Culture Liverpool Top 10 Things To Do

Our Top 10 cultural picks of what's on across the Liverpool City Region from early to mid-February.

Culture Liverpool Top 10 Things To Do

by Culture Liverpool

Finally, January is over! Those post-Christmas blues are wearing off and we are excited for what is sure to be a culturally brilliant year in #Liverpool2018.

We are super excited for the upcoming China Dream season, with four events from Chapter One coming up in the next couple of weeks and featuring within this blog, including Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra – EroicaChina’s First Emperor and the Terracotta WarriorsPRESENCE: A window into Chinese Contemporary Art and Chinese New Year 2018.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse Theatre and The Capstone Theatre also feature in the next fortnight’s Top 10 – listed from earliest to latest for your viewing ease. Enjoy!

10. Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I?

When? 8:00pm, Saturday 3 February

Where? The Epstein Theatre

Why go? The Welsh comedian and television star – adored for his partnership with the late Mel Smith and for his adventures in programmes such as Three Men in a Boat, Rivers and Britain’s Lost Routes – reflects on a well-travelled career through memories and anecdotes.

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9. A Passage to India

When? Tuesday 6 February – Saturday 10 February

Where? Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Why go? Royal & Derngate and simple8 team up to reimagine the highly acclaimed 20th century novel for a contemporary British audience. You will be transported to Imperial India, with scenes of elephants and caves, courthouses and temples conjured out of the simplest and boldest means – including original music played live on stage by legendary composer Kuljit Bhamra.

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8. Lauryna Sableviciute – Piano Music from The Baltics

When? 7.30pm, Thursday 8 February

Where? The Capstone Theatre

Why go? Lithuanian-born pianist, Lauryna Sableviciute – who has lived and worked in the UK since 1998- blends two very different (yet both very close to her heart) programmes featuring composers of the Baltics such as Ciurlionis, Vasks and Pärt alongside laying a platform for new works by Liverpool Hope University composers such as Ian Percy, Robin Hartwell, James Wishart and others.

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7. Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra – Eroica

When? Thursday 8 February – Friday 9 February

Where? Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Why go? As part of Chapter One in our China Dream season, Julian Rachlin – an artist who, says the Liverpool Echo, is “capable of turning an interesting programme into an astonishing one” – tackles Beethoven’s Eroica, the most radical of all symphonies. Julian will be joined by the great Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang, who brings his special brand of poetry to bear on two of Tchaikovsky’s mini-masterpieces.

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6. China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

When? Friday 9 February – Sunday 28 October

Where? Liverpool World Museum

Why go? Another part of Chapter One in our China Dream season, the story of China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors has been hotly anticipated in the run up to #Liverpool2018 and provides visitors to the city with a chance to see more than 180 spectacular artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province, over half of which have never been on show in the UK before. One of the main attractions of this exhibition is China’s world-famous Terracotta Warriors and this is the first time in more than 30 years that they will be showcased in a museum outside London.

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5. PRESENCE: A window into

Chinese Contemporary Art

When? Friday 9 February – Sunday 3 June

Where? St George’s Hall, Liverpool

Why go? Coinciding with China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors at Liverpool World Museum, Culture Liverpool proudly presents a complementary – and FREE – exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art that celebrates the city’s current relationship with China, and looks to the future. The artists included cover a range of themes including consumerism, technology, connectivity and the individual’s place in the world today, hidden in the vaults of St George’s Hall.

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4. Liverpool Mozart Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Festival

When? 7.30pm, Saturday 10 February

Where? The Capstone Theatre

Why go? LMO presents a programme bursting with lush harmonies and romantic melodies that will give a firm tug on your heart-strings in the way that only Tchaikovsky can. Three symphonies will be performed live on the night – Romeo & Juliet, Piano Concerto No.1 and Symphony No.6 “Pathétique”.

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3. The Jungle Book at Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

When? Tuesday 13 February – Saturday 17 February

Where? Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Why go? An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book is brought to you by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), features live music on stage created by Joe Stilgoe and is directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic). This production is an experience for all to enjoy.

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2. Jason Donovan and His Amazing Midlife Crisis

When? 8pm, Wednesday 14 February

Where? The Epstein Theatre

Why go? In a similar capacity to the earlier mentioned Griff Rhys Jones, Australian entertainer Jason Donovan shares stories, new and old, as he approaches his 50th Birthday with this autobiographical show. Expect tantalising tales from the former Neighbours and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat star.

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1. Chinese New Year 2018

When? Friday 16 February – Sunday 18 February

Where? Across Liverpool City Centre

Why go? Another part of China Dream will see Culture Liverpool celebrate the Year of the Dog with a three day run of celebrations from 16 – 18 February. Commencing on Friday, projections will illuminate the Chinese Arch, the Black-E and The Arch each night and close with a pyrotechnic finale on Sunday. Alongside this, there is a jam-packed calendar of traditional Chinese entertainment, street theatre and workshops.

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