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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)

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

Performances of Blue Stockings (on till Sun 15 Mar) - 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

Sunday 23rd February

Liverpool LGBT Singers - 6.30pm till 8.30pm at John Archer Hall, 68 Upper Hill Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, L8 1YR - find out more

Do you enjoy singing? We are a mixed group of singers of all ages who meet every Sunday evening. We sing everything from pop to showtunes to ballads. No audition necessary, just come along and join in the fun! We have free rehearsal space at John Archer Hall. Turn up at 6pm for a cuppa and a biccie and rehearsal 6-30 to 8-30pm. Over 16s only. - - website

Tuesday 25th February

Liverpool Network Theatre Group - weekly workshop - 7 pm till 9pm at 5th Floor of The Tempest Building (above HUS), 12 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Our ongoing weekly workshops are open to all. We share skills, try out new ideas, and most of all have fun!
 
Network workshops are held every week, including half term and summer breaks.
 
Please feel free to come along to any workshops, whatever amount of experience you have, from beginner to drama student to professional!
 
The workshops are held on a drop-in basis, different leader and topic every week, no need to pre-book, we ask for £3 [waged] or £1.50 [unwaged] to cover costs. Regular, new and returning members are always equally welcome!
 
The start time is 7pm, running until 9pm.

If you decide to join Network there is a yearly subscription fee of £5 waged, £3 unwaged.

Why not come along? Non members also welcome. - - 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

SOLA Arts: Creative Confidence: Weekly Art Group - 3pm till 5pm at SOLA Arts, Toxteth Town Hall, 15 High Park St, Liverpool - map - find out more

SOLA ARTS have a Creative Confidence programme for people on benefits, unemployed or from refugee or migrant backgrounds.
 
As part of this, there is a weekly Art Group where people can explore creative interests, share artistic skills and develop artwork that they may want to exhibit at key points in the year. It’s a great space to meet new people and connect to other programmes also on offer at SOLA. - 0151 726 8440 - - website

Tuesday 3rd March

Meeting of Liverpool Holistic Circle - 7.30pm at The Rosicrucian Chapter, 19, Dovedale Road, Liverpool - map - find out more

Liverpool Holistic Circle is a forum for sharing and increasing knowledge of all things holistic.

The group is almost unique: there is no membership, no enrolment and no commitments. Just turn up and join in with the information, inspiration, fun, sharing, tea and biscuits.

Meetings are now twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

There is no formal membership, but to cover costs we request a donation of £5.00 per meeting attended.

Our meetings cover a huge range of subjects relating to complementary therapies, holism and spirituality. All like-minded people are welcome to come to join us, either regularly or as a one-off.

See website for details of the talks, events, and activities. - - website

Wednesday 4th March

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

Saturday 7th March

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

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

Wednesday 18th March

Liverpool Friends of the Earth meeting - 6.30pm till 8pm at Folk, Tempest Building, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool - map - find out more

Friendly, informal meeting of Liverpool's local Friends of the Earth group. Past campaigns have included local regeneration, climate change and transport. Open to all!
 
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. - L2 2DT - 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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