Published: 6 January 2016

Looking ahead to 2016 in Liverpool

people in a music concert

As the New Year begins, we have been looking ahead to what is going on in Liverpool over the next 12 months. Here are just a few of the events you can check out this year:

  • Science and Society Lecture Series (Starting 19 January 2016 and running throughout the year)

Science and Society is a series of inter-faculty lectures which are aimed at addressing the inter-dependencies of Science and Society. The sessions, which attract a wide audience including members of the University, neighbouring institutions and members of the public, are part of the University’s efforts to communicate the impact of science to wider audiences.

The next event, ‘Chemistry: Responding to key global challenges’, takes place on 19 January in the Victoria Gallery & Museum and will welcome Richard Catlow FRS, Chair of Chemistry REF (2014) and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at University College London to discuss the role of chemical research in addressing key global challenges.

All events are free but registration is required. For a full list of upcoming lectures, please visit the Science and Society webpages.

  • Lunchtime Concert Series (Starting 3 February 2016 and running throughout the year)

The University of Liverpool Lunchtime Concert series is a well-established and important part of the city’s cultural calendar. The series showcases outstanding performers from the classical, jazz, folk, popular and world music traditions and takes place throughout the year.

The next event, Klezmer-ish, takes place on 3 February at 1pm in the Leggate Theatre in the Victoria Gallery & Museum, featuring four classically trained musicians exploring a wide range of music from travelling people across the world.

Concerts are free but registration is required. For more information please visit the Lunchtime Concert Series webpages.


  • Crabbies Grand National festival (7-9 April 2016)

Watched by more than 600 million people on live television, the Grand National takes place on our doorstop in Aintree. 40 horses and jockeys will once again line up to race around the course and take on famous fences including Becher’s Brook, Canal Turn, Valentine’s and The Chair.

For further information and to book tickets please visit the Grand National website.


  • Liverpool Food and Drink Spring Festival (23-24 April 2016)

Liverpool Food and Drink Spring Festival is back this year showcasing the best of Liverpool’s culinary delights.

Thousands flock to the festival, which takes place in Sefton Park, to try out the many different food and drinks on offer including fresh fish, chocolate and street food, as well as the dedicated Gin Market.

For further information and to book tickets please visit the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival website.

  • Liverpool Light Night (13 May)

Liverpool Light Night is the city’s one-night arts and culture festival which takes place annually in May. Each year, the doors of more than 60 museums, galleries and heritage sites stay open late into the evening to welcome thousands of visitors to over 130 special events.

For further information please visit the Light Night website.

  • Liverpool Sound City (27-29 May 2016)

Liverpool Sound City is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK. Previous years has seen the likes of Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees and Ed Sheeran take to the stage, and this year the headline act for the Sunday night has been announced as The Coral.

For an updated list of performers and to book tickets please visit the Liverpool Sound City website.

  • Africa Oyé (18-19 June 2016)

Africa Oyé is the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture. The festival takes place annually in Sefton Park and features a host of top performers as well as stalls trading food and drink, arts and crafts, clothes and accessories from Africa and the Caribbean.

Further details will be available closer to the event on the Africa Oyé website.

Liverpool Biennial

  • Liverpool Biennial (9 July – 16 October 2016)

Liverpool Biennial presents a free festival of newly commissioned contemporary art from around the world. It takes place over 14 weeks every two years across the city and public spaces, galleries and online.

The collection is organised as a story narrated in several episodes: fictional worlds sited in galleries, museums, pubs, unused spaces, stations, hotels, parking lots, shops and supermarkets.

Further information is available on the Biennial website.

  • Liverpool International Music Festival (22-24 July 2016)

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is now entering its fourth year and will focus on the theme of ‘Redefinition’. The festival, which has previously been held across the August bank holiday weekend has been moved to earlier in the year for 2016 and will see household names and up and coming acts perform at the free Sefton Park event.

For the latest LIMF information please visit the LIMF website.

  • Lucrezia Zaina Lecture 2016 (23 November 2016)

Now in its sixth year, this lecture is funded by a generous legacy bequest from Professor Lucrezia Zaina, who was a lecturer in French and Italian at the University from 1964 until 1988.

This year will see Professor Richard Dyer, Professor of Film Studies, Kings College London deliver the lecture. He follows Primo Levi biographer, Carole Angier who delivered the lecture last year, and novelist Tim Parks in 2014.

The event is free but booking is required. Further details and registration will be made available nearer the time on the University’s Events webpages.


For more information on all the events taking place in Liverpool in 2016 check out the Visit Liverpool website.

A full list of upcoming University events can be found on the Events webpages.

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