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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) - 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

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.
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#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

Thursday 21st May

Liverpool Humanists Games Night - 7 to 10pm at Sugar and Dice Board Game Cafe - map - find out more

Liverpool Humanists invite you for fun and games at Sugar and Dice Board Game Café in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle. Sugar and Dice offer a great food and drinks menu, but their main attraction is... thousands of board games! We can choose our own games or let our lovely S&D hosts introduce us to new challenges. The cafe has a cover charge of £5 per person to play games for the entire evening; buy your own food and drinks (hot & cold, soft & hard!) To allow us to book the right numbers of tables for the event, please reserve your place on Meetup, on Facebook, or by email before Monday 18 May. The venue is wheelchair friendly; nearby parking is easy (info is on the cafe's website). See you there! - 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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