2023 is a big year for Liverpool John Moores University. Not only is it our bicentenary marking 200 years since the institution was founded and became the LJMU as we know it today, there’s also so much going on across the city.
Third year journalism student Ryan Everett rounds up the highlights in the city over the next semester
February: Feel Fab Feb
The wellbeing of our students and staff is really important. That’s why across the month of February LJMU and JMSU will be hosting a full month of free activities, workshops and events for our students and staff to get involved in.
From money and energy advice drops ins, to spinathons and mass meditation, Feel Fab Feb is focussed on providing information, support, and sessions to help our LJMU community look after their own wellbeing.
Students and staffs can find out more and sign up to Feel Fab Feb sessions here.
March: Art of The Terraces - Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street
Let’s go back to the 70’s and 80’s when Merseyside ruled the country’s footballing landscape and scousers travelled the width of the continent in their Adidas tracksuits.
Art of the Terraces celebrates the subculture of the footballing casual looking at what they wore, what music inspired them and in depth look at the brutal and troublesome footballing supporter rivalries from the time.
The exhibit features the works of many who have been strongly influenced by ‘casual’ culture either through fascination or by being a part of it.
So, whether you are a red or a blue, why not add the exhibition to your March bucket list and show your support for those putting a spotlight on a subculture the mainstream media ignored.
The exhibition is showing until 12 March and you can find out more about Art of the Terraces here.
April: Liverpool Comic Con – 1 and 2 April, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Waterfront
Hello young padawan, have you ever wanted to let out your inner geek and not feel embarrassed in doing so? Well good news, Liverpool Comic Con is returning to the Exhibition Centre this April. Join the thousands who flock through the centre’s doors every year in the ultimate celebration of geek culture with special guests including Wednesday Addams herself Christina Richi and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder.
Don’t linger too long as tickets tend sell out quick. Find out more about Comic Con and tickets.
May: Eurovision Song Contest – 9, 11, 13 May, M & S Bank Arena, Monarch Quay
In case you’ve somehow not heard, Liverpool will take centre stage this spring to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
After the brilliant second place performance of Sam Ryder last year, Liverpool has been trusted to showcase Europe’s premium musical event on behalf of winners Ukraine. The event will act as a beacon of solidarity between nations signifying the power of coming together and as a reminder to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ a message championed by our very own John Lennon.
However, bearing in mind the United Kingdom’s rather unfortunate relationship with the cursed ‘nul point’ this could truly be a once in a lifetime event so why miss out?
Even if you’re not able to attend the grand final itself, tickets for the semi-final’s, jury show and rehearsals are easier to come by and still offer the same unforgettable experience. There will also be a Eurovision village open to the public on the waterfront and lots going on across the city.