Liverpool is to stage a major year-long cultural programme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of being European Capital of Culture.
Mayor Joe Anderson has revealed work is underway on Eighteen for 18 – a series of internationally significant events, exhibitions, seasons and performances.
Plans are in motion to work with some of the world’s best artists, musicians and cultural organisations with early discussions in place that could potentially see the return of some of the most iconic Royal de Luxe’s Giants and the Tall Ships fleet which made a splash in 2008 – both a nod to the success of the last ten years.
A series of important anniversaries take place in 2018 including the 30th birthday of Tate Liverpool, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and ten years of ACC Liverpool, and it is being proposed that the crucial role of these organisations is celebrated in style.
One of the seasons planned will focus on ‘The Future of Work’, and will see IFB 2018 and The Uniglobal World Congress be part of a major programme looking at what the future of work looks like and means for society as a whole.
The 18 new commissions will aim to attract audiences of around five million people, creating upwards of £50m economic impact and push Liverpool to the top of the ‘must-visit’ cities in 2018.
Mayor Anderson said: “We want everything we do in 2018 to build on the wonderful work which has taken place in the city since 2008.
‘’2018 will be the next watershed year in the history of Liverpool and one which will make everyone who lives here proud, and everyone that doesn’t live here wonder why they don’t!”
Liverpool’s cultural sector directly employs 2,000 people and brings in £11 for every £1 invested.
A piece of work will also be commissioned called Impact 18 which will look at how great the impact of the last decade has been in terms of economic, social impact and international perception of Liverpool.
A comprehensive participation and education programme will run throughout the year so young people and residents can learn from, and get involved in activities.
Mayor Anderson added: “These are huge ambitions, but I know we will deliver it. If the past few years have told us anything about this city – hosting major events and international cultural moments is something we excel at.
“We are a city which knows where it has come from and where it is going, with the next milestone in that long illustrious history being the ambition and scale of 2018.”
The full 2018 programme will be announced in the autumn.