Liverpool Arts Diary: July 2018

Queen Zee (photo credit: Lucy McLachlan)

Queen Zee perform at Liverpool Pride 2018

The July sunshine brings with it the return of Liverpool Biennial, Getintothis’ Sinéad Nunes finds afterparties in the Palm House, and all manner of exciting summer sensations on top.

Its that time of year where you’re either stuck in England making do while mates are living it up on the continent, or losing every weekend to festivals as summer speeds along. Luckily for us Scousers, there’s always so much happening in July, and Liverpool Biennial is just the start of it.

There’s been much dissent surrounding the new ticket charges for LIMF, and feedback for the new sculpture on Exchange Flags hasn’t been ideal… but surely we can redeem Liverpool’s cultural offering somehow?

Granby Gardening Club

Granby Gardening Club

Granby Gardening Club
30 Jun, 7, 14 July, 2-5pm, 75-77 Granby Street, FREE

If you want to feel part of Liverpool Biennial 2018 and galleries aren’t your thing, you can get involved with artist Mohamed Bourouissa‘s new community garden in Toxteth.

The project is inspired by a garden the artist saw in Blida, Algeria, made by a patient of the psychoanalyst and writer Frantz Fanon. Fanon’s patient underwent occupational therapy through gardening, reflecting the organisation of his mental space in the structure of his garden.

Local gardener Andrea Ku is holding Saturday afternoons sessions where visitors can learn about gardening, planting and growing.


Brouhaha Carnival

Brouhaha Carnival / Granby Four Streets Market
7 July, 12-2pm, route through City Centre, FREE

Brouhaha International returns with a street carnival hosting performers from around the world. The event can sometimes feel somewhat overlooked with so many globally-focused events every summer – Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, Africa Oyé,

Brazilica – but as the route starts in the city centre at The City of Liverpool College on Myrtle Street, and ends up at Granby Four Streets Market in Toxteth, it’s bound to be busy this year.


Agnes Varda

Agnès Varda: In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Friday 13 July / FACT – FREE, SOLD OUT

Agnès Varda is one of the pioneers of French New Wave Cinema, whose career caught the attention of the art world when curator Obrist invited her to exhibit at the Venice Biennale in 2003. With a 70 year career spanning photography, cinema and visual art, Varda’s works are characterised by a playful yet radical approach to image-making.

Part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, on display at FACT and venues around the city from 14 July – 28 October 2018.

This event is already sold out but you can catch it on FACT’’s social media channels.

Palmhouse (photo credit: Martin Saleh)

Sefton Park Palm House

Party at the Palm House
21-22 July, Sefton Park Palm House, suggested donation £1

To coincide with the Liverpool International Music Festival, Smithdown Road Festival are throwing a fundraiser for next year’s street party-cum-music fete. If you enjoyed seeing so many locally based bands playing in unexpected places this year, its worth it to ensure the festival keeps going.

Music includes: Silent-K, Edgar Jones, Mamatung, Katie Mac Band and more. There’s also a kids area with an inflatable assault course which is advertised for “big kids too”.

Plus, the Victorian glass house always looks stunning in the sun!

Auntie Flo

Auntie Flo

LIMF Afterparty: Auntie Flo, Giovanna, Nu Tribe
9pm – late, Sefton Park Palm House, £11 (including fee)

Part of a new season of regular new music aimed at a slightly younger crowd, Sefton Park Palm House is hosting the afterparty to LIMF, with headliner Auntie Flo.

A central figure in the ‘new strand of club music fusing electronic and world influences alongside the likes of Daphni, Four Tet, Romare, Sinkane and John Wizards’ (Joe Muggs, The Wire, 2013), Auntie Flo is supported by local MCs Nu Tribe and Giovanna, co-founder of SisBis who’ll be closing party with latin, boogie, hip hop and highlife.

LIVERPOOL_PRIDE_MAPLiverpool Pride Weekend: 2018
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July, various events

As we head into July, LGBT History Month ends, but Liverpool’s countdown to Pride begins.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the theme for this year’s Pride is All Together Now. Start the weekend off at District, where alternative club nights Beers for Queers, Eat Me + Preach, Lez Be Avin It and Mersey Bears have joined forces to welcome queers and allies to the city with a night of drag, music and walkabout performances: A Midsummer Night’s Queer.

Then Saturday is all about the March – bring as many people as you can, don your best glitter and rainbow flags, and march for love (route here).

Liverpool Pride Launch 2018 (Credit David Munn Photography)

Liverpool Pride Launch 2018 (Credit David Munn Photography)

This year’s line up includes Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Queen Zee as well as Drag Race star Courtney Act, with many local musicians and performers supporting on the other stages.




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