MAY - SEPTEMBER
A celebration of Wirral’s shipbuilding and maritime heritage story as the borough takes its place on the world stage as the birthplace of the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Made of Iron features a range of exhibitions and projects showcasing the Birkenhead-built vessels and people which make this inspiring story unique.
Image: AJW Burgess & EF Skinner - Visit of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary to Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, 14 May 1917. Courtesy of Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead; Wirral Museums Service
FRIDAY 17 - SUNDAY 19 MAY
Immerse yourself in spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the East and West, brought to life with spellbinding theatre, magic and wonder.
The Witching Hour is a brand-new outdoor performance commissioned for Wirral and Hull – two amazing locations each using culture to breathe energy into place and connect communities.
Image: 7 Alleys by Periplum for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Photo: James Mulkeen
TUESDAY 21 MAY
Wirral is set for cycling fever in 2019 as the incredible OVO Energy Tour Series and Tour of Britain come to the borough for the very first time! The unique team-based OVO Energy Tour Series brings together the best in British professional male and female riders and gives you the chance to see them in action and up-close. When the exhilarating competition rides into Wirral, the circuit will centre around historic Hamilton Square and the surrounding area.
River Festival Wirral
SATURDAY 1 - SUNDAY 2 JUNE
Wirral and Culture Liverpool come together for the return of the ever-popular Mersey River Festival in May, with spectacular performances, installations and fun-filled family entertainment.
FROM SATURDAY 1 JUNE
Lady Lever Art Gallery is to display 50 prints by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) taken from the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the seventeenth century. This exhibition presents him as an unrivalled storyteller through a variety of subjects, including intense self-portraits, atmospheric landscapes, intimate family portraits, biblical stories and confronting nude studies.
Image: Rembrandt, The Shell, etching, drypoint and engraving on laid paper, 1650, WA1855.308 © Ashmolean Museum
Enjoy a fantastic summer programme of art outdoors. Look out for exciting pop up and temporary exhibitions appearing in some surprising locations and settings across the borough.
The first Future Yard Festival in August will be the opening edition of an annual, show-stopping, agenda-setting contemporary music festival. Developed by the team at Merseyside music institution Bido Lito! following this summer’s successful Wirral New Music Collective events, Future Yard Festival will be delivered by a new Wirral based CIC of the same name. The festival will establish a new national and international music narrative for Birkenhead and Wirral, presenting innovative and internationally signiﬁcant work from exceptional national, international and local artists, all showcased in a collection of iconic spaces around Hamilton Square and the waterfront.
A series of awe-inspiring cultural events linked to the moon and stars will bring together communities across Wirral in autumn 2019. An accompanying programme of activities will encourage children and young people to think big and go beyond.
Wirral will play host to some thrilling sporting moments in 2019 including the prestigious Walker Cup in September. The 47th biennial match between the amateurs of Great Britain and Ireland and the USA will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake as the Club celebrates the 150th anniversary of its foundation.
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
Gathering work by eight documentary photographers shot over the last six decades, the Distinctly exhibition will come to the Williamson Art Gallery from October to November as part of the 2019 LOOK International Photo Biennial curated by Open Eye Gallery.
Image: Helen and her Hoop 1985 © Chris Killip
River of Light
Spectacular fireworks on the waterfront delivered in partnership with Culture Liverpool will captivate the crowds once again and herald the start of the festive season with colour and light.
SATURDAY 23 MARCH
Rediscover the breath-taking projection show by award-winning Illuminos onto Birkenhead Town Hall, as seen as part of Wirral’s Tall Ships celebrations earlier this year. This extraordinary show will be accompanied by a family festival for all to enjoy in Hamilton Square.