As a former European Capital of Culture, and the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is a city that needs no introduction, at least as far as culture is concerned. From music to poetry, literature to theatre, there is a whole wealth of cultural history in this northern city, and it’s something that residents and visitors alike still continue to celebrate.
Let’s start with Liverpool’s events, of which there are plenty. The city’s annual programme includes several key music events. The first, Liverpool’s Sound City, is one of the largest metropolitan festivals of its kind in the UK, and hosts over 300 acts during its run, along with hosting an industry conference. While this event is only a few days long, visit Liverpool later in the year, and you can enjoy a week long programme of music events across the city, thanks to ‘Liverpool Music Week’. Also featured on the events schedule is the ‘Liverpool Design Festival’, showcasing textiles, fashion, and other contemporary design, the’ Liverpool Irish Festival’, which includes film screenings, and theatre, and the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival, featuring some of the best stand-up comedians in the UK. No event summary would be complete without a mention of the Lodestar Theatre Company, and the ‘Liverpool Shakespeare Festival’ they run each year. If you’re looking for a new take on plays such as Macbeth, or The King and I, they could be well worth checking out.
This is just a hint of some of the events on offer in Liverpool, keep your eyes open, and you might find gigs, plays, art exhibitions, firework displays and food festivals, to keep all the family entertained. Culture in Liverpool isn’t just about one off events though, as you will soon find out, looking through the rest of this site.
If you count up the architectural landmarks, (some of which are listing buildings), and add those to the museums, art galleries, and theatres, you’ll probably find that Liverpool has more of these than anywhere else in the UK, bar London. This means that, in any given year, there are a diverse range of exhibitions, local theatre productions and touring musicals, comedy performances, and ways to find out more about Liverpool’s history.
Head down to the popular Albert Dock and visit Tate Liverpool or the Beatles Story, or find out more about the city’s Maritime history or connection with slavery, at two of the museums under the ownership of National Museums Liverpool.
With a history stretching back over 800 years, it’s of no surprise that some of the theatres and arts spaces have been around a long time as well. Some of these arts spaces, like the Liverpool Empire, have interesting stories to tell, beyond what happens on-stage.
A long cultural history has also bred some famous people, so why not see how many cultural icons from Liverpool you can think of, before looking at a run-down on this site. The Beatles may be the most talked about, but theatre, comedy, and literature have produced some Liverpool success stories as well. Want to find out more about all this, and the areas designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO? then we have more details throughout the site.