St George’s Hall lit in purple light featured in an arial photograph at night
St George’s Hall lit in purple light featured in an arial photograph at night
St George’s Hall sits with the Cultural Quarter of Liverpool, Image copyright Stratus Imagery.

“During times of crisis, it can be difficult to think of the future, to know how to progress and embrace creativity and think outside of the box. However this week I was reminded that now is the perfect time to stop, collaborate and listen.

Attending the ROCK, Open Knowledge Week seminar, (digital in the current climate) I was inspired by the projects undertaken around Europe in utilising our culture and heritage for the regeneration of both physical places and the mental transformations of residents. Listening to the city of Eindhoven discussing their “Living Lab” and how they have utilised people’s…


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Just when you are feeling a bit down in the dumps, suffering the post -Christmas January blues, along comes Independent Venue Week to make life seem a little brighter again. This year IVW runs for a week from 25th Jan celebrating and championing the venues that are the lifeblood of the UK music scene. This national initiative highlights local venues that perform the vital dual role of giving artists somewhere to play early in on their careers while also ensuring that music fans have somewhere they can get to experience the thrill of live music at its very best. …


“I believe that this is such an important and incredibly needed project and event, that Liverpool City Council has put together, and feel extremely honoured to be a part of it. I find, in this day and time, where everything seems like a blur and where there’s a great amount of uncertainty, in those moments, hope and faith is vital.

In those moments, we must remember who we are, what we have, what we have overcame and the sacrifices made to bring us here. It’s in these moments, we must reflect, take time to stop and think, take time to…


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Princes Boulevard Community Engagement: Alicia Smith (Centre)

I have worked in Liverpool 8 as a youth worker, dance teacher and a creative producer, working closely with the community, young and old, on many diverse projects in various venues across the patch.

In a past life I was the Director of South Liverpool Arts Festival — and its ethos was to bring together the community through music and art. It was a cultural celebration in every sense.

I grew up in the area, so I’ll always be grateful that I played a part in something which made L8 hit the headlines for all the right reasons. …


Claire McColgan, Director of Culture Liverpool shares her thoughts on an inspiring virtual gathering during a time of uncertainty

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Giant Spectacular: Liverpool’s Dream — Officially the biggest cultural event Liverpool and Wirral have ever seen.

So, it’s the day of Act One of The Good Business Festival and I’m listening to the radio and there is the constant cloud of full lockdown looming and the desperation of businesses not knowing where to turn or who to turn to.

I have been isolating with my family — my daughter is a new student and has joined the thousands of others who have contracted the virus while embarking on a new chapter in her education.

When I came…


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The Real Thing perform at Liverpool International Music Festival

Liverpool has always been a groundbreaking city when it comes to music and culture and the city’s black musicians have long had a respected and popular narrative to be told — as our Head of UNESCO City of Music Kevin highlights.

Liverpool is a city that is rightly proud of its incredible diversity. We celebrate our status as a port and the mix of cultures that’s a direct result of this. Historically we were once seen as the gateway to the world and that’s why we have Europe’s oldest Chinese community, and why we have long established African and Caribbean…


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“Pandemic… this isn’t something that has been in any cultural risk assessment I’ve ever done.

We ‘do’ culture and plan events here really well but COVID-19 hit like a slow motion car crash — cancelling not just an incredible summer programme but putting a city’s regeneration on the line.

Since 2008 this city has swaggered its way to global recognition. With its distinct accent and personality Liverpool has used culture as the rocket fuel for regeneration (copyright Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson!).

It has trusted its rebirth on something that many economists think is intangible. Not so in Liverpool. We get the economic impact of culture — but it’s more than that. It’s a feeling you…


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Covid 19 has hit the whole of the music sector hard and particularly those directly involved in live music — musicians and venues, and all the parts of the industry that allow gigs and club nights large and small to happen. Let The Music Play draws attention to this and calls for support from Government for the sector.

In the following blog our City of Music Head, Kevin McManus reflects on some of his favourite venues of the past highlighting how venues and gigs are a key part of everyone’s cultural life. …


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“During lockdown, it’s been difficult for us to communicate with each other. Within the Sea Cadets, we can no longer attend out units on normal parade nights, and can no longer meet up with friends on courses held across the nation. As a senior cadet I’ve made many friends throughout my time in the organisation, in order to keep in touch I regularly chat with them over social media and also utilise the various platforms on which we can interact face to face.

The Sea Cadets gives young people a chance to voice their opinions through the medium of forums…


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I know my job means that I should only really write about music and its importance to the city but the truth is my passion for Liverpool Football Club began even before I got into music. So please indulge me as we approach a special moment in our glorious history. (Also on a much more petty note I really enjoy annoying Evertonians and especially those in the Culture Liverpool Team) *side note from Culture Liverpool here — yes, thank you Kevin! ahem!)

At the beginning of March the only things that could possibly stop Liverpool claiming our first title…

Culture Liverpool

Telling stories. Delivering events. Championing creativity. Inspiring audiences. Thinking forward. — Culture: the rocket fuel for regeneration.

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