… let’s say BLUNT messages with beautiful designs. 12-3pm, tickets are £25 (including all materials needed to create your own cross-stitch) and are available on the link above.
10 November – 1 December: Chester Literature Festival, Storyhouse Chester. A fabulous array of writers in a wonderful venue. Hear talks by John Simpson, Nigella Lawson, Hollie McNish, Patrick Gale, Joanna Trollope, Lucy Siegle and Robin Ince, amongst many others. All tickets, dates and times are available from Storyhouse.
24 November 2018 – 19 January 2019: Rock ‘n Roll Panto: The Snow Queen, Everyman Theatre. A twist on the panto tradition at one of Liverpool’s favourite venues. The cast will sing, dance, play live music and entertain you, with tickets starting at £15. What’s not to love? Find out more here.
26 November: Good service and local jobs: let’s talk about the Foundational Economy, Friends Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool. Starting at 7pm, this event focuses on a series of conversations about how we live and work in Liverpool. Karel Williams, director of the ESRC funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change and Professor of Accounting and Political Economy at Manchester Business School, will introduce the ideas underlying the foundational economy and their implications. Entry is free, all are welcome whether listeners, thinkers, doer, debaters or all of the above. Attendance should be registered here.
27 November: England v Uganda Netball, Echo Arena. The first time the Commonwealth gold winning England Roses will play on home soil since their amazing win earlier this year. This event is ahead of next year’s Netball World Cup being hosted in Liverpool. Tickets prices vary and are available from the Echo Arena box office or online. Starts at 7pm.
28 November: Representing the People: Leger, Socialism and the Public Art, Tate Liverpool. This talk by Owen Hatherley uses examples from the new Fernand Léger exhibition and explores how Léger was influenced by society and the politics of the time. Trace Léger’s journey from his early cubist works to figurative scenes of popular life. Discover the way his approach to painting developed into a socialist way of working, which sought to ‘represent the people’. Take a look at the people who were the subject of Léger’s work and uncover how his work was a model for self-consciously socialist art. 6pm-7pm. tickets are £5, booking recommended.
1 December: Vote 100: Born a Rebel, 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool. The community cinema organisation Cinema For All is celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage through the magic of film. They’ve commissioned – from the Yorkshire, North East and North West Film Archives – a wonderful new short film made up of archive material charting the story of women in British public life over the last 100 years. The 15-minute short, which will be accompanied by live music from Dream Nails, spoken word from Louise Fazackerley and discussions about what the future of the UK holds for women. Plus pizza and a screening of Ken Loach’s groundbreaking classic Cathy Come Home. The events starts at 6pm, tickets cost £5/£3 concession and can be purchased here.
1 December: Winter Arts Market, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Now in its 10th year, the ever popular market is back again for Christmas shopping, or just to treat yourself. A huge range of exhibitors, including many local artists and makers will be there covering every gift imaginable. Open 10am-7pm, entry is £3 payable on the door. Under 16s go free.
7 December: TEDx FormbyPoint Women, Tate Liverpool. This is a conference style event with 15 min talks on a range of inspiring and stimulating topics, musical interludes and a streaming of some of the most inspiring TED Women talks from around the world. There will also be break-out sessions and exhibitor stands. Being held in partnership with Tatty Devine, this promises to provoke some very interesting topics of conversation amongst speakers and attendees. Runs from 10-4.30pm, tickets start at £64.50 (there are some concessions). More details and tickets here.
11-12 December: Exquisite Corpse, LIPA. First year Design and Technology students present an exhibition of mini-sets and installations inspired by Surrealist Artists, including Joan Miró, Giorgio de Chirico and Leonora Carrington. In the spirit of the co-operative game, Exquisite Corpse, conceived by the Surrealists, the three-dimensional works on display will be the result of collaboration which playfully weaves together architecture, painting, sculpture and poetry. Open on 11th 10.30am-6pm and on 12th 10am – 2pm. Free admission, suitable for all ages.
28-31 December: Liverpool International Horse Show, Echo Arena. Entering its fourth year and setting the bar for equestrian events, some of the world’s finest riders including Olympians and Global sports stars will compete for the ultimate Grand Prix Liver Bird Show Jumping trophy. Full details and times can be found here and ticket prices start from around £20 for children and £30 for adults, depending on which show you go to.
29 December: The Snowman with live orchestra, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Experience the magic of The Snowman in a whole new way this Christmas. The world’s most prolific performers of The Snowman film with a live orchestra. With other festive treats including a fun introduction to the orchestra, it makes the perfect winter outing for all the family. This is a touring production so if you’re not near Liverpool they may be coming somewhere near you, although some venues are already sold out. The Liverpool performances are the last ones of the tours, and there are 2 showings, 5pm and 7.30pm. Tickets prices start at £15 and can be purchased here.
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