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Culture, music, food and the arts feature prominently in the myriad of events which take place in Liverpool and the surrounding areas each year. Warm summer days create the perfect atmosphere for outdoor music festivals, from bijou events featuring offbeat artists to large events with headline acts from world-famous performers. The city also celebrates its bond with Ireland in the Liverpool Irish Festival and provides a showcase for contemporary art at the Biennial Art Festival. There’s a constant stream of events throughout the year.
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.
The Liverpool International Music Festival was formerly known as the Mathew Street Festival, but has grown over the years to sprawl across the city, drawing stars and up-and-coming talent to Liverpool every year. Held over four days, iconic locations and concert theatres become stages for new and established talent.
Celebrating Liverpool’s vibrant food and drink scene every September, the festival brings together more than 160 talented local chefs and producers to serve up a giant feast in the heart of Sefton Park. With local and regional producers sampling their wares, it’s the ideal event at which to give your tastebuds a workout.
Boasting a dynamic programme of events over 10 weeks every two years, the Biennial is the largest international contemporary arts festival in the UK. It has commissioned more than 200 new pieces of art since its launch in 1999 and it attracts 600,000 visitors to the city.
A popular annual sporting event, which brings world-class tennis to the courts of Liverpool Cricket Club, the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament has boasted the attendance of tennis greats such as Goran Ivanisevic, Martina Navratilova and Pat Cash in the past.