With summer almost here (or almost gone if you’re that type of person ;-) .) Here’s a post I wrote a couple of months ago that may give you a few suggestions about what to do on a day off.
I hope you enjoy it.
Not so long ago the Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, held an exhibition with the Jacob Epsteins sculpture ‘Genesis’ described by the Liverpool Echo at the time in 1931 as “one of the most beautiful sculptures in the world”.
55,00 people in 1931 visited the sculpture in just a few days. I passed the exhibition many times during its month long stay but seldom saw a visitor viewing the sculpture. How times have changed.
Today Liverpool World Museum has a magnificent exhibition that’s pushed that figure well over and still has a run till the 28th October for visitors to view the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.
Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties.
I found the whole magical experience fascinating and informative, well worth viewing this once in a lifetime display. For over 2,000 years, this underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanishing empire.
As you wander the exhibition, you are caught up in the magic of the times and intrigued by the versatile technology, art and beauty of the objects on display. The finale of the exhibition comes at the end when you are immersed in a screened electronic visual light show blending the past into the future right before your eyes. All praise goes to the curators of this high tech presentation and the managers who brought this to Liverpool.
Spending a lot of business time now in China so this has opened the door to a whole new world of education for me, all right here on my doorstep. Home from home, so I was pleased to browse the gallery shop with a range of gifts and toys inspired by the Terracotta Warriors collection and purchased several souvenirs from this unique experience.
Favourite purchase….. a teacup with a lid! It really keeps your cuppa hot!
Book tickets via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/warriors and save some time.
Nina-A Story About Me And Nina Simone is on this week at the Unity Theatre.
Devised by Dritero Kasapi and Josette Bushell-Mingo the show blends superb music, brilliant singing and righteous anger against continuing racism and violence against the black communities across the world. From 60s civil rights struggles to the present day, it’s a thought-provoking and at times an uncomfortable ride. Delivered to perfection by Josette Bushell-Mingo it’s a tour de force performance packed with the best of Nina Simone’s substantial back catalogue.The production, music and lighting are fantastic. It’s showing tonight and until Saturday. If you can get a ticket go along it’s superb.
@unitytheatre or http://www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk for details
Performance photos by Simon Annand.