Culture Diary w/c 09-04-2018

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the North of England and the rest of the UK – and loads of it’s free!

Tuesday – Intro To Stop-Motion Animation 6pm @ Practice Makes Practice, Gateshead — £3/FREE To Members

Meet animator Lesley-Anne Rose tonight, whose funny and beautifully realised short films are made with stop-motion animation, sets and puppets. Learn directly from the artist so you can try out your own creative ideas.

Wednesday – Arlissa 7.30pm @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester – £14.85

Londoner Arlissa was just 19 years old when her breakup song, Hard to Love Somebody, was picked up by megastar rapper Nas in 2012 and turned into a massive hit. Expect new soul/pop tonight as her tour continues in Manchester, and then on to her hometown next week (17/04). As featured in our new playlist, Kick Ass Women On Tour.

Hearts Ain't Gonna Lie by Arlissa

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: Hanae Wilke: Close Quarters 6-9pm @ VITRINE, London – FREE

With the title nodding to the confines of narrowboats as an alternative place to live, Dutch artist Hanae Wilke seems to be making comment on the housing crisis in this new body of work, as well as testing out industrial materials – metal, pipes, brackets, fibreglass resin and 3D modelling.

Goat Girl W/ The Mysterines 7.30pm @ The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool  £10

Goat Girl named themselves after Bill Hicks’ porn-loving, grimy alter-ego, Goat Boy. That should tell you about their general attitude and also the swagger that they bring to a live show: glossy, sexy, modern punk, honed on the Brixton pub scene. Expect tracks from their debut (self-titled) album, including The Man – as featured on our new playlist, Kick Ass Women On Tour.

The Mixnots

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday-Sunday – Threshold Festival @ Venues Across The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool – Advance Weekend Tickets £15/Friday £8/ Saturday £10

2018 marks seven years of this small, grassroots festival of new music by welcoming back some old friends – including The Mixnots (pictured), Science of The Lamps, and The Mono LPs. Expect to unearth some new favourites as well as soaking up a great atmosphere in tiny gig venues District, Unit 51 and the Hobo Kiosk Pub.

 Saturday – Slow Art Day @ Venues Worldwide – Ticket Prices Vary (Some FREE)

A global event aiming to encourage the joy of slowly looking at and appreciating art, our highlights include discussing artworks in the collections of Cass Sculpture Foundation (West Sussex), Tate Modern (London), and the Victoria Gallery & Museum (Liverpool). Turn up, relax, and take your time.

Manchester Print Fair 2014, Aliyah

Manchester Print Fair 10am-4.30pm @ Manchester Cathedral – FREE

Expect a showcase of 60 artists, illustrators and printers this Saturday from around the North, with free workshops including screen-printing, letter press and paper creation. Like Threshold, this print festival is seven years old in 2018, and proves that the region continues to enjoy new design. Rock up and support your local makers.

Hive Young Writers Festival 10.30am-6.30pm @ Myplace Rotherham – £7.40

With workshops, panel discussions and one-to-one advice sessions, this is right up our street: encouraging young people to have a go at writing in all forms. Expect roving reporters, performance poetry, speakers demystifying publishing and writing careers, book stalls from Valley Press, The Poetry Business and Longbarrow Press, and a poetry finale slam competition with prizes.

Hive Young Writers Festival is a jam-packed day of word-based happenings for young writers (14-25) from across Yorkshire and the North, on sat 14th April.

Sunday – UK Premiere/ El Ciudadano ilustre (2016) 8.30pm @ HOME Manchester – £9/7/5

Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s homecoming comedy, The Distinguished Citizen, follows an arrogant Nobel Prize for Literature winner who is invited back to his rural hometown for a hellish reunion with everything he sought to leave behind: amateur painting competitions included. Part of the excellent ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2018.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Posted on 08/04/2018 by thedoublenegative