Culture, music, food and the arts feature prominently in the many varied events that take place in Liverpool and the surrounding region each year. The long, warm summer days herald outdoor music festivals that range from the small and eclectic to the large parkland events with headline acts from world-famous performers. Liverpool celebrates its strong bond with Ireland in the Liverpool Irish Festival, while the Biennial Art Festival gives contemporary art one of its biggest UK promotions. ACC Liverpool can advise you on some of the best events you might attend as part of your visit to the city.
Taking place from 14 June - 15 July. Coinciding with the football World Cup in Russia, this season sets out to explore the relationship between football, art and culture. Covering fashion, politics, music and performance The Art of Football season will look at the role which football plays in the world, and how Liverpool is at the heart of so much of what is now shaping the global identity of soccer.
Taking place from 16 - 17 June. The Africa Oye festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. 2018 will showcase the best undiscovered gems from across the continent with an incredible artist line up packed with international talent.
Taking place 7 July. Pronounced 'fesh' - an Irish word for a festival of music and dance, a brand new annual event celebrating the best of Irish culture is coming to the city, bringing with it some of the biggest names in Irish music, from contemporary to traditional. This multi-stage event will take place on the Liverpool Waterfront this summer and is being organized by Vince Power an Jona Cox.
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 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.
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.