January was the longest month on record. Fact. But exam period is over and we are free, and just four short weeks away from it being spring! If you find yourself wondering how to spend your days in the lull post-Christmas, here is a smorgasbord of events on offer in Liverpool over the coming 28 days.

6th February

Photosocial: Introduction to Digital Cameras, 6-7pm, Open Eye Gallery

The Open Eye Gallery presents ‘Photosocial: Introduction to Digital Cameras’ at 6pm. This hour-long event is specifically targeted at new photographers of all levels and abilities, providing the opportunity to socialise and share issues and queries with fellow photographers. This is also great for students on a budget as the event is free (although booking is still required) and light refreshments are provided. Bring your digital cameras along and join gallery member and photographer Declan Connolly to ask any of your burning questions. Tickets can be found here.

7th February

Liverpool Pride presents: STRIKE A POSE, 6.30-8.30pm, FACT

FACT and Liverpool Pride host the third in a series of events exploring the diversity of narratives within LGBTQ+ cinema. STRIKE A POSE is a follow up to ground-breaking 90’s film Truth or Dare which followed a group of dancers on Madonna’s world tour, Wild. The update takes place twenty-five years later, as the dancers discuss the difficulties they faced in attempting to lead the liberated lives they promoted on stage. The screening will be followed by a panel with special guests (TBC) to discuss the themes presented in the film. Tickets are priced at £3-4 and can be purchased here.

Student led tour of Surrealism in Egypt in Collaboration with the University of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool

Mayo, Portrait surréaliste 1937 © European Cultural Centre of Delphi. Photographed by Thalea Kimpari, European Cultural Centre of Delphi.

If you haven’t yet had chance to visit the Surrealism in Egypt exhibition at the Tate Liverpool, why not take the opportunity to join students from our own university on a guided tour of the special exhibition. The show is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the Art and Liberty Group, breaking ground to reveal the wider geographical bases of the movement to offer an expanded view of art history. Entry is free for Liverpool University students, provided you bring I.D. To book please call 0151 702 7400

8th February

Iconoclasm: Chris Cooper Exhibition Launch at Constellations

Constellations is fulfilling their event space function as an intersection of art and music with their event Iconoclasm: Chris Cooper Exhibition Launch. Currently studying illustration at Leeds Arts University, Chris Cooper is a visual artist and print maker whose work explores structure and form resulting in bold and considered compositions. The launch will display work which explores the expansion and decline of a lost culture, set to the soundtrack of DJ sets by Chris and friends. This event is a unique alternative to your typical night out, and with free entry what more could you want? Check out Chris’ work on his Instagram.

Do something Saturday, Noon, FACT

Every Saturday in February, FACT holds Do Something Saturdays as drop in sessions from 12 noon. Although the FACT website assigns this as a weekend activity aimed at families, I personally see no reason why this wouldn’t appeal to people of all ages; particularly students with little to do over the weekend whilst they procrastinate studying. The sessions provide a variety of activities which reflect the themes presented in FACT’s current exhibitions Under Cinema and Future Aleppo, such as identity and community. Since no booking is required, why not head down to FACT one Saturday this month, take a look around the exhibitions and make something unique.

10th February

Chiquidation, 10pm, Heebie Jeebies

In the spirit of girl power, Heebies has put a spin on their regular Liquidation Saturday nights to bring you Chickuidation. The event runs from 10pm till 4am, as DJs Rachel and Raven play all female artists all night featuring the usual indie/alternative/rock that we all know and love.

11th February

Junkhouse’s Vintage Party, 1pm, Constellations

©Joseph Brent/Flickr

Junkhouse and Constellations present their first vintage party on Sunday afternoon from 1pm till 7pm. This free-to-attend event brings together music from DJ K Marley, vintage fashion and refreshments. Not only is this a great occasion to pick up some affordable vintage garments, the event also provides the opportunity for you to bring any of your own unwanted clothes to give them a new home. There will be a charity clothing bank with which you can exchange old clothes in return for 10% off at the stalls. What better way to put a unique spin on your look for less and clear some space in your wardrobe?

16th February

Chinese New Year

Running from Friday 16th till Sunday 18th February, the city of Liverpool will celebrate their rich Chinese links, including the University of Liverpool’s partnership with the Xi’an Jiaotong University, as we celebrate the Year of the Dog with a 3 day celebration. Projections telling the ancient story of the mythical Jingwei bird will illuminate the iconic Chinese Arch in Chinatown, the Black-E and The Arch Friday and Saturday evenings, concluding the weekend with a pyrotechnic finale on Sunday. Further details to be confirmed on the Facebook event.

17th February

Drawing Surrealism, 10.30am, Tate Liverpool

One of the most exciting events this month is Drawing Surrealism at Tate Liverpool. Continuing their collaboration with our very own University of Liverpool, the Tate provides you with a history of Surrealism in Egypt as Artist Educator Paul Gatenby guides you through the exhibition and invites you to create your own surrealist art works inspired by the show. Although this event is a little pricey at £34, it’s a totally unique opportunity to learn from the experts and be inspired by the original artworks. Advanced booking is essential and there are only a handful of places still available, to book click here.

18th February

Beach Clean, 11am, Formby Beach

The Dirty Beach club have organised a beach clean at Formby beach from 11am. The group focus on clearing up not only man-made rubbish left behind by people on the beach, but also the plastic products such as straws which drift aimlessly through the sea causing devastating effects to our oceans. This is your chance to make a difference and get to know like-minded people in the process.

Liverpool Stands up to Racism Public Meeting

Come along to support anti-racism and anti-complacency; make your voice and help to make other voices heard. Learn about and discuss the prevalent issues which are facing our society: the treatment of migrants and refugees, Islamophobia, institutional racism, systematic discrimination in housing, education and employment, the list sadly goes on… Mass movement against racism is essential. This meeting features a number of speakers discussing the racism in Britain and how we can fight back.

21st-24th February

Gecko: The Wedding Performance at the Everyman & Playhouse, 

Fionn Cox-Davies in The Wedding [Gecko]. © Photograph by Richard Haughton

The award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company Gecko brings their latest creation The Wedding to the Everyman. Inspired by the complexities of human nature, the extraordinary ensemble of performers guides audiences through a dystopian world in which we are all brides, wedded to society. Described by The Guardian as ‘a show that bursts with the joy of union’, this is not one to be missed. Book tickets here.

There is such a wide-ranging variety of events on offer to fill your days, and nights this February.