Published: 6 January 2017

2017: Events for your diary

Chinese New Year lanterns

In 2016, travel publisher Rough Guides placed Liverpool’s nightlife at number three in their 50 Things You Need to Do Before You Die bucket list. Likewise, in 2014 Rough Guides named Liverpool as the third best city to visit in the world. Having received such impressive accolades, it’s no surprise that Liverpool has a huge bounty of colourful events on offer throughout 2017. From the off-beat to the well-established, here’s our round-up of the events you need to add to your diary.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Did you know that Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe? Every year Liverpool also hosts an impressive Chinese New Year event. In 2017, to mark the Year of the Rooster, celebrations take place Saturday 28 January.  Although few details of the 2017 event have been confirmed, thousands of people from across Merseyside join in the festivities each year and the event is always well-worth a visit.

Watch “Voldemort” perform at Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Back in December 2016, Liverpool Everyman Theatre announced the names of their first repertory company for 25-years. The 14 actors include Richard Bremmer, who you might know as Voldemort from the first Harry Potter film. Between now and July 2017, you can watch the group in a number of productions, from Fiddler on the Roof to The Sum – a new play set in Toxteth. Watch this video to listen to the creator of The Sum, Lizzie Nunnery, discuss her drama:

Listen to the Science and Society Series

Explore the inter-dependencies of science and society with our Science and Society lecture series. Running from now until November 2017, the series has attracted a strong field of academics, such as:

  • Dr Gordon Sanghera, Co-founder and CEO, Oxford Nanopore Technologies: Entering the DNA information age on Tuesday 24 January 2017
  • Richard Henderson FRM, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology: Studying biology at cryogenic temperatures: the CryoEM revolution in structural biology on Tuesday 14 March 2017
  • Professor Nigel Cunliffe, Head, Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Liverpool: Liverpool in Malawi: Improving healthcare on Tuesday 9 May 2017
  • Professor Andrew Harrison, Director of DIAMOND Light Source, Harwell: Material chemistry research and the economic health of the nation on Tuesday 4 July 2017
  • Professor Kevin D Sinclair, Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Nottingham: What have we learnt from Dolly the sheep (and Debbie, Denise and Diane)? on Tuesday 17 October 2017
  • Professor Mark Hanson, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science, Southampton: Developing Health for a Sustainable Future on Tuesday 21 November 2017

All of the lectures will be held in the Victoria Gallery and Museum and start at 5.30pm. Everyone is free to attend the series, including members of the public. Although the lectures are free, please book your place.

Attend Comic Con

The hugely popular MCM Comic Con is back in Liverpool this March. Although the line-up for the 2017 event hasn’t been released yet, if you’re a fan of graphic novels, video games, comics, movies or anime, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Light Night

Liverpool’s annual arts and culture festival is always an eclectic mix of the bizarre and brilliant. The late-night festival is a collaborative effort and over 100 organisations work together to put on the cultural spectacular. This year, Light Night is taking place Friday 19 May. You can watch the highlights from the 2016 Light Night here:

LightNight Liverpool 2016 from Open Culture on Vimeo.

Liverpool Music Week

In a city renowned for its music, Liverpool Music Week is always popular. In fact, last year’s event was so popular the event won the best Metropolitan Festival Award 2016 (UK Festival Awards). This year, Liverpool Music Week kicks off Friday 27 October. At the time of writing, no acts for the 2017 festival have been confirmed. However, last year headliners included Warpaint, John Carpenter, Clean Cut Kid and Dinosaur Jr.

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