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.
Taking place from 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 20 - 30 September. Curated by electronic composer Nick Smith and in collaboration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Smash The Keys is a musical odyssey through a single instrument. This season will bring together brand new commissions, artistic interventions and a series of one-off piano performances which cover all genres of music, from classical and jazz to hip hop, funk and grime. It is piano music, but not as you know it.
Taking place 20 - 30 September. To celebrate Tate Liverpool's 30th birthday, two major shows will be presented in 2018. A decade since acclaimed exhibition Gustav Klimt, Tate Liverpool showcases the works of his protégé, radical Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele alongside the work of American photographer Francesca Woodman.
In collaboration with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool and Wirral will host the largest street theatre event to take place in the UK this year which will once again see giant visitors journey around Merseyside. Taking place from 4 – 7 October 2018, Liverpool and Wirral will welcome back the creative tour de force that is Royal de Luxe who will undoubtedly deliver a jaw-dropping visual feast.
Taking place from 18 - 28 October. Celebrating the link between Liverpool and Ireland and reveling in the colourful Irish heritage of the city over two weeks in October, this festival showcases the best of Irish arts and culture. An eclectic combination of music, drama, comedy, film, talks and walks, the festival fills concert halls, pubs and clubs, museums and galleries throughout the city.
Taking place from 5 - 11 November. A season of events, installations and performances to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One and explore what this means for young people and society today. At the centre of this season will be a unique and moving collaboration between the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the NDR Radiophilharmonie from Hannover NDR Philharmonic who will come together to perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem from the majesty of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Red Bull Drift Shifters – arguably one of the biggest, loudest and most precise motorsport events to ever hit the UK – is coming to Liverpool on 19 August. The world’s best drifters are heading to the city to showcase their skills as they rip through the streets just feet from the crowds in the shadow of the iconic Royal Liver Building.