What’s on: September

Until 25 September: Uncovering the archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans lives in Liverpool, 3rd Floor, Central Library. ‘The exhibition centres on April Ashley MBE model, actress and gender pioneer, who was one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. It has been commissioned as part of Liverpool City Council’s RISE season which celebrated exceptional women artist’s leaders and thinkers. It also explores the private worlds of gender variant people in the nineteenth century through a case study of William Seymour and concludes with a case that uses personal items and ephemera to document the lives and activism of individuals and organisations from across Liverpool’. Free entry.

7 September: An evening with Alice Roberts:digging into Britain’s past, Epstein Theatre. ‘Anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has been delving into Britain’s past, and making archaeology programmes, for nearly twenty years. In this exclusive tour, Alice will share insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from her personal journey to explore Britain’s past, with footage from her programmes and excerpts from her books. Each show will finish with 20 minutes Q&A.’ Tickets start at £23 and can be booked here.

7 SeptemberReminisce Festival, St Helens. The Uk’s biggest club classics festival is back in Merseyside. Some of the biggest names from the UK club scene will be appearing. The line up is here and tickets can be bought here. Over 18s only, 12pm – 11pm.

7 SeptemberRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Birkenhead Park“In celebration of its year as Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region, Wirral is proud to present a very special evening of popular classics, show tunes and exciting film standards with something for all the family. Showcasing music from composers as diverse as Bizet, Lennon and McCartney, John Williams, Holst and others, including popular classics and songs such as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Ferry ‘cross the Mersey’, and music from films such as Star Wars and E.T, the Orchestra will be joined by Liverpool-born international mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnston under the baton of conductor, Richard Balcombe. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s only outdoor performance this year as a full Orchestra will be set against the majestic backdrop of Birkenhead Park – the first publicly funded park in the country.” Starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £15 and available here.

7-8 SeptemberWirral Food and Drink Festival, Birkenhead Park. “Bringing together an abundance of local producers and celebrity chefs from Wirral and beyond, the all-new Wirral Food & Drink Festival presents a two-day gastronomic experience for food and drink lovers in Birkenhead Park. With elements curated by nationally renowned Wirral-born chef, Paul Askew of The Art School Restaurant, the Festival will be a showcase of what Wirral has to offer from field to fork. Set against the backdrop of one of Wirral’s most celebrated and beautiful Green Flag parks, this is not to be missed, with something for all the family alongside fantastic art and entertainment and the mouth-watering array of food and drink on offer. Full details and line up available soon on the above link.

8 September: Eco-Friendly Vegan Candle and Melts Making, Make Baltic. Kirsty from newly founded Willow and Blossom has decided to make a business out of her hobby making beautiful scented eco-friendly candles and melts, which are both vegan and cruelty- and plastic-free. This is your opportunity to learn how too. Runs from 1pm to 4pm, costs £33 and includes two candles and a tray of petal melts to take home. Tickets can be bought here.

12-15 September: Outdoor Cinema at Speke Hall. Four films over four nights in the grounds of Speke Hall. Choose between Bohemian Rhapsody, Top Gun, Terminator 2 or Dirty Dancing, all classics, all subtitled. Tickets are £12.50 for children and £15.50 for adults, under 5s go free and there are group discounts available. All information and ticket bookings are on the website.

17 September: Sustainable Development Goals Tour (2030hub), Mann Island, Liverpool. This event aims to target increased private sector engagement in sustainability impact but is also applicable to organisations from all sectors and of all sizes. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are revolutionising how businesses operate in a climate and social emergency world. Every business, no matter how small or wherever they are, can align with the world’s biggest social impact brand – through the ambitious targets of the 17 different SDGs. Find your biggest opportunities all whilst supporting those furthest behind in your communities. Come along and learn from experts and case studies how to make a bigger impact locally (or globally) whilst improving your bottom line. Runs from 8am-10am, free to attend but you must register here.

17 SeptemberLCR Health Matters launch event, Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill. LCR Health Matters, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will accelerate innovation and growth by supporting ambitious businesses to better understand, work with and sell to the health and social care markets. Building on earlier programmes, we will support innovative Liverpool City Region businesses capable of moving into or growing within the health and care sectors with new or existing services or products. LCR Health Matters will fill gaps in earlier programmes by providing mechanisms to validate the benefits of innovation in a practical (real-world) setting, a key activity to support health system uptake. The programme will also support the region’s ambitions to address the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges and wider activities. Speakers include Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram ad Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency. Starts at 5.30pm, free to attend but you must register here.

17 September: Get Your Head Around Code, The Plaza, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.  A free session from InnovateHer for anyone aged 18+ who wants to know about coding languages and techniques to improve career opportunities and skills. Starts at 6pm, you must register to attend here.

20-29 SeptemberLiverpool Comedy Festival, various venues. The full line up is yet to be announced, but keep an eye on their website for more news of the performers, which will likely include household names and newcomers too.

27-29 SeptemberBritish Musical Fireworks Championship, Victoria Park, Southport. From 6pm each evening, be amazed and astounded by the best musical firework displays in the country. Six competitors battle it out over the three evenings, who will take the crown this year? Tickets start from £5.50, under 5s go free, more details and the timetable, along with info about tickets can be found here. Car parking is available for £5.

30 September – 14 OctoberWirral Arts Festival, various venues. This increasingly popular annual event is back again with even more variety of cultural events than ever. From music to poetry, storytelling to performance art, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. The full timetable is yet to be released but you can keep on the website and twitterfacebook to find out more.

3rd October: Cycling and Walking – winning the argument, Museum of Liverpool. The first Autumn seminar from Engage Liverpool, following on from their successful Summer series about Boundaries. This one focuses on how to make the streets of Liverpool more walking and cycling friendly. Speakers include Klaus Bondham, CEO of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and former Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs in Copenhagen City Council, and Cllr Nathalie Nicholas (Liverpool), Deputy Portfolio Holder Transport and Air Quality, as well as other local panel speakers. Tickets are £4 (includes a £3 refundable donation to Engage Liverpool CIC) and can be booked here. Starts at 5.30pm.

17th October: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping – a different approach, The Tapestry, Fabric District. The second in the Autumn series, this one examines the rise of rough sleeping and homelessness, which is evident to all who walk around Liverpool. Speakers include Juha Kahila, Project Coordinator at Y-Foundation, Finland, where the Housing First Europe Hub has almost entirely eradicated rough sleeping, and Cllr Trish Hardy (Sefton), Deputy Portfolio Holder LCR CA, Housing and Spatial Network, as well as other local panel speakers. Tickets are £4 (includes a £3 refundable donation to Engage Liverpool CIC) and can be booked here. Starts at 5.30pm.

17-27 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, various venues. The annual celebration of all things from the Emerald Isle is back again. All sorts of cultural events are held all over Liverpool, from performance art, poetry readings, live music performances to film, food and drink events and sports. Everyone is sure to find something to enjoy. The website has all events and information you could possibly need, along with details of how to book (where necessary).

From 25th October: Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. This touring exhibition will feature 35 prints from the last four years of Henri Matisse’s life when he was confined to bed due to ill health. They are celebrated for their colours and cut-outs. More information is becoming available, so keep an eye on the website for detail. The exhibition finishes on 15 March 2020.

26-30 October: Halloween Fright Night with film showings, Sefton Park Palm House. A range of films for half term and late nights, including The Shining, Hocus Pocus, 28 Days Later and Hotel Transylvania. All information and booking details are on the Sefton Park Palm House website

31 October: Devolution and Governance – in the Brexit era, Constellations, Baltic Triangle. On the eve of Brexit (or so it looks at the time of writing this), this discussion will be around devolution, and clearing up confusion around the roles of the City Mayor and Metro Mayor, and how those roles might change after Brexit. Speakers include Prof Philip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics at Sheffield University Management School and Cllr Carla Thomas (Sefton), Deputy Portfolio Holder LCR CA, Policy and Resources, Strategy and Delivery, as well as other local panel speakers. Tickets are £4 (includes a £3 refundable donation to Engage Liverpool CIC) and can be booked here. Starts at 5.30pm.

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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