City Centre Residents who love football will be delighted to see what is happening in the city centre and waterfront during the duration of the World Cup that starts this week.

As action gets underway for the 21st FIFA World Cup, ART OF FOOTBALL, a celebration of the creative culture and social fabric which underpins the beautiful game begins here in Liverpool. Launching this week with activity across the city centre, the festival explores the culture surrounding football, from the ritualistic experience of fandom to the tapestries and soundtracks of the terraces.

This week, you can get involved in the TERRACE TAPESTRIES PARADE from Williamson Square on Thursday evening, be among the first to see COMMON GROUND photography exhibition and see the launch of THE ART OF THE FOOTBALL SHIRT featuring a Q&A with curator Neil Heard and Bido Lito! Editor Christopher Torpey.

Terrace Tapestries Parade
Williamson Square to Albert Dock
14th June, from 6pm

At 6pm on Thursday 14th June, straight after the first match of the World Cup, banners representing the 32 competing nations in the World Cup 2018 will march through Liverpool city centre in a celebration of togetherness and solidarity. Come down and be a part of the parade in your brightest and best national colours. We’ll meet at Williamson Square from 5.30pm. If you would like to join in with the parade, please be there for 6pm. All welcome!

The terrace is football’s altar. A platform for creative expression and communal outpouring in song, a community bound by the love of a team. This project draws on the longstanding, international tradition of banners at football matches as a vehicle for collective expression.

The banners will go on display at National Museum Liverpool’s Martin Luther King building in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, for the duration of the World Cup from next week.

Common Ground 
Albert Dock Colonnades
Opens 10am, Thursday 14th June
(and thereafter Tuesday through to Sunday 10am–5pm)

Be among the first to see an exclusive exhibition of three high profile photographers capturing the essence of the matchday over three decades.

This exhibition seeks to explore the ritualistic behaviour of football fan culture and its development from the game of the working class in the 1980s to the riches of the Premier League today. Captured by three photographers (Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa) across different decades, the exhibition will offer a unique insight into how the locale has evolved alongside the might of the now multi-million pound football industry and serve as a springboard to discussions about a wider fan culture that encompasses music, fashion and politics.

Football is a global passion that connects people from all walks of life.  It is a common thread that can be an important ritual spanning across cultures, religion, gender and race.  Football is synonymous with Merseyside. It is one of the most profitable cultural attractions that Liverpool has to offer, with a worldwide fan base that make regular pilgrimages to Anfield and Goodison Park.

The Art Of The Football Shirt Public Opening
Camp & Furnace Gold Room
Friday 15th June, 12pm
Neal Heard (curator) in-conversation at 6pm 

+ Egypt v Uruguay (1pm) / Morocco v Iran (4pm) / Portugal v Spain (7pm)
Opening times thereafter one hour before Kick Off on all World Cup match days until 28th June

Don’t miss fashion historian Neal Heard talking to Bido Lito! editor Christopher in an exclusive Q&A around his expertly curated collection.

The Art of the Football Shirt explores the relationship between football and popular culture. Showcasing a curated selection of over 100 sartorially sound, obscure and vintage football shirts, it will show how team kits of previous generations have gained iconic status and how they have crossed paths with the worlds of music, fashion and politics. In the exhibition, Heard shares his vast knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to tell a story that goes beyond the realms of the beautiful game.

The show will be housed within a dedicated pop-up gallery space at Baltic Triangle venue, Camp & Furnace, which will also be showing all games during this summer’s World Cup. The show will be open from one hour before Kick Off on all match days from 15th June – 28th June.

Image courtesy of BidoLito

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