A decade on from European Capital of Culture, in 2018 Liverpool is looking to the future with a thrilling year-long programme which celebrates the city's culture and creativity. It is also ACC Liverpool's 10th year of operation, and the venue is going to be at the heart of the city's celebrations.
The extraordinary programme of events includes the Terracotta Warriors, the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, Tate Liverpool celebrating it's 30th anniversary and Liverpool Biennial's 10th edition.
ACC Liverpool can advise you on some of the best events you can attend as part of your visit to the city.
This is no ordinary year and we invite you to be a part of it.
Take a look at our delegate guide to the 2018 cultural programme here.
Taking place from 21 - 22 July. The biggest free music event in Europe returns after an award-winning 2017. Expect big names, brand new acts and local icons taking over one of the most picturesque parks in the city. More than 100,000 music lovers are expected to flock to Sefton Park for two days of great melodies and brilliant beats.
Taking place from 27 - 29 July. Tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the waterfront in summer 2017 to wave off the intrepid crews taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Eleven months and 40,000 grueling nautical miles later, The Clipper Race Fleet of ocean going yachts are set to return to the Mersey in July in a celebrate of teamwork, tenacity, grit and determination.
Taking place from 9 - 12 August. Working with a number of communities across Liverpool City Region, French artist Olivier Grossetete will be recreating historic castles which have been lost or ruined out of cardboard, and for one weekend turning them into venues for performances and events to take place.
Taking place from 9 - 19 August. Boccia is a precision ball sport that is played by people with impairments that affect motor skills and is the fastest growing Paralympic sport. It is a real honour for Liverpool to host the World Championships in 2018, the biggest event in the Boccia calendar outside of the Paralympics themselves.
Taking place from 15 - 16 September, the annual celebration of Liverpool’s thriving food and drink scene brings together more than 160 talented local chefs and producers to serve up a giant feast in the heart of Sefton Park. Held in September, you can try delicious food and drink from local and regional producers, soak up the atmosphere and pick up a few cooking tips from the experts at the various demonstrations and masterclasses.
Taking place from 20 - 30 September. Curated by electronic composer Nick Smith and in collaboration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Smash The Keys is a musical odyssey through a single instrument. This season will bring together brand new commissions, artistic interventions and a series of one-off piano performances which cover all genres of music, from classical and jazz to hip hop, funk and grime. It is piano music, but not as you know it.
Taking place 20 - 30 September. To celebrate Tate Liverpool's 30th birthday, two major shows will be presented in 2018. A decade since acclaimed exhibition Gustav Klimt, Tate Liverpool showcases the works of his protégé, radical Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele alongside the work of American photographer Francesca Woodman.
In collaboration with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool and Wirral will host the largest street theatre event to take place in the UK this year which will once again see giant visitors journey around Merseyside. Taking place from 4 – 7 October 2018, Liverpool and Wirral will welcome back the creative tour de force that is Royal de Luxe who will undoubtedly deliver a jaw-dropping visual feast.
Taking place from 18 - 28 October. Celebrating the link between Liverpool and Ireland and reveling in the colourful Irish heritage of the city over two weeks in October, this festival showcases the best of Irish arts and culture. An eclectic combination of music, drama, comedy, film, talks and walks, the festival fills concert halls, pubs and clubs, museums and galleries throughout the city.
Taking place from 5 - 11 November. A season of events, installations and performances to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One and explore what this means for young people and society today. At the centre of this season will be a unique and moving collaboration between the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the NDR Radiophilharmonie from Hannover NDR Philharmonic who will come together to perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem from the majesty of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Red Bull Drift Shifters – arguably one of the biggest, loudest and most precise motorsport events to ever hit the UK – is coming to Liverpool on 19 August. The world’s best drifters are heading to the city to showcase their skills as they rip through the streets just feet from the crowds in the shadow of the iconic Royal Liver Building.