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Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? Installation (on till Sat 15 Feb) - 10am till 5pm at International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool - map - find out more

‘Am I not a woman and a sister’ is a new moving image installation by Manchester- based artist Elizabeth Kwant, co-created with female survivors of modern day slavery in partnership with Liverpool charity City Hearts.
 
The work is the culmination of a yearlong project researching the archives and collection of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum Liverpool, seeking to better understand the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its connections to the North West of England – Kwant’s birthplace and the place she calls home.
 
Through her past work ‘In- Transit’ -where the artist embodied and retold migrants stories through site specific performances staged across the Mediterranean – Kwant became interested in the therapeutic benefits of theatre for survivors of trauma.
 
The artist initiated a series of movement workshops in collaboration with British Barbadian Choreographer Magdalen Bartlett Luambia, giving female survivors of modern day slavery tools and agency to create their own performances. These embodied performances were shot progressively in a studio and then on location at Harewood House, built between 1759-1771 for wealthy plantation and slave owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood.
 
Through objects, sound, and repetitive movements, the film reflects upon colonial slavery and its ongoing legacy in modern Britain, raising questions of colonial history and human trafficking today. A specially commissioned soundtrack composed by musician Sarah Sarhandi compliments the film.
 
The project will also include a publication documenting the workshops including; a forward by acting curator of the International Slavery Museum Jean- Francois Manicom, a commissioned text by independent writer Sara Jaspan, behind the scenes photographs and transcribed conversations with the female participants.
 
Free entry. - 0151 478 4499 - website

Theaster Gates: Amalgam exhibition (on till Sun 3 May) - 10am till 5pm at Tate Liverpool, 315 The Colonnades, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool - map - find out more

Theaster Gates (b. 1973) is one of the world’s most influential living artists. In Theaster Gates: Amalgam, the artist explores the complex and interweaving issues of race, territory, and inequality in the United States.

The exhibition takes the history of Malaga as its point of departure. During the 19th century, this small island off the coast of Maine, USA, was home to an ethnically-mixed community. In 1912, on the orders of the state governor, Malaga's inhabitants were forcibly removed to the mainland. They were offered no housing, jobs or support.

Amalgam presents sculpture, installation, film and dance that respond to this history. Highlights include a new film, Dance of Malaga 2019, which features the choreography of acclaimed American dancer, Kyle Abraham. Gates’s musical collective, The Black Monks provide the film’s score. Their blues and gospel-inspired sound can be heard throughout the exhibition, continuing into an immersive ‘forest’ installation.

Theaster Gates is a socially engaged artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career studying urban planning, which continues to influence his work. He is best known for his projects in South Side, Chicago, where he has redeveloped abandoned buildings for community use. Reminiscent of the ongoing work in the Granby area of Liverpool, Gates shows how art can transform places and improve the lives of the people who live there.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Liverpool in collaboration with Palais de Tokyo, Paris. A first version of the exhibition was shown at Palais de Tokyo from 20 February – 12 May 2019 under the name Amalgam.

Tickets: £10.50 / FREE for Members
Concession £8.50
Under 16s FREE (up to four per family adult)

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/theaster-gates-amalgam - website

Mothers Who Make sessions (on till Tue 12 May) - 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool - map - find out more

Mothers who Make is a grass roots, national initiative, dedicated to supporting women who hold roles of both mother and artist, who care about both and do not want to compromise on either.
 
With hub coordinator Claire Bigley, MWM Liverpool runs from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The session is open to all MWM – painters, writers, actors, dancers, producers, film-makers – every kind of maker, is welcomed, and every kind of mother. Those of you with babies and preschool children can bring them with you!
 
We want our MWM hub to develop with you and provide a supportive, creative space in a number of ways; to connect, share, network and participate. We want it to be grown with and by you. - 0151 709 4988 - website

Saturday 1st February

Liverpool Friends of Palestine Vigil - 12pm till 2pm at Church Street, Liverpool city centre - map - find out more

Liverpool Friends of Palestine hold their monthly vigil at the bottom of Church Street outside HSBC bank. Vigils held on the first Saturday of every month. - website

Record Fair - 10.30am till 5.30pm at The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - map - find out more

Halls of stalls of national traders in records, CDs, DVDs, posters, books, programmes and related music material. Free entry - just drop in. - 0151 702 5324 - - website

Tuesday 4th February

Short Story Course with Michelle Green - 6.30pm till 8.30pm at The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool - map - find out more

Price: £180 for the full course + 2 x £100 fee for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance (please contact for more information)

Attendees must pay for full course - individual course units not available separately.

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period, on the first Tuesday of the month (except workshop #6), to enable you to complete writing assignments:

4th February
3rd March
7th April
5th May
2nd June
30th June

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Bluecoat: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/4068
Bookings close on 21st January.

* This course is about the short story...

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 3 short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publisher of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.

* What you need to be familiar with...

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres. This course will be taught by author, Michelle Green.

* What we won’t cover...

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

* Equipment you’ll need...

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

* About the Tutor, Michelle Green:

Michelle Green is a UK-based writer and artist. Their debut collection of short stories - Jebel Marra (Comma Press, 2015) - was nominated for a number of national and international awards, and described by the Irish Times as ‘exceptionally good writing; fifteen shards of shrapnel that will take your head off.’ Their ongoing work on disability aesthetics was featured at the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters 2019, and they are now working on a second collection: a map of short stories based on Hayling Island. More at www.michellegreen.co.uk - - website

Liverpool Humanists Social - 19.30 -22.30 at Dr Duncan’s - map - find out more

Come and chat over a drink with like minded people. There will be a sign to help you find us at our usual table at the back. We are a friendly bunch - you will be welcome! Our meet-ups are monthly, alternating between the first Tuesday and the first Wednesday of the month. Future dates: Wednesday 4 March, Tuesday 7 April, Wednesday 6 May, Tuesday June 2. - website

Feminst Duration Reading Group: The Dialectic of Sex - 6pm-8pm at The Brink, 21 Parr Street, Liverpool L1 4JN - map - find out more

The Feminist Duration Reading Group focuses on under-known and under-appreciated feminist texts, movements and struggles from outside the Anglo-American feminist tradition. This session will focus on Shulamith Firestone's The Dialectic of Sex, specifically on one of the later chapters, entitled Feminist and Ecology, and reading an article On The History of the Artificial Womb by Oscar Schwartz. There is no need to read the texts before hand as we will collectively read them aloud. Please email for a copy of the texts

Wednesday 5th February

Liverpool Friends of Palestine Monthly Meeting - 7pm at Unite The Union, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool - map - find out more

Monthly meeting of Liverpool Friends of Palestine. (Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.) All welcome. - website

Thursday 6th February

A Lovely Word with Nafeesa Hamid: FREE spoken word poetry event - 8pm at The Everyman Theatre Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Open Mic sign up at 7.30pm, start at 8pm, headliner at 9pm
 
Our A Lovely Word headliner for February is Nafeesa Hamind. A highly regarded poet who has toured nationally and internationally. A Lovely Word is an open spoken word poetry night that takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Everyman Bistro. Whether you’re a first timer or a practised poet, you’re invited to sign up for a five-minute slot on the night and read a poem or two before the headline act. Sign up from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen.
 
Nafeesa Hamid is a poet, playwright and performer; born in Pakistan, bred in Birmingham. Nafeesa has performed nationally and internationally and was a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist (2018). She is published in The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a (2017, Saqi Books) anthology edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. Her debut collection ‘Besharam’ (2018, Verve Poetry Press) was highly commended in the Forward Prize 2020. She will be published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2020. - website

Saturday 8th February

Drawing Down the Goddess event - 11.00am - 4.00pm at Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral - map - find out more

The workshop shares information about various goddesses that are exhibited at these institutions.
 
Connecting with the goddess is done primarily through drawing, as this process creates a deep connection. We will also include meditations.
 
This is a workshop for complete beginners who know nothing about drawing or goddesses, as well as established artists and experts in the field of goddess theology and everyone in between who is called to connect with these antiquities of the Divine Feminine.
 
Workshop leaders: Toc, Ishtar and Pete.
Price: £25
 
For more information, see: https://earthmoves.org - 0151 638 3768 - - website

Friday 14th February

Fri 14 Feb to Sun 15 Mar - Performances of Blue Stockings - 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester - map - find out more

It is 1896. Tess Moffat and her fellow first-years are determined to win the right to graduate from university.
 
Four defiant young women battle the cruelty of class divides, the distractions of love and the men ready to do anything to stop them, as they fight to change the future of education.
 
For tickets, performance times and bookings, see: www.storyhouse.com - 01244 409 113 - website

Thursday 20th February

Liverpool Humanists Games Night - 19.30-22.00 at Sugar and Dice Board Game Cafe - map - find out more

Join us for one of our regular evenings of fun and games at Sugar and Dice. Book your place via meet-up or Facebook, please, so we get an idea of numbers. The cafe has a cover charge of £5 per person to play games for the entire evening; buy your own food and drinks - there’s an extensive menu. - website

Thursday 27th February

Thu 27 Feb to Sun 1 Mar - Liverpool International Jazz Festival - Various times - see website at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Liverpool International Jazz Festival (LIJF) was established in 2013 by Liverpool Hope University, and in previous years has included performances from some of Jazz music’s leading lights – artists such as Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Roller Trio, Impossible Gentlemen, Kit Downes, Led Bib, Philip Catherine, GoGo Penguin, Troyka, Neil Cowley Trio, and Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio.
 
The emphasis of the Festival is on contemporary instrumental jazz in a variety of styles, taking audience members on a musical journey that traverses numerous genres and cross-genres.
 
Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2020 will be the eighth edition of the Festival and will run from Thurs 27th Feb - Sun 1st March 2020.
 
Featured artists include London based jazz collective Cykada (Thurs 27th Feb), Netherlands innovators Tin Men and the Telephone (Fri 28th Feb), Indo-jazz innovator Sarathy Korwar (Sat 29th Feb), boisterous Belgian iconoclasts Blow 3.0 (Sat 29th Feb), a concert of groove based music from Martin Archer's Anthropology Band (Sun 1st March) and a closing performance from saxophonist Tony Kofi (Sun 1st March), whose quartet's set will focus on his work with the legendary Ornette Coleman.
 
Along the way there are support sets from up and coming bands, with a strong focus on original music, including sets from Yaatri (Leeds), Beyond Albedo (Leeds), Hippo (Bristol), Moonmot (Switzerland/UK) and Blind Monk Theory? (Liverpool).
 
On Sat 29th Feb there will be a free admission foyer set of music by Liverpool Hope University students (Hope Swings Eternal).
 
A Festival ticket saves you money by providing you with access to all Festival concerts for a fraction of the price of purchasing tickets for all individual events. You can purchase a Festival ticket for £40 at https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/LIJF-2020 - - website

DaDaFest Scratch - 6.30pm at The Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool - map - find out more

This event is a unique opportunity to experience brand new, exciting work from four emerging artists.

Helen Cherry, Amina Atiq, Tammy Reynolds and Bethany Murray will be using spoken word, dance and creative writing to explore a range of topics.

This is a relaxed event which means you can expect a comfortable, well lit environment.

We believe events should be accessible for all, DaDaFest is operating a pay what you like scheme for this event. Audio description and BSL will be available for this event.

The running time of the event is 2 hours with a 30 minute interval.

www.dadafest.co.uk/events

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @DaDaFest

DaDaFest is a disability and D/deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool. Find out more about us at www.dadafest.co.uk

This event is in partnership with Unity Theatre. - 0151 709 4988 - website

Friday 13th March

Fri 13 Mar to Sat 14 Mar - Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us - 8pm at The Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool - map - find out more

In his new show, '50 Things About Us' Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.
 
Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?
 
It is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich fuckers.
 
And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.
 
(In the vein of the Manifesto meets a sweary history channel)
 
'50 Things About Us' is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition... in Liverpool January 2020.
 
markthomasinfo.co.uk - 0151 709 4776 - website

Friday 20th March

A Lovely Word with Dan Simpson: FREE spoken word poetry event - 8pm at The Everyman Theatre Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool - find out more

In March we welcome Dan Simpson to A Lovely Word. A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan has been Poet-in-Residence at Waterloo Station, National Trust Stowe, and Canterbury Roman Museum.
 
A Lovely Word is an open spoken word poetry night that takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Everyman Bistro. Whether you’re a first timer or a practised poet, you’re invited to sign up for a five-minute slot on the night and read a poem or two before the headline act. Sign up from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen.
 
Dan Simpson has had pieces commissioned by Southbank Centre, Free Word, and the Beaney Library. Dan has performed around the world including Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, Edinburgh Fringe, and on the BBC. He is published by Burning Eye Books, and is touring his second collection Totally Cultured. - website

Thursday 2nd April

A Lovely Word with Louise Fazackerley: FREE spoken word poetry event - 8pm at The Everyman Theatre Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Open Mic sign up at 7.30pm, start at 8pm, headliner at 9pm

Louise Fazackerley headlines the April edition of A Lovely Word. Louise's work is rooted in word-witchery and the working class, Louise Fazackerley is a poet from the exotic Northern streets of Orwell’s Wigan. In performance she explores the synergy between poetry and movement. Her socially conscious writing makes the ugly beautiful and the mundane fantastical.

A Lovely World is an open spoken word poetry night that takes place on the first Thursday of the month in the Everyman Bistro. Whether you’re a first timer or a practised poet, you’re invited to sign up for a five-minute slot on the night and read a poem or two before the headline act. Sign up from 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and listen.

Winner of the BBC Radio New voices award, Louise is signed to Nymphs & Thugs spoken word label where she released two audio books- Love Is A Battlefield and Bird St. Her collection The Lolitas is the subject of ‘Love Is A Rebellious Bird’ an installation and film work by international artists AL + AL. She recently supported punk poet legend Dr. John Cooper Clarke on his sold-out tour.

Louise is a director at Write Out Loud, a national organisation supporting grass roots poetry and currently poet-in-residence at Lily Lane Primary School. She is a highly experienced workshop leader, facilitating in education, prison and community settings. You may have seen or heard her on BBC 1, BBC Radio 3,4,5 or read her blog in The Guardian Northerner. - website

Thursday 14th May

AND Festival 2020 - 6pm Thursday til 6pm Sunday (a at Multiple venues along the Manchester Ship Canal & River Mersey (UK) - find out more

AND Festival, the UK’s only roaming digital festival, takes to the water in 2020 for the 9th edition, resurfacing along the global trade gateway of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey.
 
Navigating the flows from oil refineries, recycling plants, wind farms and agriculture; AND will explore how the 125-year old engineering wonder of the ship canal chronicles the North’s past, present and future industries.
 
Transforming waterways, ports and docklands, AND Festival will emerge at unexpected locations across Merseyside and Cheshire (UK) with 4 days of site-specific installations and events - from immersive installations, augmented reality seascapes, virtual environments, floating experiments to immersive field trips.
 
AND invites you to abandon your normal devices and submerge yourself in this industrial waterscape.
 
Sign up to AND e-news andfestival.org.uk/signup for programme announcements.
 
#AND20 AND Festival 2020 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England with additional support from British Council and The Space, and programme partners Canal & River Trust, Culture Liverpool, Culture Warrington, The Daniel Adamson, University of Salford Art Collection, Somerset House Studios and Wirral Council. - 03302290051 - - website

Saturday 20th June

Sat 20 Jun to Sun 21 Jun - Africa Oye: Liverpool's FREE African music festival - 12:30pm til 9:30pm at Sefton Park, Mossley Hill Dr, Liverpool - map - find out more

This year’s Africa Oyé festival will take place on 20th and 21st June 2020, in Liverpool’s Sefton Park from 12:30pm til 9:30pm both days and entrance is FREE.
 
The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year.
 
Sefton Park will once again be taken over by the music and culture of Africa and the Diaspora, for two days of fantastic live music, DJs and dance, as well as workshops, food stalls and a range of traders in the Oyé Village. - website

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