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Something for the weekend – September 14-16

Everyone's favourite temp, Ben Patey, presents a quick round-up of what's going down in the city over the next couple of days

Published on September 14th 2007.

Something for the weekend – September 14-16


Perhaps you’ve lived in Liverpool your entire life or maybe you’ve just arrived here as a student. Whatever the circumstances, it never harms to learn more about the city in which you live. This weekend, St George's Hall hosts The Big History Show – a weekend of heritage themed events which have been organised by a mixture of leading academics and local people to showcase Liverpool's history and the work of its historical societies.

As well as a massive local history fair featuring nearly 100 cultural heritage organisations, there’s also a film room, a vintage car display and a rare flower display. Rare artefacts unearthed from the Liverpool One dig will also be on display.

Poet Roger McGough will be reading extracts from ‘The Liverpool Saga’ -an 800-line poem to mark the birthday year and BBC Radio Merseyside's Claire Hamilton will be hosting a special debate from the Small Concert Room. It will examine how Liverpool's history has contributed to the city's present, and how Liverpool's identity has been shaped over 800 years.

The debate will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8FM from 1pm - 3pm. Tickets for the debate are available on purchase of the Local History Show tickets.This event is a must for anyone who has ever wondered what made Liverpool the place it is today.

The Big History Show @ St. George’s Hall
Friday 15th - Sunday 16th September
Price: £2 from BBC Radio Merseyside on Hanover Street, the 08 Place, Whitechapel or St George’s Hall Heritage Centre, St John’s Lane. Tickets are available on the day, but demand is expected to be high so the public are advised to book ahead where possible. There are a limited number of spaces for each talk, and some have already sold out.

(Free tickets to see Roger McGough are available from BBC Radio Merseyside shop, Hanover Street


The weekend's drawing to a close and there’s nobody left to go dancing with. Luckily help is at hand…

Sunday sees the launch of a brand new night devised to teach people the sauciest dance on the planet – Salsa. Salsa literally means ‘sauce’, it’s name deriving from the Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances that are mixed together to form a dance that looks as tasty as it sounds. These Sunday salsa sessions are designed to improve your social life, while keeping you fit and having fun, and the good news for you is that any old klutz can go along and learn some new moves, as the website says quite clearly, “No partner required, meet new people, two-left-feet welcome”. So if you’re single, hate your mates, and find yourself walking in circles, this night’s clearly for you.

After the main lesson is over, there’s a Latin style disco so if you’re not quite confident enough for a lesson yet or you just think you know better, you can get a feel of what it’s all about and perhaps throw a few Latin-inspired shapes on the dancefloor instead.

Salsa Night Launch @ The Dugout Club, Lord Nelson Street
Sunday 16th September
Main lesson: 7pm-8pm Latin Disco: 8:15pm-11pm.
Price: £2 inc. lesson and Latin disco


The finale of the (Liverpool Confidential sponsored) Food Lover’s Festival coincides with The Philharmonic’s Open day this Sunday resulting in a feast of delicious food and entertainment. The day is your chance to view a different perspective of the Phil as it celebrates its new season of music, film, comedy and events.

The location is of course Hope Street – home to a fine array of lovely restaurants and handsome buildings as well as one of the oldest orchestras in the world. It’s also the only street in the world with a Cathedral at both ends. As well as the orchestra providing an exclusive performance, the eating places will be organising plentiful amounts of complimentary tastings and there’s the return of the local farmers market so it would be a crime not to stock up on cheese, meats and a few ales.

On top of all this, there’s a wide range of other gigs, films, talks and tours going on so all in all, it promises to be a great day on Liverpool’s most cultural street.

Open day at The Phil, Hope Street
Sunday 16th September
Free and all day
0151 210 2895
Short concerts by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at 12.30-12.50pm, 1.10-1.30pm, 1.50-2.10pm

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