6 Ways to Celebrate the End of Exams

They’re done, dusted and don’t need to be thought about ever again (… or at least not until results day). With the assessment period fiiiinally over, it’s time to officially welcome the summer and enjoy living in this lovely city. So whether its your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th*, make sure this uni year goes out with a bang and celebrate the end of your exams with any of these fabulous free or discounted events!

1. Watch a film at the Liverpool Philharmonic:
More than just your normal night at the cinema, going to see a film at the Liverpool Philharmonic is an unforgettable experience. Some of the best films of 2017 are showing at the Phil over the next couple of months, and LJMU students can see them for free.  Throughout the rest of the summer you can see Lion (starring Dev Patel) on Tuesday 7th June, and Their Finest (with Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy) on Tuesday 5th July.

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2. Sound City:
Liverpool’s biggest indie festival is back and in its 10th year, so this weekend is set to be electric! Taking place on Saturday (27th May) and Sunday (28th May) of this bank holiday weekend, the festival is a great place to let your hair down and celebrate the freedom of summer. Even better, LJMU students can get 10% off day or weekend passes through this link. We’re also running a competition on our social media this week to win £100 in food & drinks vouchers to be used at the festival… let the celebrations commence!

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3. Make a night (or two) of it at the Everyman:
The final instalment from the Everyman Repertory Company begins on Saturday and what better way to end than with a gritty & modern take on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Tickets are just £5 for LJMU students and with 10% off food & drink from the Everyman Café and Bistro why not make a night of it? If the theatre doesn’t take your fancy, Liverpool Jazz Club will be returning to the Bistro on Wednesday 7th June, giving you the chance to shake out that stress and swing your way into the summer!

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4. Suspended Time by GroupeF:
As part of the city’s Sgt. Pepper at 50 event taking place over the summer, GroupeF are bringing a fantastic light show to Camp Hill in Woolton on Thursday 1st June… and it’s free! Inspired by The Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, the company will use fire, street theatre, light and pyrotechnics to bring the area to life. It sounds set to be a magical night of madness, and one people will talking about for ages!

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5. Friday Night with the Philharmonic Orchestra:
Taking place in the glorious Metropolitan Cathedral on Mount Pleasant on Saturday 10th June, the Liverpool Philharmonic present Gloria!; an evening of stunning music in celebration of the cathedral’s 50th anniversary. The Orchestra will be joined by both the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Cathedral choirs in an evening which promises to raise the roof! Tickets, usually £25, are free for LJMU students and will probably be snapped up quickly; get yours quick to avoid disappointment.

Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral at twilight.

6. Africa Oye:
The UK’s largest free celebration of African music returns to Sefton Park on the 17th & 18th June. If you haven’t been before, you need to make it a priority this year! Led by an itinerary of incredible live music, the festival also boasts music & dance workshops, craft & clothing stalls, and an incredible representation of food & drink from across the continent. Sit off in the sun (hopefully) and enjoy a real sense of Liverpool community.

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*Sorry Nursing, Pharmacy, Masters, PhD students, and many more we know many of you have still got to work hard over the summer! Stay stress-free by attending the events above, and look out for more summer blogs from us over the next few months. We’ll be rooting for you!

Competition! Sound City: 2017

The countdown is on… just 5 DAYS until Sound City! We want to make your festival experience as amazing as possible, so we’re running a competition for you to win £100 worth of food and drink vouchers to use over the course of this weekend.

All you need to do is enter via one of our LJMU Student Opps social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and you’ll be rolling in it this weekend.

Please see below for full terms and conditions:

  1. The food and drink voucher competition runs from Monday 22nd May to 12pm Thursday 25th May.
  2. The competition is only open to LJMU students.
  3. Students can enter by liking or retweeting the competition posts posted on Monday 22nd May.
  4. The vouchers entitle the winner to £100 of food and drink from designated outlets at the Sound City Festival.
  5. The prize is not exchangeable and Sound City’s decision is final.

Thanks and good luck!

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What’s On This Week: 22nd May

W/B 22nd May 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to one of the Student Admin Centres in Aldham, Avril or IM Marsh libraries, or find your Student Opps team on campus. FREE

Liverpool Philharmonic
Tuesday 23rd May: FILM ‘The Sense of an Ending’ FREE

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE
Ellsworth Kelly: In Focus FREE
From 23rd June: Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919 to 1933 FREE
From 23rd June: Aleksandra Mir: Space Tapestry FREE

STUDENT REVIEW: The Sum

By Jennifer Rose

As someone who is not skilled when it comes to anything mathematical, the title of the fourth play in the Everyman Company’s 2017 season- The Sum- made me think the worst. However, as the expression goes, you should never judge a book (or in this case, a play) by its cover.

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(Emily Hughes and Laura Dos Santos, Photograph by Stephen Vaughan)

The Sum proved to be close to home, in the literal sense, as it was set in Liverpool in 2017. Maths is just part of Eve’s daily life, as she makes clear when she says “I’m a numbers person. Always have been. Give me a sum, I can do it”. However, in the two hours and thirty-minute duration of the play, we learn that (in life) there are times when things just don’t add up.

The play begins in a home furnishing store, where the orange apron-clad workers use their sense of humour to get through their days. Eve Brennan, played by Laura Dos Santos, finds herself cooped up in the firm’s office- using her gift for numbers to help her boss Alan (Patrick Brennan) along.

This seemingly ordinary, but nevertheless comfortable, setting is interrupted by harsh austerity. This means that hours are cut and so is their pay, ultimately leading to the closure of the store and the loss of jobs- meaning Eve must now use her skillset for an altogether different purpose: keeping her family afloat.

The play with songs, directed by Gemma Bodinetz, displays the unfairness of life- as Eve and her family, by no fault of their own, find their lives are falling apart. Both Eve and her partner, Danny (Liam Tobin) end up out of work at the same time. To top it off, Eve’s daughter Lisa (Emily Hughes) is having a hard time with bullies at school and Eve’s mother Iris (Pauline Daniels) seems to be displaying signs of dementia.

Despite the dismal subject matter, the songs soften the play’s tension throughout. These songs, my favourite being Magical Times, convey both hopelessness and hopefulness that things (no matter how bad they may be) will get better.

What I think ultimately made the play was that it was effectively lead by the female characters: Eve, Lisa and Iris. Though Lizzie Nunnery’s plays centres on women’s struggle, like other social realist plays (Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play A Taste of Honey, for example), there is also a sense of community within the play which is displayed through the protesting in the play’s final scene.

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(Laura Dos Santos and Pauline Daniels, Photograph by Stephen Vaughan)

Overall, the play communicates hardship and hopelessness but- through the emotional songs and fantastic acting of all the cast- it conveys the importance of keeping faith and standing together in the face of mounting problems, something which I feel is incredibly important for today’s audience given the political climate which we are currently in.

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(The Everyman Company in The Sum, photograph by Stephen Vaughan)

What’s On: 15th-21st May

W/B 15th May 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th May: The Sum £5 (please note there will be no Wednesday performance this week).

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

LightNight Liverpool
It’s that time of year again, and we cannot wait! If you have plans, cancel them. This one-night arts festival takes place across the city, and is the only place you’ll want to be on Friday night! Find out more on our blog here. FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to the Aquinas Reception Desk (building in the John Foster Gardens), or email your Student Opps team at studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk. FREE

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE
Ellsworth Kelly: In Focus FREE

LightNight Liverpool 2017

LightNight is back and in its eighth year! This one night only annual arts festival is an opportunity to see Liverpool in a new light (pun intended). With everything from large-scale light projections and live music to art, crafts and theatre, street performance, walking tours, dancing and late-opening exhibitions, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘time’… “the past, present and future, memory and the world we live in.” Use your time wisely this May 19th, and get involved! We’ve put together a list of events at our LJMU cultural partners and some general highlights, which we think you should check out…

Everyman & Playhouse
As well as the ticketed new Everyman Company play ‘The Sum’, there will be a free post-performance discussion at the theatre. Alongside the production, YEP and Bass Techs with be working with LJMU in Ev1 to create interactive installations linked to time, whilst Ev2 hosts an installation exploring the relationship between dementia and the passing of time. There will also be live music, storytelling and spoken word throughout the evening in the street café and bistro.

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Liverpool Cathedral
As if Liverpool Cathedral isn’t beautiful enough as it is, a number of musical celebrations at this year’s festival will completely bring it to life. On a journey through time, the evening will begin with a processional evensong by the Cathedral Choir (17:30-18:00), followed by several local community choirs taking us back to songs of time gone by (18:45-20:30), and eventually a run through the decades of music by DJ Greg Wilson (20:45-23:00).

If you don’t fancy exercising your vocal chords, you can enjoy making some noise through the fantastic music-making sculpture that is Illumaphonium (17:30-23:00). Taking place outside the Cathedral, this one-of-a-kind instrument combines music and light in a magical manner, and invites the people of Liverpool to create sweet sounds together.

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Utilising the rest of the Cathedral space, will be The Handless Project; an event which comprises a public handwashing ritual in the Lady Chapel (17:00-17:45), a handwashing procession (18:00-18:20) and the Bedtime Stories installation in Chapter House (17:00-23:00). If you’ve still got any breath left in you from all the dancing and singing along, you can use the opportunity to head up to the Cathedral Tower up until 10pm. It’ll be the best vantage point to plan your route around the cultural sights of the city!

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
If you find yourself near Hope Street, why not call into the Liverpool Phil to hear some of the city’s best musical talent taking place all over the stunning art deco building. The Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company Ensembles will be in the Grand Foyer performing new works from the Rushworth Young Composers, and in the Hall the ‘Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir’ will perform a variety from Vivadi, Billy Joel and more; perfect for entertaining the whole family!

Don’t miss out on the newly built Music Room at the back of the Phil where the walls will be bouncing with one of the UK’s most recorded guitarists ‘Craig Ogden’ followed by ‘Rubber Duck Orchestra’, who will be weaving Balkan, Roma, Klezmer and Swing into an unabashed frenetic vibe. To finish, composer Jonathan Raisin will play ‘40 Time’ which will be a great opportunity to grab a drink and get some sneaky toe tapping on.

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Tate Liverpool
If you think that the only thing you’re going to get at TATE is some art, think again. Their ‘Past Times’ event will see a cocktail of art, music, food and dance. You can take part in crafts workshops, hear storytelling throughout the gallery and raid the dressing up box to get all dressed up. Finally there’s an art-inspired cake competition, so if there’s a little bit of Mary Berry in you, this event is for you!

Perfect for families, drop into the free Mad Science workshop exploring peLightNight - mondriancakendulums and time. Learn more about the first time-keepers and how they used periods of pendulums to monitor time which ultimately led to the first clocks being invented (18:00-20:00). Visitors are also invited to take part in Great Art Bake Off, a cake design competition where everyone can have a go at making a Picasso from pastry, a Matisse from macarons or a Bacon from buttercream. The theme for this year’s cake competition is ‘Time’ and all entrants are invited to display their creation where it will be judged by celebrity baker and Chef Dan Lepard (19:45-20:00).

Local band ‘Off the Grid,’ made up of three high school students who have been performing together for just one year, they have been invited to play at numerous folk festivals, have won Battle of the Bands contests and wowed audiences in Liverpool last summer as part of Folk on the Dock festival (20:00-21:30).

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At LJMU, we are lucky to have so much activity on our very own door step. Now on the fourth year as principal sponsor of LightNight, the LJMU events, including exhibitions, performances and interactive experiences, promise to be the best yet. Here is a breakdown of some of the highlights to expect at each of the locations:

Aldham Robarts Library: The library will be showcasing some of its history in ‘University Life Yesterday And Today’. On display are some of the best collections from classic girl comics in ‘Girls Comics Through The Ages’ to Frankie Vaughan through to The Beatles Special Collections and Archives in the ‘Archives Discovery Tour’. Also, discover the wonders of 3D printing and make your own personalised star to take home with LJMU’s FabLab Team in ‘Stars of 3D Printing’.

John Foster Gardens: Check out the lovely green space leading into Aldham library with a commission by Jonathan Raisin – ‘Where Time Goes’. LJMU student dance performance ‘Trio’ will also be encouraging you to take a moment to reflect and step back from the bustle of LightNight.

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Drama Theatre, Upper John Foster Gardens: LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute and the Department of Geography will help you gain new perspectives on how scientists work out how far away things are in space with the fun, interactive installation of ‘Time, Space And Climate Change’. Also expect immersive video, pop-up drama performances, short films, documentaries and poetry recitals from our very own ‘Liverpool Screen School Annual Degree Show’.

John Lennon Art and Design Building: There is too much going at JLAD to be able to list it all but here goes! Find out more about the history of the university as it celebrates its 25th anniversary with exhibition ‘The Story Of A Pioneering University’ or take a trip down memory lane and share your memories of working/studying at LJMU in the ‘Instant Exhibition’. Don’t miss the variety of dance performances from our very own home grown talent at LJMU with ‘Perception’, ‘Improvised performances’ and ‘Screen Dance’. After being mesmerised by all the movement activity, why not participate in the new experimental audio visual installation ‘Zugzwang’ by artists Logan & Wilcox which focuses on how participants can act as ‘conductors’ in a hierarchical system. If it gets all too much then take time out and have a coffee in the café area and look at the views of the gardens overlooking the city.

General Highlights
St. Georges Hall: There are three wonderful events taking place at neoclassical Hall:
-Bloom: 20 minute musical performances in the catacombs of St. George’s Hall.
-Ceilidh: Dance your socks off and learn some new (although very traditional) moves with the lovely live ceilidh band ‘Gallimaufry’!
-Duuome 360: MorestateLab brings a dome installation to the Concert Room, the inside of which is covered in sounds and visuals and open for people to wander around.

Bluecoat: Fancy a Selfie?: Go mad in the a costume workshop which takes you on a fancy dress journey through time (17:00-21:00).

Exchange Flags: Liverpool Samba School: Other than plenty of street eats from the best North West food locations, witness the Liverpool Samba School and Wirral Samba Drummers do their thing, and maybe have a little boogie yourself (21:30-22:15).

Williamson Square: Batala Mersey & the Anahis: Music, dance and incredible costumes – experience the carnival in Liverpool and watch it light up our very own Williamson Square (22:00-22:30).

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There’s a lot to see – so get there early, and most of all… have a ball!

What’s On: 8th-14th May 2017

W/B 8th May 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Tuesday 9th – Saturday 13th May: The Sum £5

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to one of the Student Admin Centres in Aldham, Avril or IM Marsh libraries, or find your Student Opps team on campus. FREE

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE
Ellsworth Kelly: In Focus FREE

A Summer of Music in Liverpool

Liverpool is a city which is known, amongst other things, for its music (The Beatles, anyone?). And, this summer, Liverpool will deliver plenty of music related events across the city, in what I’m calling ‘A Summer of Music in Liverpool’.

The first event worth a mention is Liverpool Sound City 2017, which will take place on Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and boasts a great line-up (The Kooks, The Human League amongst others) which you can view here (http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/lineup) . Not only is it a celebration of various music styles and genres, the event has a festival vibe without (hopefully) the mud, sweat and tears most of us probably associate with Glasto. The event not only promises three nights of great music but, as it takes place at Clarence Dock, it also showcases Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront. So, if you fancy a night (or maybe three nights) of great music, why not give this festival a go?

Want to know something even better? LJMU students can get 10% off their tickets by going to this link (http://liverpoolsoundcity.seetickets.com/event/liverpool-sound-city-2017-ljmu/liverpool-waters-clarence-dock/1062461/)

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Another festival which is back in 2017 is Liverpool International Music Festival, which is celebrating its fifth birthday this year! This year the festival’s theme is “Remember the Times” which will celebrate pivotal music moments throughout the decades. From Thursday 20th  to Sunday 23rd July is the LIMF Presents events, which will take place in the Palm House in Sefton Park. These five events include “Good Times” with Norman Jay, “Circus” with Yousef, Claude Vonstroke, Lewis Boardman and special guest Josh Wink, “Reminisce” with Trevor Nelson, and “No Sleep” which features DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Kool Red Alert amongst others. LIMF Summer Jam promises to be another unmissable music event of the summer, boasting a spectacular series of performances from acts such as Gorgon City, Fleur East, Corrine Bailey Rae and many more. The event also takes place in Sefton Park, beginning Friday 21st July and finishing Sunday 23rd July. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re after watching different music acts in one of Liverpool’s beautiful park venues, then why not buy a ticket. Tickets, and more information are available here: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/limf/Online/.

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(Photo www. Limfestival.com)

As well as these festivals, there are lots of gigs coming up in venues such as the O2 Academy, the Echo Arena and Arts Club.  Located on Hotham Street, Liverpool’s O2 Academy hosts live comedy and music throughout the year- and this year there are plenty of gigs to see such as The Night Café on Friday May 5th, Festival of The Dead on Friday 13th October amongst others. The Echo Arena is a popular music venue in Liverpool and boasts that there is “Something for Everyone” on their website. There are gigs “for everyone”, with acts such as The Vamps, Al Stewart, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blink 182 set to take the stage on selected dates.

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(Photo taken from http://insanewrestling.co.uk/venue.php?id=8)

Seel Street’s Art Club venue is another popular music venue and there is plenty on there, too. For example, there is Sh*t Indie Disco Thursdays from Thursday 4th May, Oasis on Thursday 4th May amongst others.

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If you’re a budding musician, there are also several open mic nights in venues throughout Liverpool. Every Thursday and Sunday, The Hannah’s Bar Open Mic is the perfect opportunity to play your music to a guaranteed crowd. Leaf on Bold Street is also another venue to try out your material, with an Open Mic night hosted by Johnny Sands every Tuesday. Another venue, The Magnet, offers the chance for upcoming musicians to perform their own material (and there’s a free drink for performers).

So, across the summer period, there is something for everyone in terms of the Liverpool music scene. Whether you’re an avid Glasto goer (without the budget), or a wannabe Beyoncé, I’m sure there is something going on that everyone will like.

*Disclaimer, I can’t promise you won’t need your wellies for any of these events*

Written by LJMU English Student, Jennifer Rose

THE HUNT

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The year is coming to an end. You’re on the homestretch of the stress marathon and the end is in sight as I’m sure your exams and coursework are nearly over. It is time to have a well deserved rest, recharge the batteries and have some time to yourself (For a little while anyway). Then maybe get yourself a little summer job, or for those of you finishing your degree, time to get a ‘proper job’… We’ve really enjoyed being a part of your student experience this year and we hope that you made the most of your exclusive offers. Whether that be by hitting ‘Lifestyles’ gym every day or by taking the odd trip to the theatre. Although the semester is coming to a close, we’ve still got a few more events coming your way for this academic year, and this is one we’re very excited to announce.

Our team is hosting an interactive, creative scavenger hunt across the city, starting at 3pm at the TATE on the 11th May. We’ll take you racing through the streets of the city in an attempt to win ‘The Hunt’. Starting down on the beautiful, picturesque Albert Dock, who knows where you’ll end up. You decide that by answering clues along the way. Do you think you have what it takes to win ‘The Hunt’?
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Tickets are free but if you want one you’ll have to move fast. We have 40 available, BUT to enter you must have a team of 5 people. There will be 8 groups meeting at the TATE at 3pm and the team that reaches the finish line first wins the grand prize. Simple. Who doesn’t want to win a prize?

 

 

So, what are your next steps I hear you ask?

STEP 1 – Get together a team of 5 people who can all attend the event.

STEP 2 – Get your tickets either by;

  • Sending an email to studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk
  • Phoning 0151 231 3714.
  • Messaging us on one of our social media platforms.
  • Catching us out and about on Campus.

STEP 3 – Follow us on Social Media to look out for clues we’ll be posting all week.

STEP 4 – Research the team and what we do for a few more clues.

STEP 5 – Meet us at the TATE on the 11th May at 3pm.

STEP 6 – Prepare to Hunt.

You don’t want to miss out on this one. It’s going to be great! Grab a ticket and join ‘The Hunt’!

What’s On: 1st-7th May 2017

W/B 1st May 2017

Stay positive and focused during your exams with free yoga and exercise sessions, free holistic sessions and lots more! Check out the whole range of activities here.

Everyman
Friday 6th – Saturday 7th May: The Story Giant £5

Lifestyles
Use your Lifestyles gym membership throughout the week. You can gym, swim, and attend all the classes you want before 4pm for FREE so have a look at what you could get up to and where on their website. FREE

Liverpool Philharmonic
Tuesday 2nd May: Viceroy’s House FREE
Thursday 4th May: Sounds Like Shakespeare FREE

Liverpool Cathedral
Your cathedral offer is back from now until 31st July! This means you can get a pass to go up to the top of the Anglican Cathedral tower for you and a friend for FREE. To collect your pass, go to one of the Student Admin Centres in Aldham, Avril or IM Marsh libraries, or find your Student Opps team on campus. FREE

Soundcity
Book your tickets now for one of Liverpool’s biggest music festivals. LJMU students get 10% off the normal ticket price so make sure you book through this link.

Tate
Exhibitions: Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus FREE
Ellsworth Kelly: In Focus FREE