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Discover amazing art this summer as the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK takes over Liverpool’s public spaces, iconic buildings, galleries and museums. Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? runs between 14 July and 28 October and is jam-packed with free exhibitions, tours and workshops for families!

Among the highlights, Liverpool children have worked with artist Ryan Gander to create a series of artworks on view at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Bluecoat; a monumental sculpture is taking over a central public square; and art will appear in unusual places such as the stage of the Playhouse theatre and the former prison cells and court room of St George’s Hall. With more than 40 international artists to discover in over 15 locations, there are countless ways to enjoy Liverpool Biennial 2018.

There is an exciting programme of events for families and schools throughout the festival. These fun sessions offer a great opportunity for people of all ages to interact with and enjoy contemporary art.

Activities for young people, children and families will include:

  • Gardening and growing sessions for the whole family at Mohamed Bourouissa’s Garden of Resilience
  • Family-friendly tours to enjoy and explore the festival
  • Creative workshops at Victoria Gallery & Museum and FACT
  • Family days and half-term activities with a range of fun creative activities at various locations, including Tate Liverpool and Bluecoat

There will also be a schedule of activities for schools taking place throughout term-time, offering every school pupil the opportunity to experience and engage with international art. Free school tours and workshops will take place Monday to Friday at a number of venues, whilst a free digital learning resource packed full of activities will be available for use both inside and outside the classroom.

Liverpool Biennial 2018 marks 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region. It is also part of Liverpool 2018, a year-long programme which celebrates the city’s culture and creativity a decade on from European Capital of Culture.

Liverpool Biennial 2018

Beautiful world, where are you?

14 July – 28 October

Sites across Liverpool Free entry

To see the full programme and find out more visit




Knowsley Safari’s Amur Tiger Trail opens to the public and sisters Sinda and Bira have been settling into their new 10,000 m2 home.

The pair of big cats moved in to their spectacular new surroundings recently and have been exploring their new habitat, paying special attention to the full-length glass panes that allow visitors unique, up close viewing opportunities.

Eveline De Wolf, Head of Living Collection at Knowsley Safari, says: “We’ve been developing our new tiger habitat for more than a year and can’t wait for guests to see it. It has been designed especially for Sinda and Bira, our Amur tigers, to provide an enriching home with a flowing stream, large natural ponds and mature trees.”

Guests visiting throughout the summer will be able to immerse themselves in the Russian themed habitat and learn all about the Amur tiger; their habitat, threats to their survival and conservation.

Edward Perry, Managing Director at Knowsley Safari, says: “This is the first major habitat development we’ve undertaken in recent years and it sets the standard of things to come at Knowsley Safari. As always, our starting point was to create an enriching and natural landscape for our Amur tiger sisters, Sinda and Bira to explore and enjoy.

“As well as creating a great environment for our sisters to thrive, we also wanted to bring our visitors a real taste of what makes the Amur Tiger different to other subspecies and educate them on the challenges they face in the wild – all through play and fun! We want this to be an active experience for our guests and so we’ve created lots of different activities around the habitat for them to explore and learn from.”

Amur tigers are an endangered species with numbers thought to be only around 500 in the wild. Of the nine subspecies of tiger, three are already extinct and the Amur tiger is the largest living species remaining.

The new facility at Knowsley Safari has been designed to enable breeding and contribute to the global breeding programme for the species.


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