There is always so much going on at this time of year, it’s difficult to keep up. I have tried to include a variety of events for December hopefully there will be something to interest you. Although some Christmas events are inevitably included, there are a few other interesting events too. Visit Liverpool have done my job for me here anyway, with their comprehensive guide to all things Christmas in the city.
Some of the lesser-known December days to be celebrated include International Ninja Day on 5th December (should we actually know this?), Put On Your Own Shoes Day on 7th (what? as opposed to whose?), Cat Herders Day on 15th to commemorate some of the more futile tasks in your life, and of course, Champagne Day on 31st.
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.
24 December: It’s a Wonderful Life, Liverpool Philharmonic. Frank Capra’s perennial festive favourite, starring James Stewart as a desperate man offered salvation by an impish guardian angel. Beautifully crafted and acted, its humour and gentleness imbued at times with an almost Dickensian darkness, the film is now a cult classic and one of the most popular and enduring of all Christmas traditions. There are two screenings, 11am and 2pm. Ticket prices start from £10, and are available here.
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.
Until 23rd February 2019: RIBA Stirling Prize Exhibition 2019, RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the six schemes shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018. Find out why they were considered and how the judging process worked. It’s free and open to all.
Until 10 March 2019: The Art Schools of the North West, Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool. Interlinked exhibitions by John Beck and Matthew Cornford focusing on the changing nature of artistic education. Beck and Cornford are hunting down all of England’s art schools and photographing the sites as they are today. Sometimes the original building remains, sometimes car parks, supermarkets or building sites have taken their place. This exhibition features new images of 30 art school buildings that were once an integral aspect of creative life in the North West. The exhibition is free and open to all.
Until 17 March 2019: Alex Katz, Tate Liverpool. Discover the pop style of American painter Alex Katz, a highly recognisable and admired by a younger generation of artists and the public. His elegant paintings present a modern, quintessentially American take on the classical themes of portraiture, landscape, figure studies, marine scenes and flowers. A group of works selected from the Artist Rooms collection, this exhibition will provide viewers with the opportunity to see a substantial body of his work. Free entry.
Until 19 March 2019: Explorer Tours at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. This one’s a bit further afield than we normally feature but it involves a stunning neo-gothic building and books so we know you’ll be interested. The beautiful University of Manchester library is well worth a visit if you haven’t been, and these hour-long free Explorer tours held every couple of weeks are a great introduction to the geography of the building including where the staircases and doors lead to. You do need to book in advance for the tour on the link above. Or you can just pop in at your convenience and take a long wander around this amazing building.
Until 2 June 2019: In Focus Talks, Tate Liverpool. Held at 13.20, 13.35 and 14.00 each day, visitors are invited to discover something new about Tate Liverpool’s free display Op Art in Focus. One of the gallery’s Visitors Assistants will give a short introduction to this dazzling display featuring works from innovative artists including Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Jim Lambie. Completely free to all, you just need to turn up.
26 January: Peace Proms, Echo Arena, Liverpool. Peace Proms is a free music education resource for primary schools which will culminate in a large-scale performance for choirs and orchestra. The programme promotes ‘peace through music’ and already engages almost 30,000 children from 500 schools throughout the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland, giving them the opportunity to sing in a large-scale production with a choir of up to 4,000 and a full symphony youth orchestra. With a musical programme aimed at 8-12 year olds, the whole experience is thrilling and engaging for all those involved. More details and ticket details can be found here.
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