Whats on: November

1-10 November: Homotopia, various venues around Liverpool. The UK’s longest-running LGBTQ+ arts and culture festival is back again. It grows every year as it becomes more and more well known for its range of events and speakers. And this year is no exception. All events, including a collaboration with the Keith Haring exhibition at the Tate can be found here.

1-9 November: River of Light Festival, the Waterfront and various venues around Liverpool. The annual firework display will be on Sunday 3rd on the Waterfront between Liverpool and Wirral. Outside of that event, there are a number of commissioned light art installations such as Globoscope, Spiders, Flight and Liverpool Jackpot. Full details are slowly being released, mainly through the @VisitLiverpool Twitter feed including artists locations and timings.

2 November: Christmas Modern Calligraphy workshop, Cass Art, School Lane, Liverpool. Hosted by Mellor and Rose, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make your Christmas wrapping and cards just a little bit special. These guys run workshops all over the North West, so we’re lucky enough to have them hosting another in Liverpool. Suitable for beginners, the price includes a starter kit and refreshments on the day. Runs from 1.30pm until 4pm, tickets cost £45. Email [email protected] to find out more and book.

5 November: European Outdoor Film Tour 2019/20, St George’s Hall, Liverpool. “The great outdoors packed into 120 minutes. The European Outdoor Film Tour (E.O.F.T.) 19/20 makes the hearts of open-air enthusiasts beat faster and is an inviting and exciting distraction from everyday life. Since its inception in 2001, the European Outdoor Film Tour has been presenting handpicked documentaries featuring outdoor sports, adventure, and travel. The people, their active endeavours, and the locations change every year, but one thing remains the same: This is real!” Starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £13.50 and available here.

8-10 November: Cirqadia Festival: a Queercentric Circus Arts Festival, District and The Florrie. There was so much information about this, we’ve given it its own blog post. Find it here. All details about timings, tickets and workshops can be found in the post, written by Nicole Konigs Balfry from Zest Event Management.

16 November: Introduction to Professional Prosthetics FX Make Up, Make North Docks. If like me you’ve ever watched a TV programme or film and been amazed at how real injuries and wounds look, then this might be the class for you. Led by Jennifer Glynn, a renowned FX specialist will be leading this workshop talking you through the role of an FX make up artist, how to create genuine-looking cuts, bruises, scratches etc, working with gelatine moulds, and application of make up to create these looks. Designed to be a fun intro to prosthetics so suitable for anyone who has an interest. Runs from 12-4, tickets are £80.

24 November: Food of the Gods: The utterly divine history of chocolate, Ness Gardens, Wirral. In this beautiful garden’s latest series of lectures, Russell Bowes gives a fascinating account of the history of one of humanity’s most treasured plants and its famous produce, the cacao tree and its chocolate derivative. Held in the lecture theatre at Ness Gardens from 2.30pm until 4pm. Lectures are held every couple of weeks, the full programme can be found here.

1 December: Winter Arkade, 10-5, 34 Regent St, L3 7BN, Make North Docks. An opportunity to meet and buy Christmas pressies from local independent makers, hosted at Make, with Invisible Wind Factory. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

7 DecemberWinter Arts Market, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. A favourite in the Wordscape team, and the perfect place to stock up on Christmas pressies and treats. Over 200 small traders will be touting their wares, you’re sure to find something for anyone. 10am – 7pm, £3 entry on door, under 16s go free.

8 December: A Christmas Taste of Liverpool food tour, various venues in Liverpool. Run by Liverpool Food and Running Tours, this is the perfect way of finding out a bit more about some of the food and drink available in the more hidden parts of Liverpool. Run in small groups of no more than 8, a 3.5-4 hrs guided food tour promises at least 6 food/drink stops (local independents), a passionate & experienced guide, great insight into the history of Liverpool and a variety of amazing foods and flavours. Starts at 9am, tickets are £60 (there are discounts for 2+ tickets booked) and can be booked here. Food and running tours and experiences run throughout the year too.

8 December: Introduction to Cartooning, Bluecoat Chambers. Suitable for beginners and beyond, this one day course will teach you the basics of creating your own illustrated characters, including structuring and developing characters, denoting body language and accentuating features. Hosted by our friends at Dot-Art. Runs from 11.30am – 5pm, tickets are £50 if you book direct with them on 0345 017 6660.

From 13 December: Vivien Suter, Tate Liverpool. The Swiss-Argentine artist Vivian Suter presents her recent work Nisyros (Vivian’s Bed) 2016–17, her largest installation to date consisting of 53 large-scale, brightly coloured paintings inspired by the tropical landscape of Panajachel, in Guatemala, Central America where she lives and works. In 2005 a tropical storm destroyed large parts of Panajachel and flooded one of Suter’s studios resulting in damage to her works. However, the artist decided to purposefully leave her canvases outdoors, allowing the tropical climate to become an active agent in the creation of the work, and incorporating natural substances such as volcanic and botanical matter into the paintings. On until 15 March 2020, free entry.

14-15 December: Sing-along with Santa, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. “He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice – and now he’s asking you to sing along! That’s right, Santa himself is leading the musical fun, and he’s going to take you on a trip to some of the places he likes to visit on Christmas Eve! You’ll need to bring your best singing voices – and that goes for the whole family – but don’t worry, the Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choirs are here to help, and this is a musical Christmas treat filled with seasonal songs that everyone will know and love. A treat for all the family – whether you’ve been naughty or nice!” Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £10 for children. There are two shows each day, at 11.30pm and 2.30pm and each concert lasts about an hour.

14 December: Digital Photography for Beginners, Everyman Theatre. A one day course for the uninitiated digital photographers amongst you. Run by Mark Reeve, a Wirral-based landscape photographer, the course will cover all aspects of the fundamentals need to understand and get the best from your digital camera. Hosted by our friends at Dot-Art. Runs from 11.30am – 5pm, tickets are £50 if you book direct with them on 0345 017 6660.

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]

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