Culture, music, food and the arts feature prominently in the many varied events that take place in Liverpool and the surrounding region each year. The long, warm summer days herald outdoor music festivals that range from the small and eclectic to the large parkland events with headline acts from world-famous performers. Liverpool celebrates its strong bond with Ireland in the Liverpool Irish Festival, while the Biennial Art Festival gives contemporary art one of its biggest UK promotions. ACC Liverpool can advise you on some of the best events you might attend as part of your visit to the city.
In 2018 Echo Arena Liverpool is celebrating 10 years since it opened its doors. The venue has hosted more than 1,100 performances since it opened on January 12 2008 and has brought hundreds of high profile artists, comedians, major sporting events and family shows to Liverpool and 2018 will continue to see a packed program of world class entertainment.
Rapid Response Unit is a year of news seen through the lens of leading national and international artists as they respond to global events and world stories as they happen. Each day, week or fortnight from the end of February to December, commissioned artists and performers, paired with some of the city's most innovative and acclaimed arts and cultural organisations, will produce challenging new work based on, and inspired by, a key story or topic that is in the headlines. And the final artistic work will also be performed or exhibited at venues across the city.
Taking place over 15 weeks across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, Liverpool Biennial commissions artists from around the world to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. The 10th edition 'Beautiful World, Where Are You?' invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. Liverpool Biennial will celebrate 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region.
After a successful return last year, the award-winning Everyman Company is back for 2018. Directed by Gemma Bodinetz and Nick Bagnall, 14 actors will perform full shows: Paint Your Wagon, A Clockwork Orange, Othello and The Big I Am - a reimagining of Peer Gynt by Liverpool playwright Robert Farquhar, over five exciting months.
Taking place from 9 February - 28 October. Showcasing objects from one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history. Featuring objects that have never been on show in the UK before, these spectacular artefacts will shed light on the Emperor's pursuit of immortality and show how he prepared for the afterlife, as well as help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than two thousand years ago.
Taking place from May - October. The Future World of Work Season is being led by FACT, and is using the backdrop of the International Business Festival 2018 and the UNIGLOBAL World Summit, to question what the future of work means for us as individuals and as a society. Bringing together artists and creative thinkers with local communities, workers, thought leaders and businesses, there will be a range of events, compositions, debates and interventions.
A ground-breaking exhibition telling John Lennon and Yoko Ono's story in their own words. The exhibition explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign. Featuring personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by both John and Yoko, the exhibition is drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed.
Taking place from 14 June - 15 July. Coinciding with the football World Cup in Russia, this season sets out to explore the relationship between football, art and culture. Covering fashion, politics, music and performance The Art of Football season will look at the role which football plays in the world, and how Liverpool is at the heart of so much of what is now shaping the global identity of soccer.
Taking place from 21 - 22 July. The biggest free music event in Europe returns after an award-winning 2017. Expect big names, brand new acts and local icons taking over one of the most picturesque parks in the city. More than 100,000 music lovers are expected to flock to Sefton Park for two days of great melodies and brilliant beats.
Taking place from 27 - 29 July. Tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the waterfront in summer 2017 to wave off the intrepid crews taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Eleven months and 40,000 grueling nautical miles later, The Clipper Race Fleet of ocean going yachts are set to return to the Mersey in July in a celebrate of teamwork, tenacity, grit and determination.
Taking place from 9 - 12 August. Working with a number of communities across Liverpool City Region, French artist Olivier Grossetete will be recreating historic castles which have been lost or ruined out of cardboard, and for one weekend turning them into venues for performances and events to take place.
Taking place from 9 - 19 August. Boccia is a precision ball sport that is played by people with impairments that affect motor skills and is the fastest growing Paralympic sport. It is a real honour for Liverpool to host the World Championships in 2018, the biggest event in the Boccia calendar outside of the Paralympics themselves.