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 9 February - 3 June. Presented in hidden spaces in St George's Hall, Liverpool, this is an exhibition of artwork by 19 contemporary artists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The artworks belong to the New Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester and is the first time this collection has been displayed in its entirety.
Taking place from 23 March - 2 April. Created by award winning outdoor arts producers Walk the Plank, this sensational, seven day celebration will transform St John's Gardens into a magical land of fire, music and art to kick off spring. This new family friendly event will send you on a journey of discovery, through a trail of enchanting fire displays with fiery performances, music and fire-themed food and drink.
Taking place from 28 - 29 April, and 15 - 16 September. The annual celebration of Liverpool’s thriving food and drink scene brings together more than 160 talented local chefs and producers to serve up a giant feast in the heart of Sefton Park. Held in September, you can try delicious food and drink from local and regional producers, soak up the atmosphere and pick up a few cooking tips from the experts at the various demonstrations and masterclasses.
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.
Taking place from 5 - 6 May. Liverpool Sound City is now the largest metropolitan music and arts festival in the UK, playing host to more than 360 artists in 25 venues across the city. Across three days in early summer, the tenth anniversary of the event will take over the city centre and present a huge and varied selection of new and emerging music.
Taking place on 18 May. With more than 100 events stages across some 50 venues, LightNight is Liverpool's free one night arts festival. See spaces, places and people right across the city centre come alive to celebrate the world-class culture and astonishing creativity that is on offer in Liverpool year-round with one spectacular evening of performances, exhibitions, interactive art installations, hands-on workshops, science demonstrations, walks, talks and more.
Taking place from 25 - 28 May. Linking a trio of vibrant port cities - Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux - with some nail-biting racing across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay, Liverpool's world-famous, UNESCO World Heritage waterfront offers the perfect backdrop for the stunning tall ships. At the same time, the Bordeaux Wine Festival will be relocating to the Pier Head for the duration of the festival to help celebrate its home town.