Liverpool: The World in One City

Don’t worry about spending money on flights, you can experience other cultures around the world this year by going to see some of the best theatre, films and art exhibitions right here in Liverpool. We’ll be highlighting some of the best international events throughout the semester that you can get involved in for FREE or at a discounted price as an LJMU student and living in this boss city.

CHINA: Terracotta Army
When: 9 February – 28 October 2018
Where: National Museums Liverpool
Cost: £2 LJMU student offer ticket


Celebrating the year of the dog during Chinese New Year this weekend, Liverpool has already displayed some of the best street performers and dragon dancers the city has seen, not to mention all the Chinese market and through the family workshops. If you missed all of this, there’s still the chance to learn some real Chinese history by going to see the world famous Terracotta Army for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Celebrating 10 years since the Capital of Culture, this exhibition is one of the major exhibitions this year for the 2018 celebrations.

Surrealism in Egypt: Art et Liberté 1938-1948
When: Now till 18th Mar 2018
Where: Tate Liverpool
Cost: FREE (rrp £8)


Pop down to the Tate with your LJMU student card to see this exhibition that showcases some items for the first time in the UK here at Liverpool. This surrealistically inclined, politically engaged collective of artists and writers lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt and some the exhibition really uncovers how surrealism developed beyond Europe. A great way to spend a lazy afternoon for free.

AFGHANISTAN: The Kite Runner
When: 27th Feb till 3rd Mar 2018
Where: Playhouse Theatre
Cost: £5 (rrp £10 -£35)


The best-selling novel is returning to The Playhouse the end of the month and tickets are already selling quickly. This epic story highlights social and political change of 1970s Afghanistan, set in Kabul. This powerful play will show how within family and friendship there is loyalty, conflict, betrayal, secrecy, disappointment, pride, courage and much love. With £5 discounted LJMU tickets, it’s more of a reason to go and watch this stunning performance.

NEW YORK, AMERICA: The Greatest Showman (Film)
When: 27th Feb 2018
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Cost: FREE (rrp £7)


Roll up, roll up … one of our favourite LJMU offers is nearly here and we are so excited to see this popular film come to the Liverpool Philharmonic. You can’t beat a bit of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams some cheesy chart-topping songs on a Tuesday evening. This charming, uplifting film about the birth of an aspiring showman in a circus is set in New York, America. It’s had some great reviews already and even if you’ve seen it before, the fact that tickets are FREE is definitely a reason to go again. There are only limited tickets left so please make sure you book through your Student Opps team by emailing to guarantee a ticket.

SPAIN: Spanish Rhapsody
When: 19th Apr 2018
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Cost: FREE (rrp £15 – £44)


Get whisked off to a Spanish Fiesta by going to see the Barcelona-based pianist and composer Francesco Tristano revel in the jazzy melodies and southern sunshine of Ravel’s fabulous Piano Concerto. Not been to see a classical musical performance yet?… get two free tickets and treat a friend to some Spanish delights and maybe some tapas before to get into to the mood.

FRANCE: Bordeaux Wine Festival
When: 25th to 28th May 2018
Where: Liverpool Pier Head
Cost: approx. £15 (early bird ticket that includes tasting)


What better way to spend the last bank holiday in May this year than going down to the Pier Head to taste some of the best food and drink France has to offer. You’ll be spoilt for choice at this prestigious event. The festival will also be joined by the Tall Ships festival and include music from upcoming artists; Faith Bebbington, Lulu Quinn, Wired Ariel and Luke Jerram. Anyone can stroll around for FREE and if the weather’s nice, it may be a good idea to get a picnic at the ready.

When: 25th to 28th May 2018
Where: Baltic Triangle
Cost: Weekend Wristband £44 (rrp £60.50)


Can you believe it’s the 11th year of Soundcity? With over 250 bands from around the world, Sound City again is set to be better than last years. According to ‘The Zine’;
“Sound City introduces the newer wave of mould breaking, eclectic international                sounds and styles including grime, electronica, psych, alternative rock sounds, pop,            punk and much more. The world famous music city of Liverpool is having a BAND            Holiday Weekend across Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery.”

Make sure you kick start the UK’s 2018 festival season into life by getting a LJMU discounted ticket. For more information on how to access the offer please click here.

There are still more events to be announced in the city this year so keep a look out for our upcoming blogs. If you’re an LJMU student also don’t miss out on International Day being held at Byrom Street campus on 20th March. Last year’s event saw students showcasing cultures from all around the world through food, art and performances. Just go along to see what international delights are on offer or get involved. For more information, please get in touch with LSU Rachel Smart

Still wanting to go abroad and travel? Check out some of the fantastic international experiences available to LJMU students with our LJMU Go Abroad team and our international partner Smaller Earth.

By Kimberley Larkin
Student Opportunities Coordinator


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