Local events in Merseyside and Cheshire

From music and fun to arts and events, some suggestions of things to do in Merseyside and Cheshire over the next few weeks.

Events

Storm Troopers Storm Troopers will descend on Spaceport, Wirral for a special Star Wars weekend

The Emperor and his imperial forces descend on Spaceport in Seacombe, Wirral for a special Star Wars weekend. Visitors will also have the opportunity to be photographed with the characters including Storm Troopers and The Emperor in the 'Death Star Corridor'.

For budding Jedi's the weekend will also include workshops and the chance to interact with model droids including R2D2. The event is run in conjunction with the 99th Garrison, a voluntary group operating across the north west.

  • A Liverpool city centre street will be transformed into an open air arts and craft fair on the weekend of 13 and 14 August with 25 arts and craft stalls selling original paintings and textiles. Jewellery and homeware will be on Thomas Steers Way in Liverpool One. The weekend will include free art workshops with origami and Chinese writing.
  • The UK's largest festival of Indian Dance returns to Liverpool from 14 to 21 August. Dancers from India and the UK will perform a different style of classical dance each evening at Liverpool's Capstone Theatre. The festival runs in tandem with a residential dance education programme for performers in three styles of Indian dance Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi.

Music

Liverpool band The Real People will play at the O2 Academy in Liverpool on Friday 12 August. The group, who are credited as a major influence on Oasis, are back ahead of the release of their long awaited fourth album. For more details and ticket information visit the O2 Academy Liverpool website.

  • Australia's Spooky Men's Chorale will be performing at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Thursday 25 August. Based in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, they seek to commentate on the absurdity of the modern male. They are supported by Liverpool's own Sense Of Sound Singers who were finalists of Radio 3's Choir of the Year and one of the last six choirs in BBC1′s Last Choir Standing. For more details and ticket information visit the Liverpool Philharmonic website.

Arts and Culture

An exhibition of fashionable dress from the age of Pride and Prejudice is at south Liverpool's Sudley House. Featuring original clothing from 1790 to 1850 the exhibition draws on National Museums Liverpool's collection of dresses and accessories, many from rich merchant families dating from the period when Liverpool was a major port.

  • St Helen's Camera Club are holding their annual Photography Exhibition at the The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery in the town. The images by club members cover the range of subjects photographed by members over the past year.
  • A comprehensive exhibition of the work of Rene Magritte is at Tate Liverpool until 16 October. Rene Magritte: The Pleasure Principle is the first major retrospective of the artist's work to be held in England for almost 20 years. The exhibition features 100 artworks from throughout Magritte's career including seldom seen photographs, home movies and commercial art.
  • The Reds Gallery at Liverpool's Bluecoat Arts Centre is holding a new exhibition, We Never Walked Alone, focusing on Liverpool FC's fans. The display will look at the inspiration, humour and celebrations of the clubs' fans down the years and the role they have played in Liverpool's success. The gallery also features pictures taken by award-winning photographer Steve Hale, who has followed Liverpool for 30 years.

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