Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 by Sophie Campbell in 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks
Liverpool Docks.

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!

The Double Digit Birthdays…

Echo Arena turns 10

Echo Arena

The Echo Arena was one of many spectacular sights that came out of the Capital of Culture title, coinciding its opening for 2008. It has played host to many remarkable concerts and events right from the get-go, with the MTV European Music Awards in November of 2008 hosted by Katy Perry.

Liverpool International Music Festival 


LIMF, Liverpool Sound City, Africa OYE… the list of brilliant internationally-recognised local festivals goes on really, and while each one will be pulling out - even more - stops this year to celebrate the 10-year Capital of Culture anniversary, this year also marks 10 years since LIMF evolved from the Mathew Street Festival roots and moved over to the much loved Sefton Park. We can’t wait to see what Europe’s biggest free music festival has in store for us.

Victoria Gallery and Museum


As a ‘gift’ from the University to commemorate the accolade awarded to Liverpool, the VG&M opened to the public in 2008 after a £8.6 million restoration. There will be a multitude of various events and exhibitions this year, including New Perspectives, an exhibition giving a unique opportunity to view collections, which have not previously been on display.

Other Highlights of 2018…

Brittle Heart Season 

Brittle Heart Season

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and for women gaining the right to vote, the Brittle Heart Season will look at the world a century ago and compare it to 2018 and the future. With performances from The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and artwork to mark the anniversary of both such poignant moments in history and in politics, the weeklong event will not be one to miss. Tickets for the event go on sale in spring, and the Brittle Heart will run between the 5 and 11 November. 

Liverpool Literature Festival

Picton Reading Room

The Literature Festival will see some world-renowned literary authors and poets touch down in Liverpool - including here on campus! - as a celebration of the spoken and written word. It will also mark the re-opening of Liverpool’s Central Library and has already begun to create a huge buzz throughout the city. The festival will return to Liverpool on the 19 -21 October 2018.


The Art of Football Season

Football on a pitch

As the FIFA World Cup approaches once more, Liverpool will see inspiration from the biggest sport in the world this year with a series of works and exhibitions that have football as the focus. Throughout June and July, Liverpool will bring together writers, musicians, artists and football and non-football fans alike to look at its effect and influence on society. The season runs from 14 June – 15 July to coincide with the World cup itself, right in the heart of the Baltic Triangle.