Liverpool’s 2013 events programme has already been hailed a huge success, attracting around 600,000 people.
The city has hosted five large-scale events so far this year:
- In Other Words festival – 23 April to 19 May
- Re-opening of Central Library – 17 May
- Battle of the Atlantic (BOA) 70th Anniversary commemorations – 24 to 28 May
- Albert Dock 25th birthday – 31 May to 2 June
- River Festival/Music on the Waterfront – 7 to 9 June
BOA – which Liverpool led the national commemorations for – was the most attended event so far this year with300,000 visitors. River Festival and Music on the Waterfront saw 125,000 head to the waterfront, and in its first month of opening, Central Library has welcomed a massive 100,000 visitors.
Retailers and tourist attractions also reported a massive boost in visitor numbers during the events.
- Both Liverpool ONE and City Central BID reported the BOA weekend as their busiest retail days so far in 2013.
- BID (which covers areas such as Church Street, Williamson and Clayton Squares) also saw a dramatic rise, recording more than one million visitors, compared with 600,000 during the same period in 2012.
- Liverpool ONE, which hosted free live music on Chavasse Park as part of the commemorations, saw a 33 per cent increase in footfall.
- The Albert Dock saw a 145 per cent increase in visitors over the BOA weekend (more than 100,000 people).
- Visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum more than trebled – welcoming 10,424 people during the Saturday and Sunday.
- On average the Museum of Liverpool welcomes between 4 – 6,000 visitors. During the Saturday and Sunday there were 15,701 visitors.
River Festival/Music on the Waterfront
- River Festival attracted more than 100,000, and Music on the Waterfront saw 25,000 descend on the Pier Head across the weekend.
- The Albert Dock reported an 82 per cent increase in footfall – more than 80,000 people.
- Merseyside Maritime Museum saw 6,195 visitors and 7,692 to the Museum of Liverpool on the Saturday and Sunday.
Albert Dock 25th birthday
- There was a 20 per cent increase in the number of visitors – more than 45,000
- Merseyside Maritime Museum saw 4,304 visitors and 7,256 to the Museum of Liverpool on the Saturday and Sunday.
- The library saw 17,000 visitors on its first day. This has now increased to 100,000 in the first month.
- 27,408 items have been issued, nearly 12,000 IT sessions have taken place and 4,284 new members have signed up.
- Central Library’s archives are also proving very popular with 1,610 archives issued and more than 200enquiries already logged with the team.
In Other Words Festival
- Organised in partnership with Writing on the Wall, this was the city’s biggest ever literary festival with more than 350 events, 88 venues, 85 organisations and 72 authors involved.
- The event attracted 22,000 people.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “It’s hard to believe we’re only half way through the year and we’ve already had an enormous number of high calibre events.
“These latest statistics once again reemphasise the importance of culture and how Liverpool thoroughly deserves its reputation as one of the leading cities when it comes to putting on high-quality, free events.
“We work closely with partners across the city, and the outcomes really are a win-win situation for everyone. These events will have brought millions into the local economy, supported jobs which is extremely valuable in this current climate, and, importantly, brought a feel-good factor to the city.
“I want to thank all those responsible for working so hard and making these events such a success – here’s to the next six months!”
Events still to come in 2013 which are organised by or supported by the city council include the Liverpool International Music Festival which runs from 18 August until 22 September (information and ticket booking atwww.limfestival.com), Pride, Brazilica, the Irish Festival, Halloween Lantern Carnival and fireworks at Sefton and Newsham Park on 5 November.
Ged Gibbons, Chief Operating Officer for City Central BID, which represents 630 businesses in the retail heart of Liverpool city centre, said:
“Liverpool is fortunate to have a brilliant team of people working behind the scenes to pull together its world class events programme. The benefits of such large scale events like the Mersey River Festival ripple right through the city’s economy and also serve to strengthen and promote the city’s appeal as an amazing destination to visit and enjoy.’’