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Easter weekend is not to be missed with events spanning the bank holiday. Our blogger Ashley Manning picks out three of the best parties and there's not a chocolate egg in sight.

Following a highly successful inaugural year with an estimated audience of well over 150,000, Liverpool International Music Festival is back, bigger and better, for 2014. This year, the event – which brings together the very best in musical entertainment from around the globe – will take place from 15 August to 30 August.

A young filmmaker who took part in the BFI Film Academy at FACT will graduate from a prestigious training scheme and see her film premiere on the BFI IMAX in London today (17th April). ‘Dust’ will be screened along with six other films made by other National Film and Television School (NFTS) graduates at the ceremony hosted by BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill and Nik Powell Director of the National Film and Television School.

Two legendary Liverpool bands will play at the finishing line of the BT Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 Marathon which takes place on Sunday 25 May. The Farm and The Christians will headline a special concert to welcome home the expected 10,000 runners.

Freeze will be kicking off 2014 by teaming up with Bedrock Records on 26th April to host a ten hour session at the Garage in Liverpool’s Baltic District. The venue is the epitome of modern day warehouse and there’s only one man who can ever truly represent the label – John Digweed. Enter our competition for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

It's already shaping up to be one of the biggest line-ups of the summer but never content the team behind X&Y 2014 have announced another wave of acts for this year's event. Matthew And The Atlas, Stu Larsen, Thomas J Speight and more will join the likes of Half Moon Run and Catfish & the Bottlemen at Mountford Hall on Friday 11th July. TICKETS

Royal De Luxe
, the team behind Memories of August 1914 and the return of the Little Girl Giant, are looking to sign up 120 local male volunteers for this year’s biggest street theatre event. The full story is yet to be revealed for the event but part of it will focus on re-enacting the recruitment of the Liverpool Pals battalions 100 years ago.

REVIEW: Fame - The Musical, Liverpool Empire 14/04/14

Set in and around the high school of performing arts on West 46th Street NYC and not a leg warmer in sight Shazney Spence found herself immersed in song, dance and more as Fame the musical came to town..

A special art sculpture commissioned by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson was unveiled at the 25th anniversary service of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield yesterday (15 April). Created in co-operation with the Hillsborough Family Support Group, The Band of Life - a large metal circle filled with 96 lights - has been created by Julian Taylor at Bridewell Studios in the city.

GIT AWARDS 2014: Africa Oye wins Inspiration Award

The annual GIT Awards took place on Friday 11th April with a packed out ceremony at The Kazimier. This year's 'Inspiration Award' went to Africa Oye. The award comes as organisers get set to put on the 23rd annual festival in Sefton Park, on the 21st and 22nd June.

St George's Hall
, me oh my, what a venue. We are here for the world premiere of Heart Variations for String Quartet, an intriguing and innovative piece based on electrocardiographs then translated into music to represent the various stages in life and based on real stories. Michelle Bates reviews..

In this week’s blog Nicola Denton reviews Marvel’s latest superhero movie ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. She also went along to the press launch for this year’s Farm Feast festival and tried some Thai cuisine at Palm Sugar Lounge…

At the top of Liverpool ONE shopping centre, opposite the busy food court, sits a classy little place called Palm Sugar. I had only been here once before for the launch of Liverpool Pride last year but now I was going to try some Thai cuisine and mocktails. Our foodie Nicola Denton reviews…

Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has been announced as the headline act for Livestock - an evening of live music which forms part of Wirral's Farm Feast this May Bank Holiday (25 & 26 May 2014). Launched at Liverpool’s Leaf venue last night, guests were the first to hear the exclusive Livestock announcement plus the full line up for the festival's two daytime stages which include performances from Rob Vincent, Natalie McCool, Mono Lps and Sugarmen