Billie Walker

Reasons to stay in Liverpool this summer!

At long last the end of the year academic year is upon us! Some of you may be wondering ‘what on earth should I do next? Go back home for the upcoming months or should I stay?’ Well, I am here to make the case for you to stay! If you thought Liverpool had a lot going on in the colder months, you’ll be amazed at the range of events in store for you this summer. Liverpool is now in full bloom and ready to meet all of your summer needs. So, without further delay here’s a list of fantastic reasons to stay in this eclectic Northern city…

JUNE

YEP Director’s Festival @ The Everyman                                                      4th – 16th June

In case you didn’t know already YEP is the youth branch of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres, created to give the young actors, directors, writers, producers, technicians and marketers of Liverpool the opportunity to showcase their talent. The YEP Director’s festival is an opportunity for all the YEP groups to produce, direct, putting on 6 plays of their choice all of which are free for you to watch! A great opportunity to some lesser known works and what young local thespians have to offer. This year the YEP Directors have chosen…

Once Upon a Time in Wigan                                                                          4th– 5th June

Starting off this season is the most northern play ever written! Centering around Wigan Casino, that Billboard magazine once named one of the best discos in the world, it shows the youth struggles of love and life while they fight for the Northern Soul Movement that inspires passion.

 

The Bear                                                                                                         6th– 7th June

Next is a lesser known Chekov play which tells the tale of poor grieving Elena who unearths the secrets of her deceased husband when an unexpected visitor arrives.

 

The Accidental Leader                                                                                    8th– 9th June

This piece a political comedy, that unintentionally predicted the Cameron’s resignation. When first shown in 2016, theatre-goers where amazed as they believed the play must have been written in 24hours, in actual fact it just happened to mirror the ludicrous events unfurling in the government at the time.

The Plaza Suite                                                                                               11th– 12th June

A long-married couple return to their roots in their honeymoon suite in the hopes of reigniting a flickering flame.

Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco                                                                             13th– 14th June

It’s karaoke night in a small Welsh town, and three lads swap stories over many pints. The play has a poignant relevance to current feminist discussions as it puts masculinity under a microscope.

A Number                                                                                                       15th-16th June

Finishing a diversely topical series is sci-fi drama, this play addresses the issue of cloning and questions individuality.

 

The Art of Reggae Exhibition @ Constellations                                7th June- 13th June

Part of the Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae, this will be the 6th International Reggae Poster Contest, since its founding in 2011. showcasing 100 reggae inspired posted created by artists all over the world. Profits from all poster sales will be donated to the charity, Alpha Boys School, a vocational institution for underprivileged youths located in Kingston, Jamaica., from 8th– 10th June, along with a plethora of musicians and sound systems playing in the Baltic Triangle The Positive Vibration festival, is also set to host a reggae Q+A, creative workshops, a record fair and lots of delish Caribbean delicacies on offer.

 

Indie Flicks @ FACT                                                                                                    14th June

Every second Monday of the month IndieFlicks return to Liverpool to show a range of international, independent short films which you are invited to watch, discuss and judge! This month the Liverpool viewing will get an exclusive treat, as new local film crew will be showing Our Eddy, which tells the story of the fall of working class community spirit and the rise of the slums in the south end streets of Wavertree Liverpool.

Africa Oye @ Sefton Park                                                                              16th– 17th June

For 25 years now Sefton park has hosted this magnificent two day free festival which celebrates the diaspora of African cultures, through music, workshops, food and trade stalls. Kitchen Street are proud to host the after party, with DJ Marfox headlining, who represents the ghetto sound of Lisbon, a frenetic club ready music scene with its roots in kuduro, but also incorporating batida, house, techno, kizomba, tarraxinha and funaná.

 

JULY

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival                                                                                    5th– 15th July

For two decades the LAAF has demonstrated the richness of Arab culture to this city and this year promises to be no different! The programme is as always packed with film, performance, music, visual art and literature. This year to insure it’s the best it possible can be, LAAF have been allocated extra funding by Culture Liverpool! It’s opening weekend boasts the voice of the Tunisian Revolution, Emel Mathlouthi, will be in concert at Invisible Wind Factory. For one night only Unity Theatre will show new ‘darkly satirical’ play: The Shroud Maker written by Ahmed Masoud. On top of this family day will once again be held in Sefton park Palm house on 15th July to present to Liverpool some of the greatest Arab music including an appearance from the London Syrian Ensemble!

 

Brazilica Festival                                                                                                     14th– 15th July

Every year our beloved city is host to the UK’s only Brazilian Samba festival and of course it’s returning this year! Brazilica will host an array of events throughout the month of July to celebrate Brazil’s vibrant culture, including films, exhibitions takeovers at most Saturday nights at the Reeds. All in the run up the main event, the carnival parade on the 15th July at 8pm.

 

Liverpool Biennial                                                                              14th July – 28th October

The Liverpool Biennial returns for its 10th Edition spanning 20 years, with the title: Beautiful world, where are you? This question is derived from a 1788 poem by Friedrich Schiller. It has been chosen as a lament, for the social political and environment turmoil that the world is currently gripped by. But also, an invitation to reconsider our past and advance a new sense of beauty that might be shared more equally throughout the world. There are more than 40 artists from 22 countries participating in this year’s programme, with the city of Liverpool providing a setting for the exhibition taking place in public spaces, galleries, and museums inviting visitors to explore the rich history of Liverpool. The biennial has come to be an extremely important part of Liverpool culture as it always aims to highlight social issues and the importance of public art.

Liverpool International Music Festival                                                         21st– 22nd July

Yet another festival to be held in the stunning surroundings of Sefton park is Liverpool International Music Festival. Boasting an incredible line up which includes Toddla T, Mahalia, Don Letts, Stefflon Don, and a Basement Jaxx DJ set, as well as my personal favourite soon-to-be superstar Jalen N’Gonda on the Liverpool Next Gen stage! With ticket prices being only a fiver a day it’s a perfect way to see household names as well as find out what’s new on the Liverpool Music scene.

 

Liverpool Pride                                                                                               28th – 29th July

As the Liverpool Pride buts it best: ‘We formed in 2010 in response to the LGBT+ communities’ outcry in the wake of the murder of young gay man Michael Causer, and since then we have produced an annual festival to raise awareness of LGBT+ lives.’ Join them this weekend to protest homophobia, whilst celebrating and embracing the LGBT+ Community. There will be a walk through the city to paint it rainbow, culminating in a party with free gigs across three stages! For more information head to the Pride website.

 

While I have not found any thrilling events outlined for the month of August, I’m sure something will soon be revealed. If not after the exciting events of the last two months, this a great opportunity to march to the beat of your own drum. Why not amble down to the Baltic Market to see what delicious treats are on offer, check out the Red Brick Vintage Hangar across the way, filled to the brim with vintage clothes, plants, records and many more unique shops. Or take the month to see the wonders of the Liverpool Biennial, see the New Wave works of Oscar Nominated filmmaker Agnes Varda, or the community garden being built in Toxteth, taking time to ponder:

I have presented to you the diverse and very affordable range of events that are on offer in Liverpool this summer. If all of these adventures in art, music, film and theatre aren’t enough reasons for you to stay, then I really don’t know what to tell you. I hope you make the right decision!

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