Liverpool Arts Diary: December 2016

It's A Wonderful Life (photo from Liverpool Philharmonic website)

It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s slim pickings this December, but Getintothis’ Cath Bore still manages to search out arty goings on.

The arts scene around Liverpool and Merseyside starts to slow down as Christmas approaches and students rush back home with suitcases of washing and tales of student union debauchery, but we still have some tasty treats, either free or under a fiver to attend, to nurture our cultural souls over the next weeks.


Luca Veste and Mark Billingham

  • An evening with Luca Veste and Mark Billingham: Waterstones Liverpool ONE, December 1

Liverpool crime author Luca Veste launches the paperback of Then She Was Gone, the fourth in his Murphy and Rossi series. He is joined by Mark Billingham, bestselling author of the Tom Thorne series and new standalone novel Die Of Shame. Luca and Mark will be doing a question and answer session, and signing books at the end of the evening.

More information here.


Carys Bray

  • Carys Bray talk and book signing: Write Blend, 124 South Road, L22, December 3 

Carys Bray’s remarkable debut novel, A Song For Issy Bradley, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa First Book Award, the Utah Book Award and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and was and serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Carys‘ debut collection of short stories, Sweet Home, won the Scott Prize and selected stories were broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra. Her second novel The Museum Of You was published in June of this year.

Carys will be talking about her writing and signing books.

More information here

Attitude Is Everything (from Facebook page)

Attitude Is Everything (from Facebook page)

  • Attitude is Everything – Discussion Event on Access to Music Venues: Museum of Liverpool, December 3

This workshop coordinated by Attitude is Everything will explore the barriers that visually impaired disabled people encounter when seeking to access live music as audience members and musicians.

Attitude is Everything improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

Consisting of talks, round table discussions and break-out sessions, the event aims to produce a nationally promoted survey that will lead to the development of a guidance document for venues and festivals to improve their access provision.

This event contains BSL Interpretation. This event is part of DaDaFest International 2016. This event takes place between 2pm-4pm. More information here.

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The Kazimier Festive Arkade 2015 (from Facebook page)

The Kazimier Festive Arkade 2015 (from Facebook page)

  • Kazimier Festive Arkade: Invisible Wind Factory, December 11. 

The Invisible Wind Factory will host a seasonal Festive Arkade market, in the spirit of the Kazimier club’s Christmas Kazmarts over the past few winters.

It will feature more than 40 stalls from independent traders & makers. The Kazimier Garden provides mulled cider & wine plus toddies & hot cocktails on the day. Hot food, warm drinks, local brewers, doers, makers and bakers will all congregate in Invisible Wind Factory’s main venue space for a seasonal indoor market-party.

The IWF will provide a trading zone for all manner of doing-it-themselves makers, sellers, food-and-craft-venders. The cathedral will become the marketplace. IWF Studio members will be exhibiting, along with a selection of in-house gift ideas.

Free entry. Further details here.

 Who Is To Blame? (photo from Liverpool Small Cinema website)

Who Is To Blame? (photo from Liverpool Small Cinema website)

  • Festive and end of year films; various venues

Christmas wouldn’t be Winterval  without the traditional seasonal films. FACT rolls out the old James Stewart heart warmer It’s A Wonderful Life on December 18, followed by the same at the Philharmonic Hall on Christmas Eve.

In a cheeky festive twist on December 18, Liverpool Small Cinema presents The Male Online: Who Is To Blame 2016? Join Viz’s Barney Farmer and his comic creation Male Online for a look back at 2016 with a brand new film and Q&A. Celebrate the wonderful 12 months we have just endured in the company of a man with his fingers on the pulsating heart of Daily Mail Britain. Not suitable for Remoaniacs or Gary Lineker.

More information here. A donation from the event will go to this attempt to feed 300 people living in poverty in Liverpool on Christmas Day.