What’s On: January-February 2018
Your round-up of our top cultural picks across the Liverpool City Region from mid-January to early February.
Hello and Happy New Year! And what a start it has been…
We have had our first #Liverpool2018 announcement of the year, which has promised a rich and diverse programme of events over the next 12 months to mark 10 years since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture. Whether you a sports fan, a music buff, an admirer of innovative and challenging arts projects, or a waterfront reveller with a love of tall ships, we have you covered! Along with Visit Liverpool, we will be bringing you all of the latest developments throughout the year, so be sure to stay tuned!
Already, we have had the first #Liverpool2018 event in the form of Sgt Pepper Live at Echo Arena Liverpool to celebrate 10 years since the opening of Liverpool’s premier entertainment venue, and over 50 years since the city’s most famous sons released Rolling Stone’s greatest music album of all time. The live music spectacular produced a 5 star showing, with The Bootleg Beatles and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joining forces to wow the onlooking masses.
If you have a major fear of missing out on the back of this news, then do not worry, as all of the Liverpool 2018 events that have already been announced are listed here, with more additions set to be announced throughout the year.
But enough of that! “What is there to do during the next fortnight?” we hear you say. Well, here are our picks. Enjoy!
17th Knowsley Open Art Exhibition
When: The exhibition has been open since mid-November of last year, but is set for its last day on Saturday 3 February 2018.
Where: Huyton Gallery/Library
Why go? The exhibition display 2D visual art created by people over 18 years who live, work, volunteer or study in the borough of Knowsley. The ‘Young Artists Open’ exhibition will also be on display, to celebrate the work of young and emerging artists of all ages up to 17 years.
When: The exhibition will be open for one week, from Monday 22nd January – Sunday 28th January 2018
Where: Tate Liverpool
Why go? The museum is taking over Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool for a week to present projects, installations and events in a year-long response to the homelessness crisis in the UK, allowing art to explore such crucial issues of today.
Last Train to Auschwitz
When: Three evening performances of the in-demand play run from Tuesday 23rd January – Thursday 25th January 2018
Where: The Epstein Theatre
Why go? Last Train to Auschwitz tells the story of a group of women’s journey into hell. Their final destination is the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz – a place where dreams die first and nightmares become a reality. Every day is a fight for survival, but through all this, bonds of love and friendships are formed. Having received high critical acclaim, the play is back by popular demand and will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions and a journey of love, hope and friendship, that can never be defeated when people unite.
Artist Talk: Emma Smith & guests – Euphonia
When: 6pm, Tuesday 23 January
Where: The Bluecoat
Why go? Ahead of her forthcoming exhibition Euphonia at Bluecoat, British artist Emma Smith discusses the research process behind her upcoming new sound installation. Working with a team of world experts on psychology, music and the brain, Smith is creating a new form of musical scoring to share the sound of human relationships.
Milapfest presents Music for the Mind and Soul: An Inner Voice/Perseverance
When: 1pm, Saturday 27 January
Where: The Capstone Theatre
Why go? This FREE performance is presented in two halves – the first of which will see two young, talented and upcoming vocalists come together to create an innovative piece experimenting with a notion rarely used within Carnatic music, harmonies. The second performance will see a dialogue between Indian classical and Western instrumentation, exploring the vulnerability of hope in a world embroiled in harsh severity.
Jim Cartwright’s TWO at The Unity Theatre
When: Two evening performances from Friday 2 February to Saturday 3 February, 8pm
Where: The Unity Theatre
Why go? MATE Productions reimagine a modern classic, with two actors playing 14 different characters! You will become a voyeur and fellow punter, as various members of the local community pull up a stool and let you into their lives on a night that is sure to bring tears of laughter and sorrow.
These are just a few of the cultural events going on in the next couple of weeks.