Culture Diary w/c 22-04-2024

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Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from across Liverpool and beyond…

Monday – La Haine 8.40pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8

Considered an incendiary comment on the tensions at play in diverse Paris communities at the end of the 20th century, more than two decades on La Haine has lost none of its power. Written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (and starring Vincent Cassel), the film describes the rioting in the aftermath of the severe beating, while in police custody, of a young Arabic man.

Tuesday – The Kite Runner 7.30pm @ the Playhouse, Liverpool – £11-31

Few scenes from the page have stayed with me as a handful of those from Khaled Hosseini’s Kabul-set The Kite Runner. I can’t share them here given the huge possibility of spoilers. Safe to say, however, I’m fascinated to see how this tale of friendship and redemption has been adapted for the stage.


Wednesday – Going to the Match @ Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead – FREE

Just in time for the business end of the season, and coinciding with local side Tranmere Rovers clinching victory in their final home game of 2023/24, Lowry’s Going to the Match has arrived at the Williamson. A snapshot of mid 20th century fans streaming into Bolton Wanderers’ Burnden Park, it speaks to what has changed and what has stayed the same in the world of football. Unlike the extortionate cost of seeing your club play these days, you get to view the painting for free.

Thursday – FACT x Liverpool Hope University Lecture: Climate Justice 6.30pm @ FACT Liverpool – FREE

What roles can arts and education play in generating critical responses – and, indeed – solutions to the climate crisis? Join speakers from a variety of disciplines for a discussion on new ways of seeing, and building, the world.


Metal New Artist Network: Access Riders for Artists with Edi McGurk 7pm, Online – FREE

Writing abut yourself can be difficult, not least when that might also include identifying specific access requirements. Join interdisciplinary artist McGurk for this free talk (and we suggest it will be as useful for those working with and programming creatives as it will artists themselves) outlining what an access rider is and how to put one together.

FADE 8pm @ Leeds Playhouse – £15

“Sometimes I imagine a parallel universe where this never happened.” Alice Christina Corrigan’s FADE explores what happens when worlds collide. It does so through Cassie and Rubin, estranged siblings reunited following their mother’s death.

Friday – Raising Arizona 8.30pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8

Picturehouse continue their extensive look back at the Coen Brothers’ output with this 1987 take on the screwball comedy, Raising Arizona. Stars odd couple Nic Cage and Holly Hunter – he’s a criminal, she’s a cop – trying for kids.

Saturday – Shuffle X Tobacco Warehouse from 3pm @ Stanley Dock, Liverpool – FREE

I think the first exhibition of artist-led initiative Shuffle I visited was in an old bank in Toxteth. The use of what had been the Natwest was great – as was the work on show. So it’s great to see them return. This time at a much larger scale, at Stanley Dock’s Tobacco Warehouse where, alongside the usual diverse range of artists – including Jon Pountain, Leo Fitzmaurice, Anna Ketskemety, Greg Herbert (and many more) – you can expect live music, DJs and a licensed bar.

Sunday – DoES Liverpool Does Threads 1pm @ Tate Liverpool + RIBA North, Mann Island – FREE

Mainstays of the city’s maker community, DoES Liverpool currently feature in Tate Liverpool exhibition You Get a Car [Everybody Gets a Car]: Resolve Collective, so this is a good opportunity to see first-hand the kind of work they get up to. Join them for this fascinating fusion of traditional textiles and digital techniques.

Mike Pinnington

Images/media, from top: The Kite Runner production still; Going to the Match; Alice Christina-Corrigan; Raising Arizona trailer

Posted on 22/04/2024 by thedoublenegative