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!

Highlights of 2018…

Bordeaux Festival and Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta

Three Tall Ships Regatta

The most celebrated wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin, is coming to Liverpool whilst the Tall Ships dock here. It is the first time the event has come to the UK, with the very best of French food and wine on offer to the public. Celebrations take place the 25 – 28 May in Liverpool, with the ships setting sail over to Dublin and finishing in Bordeaux.


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.

Liverpool Literature Festival

Liverpool Central library

The Literature Festival will see some world-renowned literary authors and poets touch down in Liverpool - including right 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 Double Digit Birthdays…

Echo Arena turns 10

Echo Arena and the Wheel

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 1

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.