Ten years ago Liverpool showed the world just why it had been named European Capital of Culture. But over the last decade the city has proved it doesn’t need an official title to be a centre of the cultural and creative universe.
Culture in Liverpool is a year-round affair. But the World Heritage waterfront and historic streetscapes really come alive in the summer months as festivals and public events augment the rich offerings from the city’s galleries, museums and other arts venues.
Come for a day, or stay for the weekend, and not only will you’ll go home happy, but happily planning a return visit.
Here’s a tiny snapshot of what’s currently happening in the city.
The UK’s largest contemporary arts festival, is now underway across the city centre, the Tate is celebrating its 30th anniversary, Terracotta Warriors are on guard at World Museum, and Double Fantasy – a wonderful love letter to John and Yoko – is spreading peace and love at the Museum of Liverpool.
Meanwhile the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race reaches a thrilling conclusion on the River Mersey on 28-29 July.
A giant cardboard castle will be built in Williamson Square from 9-12 August. And from 3-12 August you can view the precious and exquisite Minton tiled floor at the grade I listed St George’s Hall. It’s only uncovered for a few days every year.
Liverpool ONE sits between the famous waterfront and the city’s historic heartland, and this summer it’s joining the party with an old favourite and a new extravaganza.
Tickle the Ivories, now in its eighth year, sees upright pianos sprinkled around Liverpool ONE’s streets for people to play. Last summer, Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Diana Krall was spotted giving one piano a workout while her husband Elvis Costello – in town visiting his Birkenhead family – filmed her on his phone.
And while you might not stumble over a household name, you will get to hear some really talented amateurs playing some wonderful music.
Meanwhile the circus is coming to Liverpool ONE as world-renowned artists take a rare break from the big top to showcase stunning skills in the streets of the retail destination.
Part of the celebrations for Circus 250, our Circus Skills Camp will allow youngsters to try their hand at juggling, diablo, poi, plate spinning, ribbon and more.” No need to book, just turn up on the day!
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