About our website

Open Culture welcomes anyone with Merseyside arts & culture news, events and activities to post content directly to our website for the public to read and share.

This website aims to give members of the public and the arts community in Merseyside a place to find and share events, news and opportunities. Things like exhibitions, performances, workshops, activity days, talks, and participatory projects will be published, provided all key information is provided. Incomplete articles which are vague won’t be published.

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About Open Culture

Open Culture is a social enterprise which aims to increase the profile of, and engagement with the arts in Liverpool.

Known for projects like LightNight Liverpool, the Tickle the Ivories street pianos and the Summer & Winter Arts Markets, we nurture artists and audiences through a variety of projects and events; connecting artists and audiences to make people happier.

Our Projects

LightNight Liverpool

LightNight is Liverpool’s one night arts festival and sees over 50 venues open their doors until late, staging over 100 free events for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Visitors are invited to follow their own trail of large-scale light projections, live music, hands on workshops, street performance, dance and exhibitions around the city, creating their own experience and seeing the city in a new light.

Past festivals have explored themes including Memory, Experiment and Time.

Summer & Winter Arts Markets

Our biannual art markets are the biggest in Merseyside, with over 200 stallholders participating each time and an audience of thousands. Since 2009 our art markets have helped to support the local creative and independent economy and provided a platform for thousands of artists across all artforms to sell their work directly to the public. Art lovers can find unique and handmade work such as prints, ceramics, photography, and much more.

Happy Older People

Happy Older People (HOP) is a network which promotes age-friendly arts participation in the Liverpool City Region. With over 100 member organisations, HOP aims to create new partnerships that will make a difference to older people who may be isolated and lonely, who simply want to try something new or go somewhere different. We hope that HOP will be a catalyst for a more age-friendly arts offer across the city. HOP holds quarterly network meetings, where members find out about each other’s work and share news and information.

Tickle the Ivories

Tickle the Ivories is Liverpool’s first street piano festival, now in its seventh year. It aims to transform the commercial spaces within Liverpool ONE into platforms for live music. Musicians, bands, choirs and other performers are able to perform on one of six pianos to busk, fundraise, promote their music or just to entertain passers-by! Members of the public are also able to hop on a free piano and have a go themselves.