Royal Albert Hall and other venues, BBC iplayer,
13 July to 8 September
The two main themes of this year’s Proms concerts are 1918 and the celebration of women composers. Composers to look out for are Lili Boulanger (six works over four Proms) and singer songwriter Laura Mvula. Youssou Ndour & Le Super Étoile de Dakar bring a mix of Cuban rumba, Hip Hop, jazz and soul in a late night concert. Tickets from £6.
Karl and Eleanor Marx
The British Library
until 5 August
See a first edition of the Community Manifesto — one of 25 surviving copies — and Marx’s Reader Ticket for his time writing Capital. This is an exploration of the link between the British Library and both Karl and Eleanor Marx, the original documents from their work in the Reading Room and their political activism in London.
Baltic (Gateshead), HOME (Manchester) and MAC (Belfast), until September
Last year, a decommissioned statue of Friedrich Engels was permanently installed in Manchester. Turner Prize award-winning artist Phil Collins (no — not that Phil Collins) collaborated with the local community to look at Engels’ life and legacy. The second part of the project is a film — an expansion on Collins’ production for BBC4 shown at the end of 2017 — documenting the project and including the stories of workers filmed during Collins’ year-long Manchester International Festival residency. See it at various venues, including HOME, next to the Engels statue, over the summer.
Beautiful world, where are you?
14 July to 28 October, Liverpool
Celebrating 20 years and ten “editions”, locations large and small will host a wide range of contemporary art as part of the Liverpool Biennial. The theme this year is ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ Go and explore via art a world defined by crisis and revolt in a city with a proud tradition of resistance.
Pop Art in Print
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, until 26 August
If you’re going to the South West over the summer, pop in to see this excellent exhibition of graphics from the 1960s and 70s. Pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and a host of others are on show. Admission only £4.50 (£3.50 concs).