The inaugural annual Liverpool Feis, part of the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme, takes place on Saturday 7 July 2018. Organised by the founder of Mean Fiddler and the world famous Fleadh, it will feature some of the biggest names in Irish music and promoses to bte the biggest celebration of Irish culture the city has seen.
The full programme for the Liverpool Biennial 2018 has been announced, including 40 artists from 22 countries all tackling the theme Beautiful world, where are you?, a huge addition to the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme.
Liverpool will be welcomed into the Bordeaux Fête le Vin family alongside its international partners Quebec, Brussels and Hong Kong on 25-28 May during the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta.
Totally Thames is an annual season of surprising, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. It is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses.
The Great Exhibition of the North, the biggest event in England in 2018, has revealed the core of its extensive 3-month programme with NewcastleGateshead coming alive with storytelling charting the arts and design, culture and innovation of the North of England on 22 June–9 September 2018.
A behind the scenes look at how over 100 students helped bring this year's light and sound show to life.
Waddesdon Imaginarium celebrates the art, objects, gardens and history of Waddesdon, with roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks and fluttering clouds of butterflies projected onto the House, accompanied by a series of original soundtracks.
Liverpool has announced the first round of cultural activity taking place in 2018 for their celebration of ten years since the city was made 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:
Great Exhibition of the North 2018 and Northern Powerhouse have launched a photography competition for people to capture the essence of Nothern culture, art, design, innovation, cityscape and landscape.
Prizes include a trip for family of four to NewcastleGateshead, a two-night stay at Jesmond Dene House and travle with Virgin Trains during the Great Exhibiton of the North plus spending money and £500 of art supplies for schools. The competition closes on 31 December 2017.
An unusual North American joins the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery’s collections. Underweight but with no sign of predation, a sora rail (Porzana carolina) was found on RSPB’s Exminster Marsh on a cold morning in October 2016. The little bird was dead: a sad end for the second recorded sora rail to visit Devon. It is 20th recorded sighting for the UK.
Finding the sora rail
Almost 2.7 million tickets were sold at Edinburgh Fringe on its 70th anniversary throughout August 2017, a record level of takings for the fifth year in a row. In addition, almost 700 free or non-ticketed events took place as part of the official Fringe programme which boasted 3,400 productions.
There was an increase of almost 9% on the previous year's ticket sales, with 1.5 million of the total raised by the core venues – Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly – while the smaller venues also echoed the rise in sales.