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.
Tonight ‘Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf’ returns for another spell of frothbuggling family fun. This high energy physical theatre performance, suitable for ages 5-105, brings sheer bliss from beginning to end!
It takes you deep into the wood where you embark on a journey of love, loss and self-discovery.
Right from the beginning young and old are immersed into a frantic, energy fuelled production of dance, music, drama and storytelling.
You are invited into this enchanted wood and driven on a roller-coaster of emotions. You consider your own personal journey of unknown versus the safety and familiarity of the path and how irresistible straying can be.
The evenings experience will give you an insight as well as the tensions between mankind and nature.
This is a bold entertaining story of the well known classic tale, packing a punch that all will enjoy.
This production is for one night only but you can catch it later at the Whitby Hall Ellesmere Port 24th Jan and at St Helens Citadel 11th Feb. This is a great outing for all the family to enjoy.
But remember….. are the wolves really the villains in a world were the woodcutter is destroying the forest? And…..is Grandma the trophy hunter really sick?
Don’t stop to smell the flowers, or sing to the birds or climb a tree, remember these words……
and make your way tonight to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre. (0151 709 4988) Enjoy!
Just caught sight of the fantastic cultural events on offer this year, in and around Liverpool, celebrating the ten years since Capital of Culture. Really looking forward to the offering that will take place in the city centre and dockland. Installations, music, visual arts and theatre, not to mention the return of the Giants. My message to all is…get involved!
Capital of Culture was started by a movie star and pop singer from Greece called Melina Mercouri. A famous film of hers is ‘Never on Sunday’. She hit the headlines by trying to get the Elgin Marbles back from the British Museum, the Parthenon Marbles as they are known. They said. “You can’t possibly have them back because you’ve got nowhere to house them”, so she built a museum to house them.
She started Cities of Culture and became the Greek Culture Minister, and through the EU, they made ‘Cities of Culture’.
If you would like to know more about the story of Melina Mercouri then venture to the Bombed Out Church of St Lukes at the top of Bold Street, where this will be their theme for celebrating City of Culture.
Dark mornings, dark evenings and the cold may just turn us all an unusual shade of blue but let’s look on the positives in and around the cultural sites of our city these coming days and try to get out and about.
My Cultural events this year began last night at the Open Eye Gallery Mann Island. Hundreds flocked to see the Tom Wood photo exhibition of a bygone time set around the Pier Head. His photo works will be on view for a number of weeks and it’s well worth a drop in just to see if you’re in the frame. Toms photographs range from the 70’s to today and spell out a social history and lifestyle ‘time capsule’ of fashion and architecture in and around his ferry crossings during that time.
With the pantomime season still with us, it’s not too late to get your tickets for The Little Mermaid at the Everyman, on till January 20th. Really enjoyed this usual rock and roll caper the other night and would certainly recommend it for a top pick this season before it’s too late.
Dick Whittington at Gladstone Theatre, Wirral till 14th, and Beauty and the Beast at The Atkinson till the 21st January with several afternoon performances to choose from.
For foodies…..well Number 1 Castle Street does it for me, especially when you get to meet Gino himself!!!! Have the pic’s to prove it! When you arrive there, you know you are in for a treat and it’s not just the open kitchen, or the prosecco bar which houses 40 different kinds of prosecco.