IT’S HAPPENING IN LIVERPOOL EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2008!
Liverpool is a remarkable city with a proud history and 2008 marks the beginning of an incredible new chapter in the city’s story.
As European Capital of Culture 2008, the city has had an amazing year so far, celebrating the very best in arts and culture; over 200 events have already taken place. More than six million people have visited in the first seven months of the year for a unique line-up of events and exhibitions, which have included a weekend-long opening ceremony starring Ringo Starr, a sell-out Paul McCartney gig and a four-day festival marking the start of the Tall Ships’ Races.
Liverpool has a proud maritime heritage and a world-class waterfront. The majestic River Mersey and the iconic buildings which surround it set Liverpool apart from any other European city.
Liverpool boasts more Grade I and II listed buildings than any other British city after London. It also has some of the finest modern architecture in Europe. Its world famous skyline, defined by the Three Graces - the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool have helped make Liverpool a World Heritage Site, joining an elite group including The Pyramids at Giza, Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China.
Liverpool is a leader in the arts field, and birthplace to a wealth of art, music and literature pioneers. This fine artistic heritage is celebrated in its stunning museums, galleries and music venues.
At the heart of it all is the city’s most valuable cultural asset, its people. Liverpool’s vibrant, diverse communities are helping us deliver a spectacular Capital of Culture year which is ‘quintessentially Liverpool’.
European Capital of Culture 2008 gives Liverpool the chance to share its unparalleled cultural offer with the whole world. And with millions of extra visitors already descending on the city this year, there’s never been a more exciting time for the city.
For more information on Capital of Culture events, visit www.liverpool08.com