As summer comes to an end, many of us are returning to Liverpool to begin the academic year, or arriving on campus for the first time. With the leaves beginning to fall and the days getting shorter, autumn can feel a bit gloomy. But in Liverpool, autumn is a great season for fantastic events. Here are just a few things happening in the upcoming months.
Royal De Luxe Giant Spectacular – 4th to 7th October
Back in 2012, the ingenious Royal de Luxe street theatre company enchanted Liverpool with Sea Odyssey – a three-day outdoor performance art event featuring three giants, inspired by a letter written by a 10 year old girl to her father during the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Two years later, the Giants returned, this time with a poignant tale of farewells to loved ones leaving for the First World War. This October, Jean-Luc Courcoult and his team from Nantes in France bring the Giants back to Liverpool for the final piece of Liverpool’s Giant Trilogy. Details of the route can be found here.
Liverpool Biennial – 14th July to 28th October
The Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art, which has commissioned more than 300 new artworks from over 400 artists from around the world. This year’s theme is “Beautiful world, where are you?” – inspired by a poem written by Friedrich Schiller. The theme invites artists to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil – but also a chance to look back on the past to build a more beautiful world for the future. All exhibitions are free and open Tuesday to Sunday up until 28th October. Locations include Tate Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, Bluecoat, FACT, St George’s Hall and many more. You can find out more here.
Film Nights in the Palm House – 29th to 31st October
This Halloween, the Palm House in Sefton Park is hosting a number of scary movie nights. They’re showing films such as Hocus Pocus, Gremlins and Nightmare on Elm Street. There will also be a range of spooky snacks, including Devilish Hot Dogs and Nachos, Creepy Candyfloss and Petrifying Popcorn. Tickets are £12 and can be bought here.
The River of Light – 4th November
Once again, the River of Light is back in Liverpool for bonfire night, for the third year running. Tens of thousands of people are expected to line with waterfront from both sides of the River Mersey, as fireworks are set off from the water’s edge and huge barges on the Mersey. This year’s display is said to act as the finale for the China Dream season, which was part of Liverpool’s 2018 cultural programme. More information will be coming soon here.
Liverpool Disco Festival – 13th October
Liverpool Disco Festival is returning for the 5th time! The all-day event is returning to Camp and Furnace in the Baltic Triangle, with the theme of Dancing in Outer Space. The headline act is Evelyn Champagne King, with many more acts including Horse Meat Disco, Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit. There will also be two after parties, at 24 Kitchen Street and District, if you haven’t had enough disco by the end of the night. You can buy tickets here.
Halloween at the Baltic Market – 25th to 28th October
Liverpool’s street food market, the Baltic Market, based in Cains Brewery will be throwing a weekend-long Halloween Spooktacular. From Thursday to Sunday, there will be a range of Halloween-themed food from the street food traders, including pumpkin pizza and Halloween halloumi fries! All weekend there will be spooky cocktails and trick or treat drinking games, along with a 90s disco, DJs and a live band. Fancy dress is encouraged, with the best dressed winning a prize. And, to top it all off – it’s free!
Festival of the Dead – 3rd November
The University of Liverpool’s very own Mountford Hall will be host to this year’s Festival of the Dead. The event is bringing a hoard of characters and creations, including giant skulls, carnival processions and a 15ft vulture which will roam the crowd. It is a fiesta like no other. Tickets can be bought here.
Funzing Talks – Various Dates in October/November
Funzing Talks are putting together an array of interesting lectures and talks, throughout October. After inspiring audiences in London, Manchester and Bristol, the fascinating talk series is coming to Liverpool. Dr David Luke will be presenting ‘Tales from a Psychedelic Researcher’, Dr Anna Machin will be discussing ‘The Neuroscience of Love’, and retired police officer, Paul Harrison, will be presenting ‘Interviews with British Serial Killers’ – along with several other engaging talks. You can buy tickets here.
Take advantage of these great events in Liverpool, especially while they’re in the beautiful autumnal environment!