What’s On: April

Until 14th April: 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island. Marking 100 years since the first women achieved the right to vote in a general election, this ambitious all-female exhibition from Open Eye Gallery features new portraits of women MPs from across the country, shot entirely by women photographers. The exhibition was first shown at the Houses of Parliament on 14 December 2018, 100 years to the day since the first general election in which women could vote. In Liverpool, the full set will be shown for the first time, including images of Sinn Fein MPs who refused to have their images shown in Parliament. It both makes and marks history, showing the progress that has been made towards gender parity in politics, whilst also highlighting the work that is still to be done. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and open every day (except Mondays) from March 1st to April 14th.

2nd April: Open evening/ taster session, Studio School, Greenland Street, Liverpool. If you know any 14+ year olds who might be interested in pursuing a career in digital media, music or another creative art, then this may well be for them. The Studio School in the Baltic Triangle is holding open evenings for students to come and have a look around and get a taste for what life could be like. It’s a new way of learning that has proved extremely successful so far. You can find out more about the school and the open evening on their website.

3rd April: Open evening/ taster session, Life Sciences UTC, Greenland Street, Liverpool. The sister school of the Studio School (see above), Life Sciences UTC learning leans towards the scientific. They specialise in secondary school level science, engineering and healthcare, resulting in practical and vocational qualifications. The school is holding an open evening to give potential students the opportunity to look around and ask questions. This particular open evening focuses on Healthcare, Social Sciences and Aquaponics, but more are held throughout the year. Check out their website for more information.

4-6 April: Randox Grand National, Aintree. Your annual warning. You’re welcome.

11 April: S.E.L.F., Gibberish Brew Pub, Caryl Street, Baltic Triangle. Standing for Savouring Every Lovely Feature, this is an evening of art, performance, music and poetry around the subject of the effects society has on our self-image. Free entry, starts at 6pm.

14 April: Food Fermentation workshop, Make North Docks. Join Keith Matthews for a workshop on food fermentation, focusing on making sauerkraut and kimchi! This informal-style class will cover the science behind fermentation, what ingredients you’ll need to make jars of organic, raw, bio-active sauerkraut and kimchi, and learn about everything lactobacilli. The workshop runs from 12-2pm, tickets are £15 and can be purchased here.

14 April: Matt Haig’s Notes on Nervous Planet, Chester Storyhouse.  After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, some of life’s most difficult questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig, so he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. The poignant and natural follow up to Matt’s Reasons To Stay Alive, which sat in the bestseller list for over 46 weeks, Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century. Join the author for an evening of positive and insightful discussion about the modern world, offering a closer look at the challenges posed by our ever-changing technological landscape and his advice on how best to navigate it. Tickets available here.

18 April: Future Skills for the Future of Work, Baltic Creative, Jamaica Street, Liverpool. Run by the newly-formed Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs this evening promises some lively discussion about changes in the world of work and the changes in the skills needed to accommodate new technologies and other big changes going on around us. Tickets are free but you must register here.

3-5th May: Sound City, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. The UK’s leading independent festival and conference returns again. Sound City captures the vibrancy of the city with the unforgettable 3-day festival that sees established names perform alongside a constant stream of local, national and international emerging talent. After hosting the electrifying event for 11 years, and in 3 different continents, this year’s festival will, again, be returning to its roots, packing in the eclectic concoction of music into a range of venues around the Baltic Triangle. The full line up and information about tickets can be found here.

4th May: Liverpool Health and Wellbeing Festival, Liverpool Hope Creative Campus, Liverpool. Following the successful festival last year, the Health and Wellbeing fest9ival returns, bigger and better. Throughout the day many local businesses will be showcasing healthy food, treats and juice and offering different health products and services, as well as free workshops and talks that you can join in or a get a feel for the Health & Wellbeing movement. From yoga to fitness, meditation to crystal therapy you won’t want to miss out. The full details will be released closer to the time. Tickets can be purchased here.

17th May: LightNight, various venues around Liverpool. This year’s Lightnight theme, Liverpool’s most popular free one-night arts festival, is Ritual. All the museums and creative spaces will be keeping their doors open for a programme of special events. For one night only the whole city comes together to celebrate Liverpool’s creative culture after hours. The full timetable will be released nearer the time, but more information can be found here. Open Culture is also looking for volunteers to work on the night, more information can be found on the same link.

21st May: OVO Energy Tour Series, Hamilton Square. For the first time in a few years, Wirral becomes a host venue for the cycling tour series. Using a circuit based around Hamilton Square in Birkenhead, the team events will feature both men’s and women’s races. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s top teams and riders. More details will be released closer to the time here.

25-26 May: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Liverpool. This increasingly popular event just gets bigger and bigger each year. Run the streets of Liverpool accompanied by local musicians and bands, whilst being cheered on by the many people who turn out to watch the run. Find out more and register to run here. If you’re a musical that fancies volunteering your time an efforts on the 26th, the day of the marathon itself, you need to complete this online form by 31st March.

31 May-2 Jun: Bordeaux Wine Festival, Liverpool Waterfront. Come on a journey of Bordeaux discovery and treat your taste buds – from crisp Rosés through round Reds to sparkling Cremant – the best of Bordeaux’s diverse export will be available to enjoy. And in addition to your eight tastings, you’ll be able to purchase additional wine to savour at the festival. Part of River Festival 2019, an exciting programme of maritime entertainment will take place along the waterfront at the same time. Inspired by the city’s maritime history as an iconic Port with historic and contemporary trading routes, the three-day festival will celebrate the Port of Liverpool as an arrival and departure base for world-class culture, music, food, wine and art. Tickets and more details available here.

Would you like to see your event featured in the future? Do you know an event happening that we haven’t mentioned which everybody should know about? Then tell us! We try and pick a variety of events from a multitude of organisations across the city and beyond throughout the year. Send info and links to [email protected]. Thanks.

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