Liverpool has announced the first round of cultural activity taking place in 2018 for their celebration of ten years since the city was made the first European Capital of Culture.
Ahead of the official launch of the first half of the programme on 11 January 2018, a number of high-profile events and four artistic seasons have been revealed. These include:
- China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors - the first UK display in a generation
- The Three Festivals Two Ships Regatta - linking Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux on 25–28 May
- The finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race - returning to Merseyside late July
- The Clothes Show - returning for a second year on 19–21 October
- Tate Liverpool's 30th anniversary programme – including an Egon Schiele retrospective
- Liverpool Biennial 10th edition – 15 weeks of leading international visual artists
- Rewire – a major new art and technology commission led by FACT with Invisible Flock working with artists everywhere and communities in Toxeath
The four artistic seasons with will showcase new commissions include:
- China Dream – the best of modern Chinese culture
- The Future World of Work – what will this look like and mean for society?
- The Art of Football – the global relationship with 'the beautiful game'
- The centenary of the end of the First World War
Other exciting offerings include:
- Celebrating Sgt Pepper: Live – 13 January 2018 at Liverpool Echo – a collaboration between Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles
- Africa Oyé – 16–17 June 2018 – back for its 26th year with music, food, arts and crafts, and more
- Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful world, where are you? – 14 July – 28 October 2018
- Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) – 20–22 July 2018 – Europe's largest free music event at the UNESCO World City of Music
- Liverpool Pride 2018: #AllTogetherNow – 28–29 July 2018 – a festival of inclusion, involving all corners of the LGBTQ+ and wider community, including allies from all other groups
- Easter Fire – a collaboration with live event creators Walk the Plank at St George's Hall (more details on 8 December 2017)
Read more on the past, present and future of Liverpool from 2008 to now and beyond.