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18 events in 2018 that proved Liverpool is still cultural capital of the world

18 events in 2018 that proved Liverpool is still cultural capital of the world

We don’t understand how something will prime this yr in phrases of events in our metropolis.

Hundreds of thousands of guests have graced our shores, the eyes of the world have been upon us and we now have celebrated our metropolis like by no means earlier than, proving that 10 years on from Capital of Tradition Liverpool is still the cultural epicentre of the planet.

Right here at The Information Liverpool we delight ourselves on bringing you all of the metropolis’s occasion motion because it occurs and it’s been an additional privilege for us this yr to be at the forefront of what can be remembered as one of the metropolis’s biggest years in its historical past. Listed here are simply 18 of the many events that we’ll always remember. 2018 we salute you!

1 – A Big Spectacle

We needed to begin with this, it was the largest and most succesful occasion in Liverpool’s historical past in any case. An estimated 1.5 million individuals got here from throughout the world to say hello (and goodbye) to our Big associates who will eternally have a particular place in the coronary heart of our metropolis. Watch the official highlights above and get your palms on the official Liverpool’s Dream Memento Ebook right here.

2 – An African Celebration in the Park

Africa Oyé celebrated its largest pageant so far again in June, seeing the likes of Internal Circle and Rocky Duwani take to its Sefton Park stage. Hundreds of you joined the social gathering and, with it being slap bang in the center of that superb heatwave, the Ray ban’s have been out in drive. Dates for subsequent yr are still TBC, however get the third weekend in June pencilled in and hold updated right here.

three – A Royal Calendar of Events

It’s been an enormous yr for the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool; new eating places, bars and shops, one very eye catching piece of artwork with Liverpool Mountain, a brand new inflatable assault course, Journey Dock, and a floating soccer pitch. Plus, extra individuals attended its events than ever earlier than. We celebrated the Dock’s Heritage, welcomed Steam engines from throughout the UK, obtained fashionable with Positive Tuned, sung our hearts out with People and watched Pirates battle and mermaids shine with Pirates on the Dock. Extra to return in 2019 head to to maintain examine on  dates.

four – A Metropolis Area Large Development

Certainly one of the most original and fascinating events took over our Metropolis Area again in August. Misplaced Castles was the mind youngster of French artist Oliver Crosette and noticed the six boroughs of Merseyside get collectively to assemble six misplaced castles of the area after which, on the Sunday, knock them down once more. One other Metropolis Area large occasion is anticipated for subsequent yr, hold it with to seek out out extra.

5 – A vibrant weekend of Satisfaction

It was the largest Satisfaction celebration the metropolis has ever seen, with over 50,000 supporters in attendance at Liverpool Satisfaction 2018. The likes of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Courtney Act headlined the principal stage in its new house on Tithebarn Road, while over 10,000 individuals marched with satisfaction by means of the metropolis beforehand. The occasion all the time takes place throughout the final weekend in July so get that in your diary for 2019 and hold it with Liverpool Delight as they unveil some thrilling information very quickly.

6 – A River Mersey race end

Issues obtained emotional again in July as our metropolis welcomed again 12 groups and over 700 crew who had spent 11 gruelling months at sea for the Clipper Spherical the World Yacht Race 17-18. In fact we welcomed them with a number of celebrations throughout our waterfront. Fancy taking the mission your self? You possibly can apply for the 2019-20 version now, all the information right here.

7 – A River full of Mild

We’ve by no means seen the Pier Head so busy or our waterfront shining so brilliant. Each side of the Mersey lit up in spectacular fashion for River of Mild 2018, our now annual Bonfire Night time celebration. The weather introduced us 4 unimaginable mild installations with The Kazimier’s Pool of Mirrors, the triangular stroll although Wave, Terra shining shiny on the Royal Liver Constructing and the European premier of Anahad, bringing the metropolis’s China Dream season to a wide ranging shut.

eight – A Double Foodie Feast

Liverpool Meals & Drink Pageant introduced two weekends of foodie enjoyable to Sefton Park this yr with hundreds in attendance. The primary was again in Spring with a give attention to way of life and properly being, and the second in September with the likes of Raymond Blanc taking to the Chef’s Area. Dates of subsequent yr’s Spring Pageant are in, so get 27th & 28th April in your menu. Maintain updated right here.

9 – A LIMF like no different 

Jax Jones, Hacienda Classical, Trevor Nelson, Stefflon Don, Wiley, James Hype, Basement Jaxx, Tim Westwood and lots of extra handled us to 2 days of unimaginable stay music in Sefton Park. We introduced you all of the backstage motion because it occurred with LIMF TV and phrase on the road is that the pageant will return for 2019, dates TBC however maintain it

10 – A Sail Away Spectacular for Cruise Liverpool

56 large cruise ships, 67,000 worldwide passengers, 33,000 crew and £7m introduced in to our native financial system – what a yr for Liverpool Cruise Terminal! The workforce at Cruise Liverpool placed on Sail Away exhibits to bid many of the vessels farewell; attracting hundreds of guests to our waterfront for events like Disney’s Magic on the Mersey and Cunard celebrations. Extra to return subsequent yr when the season begins up once more from April. Discover out extra at

11 – An Award Profitable Wine Pageant Debut

We return to the sunny Mayday Financial institution Vacation for the Bordeaux Wine Pageant, which not solely welcomed the metropolis of Bordeaux but in addition hundreds of wine loving pageant goers. The waterfront was alive throughout this weekend as the Tall Ships Regatta additionally sailed down our Mersey, celebrating 10 years since our Capital of Tradition win in fashion. We’re listening to whispers that the Bordeaux Wine Pageant will return in 2019 with a  model providing and wine menu. Don’t miss it, it has simply gained ‘Best New Event’ and the annual NOEA Awards!

12 – A Feast at Liverpool ONE

Not solely has Liverpool ONE welcomed new shops and eating places like Footlocker, Aether and Arket this yr nevertheless it’s additionally hosted an unimaginable array of events too. The Feast Weekend again in June celebrated the greatest food and drinks L1 has to supply, Halloween introduced us an enormous spider, Katumba drummers and our private favorite, Uncle Doom and his Organ of Gloom. And of course, that unimaginable Christmas Road Social gathering earlier this month. There’s lots extra to return and you may hold updated with all of it at

14 – A Weekend of Remembrance

Liverpool all the time remembers our struggle heroes with satisfaction however this yr’s tributes have been much more poignant as we mirrored on 100 years passing since since the finish of World Struggle One. Over 14,000 names of our conflict lifeless have been projected on to Trade Flags while a shocking portrait of Merseyside poet Wilfred Owen was projected on to Lime Road. The gorgeous service of Remembrance at St. George’s Corridor drew crowds of hundreds and cemented Liverpool as a metropolis that will always remember.

15 – An Irish Social gathering on the Pier


WHO KNOWS THIS ONE THEN?! Unimaginable @vanmorrison #FEISLIVERPOOL

— Feis Liverpool (@FeisLiverpool) 7 July 2018

As if we had Van Morrison enjoying a gig on our waterfront this yr! Nevertheless it wasn’t solely Van the Man on stage; Liverpool Feis introduced some of the largest Irish artists together with Shane MacCowan, Imelda Might, Vance Pleasure and The Chieftains. The occasion was hailed as an enormous success and the huge information is that it’s returning in 2019. Maintain it with for the dates you want.

16 – A Youngsters’s BBC Bash

For the first time ever CBBC introduced their Summer time Social to Liverpool this yr with the likes of Mr. Tumble, Matt Terry and Bars & Melody entertaining the crowds in Croxteth Park. TV exhibits like The Worst Witch, Horrible Histories and Match of the Day have been delivered to life as hundreds of mini CBBS followers from throughout the nation descended on our metropolis. Fingers crossed it returns for 2019!

17 – A race monitor in the metropolis

The Strand was reworked right into a customized race monitor in August as the Pink Bull Drift Shifters roared their approach into city. The world’s prime drifters, together with Mad Mike Whiddet (the brains behind the occasion) competed in an adrenaline crammed race in the shadow of our Royal Liver Constructing. Watch all of the motion above.

18 – A Tall Ships Showstopper

The Tall Ships are not any strangers to Liverpool having been right here now on 5 totally different events, the fifth being again in Might of this yr delivering a real spectacle on our River Mersey. The ships sailed alongside festivities for the Bordeaux Wine Pageant and continues their epic journey to Dublin after which on to Bordeaux itself.

So there you’ve it. Just a few of the many breathtaking events we now have witnessed in Liverpool on this monumental yr for the metropolis. It’s true we might by no means meet the Liverpool Giants once more, hear Van Morrison play on our Pier Head or see Drift Shifters rushing alongside the Strand. However one factor is for positive with Liverpool having extra gigs, events and festivals per sq. foot than another metropolis in the world…there is undoubtedly extra to return. Deliver on 2019!

What have been your favorite events in 2018? What would you wish to see subsequent yr? Tell us on Twitter, Fb and Instagram.

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