International BeatleWeek 26th –1st September 2020

Mathew Street street sign
Live music is the focus of International Beatleweek. Not only is there live music on the Cavern’s 3 stages all day, every day (with a different band on every hour), but the festival also goes out into the city to various venues so you can get a real feel of Liverpool.International Beatleweek takes place in venues across the city all week long. Festival highlights include theatre shows, outdoor venues, late night parties and of course our Annual Beatles Convention at the Adelphi Hotel.The convention on Sunday is the place to be and features guest speakers, a massive Beatles marketplace, videos, quizzes and of course more live music.There is so much to do and see that you don’t need to be a Beatle fan to enjoy the festival, though it probably helps! This is truly an international event with 70 bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40.

The Best Beatles Attractions in Liverpool:

  • The Beatles Story, found on the Royal Albert Dock, this exhibition is perhaps the ultimate way to get The Beatles experience
  • The Beatles Statue
  • Strawberry Field
  • Casbah Coffee Club
  • Childhood Homes (Mendips & 20 Forthlin Road)
  • Penny Lane
  • The Cavern Club

Where did the Beatles first play in Liverpool?

The Cavern Club Matthew Street in Liverpool was the venue where the Beatles’ (formerly known as the Quarrymen) UK popularity started. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best were first seen by Brian Epstein at the club.

None of the Beatles could read music. They could play the guitar, piano, and drums and write lyrics, but they never learned to read music. The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960, and their most famous lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

What made the Beatles unique?

The Beatles had such a different style from any other band at the time, because they worked in many different genres of music. The group started off rooted in the Skiffle and 1950’s rock and roll, and later on expanding into pop ballads, psychedelic rock and also having some classical influences in their songs.

River Of Light Returns Between 1st-9th November 2019

A nine day festival of light, colour and spectacle. River of Light 2019 will bring together large scale art commissions from artists across the world.

With the fireworks and 10 specially commissioned light installations heading to Liverpool for the week, it’s the perfect opportunity to get the whole family down for a weekend of fun in the city.

With the mid-river fireworks display taking centre stage on 3rd November lighting up the skies with an array of colour and music.

Two simultaneous displays, from the Waterfront in Liverpool and as part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture year in New Brighton, with a soundtrack featuring artists and songs which have been big in the city this year.

All River of Light events and installations are completely free, so there’s no excuse to visit this spectacular event on Liverpool Waters.


River Of Light Installations,

Globoscope – Liverpool Parish Church
Submergence – Mann Island Atrium
Spiders – Waterside Cunard Building
Cetus – Mann Island Basin
Intrude – Exchange Flags
Flight – Royal Liver Building
Whole Hole – Wapping Dock Wall
Run Beyond – Salthouse Quay
Liverpool Jackpot – Plaza Building
Portal – Royal Albert Doc


If you’re heading to Liverpool for the mid-river firework display on the River Mersey on Sunday 3rd November then make sure you get the whole family down to the Pier Head early for a good viewing spot. The fireworks are due to start at 6:30pm.

With performance, music and light displays in the build up to the main event, it will be a spectacle for everyone to enjoy. The accompanying soundtrack is set to feature artists and songs who have played in the city this year so it’s going to be a pretty impressive show!


Bordeaux Wine Festival Returns To Liverpool Waters

Liverpool is set to welcome the return of the award-winning Bordeaux Wine Festival this summer.

The event, which made its debut last year, returns to the waterfront from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.

Eight wine pavilions will offer up hundreds of different wines to sample – with experts on hand to tell you how to spot the differences in region and style.

Chef-Patron of The Art School Liverpool , Paul Askew, will also be serving up some mouthwatering food and hosting demonstrations.

Amongst the acclaimed chefs joining Paul are Ellis Barrie, who featured on BBC’s Great British Menu, Tom Parker, Head Chef at The White Swan, Michelin Star chef Nigel Haworth and Tom Brown, who runs Cornerstone in London.

Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said: “We’re delighted it will return, bigger and better, and our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront will be transformed once again into a festival wine and food, perfect for connoisseurs or those who simply enjoy a good glass of wine.

“This year there is the addition of masterclasses with some of the UK’s most exciting chefs – all curated by Liverpool ’s very own culinary genius Paul Askew.

“Taking place at the same time as the always-popular River Festival , it will be an unmissable weekend in Liverpool.”

Guests will also be able to enjoy food outlets on site, including pizza and street food.

Tickets for the Bordeaux Wine Festival are on sale now via , starting from £21.50.

Liverpool’s Spectacular River Festival Set To Make A Return 1st-2nd June

The River Festival is back on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June! This maritime event will cover Pier Head, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Salthouse Dock, the paved area of The Strand and Mann Island with a whole raft of free family friendly activities. A free celebration of music, art, food and more on Liverpool’s iconic Waterfront.

When the ships come sailing in, the city will present a packed program of maritime entertainment inspired by Liverpool’s history as an iconic Port with historic and contemporary trading routes. The festival will celebrate the Port of Liverpool as an arrival and departure base for world class culture, music, food, wine and art.

Highlights you can expect to see over the weekend:

The Birdcage Stage returns to the River Festival for a second year running with the hilarious slapstick street theatre show Two Cats and a Canary. Inspired by cartoon nostalgia follow the antics of the canary as she inhabits a beautiful golden birdcage.

Highly talented musicians from Jaipur, Rajasthan’s renowned “Pink City”, the surrounding villages, make up the brass core of this rousing new ensemble on trumpet, trombone, euphoium and sousaphone, supplemented with clarinet, against an insistent background of percussion on side, bass and dhol drums.

The Northern Boat Show, is part of the River Festival Liverpool and will give visitors the chance to see all types of ways of getting on the water and enjoying leisure time.

Gaia – a huge 23ft replica of the Earth will be open to the public from Saturday 25th May at Liverpool Cathedral, a week before the free festival takes place.

Sea Urchins will head to the waterfront in the form of hand-crocheted works of art make of fishing nets and measuring more than three meters high and nearly six meters wide!

Mann Island will be taking over by ‘Shipwreck: Receivers of the Wreck’ which will see a lone, broken ship acts a stage for a highly physical show featuring performances, aerial circus, dance and soundscapes to tell the tales of sailors, survivors, wreckers and rescuers.

The golden age of Hollywood will take over the waterfront thanks to a new On the Town – a brand new dance commission by House of Suarez.

The main stage of the Pier Head will celebrate Liverpool’s longstanding relationship with New York – with live music performances from Disco Inferno and Motown Gold.

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool will be home to three Ship Stages dedicated to showcasing Indian, African and Irish live music and performances.

Liverpool’s Waterfront gearing up for Red Bull Drift Shifters

Red Bull Drift Shifters – arguably one of the biggest, loudest and most precise motorsport events to ever hit the UK – is coming to Liverpool this summer. The world’s best drifters are heading to the city on Sunday 19 August to showcase their skills as they rip through the streets just feet from the crowds in the shadow of the iconic Royal Liver Building.

Red Bull Drift Shifters is a drifting event like no other, bringing 12 of the world’s best drifters together and testing their nerve as they’re put on a custom track on the streets of Liverpool, rigged with advanced proximity and speed sensors.

Ten thousand spectators will be as close to the action as physically possible to witness the drivers putting their skills, speed and precision to the test. As they manoeuvre their way around the features, they will score points for the speed, angle and proximity of their cars to the obstacles. The closer, the better.

The event is being organised in partnership with Liverpool City Council and forms part of Liverpool 2018 – a year of projects marking a decade since Liverpool’s transformational year as European Capital of Culture.

Red Bull Drift Shifters was originally dreamt up by New Zealand professional drifter ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett, debuting in his home town of Auckland back in 2012. Now, it’s going international, arriving on UK shores – Liverpool’s iconic waterfront – for the very first time.

Mike said:

“It’s an amazing venue; it’s near twice the size of the last two Red Bull Drift Shifters events and it’s got this big D-shape roundabout, so we’re really excited to be able to get out and showcase the precision driving of drifting in the UK in such a massive environment. The venue also appears in a Fast and Furious movie, so yeah, it’s really cool – I can’t wait to execute it.”
Spectators should come prepared for an adrenaline-fuelled event that will test nerves to the max and wow with precision driving like never seen before in the UK.

For more details and for information on tickets click here.

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art

Art will officially take over Liverpool with a full fifteen weeks of extraordinary exhibitions and events across 20 sites across the city. From its favourite galleries and buildings to outdoor spaces. The 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial, ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.

The title for Beautiful world, where are you? derived from a poem written in 1788 by Friedrich Schiller, a German poet. Set to music by Austrian composer Franz Schubert in 1819. The years between the composition of Schiller’s poem and Schubert’s song saw great upheaval and profound change in Europe, from the French Revolution to the fall of the Napoleonic Empire. Today, the poem continues to reflect a world gripped by deep uncertainty. Interpreted as lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that can be shared in a more equitable way.

Over 40 artists from 22 countries are presenting work that responds to the call Beautiful world, where are you? The city of Liverpool provides the perfect setting with its public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings. As an additional strand, Worlds within worlds invites audiences to explore the rich histories and stories evoked by objects and artefacts from the city’s civic collections and architecture.

Presented in locations across Liverpool including public spaces, civic buildings and the city’s leading art venues: Blackburne House, Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moore’s University’s Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the Oratory, the Playhouse theatre, RIBA North – National Architecture Centre, St George’s Hall, Tate Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool) many more public spaces and online.

Also showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018 are partner exhibitions John Moore’s Painting Prize 2018 at the Walker Art Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design, This is Shanghai and the Biennial Fringe.

If you travel to Liverpool to see only one at this year’s Biennial, then it simply must be Agnès Varda’s film Ulysse (1982) at FACT Picturehouse. A small masterpiece in which the great Varda presents, years after its taking, one of her photographs to those who posed for it, her subject here is the quicksand of memory – for which reason it is entirely appropriate that no sooner has it finished that you will want to see it straight away again.

In 2018, Liverpool Biennial is celebrating 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region. It is also part of Liverpool 2018, a year-long programme that proudly showcases the city’s culture and creativity a decade on from its year as European Capital of Culture.

There are a number of public artworks on display throughout the city, including Ryan Gander’s bench-like sculptures on the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral plateau, a large-scale installation by Holly Hendry at Exchange Flags and a mosaic by Paulina Olowska at Invisible Wind Factory.

Find an abundance of the quirky and peculiar, as the Biennial being created and hosted here in Liverpool, it makes sense that it features an art work made from the city’s unofficial national dress – trainers. Canadian artist Brian Jungen carves ‘feathers’ from the soles of Nike trainers to create sculptures resembling Cheyenne war bonnets.

You can find his work alongside pieces by a number of other international artists at Tate Liverpool throughout the Biennial.  You can book a facial within Moscow-born Taus Makhacheva‘s installation inside Blackburne House and you will be told stories about disappeared art works as a performer carries out your 30-minute treatment.

Film portraits of Bette Bright (Deaf School), Budgie (Siouxie and the Banshees), Ken Owen (Carcass) and Louisa Roach (She Drew The Gun) overlap on the Playhouse Theatre stage in a piece by Ari Benjamin Meyes. It tells of Liverpool’s musical history, while relating back to the city’s industrial past. Walking into the dark auditorium while the work is playing on stage is a surreal experience.

A remarkable 15 week experience and one not to be missed, right in the heart of Liverpool.

The artists featured in the Biennial exhibition are: Madiha Aijaz, Abbas Akhavan, Morehshin Allahyari, Francis Alÿs, Ei Arakawa, Kevin Beasley, Mohamed Bourouissa, Banu Cenneto?lu, Shannon Ebner, Paul Elliman, Inci Eviner, Aslan Gaisumov, Ryan Gander with Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates, Joseph Grigely, Dale Harding, Holly Hendry, Lamia Joreige, Brian Jungen, Janice Kerbel, Duane Linklater, Mae-ling Lokko, Taus Makhacheva, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Naeem Mohaiemen, Paulina Olowska, George Osodi, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mathias Poledna, Annie Pootoogook, Reetu Sattar, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Iacopo Seri, Melanie Smith, The Serving Library, Agnès Varda, Joyce Wieland, Haegue Yang, Chou Yu-Cheng, Rehana Zaman




Liverpool the perfect place to host International Business Festival

Liverpool was made for business. Liverpool is a city that shines. It’s a lively place where the people have a true entrepreneurial spirit as famous as the warmth of their welcome. It’s the perfect place to host an International Business Festival.

The Festival was established as a biennial event that brought some of the world’s most ambitious businesses under one roof to make valuable business connections happen. Capturing the diversity and dynamism of the global marketplace, it will host more than 100 individual events, from international conferences to intimate seminars, all housed within the £66m Exhibition Centre at the Liverpool Docks. In 2016, the second International Business Festival welcomed more than 30,000 attendees from around the world.

People attend for many reasons, to do deals, be inspired, make connections and enjoy an exciting and engaging programme of expert panels, practical workshops and high-profile keynote addresses.

Important delegates from 100 different countries attend and this year will be no different. It is an open market to new deals, a gathering of ambitious international companies looking to meet new investors, suppliers and partners. The festival celebrates and supports business, through unmissable conferences, seminars and bespoke business brokerage meetings. Returning to Liverpool for three weeks from the 12 – 28 June 2018, bringing a world of business to anticipated crowds of more than 25,000 visitors. With over £500m worth of business deals secured, £87m worth of exports secured and £250m sales generated, this is truly a remarkable stage for UK and worldwide businesses and business focus individuals.


Famous “Tall Giants” return for the Liverpool Biennial



Giant puppets which draws tens of thousands of people to Liverpool are set to make a return, the city’s mayor has revealed.

Mayor Joe Anderson said the 25ft (7.5m) tall marionettes would return in 2018. The 18 planned events will aim to attract audiences of around 5 million people during the year, creating upwards of £50m economic impact and push Liverpool to the top of the ‘must-visit’ cities in 2018.

They would form part of a year-long programme of 18 major cultural events, he said.

The celebration – dubbed ‘Eighteen for 18’ – would mark 10 years since Liverpool was awarded European Capital of Culture status.

It will be themed around the end of World War One and organised in collaboration with Wirral Council, he said.

Mr Anderson said the celebration would “make everyone who lives here proud and everyone that doesn’t live here wonder why they don’t”.

Eighteen for 18 is intended to tie in with a series of important anniversaries which take place in 2018 including the 30th birthday of Tate Liverpool, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and ten years of ACC Liverpool and Liverpool ONE .

A truly remarkable and stunning spectacle, one not to be missed.

International Tall Ships on Liverpool Waters

The international fleet of Tall Ships continues to make its triumphant return to Liverpool waters. This year marked the fifth time Liverpool has hosted these historic vessels and during Capital of Culture year an estimated one million people packed the banks of the river to catch a glimpse of the parade of sail.

The prestigious event is organised by Sail Training International. The race, which is a celebration of international friendship and understanding, represents countries from all over the world. From the one million people who are estimated to have seen the Tall Ships on the Mersey during their four days in the city, it brought in a boost to the local economy of almost £10million.

Liverpool’s experience includes hosting the Tall Ships Race and the Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta in August 2012.  This, together with the city’s outstanding reputation for staging other maritime-related events such as the Three Cunard Queens visit in 2015 and the annual International Mersey River Festival, ensured it became a host city for 2018.

Other activities include the “Changing Tides” creative programme of international and local artworks, installations, music, dance and theatrical performances commissioned by Culture Liverpool and part funded by Arts Council England.

From 60ft masted schooners to private yachts, the ships are an absolutely stunning sight and give visitors the rare opportunity to ‘come on-board’ for a closer look at these incredible vessels as well as bringing the local community together.

Liverpool Waters turns in to The Bordeaux International Wine Festival

A Wine Festival and a Waterfront – A match made in heaven

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather, and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.”John Keats

And that is exactly what the Bordeaux International Wine festival brings to the renowned Docks of Liverpool.  Bordeaux’s finest export comes to the cities UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront during the Three Festival’s Tall Ships Regatta. A UK premiere; Liverpool is being embraced into the Bordeaux ‘Fete le Vin’ family alongside Brussels, Hong Kong, Quebec and Bordeaux.


Pair your favourite Bordeaux wine with a grand gastronomic experience provided by some of Liverpool’s finest chefs and restaurants in partnership with Independent Liverpool – founders of the edgy Baltic Market, as well as North West Food Champion & Chef Patron of the multi-award winning  – The Art School. Get involved to make the event a feast for all the senses. This is a seriously cool event which beckons thousands from far and wide to come and get a little education as well as a little tipsy on the grapes from France!



Sit back and enjoy some cool jazz live entertainment created especially for the festival, against the backdrop of one the most beautiful iconic skylines in the world.