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Liverpool 2018: Huge series of events mark 10 years since European Capital of Culture title

Liverpool as European Capital of Culture in 2008. Photo: ITV News

It's ten years since Liverpool was named as European Capital of Culture, and the city council has announced a massive programme of events to mark the milestone.

More than 40 events and festivals are set to take place around the city, bringing together local talent along with international artists and performers.

The majority of events will be free.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Feb-Oct
China Dream Season

As the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition runs at World Museum, Liverpool will be embracing its Far East links with a special China season.

Artists, musicians and performers from China and the UK will present work in the city.

End Feb
The city's "newsroom"

This project will see a specially created ‘newsroom’ open in the city centre, with well-known artists, musicians and performers from across the world taking on the role of reporters.

They'll work with organisations and communities in Liverpool to create content inspired by what’s making the headlines around the globe each week.

May
Tall Ships Regatta

Liverpool will play host to the starting leg of the Regatta across the bank holiday weekend.

As part of this, the world’s leading wine event The Bordeaux Wine Festival will be located in Liverpool while the Tall Ships are in the city.

May-Jul
The Future World of Work Season

This series of events will look at what the future holds for the world of work.

FACT will lead on a series of artistic commissions which will take over the city centre and work alongside the International Business Festival and UNIGlobal to bring thinkers to the city to tackle this idea.

Jun-Jul
FIFA World Cup events

To coincide with the FIFA World Cup, throughout June and July a series of works will be commissioned which have football at their heart.

They will explore the concept of ‘fandom’, challenge stereotypes and look at the impact of football on fashion, music, politics and society.

7 July
The Feis Liverpool

A 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.

This is a ticketed event.

Aug
The World Boccia Championships

The World Boccia Championships will be hosted at Exhibition Centre Liverpool in August.

Aug
Lost Castles installation

Liverpool will welcome French artist Olivier Grossetȇte - renowned for creating extraordinary structures out of cardboard.

He will work with communities to recreate some lost castles from across the city in the exact places they once stood.

Sept
Celebration of piano music

Throughout 2018, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will be celebrating piano music with their Art of the Piano programme.

This will culminate in the Smash the Keys music festival focused on the piano.

Nov
World War One and Women's Suffrage commemorations

This is a season of work to commemorate both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One as well as women’s right to vote.

It will look at the world a century ago and aim to draw comparisons with 2018 and the future.

The armistice commemoration will be led by a collaboration between the orchestras of two UNESCO Cities of Music in a performance of Britten’s War Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral on 10 November

Nov
Rugby

Anfield will stage the second test of the England v New Zealand Rugby League series.