Open House 2018 is a five-day festival hosted by the University of Liverpool from 14th – 18th May at a variety of venues across the city. The festival consists of talks, performances, exhibitions and interactive experiences showcasing great ideas, knowledge and culture. Here is our pick of the best events on offer over the course of the week.

Machines, Robots and Zombie Jobs

Date: 14th May
Time: 6pm
Location: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Cost: Free
Tickets: Book here

This two-hour lecture delves into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, providing attendees with the opportunity to experience AI in action either by interacting with MIRO, a biometric robot, or listening to music created by AI composers. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

 

Ken Hom OBE: Chinese values and how they are relevant in the world today

Date: 15th May
Time: 6.30pm
Location: World Museum Liverpool
Cost: £14.50-16
Tickets: Book here

American chef and author Ken Hom presents a lecture on how the ancient sage shaped China’s social codes and values, and the impact this has made on Modern China. This event is a great way for University of Liverpool students to engage and further their knowledge of Chinese culture in support of the university’s strong international community on campus from XJTLU. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to attend, this event is great value for money as tickets also secure access to the ‘China’s First Emperor and Terracotta Warriors Exhibition‘.

 

Ensuring Diversity in a Digital World – is artificial intelligence controlling our lives through bias and prejudice?

Date: 16th May
Time: 6pm
Location: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Cost: Free
Tickets: Book here

Artificial Intelligence is rapidly encroaching on our daily lives, without us taking the time to evaluate its benefits. This event features a panel of experts including the Liverpool Girl Geeks, LivWise and academic researchers from the university, as they discuss the impacts artificial intelligence has on society.

 

Devolution and the Metro Mayor – where next?

Date: 17th May
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Cost: Free
Tickets: Book here

One year on from the election of Steve Rotheram as Liverpool’s first Metro Mayor, this panel discussion will examine the opportunities presented by devolution to the Liverpool City Region.

 

Sweet William: A journey through the life and work of William Shakespeare

Date: 18th May
Time: 6pm
Location: Victoria Gallery & Museum
Cost: £8-10
Tickets: Book here

Michael Pennington, prolific Shakespearean actor, presents his one-man show ‘Sweet William’, a look at the life and works of William Shakespeare. The show features anecdotes from the actor’s experience playing a variety of characters on stage, and a number of excerpts from plays including: Loves Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, Anthony and Cleopatra and Richard III. This event is great for anyone studying Shakespeare, loves the theatre, or just has a passion for The Bard.