Culture in Liverpool

Since 2008 Liverpool has focused on making the most of its cultural richness and the benefits European Capital of Culture brought to the city.

La Princessa in Liverpool

One of 08's highlights

Our city is bursting with cultural events and people who love to attend, take part in or run cultural activities. From grass-roots through to large-scale events, there is something for everyone in Liverpool and the wider City Region (Merseyside).

Through this blog we want to highlight key cultural activities and events.

Liverpool is steeped in a rich and diverse cultural heritage dating back from its time as a great Victorian port city. The city has more grade I/II listed buildings than any other city outside of London and has UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Liverpool’s grand architecture is matched only by its vast array of cultural offerings, both in the city centre and its five neighbourhoods. From its world-class museums, art galleries, music venues and theatres, to its 16 green flag parks, Liverpool has something for everyone…and there’s always something going on.

There are lots of highlights to look forward to, including a Sea Odyssey the giant spectacular, Light Night, Africa Oyé, Liverpool Biennial and many more! We hope that this blog will cover many of these local events.

Useful culture links

If you’re interested to find out more about culture in Liverpool, below are some useful links to organisations that have something to do with culture in the city.

A department within Liverpool City Council, Culture Liverpool funds and delivers culture and events in the city and manages international relations.

Its aim is to help Liverpool build on the success of ’08 by creating a dynamic programme that reflects the character and creativity of the city, placing citizens at its heart and inspiring all who participate and spectate.

The Bluecoat, Liverpool’s oldest city centre building, is home to a vibrant community of creative people and a contemporary programme of exhibitions, performances and events. The beautiful spaces, including a secret garden in the heart of the city, really capture the imagination of children and adults alike.

The Everyman and Playhouse Theatres sit at the heart of Liverpool’s theatrical and cultural landscape. With a strong heritage and exciting future, the programme at the Everyman centres on new writing, emerging from an extraordinary new generation of playwriting talent in the city. At the Playhouse, the focus is on bold and innovative theatrical productions which bring inspiring scripts to vivid life.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading organisation for commissioning, exhibiting, promoting and supporting artists’ work and innovation in the field of film, video, and new media. It is the UK’s primary exponent of innovative digital media, and pioneers new forms of artistic and social interaction with emerging creativity.

At FACT,  individuals and communities can express themselves creatively. It works with international artists to develop exhibitions which increase public knowledge about new technologies. It creates new commissions with people living and working in Liverpool. FACT Programme is the artistic core of the organisation, commissioning projects by artists in film, video and new and emerging media forms and working with partner organisations.

Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (LARC) is an alliance of eight of the city’s major cultural organisations and was set up to play a leading role in helping to regenerate Liverpool City Region.

Liverpool’s daily morning newspaper has a long-running and well respected culture and arts feature written by Culture Editor, Laura Davis.

Liverpool’s daily newspaper has a long running culture section edited by Arts editor, Catherine Jones. Culture Chat hosted on the Echo website is a popular blog that’s well worth a read.

Education in museums and galleries is something special. National Museums Liverpool displays real objects which can inspire and inform. They may be unique or ordinary, man-made or natural, works of art, or cultural icons. They can all be admired or studied somewhere within the National Curriculum. Many groups explore our galleries on their own. Others groups take part in learning sessions led by members of our education team. Mainly targeted at the National Curriculum, many are also suitable for other groups. They are available every weekday unless otherwise indicated, and there is no charge. NML can provide work-room, lunch-room or cloakroom facilities depending on which museum or gallery you are visiting. On the day, one of NML’s Visitor Hosts will meet you to help you get your visit under way. 

Over the years, NML staff have developed considerable knowledge about using its museums and galleries. If you would like to discuss a visit before you come, please contact the NML team.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is the leading music organisation in Liverpool and the North West, comprising a world class symphony orchestra, major concert venues and extensive learning programmes.

The Phil promotes over 250 events per year to audiences of over 250,000 people. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its award-winning Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, presents concerts in Liverpool, across the UK and internationally. Its Learning & Engagement programme offers a range of inspirational opportunities to get involved in live music-making of the highest quality. Led by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and its expert team of music leaders, programmes are designed to enhance the curriculum and support teaching and learning.

Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London.  Tate Liverpool presents displays of work from the Tate collection alongside special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The special exhibition programme, presented on the Gallery’s fourth floor, brings together works from national and international collections, both public and private.

The official toursim website for Liverpool and the City Region. If it’s on in Liverpool, it’ll be on this website.

2010 is the Year of Health and Wellbeing in the Liverpool City Region and is a great opportunity for everyone to join together and make positive changes to their health and the way they feel about themselves.