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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Charlotte Roszko

Liverpool Biennial announces 2023 venues including Liverpool ONE and Tate Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial has announced its programme of free events.

The programmed will see artwork and performances come to locations including Liverpool ONE, Tate Liverpool, Stanley Dock and Tobacco Warehouse.

The 14-week event will run from June 10 to September 16 and will take over historic buildings, unexpected spaces and art galleries. Liverpool Biennial is the UK's largest free festival of contemporary and visual art and aims to shine a light on Liverpool's vibrant cultural scene with a series of free exhibitions, performances, screenings, community and learning activities and fringe events.

A series of outdoor works will be installed at locations across the city including Liverpool ONE, Stanley Dock, Princes Dock, St John's Gardens and Liverpool Parish Church (St Nicholas'). Tobacco Warehouse and Cotton Exchange will also be taking part in the event, as well as Liverpool's arts venues, museums galleries.

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A large-scale neon work by Brook Andrew will be situated at Stanley Dock, an installation by Rudy Loewe will be at Liverpool ONE and a new sculptural work by Ranti Bam will be presented in St Nicholas Church Gardens. The s

This year's event is titled 'uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things' and address the history and temperament of the city in a call for ancestral and indigenous forms of knowledge, wisdom and healing. The Biennial festival is curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa and directed by Dr Samantha Lackey.

Dr Samantha Lackey said: "I believe that ‘uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things’ will be a beautiful and deeply felt festival across the city - that will both connect to Liverpool’s colonial past but also uncover possibilities for repair, healing and joy in its future.

"Khanyisile Mbongwa has brought together perspectives, thinking - and importantly - feeling, from across the globe which will help us see the world we are living in today from different viewpoints.

"We look forward to welcoming regional, national and international visitors to the festival and are excited to expand our reach across the city centre this year, bringing Liverpool Biennial to the North Docks. We are grateful to our curator Khanyisile Mbongwa and our 2023 artists for their passion and imagination and are especially thankful to our partner venues and funders for their support in bringing the festival to life.”

Venues involved in Liverpool Biennial 2023

  • Liverpool ONE
  • Stanley Dock
  • Princes Dock
  • St John's Gardens
  • Liverpool Parish Church
  • Tobacco Warehouse
  • Cotton Exchange
  • Tate Liverpool
  • Bluecoat
  • FACT Liverpool
  • Open Eye Gallery
  • Victoria Gallery and Museum
  • World Museum

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