Wirral 2019

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

UNTIL SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Birkenhead Priory hosts this exhibition of contemporary photography by award-winning photographer Yan Wang Preston. Forest looks at the modern practice of moving ancient trees into new places, or planting trees in climates that do not welcome them.


Image: Frank, Dali, China, June 2013, © Yan Wang Preston

UNTIL SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

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

Art Outdoors

SUMMER

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.

FRIDAY 23 & SATURDAY 24 AUGUST

As part of Wirral Borough of Culture 2019, Birkenhead plays host to the inaugural FUTURE YARD FESTIVAL this August bank holiday (Fri 23rd-Sat 24th): a two-day celebration of the best national, international and local contemporary new music set across some of Birkenhead’s iconic spaces. Catch headliners ANNA CALVI and BILL RYDER-JONES across the multi-venue festival, plus loads more.

Future Yard takes place on 23rd-24th August at Birkenhead Town Hall, Birkenhead Priory and Bloom Building. Day tickets are on sale now from £20. Visit futureyard.org for tickets and more info.

SATURDAY 7 & SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

Bringing together an abundance of local producers and celebrity chefs from Wirral and beyond, the all-new Wirral Food & Drink Festival presents a two-day gastronomic experience for food and drink lovers in Birkenhead Park.

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

Tickets are now on sale for this unmissable concert in the stunning setting of Birkenhead Park, featuring a mesmerising programme of popular classics, show tunes and exciting film standards. Sponsored by Biffa.

SATURDAY 7 & SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

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.

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

Birkenhead Park will host both the start and finish of stage five of this year's OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The 174-kilometre (108-mile) stage will help celebrate our year as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture, showcasing the area’s history, heritage and beautiful coastlines.

Riders will pass through the historic Port Sunlight and into Cheshire West and Chester, notably passing the Airbus UK manufacturing facility at Broughton. The route will return to Wirral via Heswall, Caldy and Hoylake, before passing through the Birkenhead Park finish line and taking in a loop through Seacombe, Wallasey and New Brighton.

Constellations

AUTUMN

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.

Distinctly exhibition

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 24 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

SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER

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.

PAST EVENTS

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.

SATURDAY 20 APRIL

Wirral and Heart of Glass come together to bring Radio Local to the borough in April. Live for a day, this radio show built by locals for locals will be exciting and fun entertainment for all.


Image: Claire Haigh

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.


Image: SWPix

SATURDAY 1 - SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Visit New Brighton for a warm welcome and a taste of the seaside this River Festival weekend when the waterfront in New Brighton bursts into life.