Liverpool 2018

Major Events

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 Echo Arena 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.

Echo Arena 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 9 February - 3 June. Presented in hidden spaces in St George's Hall, Liverpool, this is an exhibition of artwork by 19 contemporary artists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The artworks belong to the New Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester and is the first time this collection has been displayed in its entirety.

Taking place from 25 - 28 May. Linking a trio of vibrant port cities - Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux - with some nail-biting racing across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay, Liverpool's world-famous, UNESCO World Heritage waterfront offers the perfect backdrop for the stunning tall ships. At the same time, the Bordeaux Wine Festival will be relocating to the Pier Head for the duration of the festival to help celebrate its home town.

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 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.