The Liverpool 2018 celebrations will launch on 11 January – 10 years to the day since the ‘People’s Opening’ of the European Capital of Culture festivities.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says the year ahead will be “an incredible time for residents and visitors” as the city marks a decade since it held the status in 2008.
Organisers have confirmed that the details of Liverpool 2018 – a year-long celebration of the city’s creative scene – will remain under wraps until January.
A number of events and projects which will feature in the programme have already been announced including the first UK visit from China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors in a generation, the finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race and the return of The Clothes Show.
Plus there’ll be the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, Tate Liverpool’s 30th anniversary programme, the 10th Liverpool Biennial and Rewire – a major new art and technology commission led by FACT with Invisible Flock, working with artists from around the world and Toxteth and Dingle communities.
Meanwhile new commissions will explore modern Chinese culture, the global relationship with football, the ‘Future World of Work’ and a project with a working title of ‘Nineteen Eighteen’ to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Liverpool 2018 organisers have also revealed that live event creators Walk the Plank will host ‘Easter Fire’ at St Gorge’s Hall, creating a world of fire, entertainment and gastronomy during the Easter holidays.
Mayor Anderson says: “Some of the projects which we will be announcing in the New Year really do raise the bar and it will be an incredible time for residents and visitors who will undoubtedly travel from across the world to experience how Liverpool puts on a show.”
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, adds: “The City Region Combined Authority is delighted to be supporting Liverpool 2018 with £5 million from our Single Investment Fund.
“It will kick-start a new cultural journey for the whole of the city region and it is my ambition that all areas feel the same benefits as Liverpool has done in the last decade.”