Liverpool’s best FREE attractions to start the new year
As we enjoy the fun and festivities of Christmas and New Year, our bank balances inevitably take a harsh hit. But January doesn’t have to be a month endured indoors whilst the finances recover.
Liverpool’s vibrant cultural offering continues throughout the first month of 2019, with some top free-to-enter attractions to explore.
Curated by Natasha Young
Music meets football at Bands FC display
Where? British Music Experience (BME)
When? 7-13 January
What’s going on? ‘Bands as football clubs. Football clubs as bands’ is the way social media sensation Bands FC describes its work.
The concept, which combines football team badges with band logos, has amassed 45.5k followers on Twitter, 15.9k followers on Instagram, and is now bringing its free exhibition to the Liverpool waterfront attraction.
As well as seeing the complete set of designs at the BME’s Star Café, visitors will also have chance to buy prints and enamel badges with proceeds going to support Bands FC’s chosen charities and sports projects.
Last chance to see ‘Punk 1976-78’
Where? Liverpool Central Library
When? Until 13 January
What’s going on? Step back in time and see the impact punk had on UK music, fashion and design between 1976 and 1978.
This free exhibition, developed jointly by the British Library, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Libraries, explores punk’s roots in the French Situationist movement and New York City art-rock scene through to the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols.
Highlights on display include the band’s handwritten set list and lyrics, John Peel’s personal copy of ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones, and The Damned drummer Rat Scabies’ leather jacket.
Photo: © Jon Barraclough
‘Broken Symmetries’ puts spotlight on science
When? Until 3 March
What’s going on? FACT has worked with Arts at CERN (the arts program of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Geneva) to premiere this latest free-to-enter exhibition.
The display brings together 10 new commissions by international artists who aim to understand and question the physical world through the shifting realities of modern science.
Artists include HRM199, Yunchul Kim, Diann Bauer, Juan Cortés, Lea Porsager, Suzanne Treister, Yu-Chen Wang, Semiconductor, Julieta Aranda and James Bridle.
Matthew Williamson in THESE ROOMS by David Bolger, Owen Boss & Louise Lowe. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.
‘Beyond These Rooms’ brings art and performance
When? 17 January until 9 February
Where? Tate Liverpool
What’s going on? ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre will propel audiences into the tragic events of Dublin’s North King Street in April 1916, when 15 civilian men were killed in house-to-house raids by British soldiers, with a visual art installation featuring live performances.
The living archive project, built around witness testimonies from key government enquiries in the UK and Ireland into the incident, promises a personal experience as it brings together artefacts, imagery, video and documents to conjoin fact, documentary and fiction.