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.
In 2018 Echo Arena Liverpool is celebrating 10 years since it opened its doors. The venue has hosted more than 1,100 performances since it opened on January 12 2008 and has brought hundreds of high profile artists, comedians, major sporting events and family shows to Liverpool and 2018 will continue to see a packed program of world class entertainment.
Rapid Response Unit is a year of news seen through the lens of leading national and international artists as they respond to global events and world stories as they happen. Each day, week or fortnight from the end of February to December, commissioned artists and performers, paired with some of the city's most innovative and acclaimed arts and cultural organisations, will produce challenging new work based on, and inspired by, a key story or topic that is in the headlines. And the final artistic work will also be performed or exhibited at venues across the city.
Taking place over 15 weeks across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, Liverpool Biennial commissions artists from around the world to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. The 10th edition 'Beautiful World, Where Are You?' invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. Liverpool Biennial will celebrate 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region.
After a successful return last year, the award-winning Everyman Company is back for 2018. Directed by Gemma Bodinetz and Nick Bagnall, 14 actors will perform full shows: Paint Your Wagon, A Clockwork Orange, Othello and The Big I Am - a reimagining of Peer Gynt by Liverpool playwright Robert Farquhar, over five exciting months.
Taking place from 9 February - 28 October. Showcasing objects from one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history. Featuring objects that have never been on show in the UK before, these spectacular artefacts will shed light on the Emperor's pursuit of immortality and show how he prepared for the afterlife, as well as help us to understand more about everyday life in China more than two thousand years ago.
Taking place from May - October. The Future World of Work Season is being led by FACT, and is using the backdrop of the International Business Festival 2018 and the UNIGLOBAL World Summit, to question what the future of work means for us as individuals and as a society. Bringing together artists and creative thinkers with local communities, workers, thought leaders and businesses, there will be a range of events, compositions, debates and interventions.
A ground-breaking exhibition telling John Lennon and Yoko Ono's story in their own words. The exhibition explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign. Featuring personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by both John and Yoko, the exhibition is drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed.
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.
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.
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.