Liverpool 2018 events programme

Various Liverpool venues 2018

Get ready for a bumper year as Liverpool celebrates being a cultural capital.

Ten years since the game-changing year as European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is marking the milestone with a programme of exciting, inspirational and thought-provoking projects which will shine an international spotlight onto the incredible cultural hub this city has become.

Bringing together international artists, performers and homegrown talent which has emerged over the last decade, more than 40 events and festivals will take place in and across the city region, including firsts, one-off spectacles and some returning, crowd-pulling favourites.

Alongside this, there are four seasons – China Dream, Brittle Heart, The Art of Football and The Future World of Work which will inspire different ways of thinking about ideas, people and places.

The majority of events will be free.

The announcement taking place today (11 January) – is exactly ten years since The People’s Opening of European Capital of Culture 2008 took place – and brings together music, sport, ships, the best of Chinese art, great food and drink and even some cardboard box sculptures!

Although inspired by the huge success of 2008, Liverpool 2018 is focused on the renaissance which has transformed the region over the past decade, and looks to position culture and creativity at the heart of all aspects of the city.

Some of the highlights of the announcement include:

China Dream Season (February to October)
Against the backdrop of the breath-taking China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum, Liverpool will be embracing its Far East links with a special

China season. Throughout this time some of the best artists, musicians and performers from China and the UK will present work in the city. The season is in three chapters themed around Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Moon Festival.

Some events which are part of these chapters are:

Presence: A Window into Contemporary Chinese Art – 9 February to 3 June
This brand new contemporary arts exhibition located in St George’s Hall will showcase some of the best Chinese artists working today including Yan Zing, Cao Fei, Sun Xun and Luke Ching. The artworks belong to the New Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, part of the University of Salford Art Collection, and is the first time this work has been displayed together.

Jian Wang cello with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – 8 February and 9 February

Famed Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang (born in Xi’an where the Terracotta Warriors were discovered) performs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Julian Rachlin. He will bring his special brand of poetry to two of Tchaikovsky’s mini-masterpieces, Variations on a Rococco Theme and Andante cantabile, in a concert which includes Beethoven’s revolutionary Eroica symphony.  The Orchestra welcomes back Chinese virtuoso pianist Zhang Zuo, and there’s a Liverpool debut for China’s leading conductor Long Yu later in the China Dream season.

Chinese New Year 2018 – 16 to 18 February

Light, projections, firecrackers and sound will take over Chinatown, Berry Street, William Brown Street and Bold Street in a celebration of the relationship between Liverpool and China, using the voices and stories of young Chinese people living in the city.

Artists and organisations including Illuminos, Pagoda Arts, First Take, CooL and Kazimier Productions will use the city scape as their canvas to present a story of modern China in the UK. The city will be dressed for the festival from the 8 – 28 February with traditional Chinese Lanterns, lighting and digital projections with activity taking place across this period with traditional performers from Hung Gar Kung Fu.

The festival will end on Sunday evening with a lumiere showcase followed by a pyrotechnic finale.

Rapid Response Unit (From the end of February)
This major international project will see a specially created ‘newsroom’ open in the city centre, with well-known artists, musicians and performers from across the world taking on the role of reporters.  Working with organisations and communities in Liverpool they will create brand new work inspired by what’s making the headlines around the globe each week. The project opens in late February and is being curated by filmmaker and journalist Mark Donne and independent producer Eddie Morgan.

Brittle Heart – Season (November)
A season of work to commemorate both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One as well as women’s right to vote, will look at the world a century ago and aim to draw comparisons with 2018 and the future. The armistice commemoration will be led by a unique collaboration between the orchestras of two UNESCO Cities of Music in a performance of Britten’s War Requiem.

Plus much more, check the website for full details;