May events across the city….

It’s always difficult to pick out cultural events which might be appropriate to older people across Liverpool, because you don’t want to make assumptions that everyone will like the same thing. So here’s a brief list of forthcoming events and activities across the city which are open to people of all ages, and might be particularly worth sharing with your older friends, neighbours, and service users….

As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, Light Night is coming on 15 May and as always promises to be an eclectic evening with something for everyone. The Light Night heritage buses will make the whole event more accessible than ever before.

At the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, there’s a brilliant programme planned for the summer months. In May, we recommend looking out for Northern Broadsides’ production of King Lear, or Beating Berlusconi, a comedy about the 2005 miracle of Istanbul. Anyone who wants to treat the grandchildren should check out Northern Ballet’s The Elves and the Shoemaker, a 40 minute performance for children which will be a magical introduction to theatre for young ones.

At National Museums Liverpool, there’s Picturing Venice at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, featuring images of the city by a diverse group of artists including Turner and Sickert. And the Merseyside Maritime Museum’s fascinating exhibition about the sinking of the Lusitania continues throughout the month.

Now that the blossom is on the trees and the ducklings are hatching, it’s a great time to check out what The Reader Organisation has been getting up to at Calderstones Mansion. There’s a host of projects running there including an archaeological dig happening right now. Regular activities include a number of reading groups running at different times across the week, life drawing, knit and natter, and yoga.

Last but not least, One Magnificent City launches this month, a festival celebrating Liverpool and its relationship with the river. The highlight of what promises to be something the city will remember for years to come will be the visit of the Three Queens – the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria ships together on the Mersey for a very special weekend, sailing in formation on 25th May. Keep checking the Visit Liverpool webpage or Facebook page for the latest programme details.

As always, if you have any suggestions or want us to publicise your events, please get in touch with kate@culture.org.uk and we’ll do our best to spread the word via our twitter account @HOPLiverpool or on the blog.

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