What’s on: March

8 March: International Women’s Day. Keep an eye out for events happening all over Liverpool for the now much-celebrated day of women.

National Museums Liverpool listings – join free talks and events held in honour of the roles and achievements of women and girls

International Women’s Day website events listings – this link will take you to the event search page both nationally and internationally

Culture Liverpool – listing of events being held in and around Liverpool

Also, The Women’s Organisation‘s Business Club invites you to hear how ‘Women Can‘. Sue Grindrod and Marnie Millard, two inspirational women who have broken glass ceilings and made their way to the top, will be the speakers. Hear their journey and their tips on growing your business and be inspired by the International Women’s Day theme for this year #BalanceforBetter. The event runs from 10am to 12pm and is free to attend, but you must register here.

Bangin’ Pans, a new local project encouraging women to get into the music industry, will be doing a performance to celebrate how far they’ve come. Keep an eye on their website for more information.

9 March: Introduction to Sewing: Making a dog coat, Make Baltic, Parliament Street. Are you creative? Have you always wanted to know how to actually use that sewing machine you own but have never turned on? Own a chihuahua that’s chilly or a Jack Russell who would love a jacket? Well look no further, Anita is here to help! In her introduction to sewing class, you will be guided through the essentials and leave with a perfectly tailored frock for Frenchie. The workshop runs from 11am to 5pm, and tickets are £60 and can be purchased here.

9 March: Wirral Food and Arts Market, Hope Church, Hoylake. Fast becoming a major part of the Wirral food scene, you can find loads of local producers, creators and makers selling a multitude of wares. From cakes to coffee, cheesecake to chocolate, bread and blondies and scotch eggs to steak pies, there is something for everyone. This market is held on the second Saturday of each month and is open from 11am to 4pm.

9-10 March: Liverpool Comic Con, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool. Back for its second year, Liverpool Comic Con will include high profile guests, full-size props, a stage with Q&A sessions, a return of the retro arcade cabs and much much more for cosplay enthusiasts, Sci-Fi fans, Anime devotees and comic book aficionados. Weekend tickets start at £42.90, day tickets from £16.50, under 5s go free.

14 March: Maker Meet up #7,  Make North Docks. This is a chance for the city region’s community of makers to get together to showcase their work, meet other makes and discuss the maker movement happening in the city. The event starts at 6pm, entry is free but you must register. Full details are here.

14 March: The Human City: How can homegrown businesses create a more inclusive economy for Liverpool?The Baltic Roastery, Jamaica Street, Liverpool. Five speakers talk about their differing experiences of and ideas about a homegrown, grassroots local economy. How does it work, what are its characteristics and how we can encourage more? Including our very own Fiona, this should be an interesting and lively evening for all. Starts at 6pm, the event is free, but you must register here.

14-17 MarchBritish Gymnastic Championships, M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena), Liverpool. An amazing opportunity to see Britain’s very best artistic gymnasts fighting it out for an array of British titles. The gymnasts will be looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and hoping to make their mark to the selectors. The annual Championships usually sell out so get your tickets quickly if you want to go. Prices start at £11.50 and can be bought here.

From 15 MarchCharles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. A touring exhibition from Glasgow Museums, this will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style. The Glasgow Style refers to the design and decorative arts centred around the work by teachers, students and graduates of the Glasgow School of Art produced between about 1890 and 1920. Tickets have been selling like proverbial hotcakes, get yours here. The exhibition is on until 26th August.

20th March: The Psycho Asylum by The Circus of Horrors, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, Southport Promenade. After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation The Psycho Asylum. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre and fantastic circus acts acts all woven into a sensational shock/horror story and the darkest of magic – taking the show to a whole new level, a rock n roll roller coaster of a show with a mainly original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, you’ll certainly die laughing. Age 16+ only. Tickets available from the venue.

21 March: How Not to be Good book launch, upstairs at Leaf, Bold Street. One of our favourite projects of recent times comes to fruition with the launch of ‘How Not To Be Good: The A-Z of Anxiety, a memoir in just over 26 parts‘ by Elli Johnson. This honest and reflective book looks back over Elli’s life and her battle to break free from the expectations put upon her by others and herself. The evening starts at 7.30pm and includes an interview with Elli herself, and the opportunity to be one of the very first people to get their hands on the book. Admission is free, but please register here to attend.

From 23 MarchMonoprinting course, Make North Docks. Held over three consecutive Saturdays, our friends at dot-art will be teaching the processes and techniques of multi-layered gel plate monoprinting. With everything done by hand, you will use acrylic paints, a variety of stencils (both man-made and from nature), textured surfaces, masking and sgraffito techniques (scratching/drawing patterns into the paint) to develop your own sets of prints and eventually gift tags, envelopes and printed gift bags. The cost of the course is £125, and you can either buy tickets here or contact dot-art direct on 0345 017 6660.

From 29 MarchArthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death, Tate Liverpool. The first opportunity in the north of England to see the critically acclaimed artwork Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Made by American artist and film-maker Arthur Jafa, the seven-minute video shows a montage of historic and contemporary film footage to trace African American history and experience. Presented in almost total darkness, visitors will be immersed in the video installation, accompanied by Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track Ultralight Beam, whose lyrics envelop Jafa’s rapid editing style. Free entry, open until 12 May 2019.

From 29 March: Building Children’s Worlds: Modern Architecture and post-1945 Picturebooks, RIBA North West, Mann Island. An exhibition exploring the influence of architectural illustration in children’s literature. Admission is free. On until 31 May 2019.

29-30 March: Threshold Festival, Baltic Triangle. Threshold Festival of Music & Arts has its roots in the creative industries of Liverpool and the North West. For eight successive years, the event has brought together a diverse wealth of artists, musicians, promoters, academics and enthusiasts to The Baltic Triangle district of the city. Music events will be held at venues all over the Baltic Triangle, you can see the full line up for 2019 here. Tickets are available from Skiddle and Ticketquarter and cost £16.50 for the weekend. This is also your chance to see some of the acts that have been working their way through the Bangin’ Pans project, something we have thoroughly enjoyed working on this year.

31st March: Mother’s Day. Best not forget this one. Restaurants will get booked up so start making plans now. You can thank me for the early heads up later.

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.

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.

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.

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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