Billie Walker

What’s on: November 2017

The nights may be drawing in but Liverpool’s brimming with events that will make you forget that November chill!


After last year’s debut of the River of Light, Titanium Fireworks, one of the UK’s top firework companies, return to light up Mersey River with their incredible display. Last year thousands watching from the Wirral and Liverpool waterfronts viewed the display. Prior to the light show will be street animation at both the Strand and Pier Head at 5.00pm and the display is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm, to get a good view head down to the docks early!



After its opening last Thursday Homotopia festival is in full swing this month. In its 14th year, Homotopia, the UK’s leading LGBT+ arts and culture festival, is back this november, reflecting on 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act. Through visual art, performance, film, theatre, talks, readings, cabaret, dance and debate, Homotopia’s theme is #Liberation50, how the past half century has shaped and affected LGBTQI art and culture. For all more information the Homotopia festival go to their website.

Highlights include:

FACT Gallery’s Wu Tsang: Under Cinema: a solo show investigating artistic practice is placed to explore non-mainstream narratives/

Unity Theatre’s Medea, Written In Rage: The performer, dancer, and vocalist, François Testory fuses his extraordinary physicality, and androgynous and unique stage presence with a seven-octave vocal range to bring to life the murderous Medea in this evocative lament.

Eat Me + Homotopia: Liberation 2067: Hosted at Invisible Wind Factory on 10th November, Eat Me promises a delicious night of dinner, dancing and drag with the North West’s “shiniest, briniest” drag queens and a 3 course feast!



Starting on 4th November, activist and artist Grayson Perry’s dresses will be on display till February 2018. The exhibition made up of 12 of his Clare garments including the dress worn at the Turner Prize in 2003 and a number of dresses designed by Centra St Martins students.



Captain Beefheart Weekend

Sat 11 – Sun 12 November

In 1972, cult American musician Captain Beefheart (1941-2010) had his first ever exhibition of paintings at Bluecoat. 45 years later, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts is the focus for a weekend that will consider him as a ‘Twentieth-century visionary’ working across music, visual art, writing and performance. Devised by independent curator Kyle Percy, working in collaboration with Chris McCabe (poet and Head Librarian, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London) and Bluecoat’s Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, the programme features music, poetry, a symposium, a walking tour, a fanzine, an archival display and a student exhibition – involving artists, experts and fans.

Elaine Mitchener: SWEET TOOTH

23rd November

Join Bluecoat for the premiere of SWEET TOOTH, a powerful music theatre performance interrogating historical links between sugar and slavery, by acclaimed vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener. Premiering SWEET TOOTH at Bluecoat engages the work directly with the history of colonialism and transatlantic slavery. The location is especially resonant, as in 1717 the building was originally a charity school for orphans that relied on subscriptions and donations from many families involved in slavery or slave-related industries like sugar, tobacco and cotton.



25th November

Last January actor and LIPA student Kelly Litt tested the endurance, skill and creativity of his fellow peers by giving them 24 hours to write, direct and perform seven plays. This November he promises to take the 24 Hour Play Project to the next level. Taking place at Red Brick Vintage, the production will contain 15 plays, the audience will be navigated through three different stages: one traverse, one pracinium, one immersive, with all the actors performing in not just one but three performances. Kelly Litt promises that on top of the theatrical spectacle the event will provide a bar and various food vendors! As if seeing sleep deprived actors pushed to their limits isn’t enough entertainment?



29th November

University of Liverpool’s Feminist Society welcomes feminists and allies to join them at Kitchen Street for a memorable night celebrating the best females in music history from the Supremes to Nicki Minaj. This event is in aid of the incredible Merseyside charity RASA (Rape and Sexual Abuse centre.) RASA support anyone who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives, any age and any gender. They offer emotional support, counselling, advocacy and other services to help survivors. So come on down to support a great local charity and sing a long to belters.



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